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  New i-site at the entrance of the Botanic Garden.
by Kakapo2

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It has been quite difficult to find visitor information outside the airport since the February earthquake (22 Feb 2011).

But now, after eight months in temporary premises, Christchurch?s main Visitor Centre (i-site) has a specially-designed portable home in a central location. It has opened yesterday (14 November 2011) next to Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue and the entrance to the Botanic Gardens.

Prior to the February quake the i-site was based in the Old Post Office building in Cathedral Square but, as you might know, this in the centre of the cordoned-off CBD. For the past few months it has been operating out of temporary premises at the Chateau on the Park.

You get more than just the usual visitor information at the i-site. It also offers ticketing for many Christchurch events, beside booking services for tourism activities, accommodation and transport for the Canterbury region and the whole of New Zealand.

From the Visitor Centre it is only a short walk to the Antigua Boatsheds where Punting on the Avon starts, and to the Events Village at North Hagley Park which is going to be home to some great events over the summer, including the World Buskers Festival in January.

Another new source of the latest information about what's going on in Christchurch, including restaurant tips, can be found in a new blog (since late December 2011). The name is http://popupcity.co.nz/

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  • Updated Dec 22, 2011
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