Must-visit Places In Christchurch
If you ask us which city is the most resilient, one name comes to mind: Christchurch, New Zealand.
If you were to visit the area, you would not even realize that they had been hit by two major earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.
It still holds reign as one of the countries you have to visit and here are the top ten places in Christchurch that you will love.
While you start planning your itinerary, don’t forget to book a stay at one of the many great hotels in Christchurch!
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Tired of the bright lights, petroleum-filled cars and chitter-chatter of the city?
Well, this place is perfect for a temporary getaway from all of it.
Bask in the tranquillity of nature and be surrounded by an abundance of different types of flora and fauna.
Not only will you be able to enjoy a peaceful walk there, but you can also even around the place and relax into the silence.
The wide expanse of greenery and the neverending horizon of pure baby blue filled with cotton candy clouds will surely be a sight for sore eyes.
If you need a place that takes all the fatigue from real life for a moment, this is one place that does just that.
There are people who find peace on water bodies and some of these could include lakes, ponds, beaches and rivers.
So, here in Avon River, not only are there promised sights of calming scenery, you get to enjoy the traditional activity that is river punting.
Nowadays, people always use motorboats, so it would be nice to get back in touch with history.
The TranzAlpine Train
We hope you have set aside enough time for this because you will need it.
If you are not in the mood to walk around to enjoy sceneries, this is the perfect destination for you.
Here, you get to sit by idly while enjoying the idyllic foreground as framed by a window.
The entire journey stretches from Christchurch to Greymouth and it lasts five hours.
Do not miss out on the splendid views of the alps.
The city boasts Hagley Park as the largest open space but that is not the only reason why you should visit this place.
Most of you might wonder why there is a need to visit a park when you can find one right near your neighbourhood.
Well, if you really want to soak up the local culture, partake in events and integrate with the local community, there is no better place.
You can even set up your own activities there with your own group of friends as the open space is available to anyone and everyone.
You can call it by many names, either Godley Head or Awaroa, but it is renowned as the entrance to Lyttelton Harbor.
It is rich in its cultural role in history serving as the coastal defence battery.
So for those who love a place with a good story, here can be your next stop.
Otherwise, for those who love a good trail with a good view of the magnificent marine wildlife can drop by too.
You read that right, it’s really called the Cardboard Cathedral.
And no, it’s not a gag name.
The cathedral is really made of cardboard which earned it its fanbase.
Although, it is not the whole building that is made up of cardboard but just the cardboard tubes that hold the monolith up which is still an amazing feat if you think about it.
So, if your inner architect is tingling, come find out more here.
International Antarctic Centre
Who says you have to travel to the coldest part of the globe to freeze your toes off in order to learn more about it?
You can do it right here in Christchurch’s very own Antarctic Centre where it offers a simulation that is so real-like that you question whether you actually are in Antarctica.
So, be sure to stop by here because this museum is a one-of-a-kind.
You get to learn about all the things in Antarctica while not risking the chance of a freeze burn which is really painful and not something you would really want to experience.
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
For all you wildlife lovers out there and want to expand your knowledge on other lives that inhabit this very same earth, the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is home to 50 unique species, some of which you might never have even seen before in your life.
They also have another mission to protect the indigeneity of the Maori culture by educating people on it.
So, if you are ready to put on your learning hat and love the occasional history lesson, the wildlife reserve awaits.
Take a trip down memory lane on the city trams that have now become a relic of the past.
Offering a tinge of nostalgia, the tram also brings you onboard to guide you to various landmarks and attractions that are not to be missed.
There are about seventeen stops for you to experience, each with its own unique flavours.
Speaking of flavours, there is even a special service for the Tramway Restaurant tours.
So, if you want the experience of a lifetime, Christchurch Tramway packages everything into one location.
Christchurch Art Gallery
There is nothing that tells a more special story than an art museum.
Art is subjective and unique to individuals and especially, to a country.
Here, you can find an abundance of local artworks that tell many different stories that make up the culture of New Zealand.
There is also international art displayed in their rooms and halls.
So, while the gallery tells the story of New Zealand, it is also a platform where different cultures meld into a single pot and the place where you can learn more about the world.
So, for the art fanatics, if you are ready, get, set and go.
So, we have presented to you the top ten places in Christchurch that must be visited but you will not really know it until you are there to experience it for yourself!