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It’s a good time to visit Christchurch. While there is still considerable damage from the earthquakes to be seen, you can also witness the changing face of the city and all its reconstruction efforts. Christchurch’s city centre is constantly changing, with more parts being made accessible all the time. So, while there are more and more former highlights coming back, there are others that have never left, and new ones to discover!

Lonely Planet listed Christchurch as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2013 also stating that the city is one of New Zealand’s bravest and most resilient communities.

Re:START is an outdoor retail space consisting of temporary buildings made from shipping containers. Opened in October 2011, Re:START has been steadily growing and is perhaps THE place to meet people in the absence of the old people and tourist hotspot that was Cathedral Square.

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Located in Re:START, Quake City is a multi-media attraction that tells the stories of the Christchurch and Canterbury earthquakes. Experience the Rūaumoko Māori legend, be captivated by personal earthquake stories, see the events through large-scale imagery.

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Gap Filler is a creative urban regeneration initiative started in response to the Canterbury earthquakes. Gap Filler aims to temporarily activate vacant sites within Christchurch with creative projects, to make for a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant city.

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Christchurch Bike Tours:Christchurch Bike Tours specialise in leisurely city bicycle experiences that incorporate the past, present and future rebuild of Christchurch.

The Christchurch Rebuild Tour : The Christchurch Rebuild Tour offers a unique guided experience around the ever-changing post-earthquake Christchurch City centre.

Discover Christchurch :  Join us on our classic 1960’s London Open Top Double Decker buses for a fun and informative tour of Christchurch.

Lyttleton: A look at this interesting Harbour town and all it has to offer.

International Antarctic Centre: Experience the wonders of Antarctica.  You’ll experience snow and ice, a storm, learn about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins!

Canterbury Museum : Canterbury Museum is on Rolleston Avenue at the end of Worcester Boulevard by the Botanic Gardens

Orana Wildlife Park: Set in 80 hectares of tranquil grounds. Orana specialises in providing unique animal encounters in an open range setting. We get you up close and personal with our wonderful animals!

Willowbank Wildlife: Hand feed the animals & birds. Willowbank is not just a wildlife park with a collection of exhibits – it is a holistic New Zealand wildlife experience.

Ko Tane : Ko Tane is the South Islands only Maori Cultural Performance and Hangi (where the food is cooked underground long and slow from stones that are heated in a pit).

Ferrymead Heritage Park: See how people lived in Edwardian times.

Gondola & Restaurant: 360° Panoramic views of the city.

Air-force Museum: New Zealand’s premier military aviation collection. Free Admission.

Alpine Ice Sports Centre: Olympic size indoor ice skating rink.

Caddyshack City :  Indoor Mini Golf with a different theme.

Pirates Island Golf : Mini Golf based on a pirate theme.

Christchurch Porthills  Walks: Tracks and Walks along the Port hills, providing stunning views over the city to the Southern Alps and of Lyttelton and Banks Peninsula. View maps – EasternWalking Map,  SouthernWalkingMap and the Bridle Path Walk Information. 

KiwiRail Scenic: Unique, breathtaking Train Journeys.

Christchurch Casino: Test your luck & have a meal.

Golf Courses

Hagley Park Golf Club: Situated in hagley Park, in the heart of Christchurch City.

Clearwater Golf Club  : Walk in the footsteps of Clearwater graduates such as Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson and rising women’s golf star Lydia Ko.The course features both the standard Par 72 championship layout (5 tees) and an Executive Par 60 “30|30″ challenge designed by Sir Bob Charles.

Harewood Golf Club : Playing here means you have the choice of two top quality, contrasting courses.

Christchurch Golf Club : The Christchurch Golf Club was founded in 1873, making it the second oldest Club in New Zealand.

Russley Golf Club: Russley is one of New Zealand’s premier golfing venues and welcomes visitors to come and play a round of golf on the challenging par 72 layout.

Terrace Downs Golf Club: Terrace Downs offers a par 72, 18-hole championship golf course, rated as one of the top courses and golfing destinations in New Zealand. Based at the foothills of the Southern Alps, there are very few scenic alpine courses like it.

For a full list of clubs search Canterbury Golf Clubs

Canterbury Region

Akoroa and Banks Peninsula–  

Just 75 kilometres from the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Explore the village with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, and cafés. Relax or take part in the many activities that are on offer. Explore the dramatic outer bays and take your time to soak in the magic of this area.

Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs is New Zealand’s premier alpine spa destination.Hanmer Springs Village is also a haven of adventure and activity!  Partake on an adventure packed trip exploring the mountain biking trails, hiking along one of the many great walking tracks, jet boating down the Waiau Gorge

Mid Canterbury (Methven and surrounding Area)– 

Tranquil yet exhilarating, relaxing yet vibrant, Methven offers a perfect escape no matter what your taste or budget. Just one hour from Christchurch on Inland Scenic Route 72, this alpine-themed village buzzes in winter with Mt Hutt Ski Area on our doorstep, some of the world’s finest heliskiing country and six Canterbury ski fields all within close distance.

Over summer people head to Methven to interact with the outdoors. The region offers visitors an array of hiking & walking experiences; from a short walk suitable for the whole family, to challenging multi-day hikes for the serious tramper. Other popular outdoor activities range from fishing, hunting, golf and hot air ballooning to skydiving, horse riding, jet boating, mountain biking and 4WD high country adventures.

Kaikoura – 

Few places in the world can boast of such natural wonders as those offered by land and sea in Kaikoura. The seaside settlement is the most northern district in the Canterbury region located on the east coast of the South Island  2.5 hours drive from Christchurch

 

Useful Websites – Food, travel, weather.

Menumania; Where to eat guide and menus.

Be There: Christchurch & Canterbury Events On-line.

Bookme: Great deals on Activities.

Metro : Christchurch Bus routes and Timetables.

http://www.christchurchnz.com/ : Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism site.

http://www.christchurch.org.nz/ ; All you need to know about the Garden City of Christchurch.

http://chchattractions.co.nz/ :

KiwiRail Scenic: Unique, Breathtaking Train Journeys.

http://www.intercity.co.nz/ : InterCity Coachlines offers quality point to point bus transport on modern coaches at economic fares nationwide

http://www.atomictravel.co.nz/ : We provide budget bus travel at competitive prices, around the South Island, New Zealand.

http://nakedbus.com/:If you find a cheaper price elsewhere we’ll beat it.

http://maps.aa.co.nz/traffic/roadwatch ; Road watch check road conditions and closures.

http://www.metservice.com/national/home; keep an eye on the weather to get the best out of your holiday.

http://www.christchurchairport.co.nz/ :Christchurch International Airport