"Cathedral city" Top 5 Page for this destination Canterbury Tip by TheWanderingCamel

Canterbury, South Island: 24 reviews and 68 photos

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by TheWanderingCamel

Christchurch, capital of New Zealand's South Island, is a pretty little city with some interesting things to do. A day or two spent here will give you time to check out some of the following -
Be sure to visit the International Antarctic Centre, out near the airport - it is a first class discovery centre with excellent exhibits.
The Avon River winds through the city centre, between grassy banks and under willows and some attractive little bridges. Taking a drifting ride in a punt is a very pleasant way to while away an hour or so.
Artists and artisans have studios at the Art Centre, where there is also a good craft shop and restaurants.
The Museum is worth an hour or so of your time and the new Art Gallery is definitely worth a look if only for the stunning building that houses the collection.
Cathedral Square is a great place for people watching. You can climb the Cathedral tower for a small charge and good views over the city.
The Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park are attractive places to walk among trees and flowers - they'll confirm for you why Christchurch is known as The Garden City.
There's something about trams that makes travelling on them fun -take a tram ride around for a bit of general sightseeing.

Its small size, attractive buidings (lots of Victorian Gothic) and relaxed atmosphere really do make Christchurch an appealing place. You'll find a good choice of restaurants, cafes and bars, there's accommodation to suit every budget - you'll enjoy yourself.

Website: http://www.newzealand.com/travel/destinations/regions/canterbury/towns.cfm/node/30.html

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  • Updated Nov 11, 2005
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