Things to do
Since the earthquakes of 2011, Christchurch has concentrated on creating a new pedestrianised and intimate feel in the city centre. You’ll find art galleries, beautiful green parks and well-designed, low-rise buildings.
This seems a quintessentially English town, but look a little deeper and you’ll find plenty of Maori culture too. This was the site of a seasonal dwelling of a Maori chief, and Maori greeting houses still exist here.
Christchurch is known as the Garden Town thanks to the numerous parks and green, open spaces here. But other nature looms large, as this was the embarkation point for Antarctic explorers in the early 1900s. Don’t miss the International Antarctic Centre with fascinating artefacts from those days.