Christchurch

Christchurch is slowly getting back on its feet after the major earthquake of February 2011. Parts of the city are still cordoned off but as time passes the size of these areas is diminishing. The cathedral and tramway, two icons of the city are still off limits to tourists, however many of Christchurch's other attractions are now open. 

Botanic Gardens

No visit to ‘The Garden City' is complete without a trip to the Botanic Gardens. The finest exotic and indigenous plants anywhere in New Zealand with spectacular displays all year round. With specialist garden areas, a café and family spaces, the Botanic Gardens are a pivotal part of Christchurch and are not to be missed.

Punting on the Avon River

Christchurch takes its name from a college at Oxford University and so it is no surprise that the city has the same air of an old university town. Just as in Oxford, punting along the river (the Avon River, punts from the Antigua Boat Sheds), is the classic and relaxing way to pass the time and see the city.

Ride the Christchurch Gondola

To enjoy a unique panoramic view over Christchurch take the gondola up to the summit of the extinct volcano that looks over the city. After a spectacular ride to the top the views are far and wide over the Canterbury Plains, Southern Alps and Lyttelton Harbour. A café, restaurant and 3D interactive presentation on the history of the region are available at the summit.

International Antarctic Centre

Home to the American, Italian and New Zealand Antarctic programmes this popular, hands-on attraction offers an insight into life in the Cold Continent. Whilst visitors enjoy the snow and ice experience and try on Antarctic clothing, the scientists and explorers are busy in other areas of the centre planning expeditions and organising supply drops to their colleagues at the South Pole.

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