Want to hit the slopes, relax in a thermal spa or experience local Maori culture? Then stay in our Christchurch accommodation and see why this city has been rated by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s top ten cities to visit in 2013.
Full of colour and world-class attractions, Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. And although areas of the city are still recovering from the 2011 earthquake, Christchurch is ready and open for business.
For culture, visit the galleries and studios of the Arts Centre, housed in the historic buildings of the original Canterbury University College. Visit on the weekend and catch the Arts Centre Market which has stalls selling arts and crafts and local organic produce, as well as live entertainment provided by buskers and musicians. August is also a great time to visit if you’re of a fan of the arts, with the New Zealand International Film Festival and Christchurch Arts Festival held around this time. With visual arts displays, live performances and film, everyone will be entertained.
Christchurch is known to the rest of the world as The Garden City and this is well deserved. Get out of your Christchurch hotel and explore Hagley Park, the largest city park in New Zealand. There’s also the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, home to colourful plants and towering trees more than 120 years old! Located in the loop of the Avon River, these Gardens set the scene for a relaxing day out., For something a little more spectacular, visit New Zealand's great alpine park, Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. The park has 19 peaks including New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt Cook, or Aoraki as it is known in Maori.
Think Queenstown is the only place you can go for good skiing in New Zealand? Wrong. Christchurch is also well known for its awesome ski season, as the region is surrounded by ten ski areas which are all within a two and a half hour drive of the Christchurch Airport. Although these areas are famous for their ski slopes they also offer great summer activities including hiking, mountain biking and canoeing. A number also offer thermal pools and spas that will help soothe all the aches and bumps from your day of extreme sports.
Speaking of snow, did you know that Christchurch is the international gateway to Antarctica? Even if you’re not going that far south, you can always visit the International Antarctic Centre. This attraction provides visitors with an insight into the world’s last great frontier and even houses a colony of Little Blue Penguins! Get close to other native fauna at Akaroa Harbour, where you can swim with the dolphins, or visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve’s Nocturnal House to see a real kiwi. (The animal, not the people!)
With so many things to do here, start planning your NZ holiday now. Book your Christchurch accommodation below and have a look at our range of cheap flights to Christchurch.