Christchurch delights visitors with native parklands, Māori culture and adrenaline-charged adventures through the countryside. Often called New Zealand's 'Garden City' - one eighth of the land is dedicated to public parks, reserves and recreation , Christchurch has earned a much hipper nickname since the 'quakes: 'The City That Rocks'.
The largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and one of the world’s most unique destinations, Christchurch awaits you! Bordered by the Port Hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps as a majestic backdrop, allowing for a huge array of experiences all within just a few hours’ drive. This leafy and welcoming town has the meandering River Avon running through its heart, affording the South Island's largest city with a sense of serenity. England's heritage can be felt in the punts gliding down the river and in the quaint old buildings. Whilst modern post-earthquake Christchurch boasts shiny new galleries and museums, Christchurch holidays & honeymoons packages from Dublin offer so much more than just a gateway to the rest of New Zealand.
You won't be short of things to do in Christchurch. Soak up the city's traditional charm by punting on the River Avon or unwind on a stroll through the Botanic Gardens. Abundant culture comes courtesy of the hyper-modern new Christchurch Art Gallery or the history-filled Canterbury Museum, where you can learn about the area's colonial and Maori history. Check out vibrant poi and haka performances then feast on a traditional hangi dinner at Ko Tane, a ‘living Maori village’.
Christchurch is known for great dining with a huge choice in cuisine around the city. Canterbury's stony plains and volcanic peninsula helps make its lamb, wine and olives some of the best in New Zealand. Make up your own mind on your Christchurch holiday by joining local foodies heading over the hill to sample fruity wines in the vineyards of volcanic Banks Peninsula. Scoff crumbly cheddar, havarti and gouda from 19th-century Barry's Bay Cheese Factory. Enjoy top coffee roasters and award-winning baristas for your coffee fix. Christchurch favourite Strawberry Fare is your place for pâté, terrines, dill-cured salmon or a sticky date pud.
Explore the scenic high trails of the surrounding Canterbury region via mountain bike or four-wheel drive. Spend a day in the Selwyn district trying the area's distinct wine flavours, playing a round of golf or hiking through the scenic environment. You can also see lions being fed at the Orana Wildlife Park. Pump up the adrenaline with a skydiving or paragliding experience over the countryside. Tour the Adrenalin Forest and test your skills on high wires, flying foxes and challenging obstacle courses. For a calmer adventure with a view, take a helicopter tour. Escape the summer heat with a kayak tour around the coast or a white-water rafting trip. Spot whales at Kaikoura, just north of Christchurch, and try delicious crayfish at Nin's Bin, nearby. In winter, clamp on your skis and carve down the Tasman Glacier. Guided mountaineering also offers some of Canterbury's most satisfying and sweeping views.
There is something for everybody in Christchurch. You can ski at one of many world-class alpine resorts, play golf, bungee jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch, visit internationally-acclaimed wineries and gardens and soak in thermal hot pools – all within a short drive of the city. And that is just the beginning!
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