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Christchurch is the 2nd largest city in New Zealand and is located on the east coast of the South Island. The Avon River runs through the city. The city has some of the oldest buildings in New Zealand. The Banks Peninsula is within reach as well as the breath-taking Southern Alps and the Canterbury Plains.

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Take a stroll down to the Botanic gardens, a popular attraction that boasts flowering gardens, native trees and New Zealand blooms. Jump on and glide down the Avon River on a punting tour, one of Christchurch’s key attractions and a great way to see the city. Another great way to see the city is the Gondola ride and you will be greeted by incredible views of Christchurch and the Southern Alps. Stroll down Regent Street, lined by stunning Spanish mission style buildings, for some amazing boutique shops and cafes. If History and culture are your thing, then make your way down to see the Bridge of Remembrance, one of two World War 1 war memorials. Visit the International Antarctic Museum which offers great insight into the world’s iciest and most remote continent. Canterbury Museum is also a popular must see and it also holds the largest collection of Antarctic artifacts. If you want to explore away from the city, then be sure to take the TranzAlpine Train to soak up the south islands alpine landscapes and also enjoy a sightseeing tour by train and pass-through spectacular scenery of the Canterbury plains and the southern Alps. Christchurch is arguably one of the country’s best travel destinations and not to be missed.

Due to its wide variety of attractions and sights to see, Wellington is a great holiday destination for every type of traveller, from couples and families to solo travellers and groups. Accommodation is also widespread here, so you'll have no problem finding a place that suits all your needs and budgetary requirements.

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Christchurch Highlights

🧡 TranzAlpine Train Journey

🧡 Christchurch Tramway

🧡 Christchurch Gondola

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Local Info


Christchurch International Airport (CHC) serves Christchurch.


The New Zealand Dollar is the currency used in Wellington.

Time Difference

New Zealand standard time (GMT+12) and is 11 hours ahead of Irish time.


Christchurch enjoys a temperate, relatively dry climate with rain falling on fewer days than New Zealand’s other major cities. Summers are comfortable with sunshine; the winters are cold and windy. The best time to visit is during the summer months, from December to March, when temperatures vary from 21°C - 27°C.

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