The largest city in New Zealand’s South Island is an oasis of possibilities, especially when looking for an adventure to get stuck into. However, eager tourists might be at a loss when knowing where to start when visiting Christchurch.
From natural splendours to urban playgrounds, the east coast town has a little bit of everything for everyone, making it an easy destination for the whole family to enjoy as the holidays creep closer,
From where and why to visit this South Island jewel, to what you should be filling your belly with when hunger looms, here is our guide to visiting Christchurch - and having the adventure of a lifetime.
Why you should go
She’s had a make-over, and not solely out of choice, but when life gives you lemons (or an earthquake), make lemonade – or in this case, rebuild a series of slick urban areas.
From the BOXed Quarter with its art, music and global cuisine, to the urban paradise that is The Welder, complete with airy courtyard and an ensemble of modern eateries, Christchurch is quickly becoming New Zealand’s capital of cool.
Don’t skip the city’s traditional must-dos, such as punting on Avon River, but definitely get among the plethora of new happenings.
SALT District boasts a series of repurposed shipping containers, laneways and street art, while the seaside enclave of New Brighton is just a 20-minute drive away and home to He Puna Taimoana Hot Pools.
The weekly Garden City Mākete, held every Sunday, sees a host of local artisans sell their creative wares and is a must when visiting ChCh. For all its snazzy newcomers, it would be remiss to visit Christchurch and not visit The Arts Centre for its galleries, museums and boutique shops.
Taking inspiration from Europe’s indoor market halls, the Riverside Market fronts Avon River and is open seven days a week. Produce-wise, if you can think of it, you can in all likelihood buy it (or dine on it) here. From fresh crepes to Vietnamese street food, it’s best to go with an empty stomach.
Pink Lady Rooftop is, as the name suggests, a rooftop watering hole; quite the rarity in this city, and if you’d like to take street eats to a whole new level, the Tramway Restaurant rattles through the city while dishing up a top-notch three-course meal.
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