The newest city in the world and one of the most unique tourist attractions in New Zealand, Christchurch is where you can discover a fine combination of rich history, a bustling hospitality scene, entertainment venues, shopping extravaganza and fun-packed tours. Also called the “Garden City”, the South Island’s largest city draws the attention of travellers with its matchless beauty and exquisiteness.
Here’s a look at what a holiday-maker must explore during a visit to Christchurch:
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
A place where beauty has no boundaries, Christchurch Botanic Gardens are a true delight for those who seek peace amidst nature. Founded in 1863 and much-loved by all sorts of tourists, it is just a perfect spot for picnicking with family and friends. What adds to the beauty of the garden is its glorious collection of the spring drifts of daffodils, summer roses, autumn leaf displays and cosy conservatories. A number of events too take place in the garden and it opens daily at 7 in the morning.
Orana Wildlife Park
If wildlife thrills your senses, Orana Wildlife Park is the place for you! It is the only open range zoo in New Zealand located on the outskirts of Christchurch. Home to the New Zealand’s only gorillas, this place draws the attention of a large number of tourists all throughout the year. You will also get to spot here animals and birds such as giraffe, white rhino and kiwi, and would love to hand feed giraffes and tigers. Guided tours with trained wildlife guides are available at the park that let you interact with various animals. One can also go for walkabout tours for a more fascinating experience.
Those who would be interested in discovering the rich cultural and natural heritage of the city can spend an ideal day at Canterbury Museum. The museum reflects the stories of Christchurch and Canterbury through its exclusive natural and human history collections in its beautiful stone building. There are more than 2.1 million items encircling Antarctic expeditions, Canterbury settlement, ethnology and natural history. Kids are certain to have a fun time at the Discovery. Besides, there is a cafe and a store to spend a relaxing time with your family and friends.
Victoria Clock Tower
Architecture and history lovers are certain to be in awe of the beauty of Victoria Clock Tower. Also known as the Diamond Jubilee Clock Tower, it is a heritage-registered clock tower that used to be a piece of Mountfort’s creative design for the Provincial Council Buildings. The tower is made of volcanic stone and limestone, and reflects the colonial ties between New Zealand and Britain. Visit here with your family and friends, and have an ideal day-out exploring the exquisiteness of the tower that has suffered severe damage due to an earthquake in 2011.
International Antarctic Centre
Located in the suburb of Harewood, Christchurch, International Antarctic Centre is an award-winning tourist attraction in New Zealand reflecting the wonder and spell of Antarctica. There is an array of experiences for all age groups in the form of various shows and activities including Penguin Feeding, Happy Feet, Beyond the Frozen Sunset, Ice Voyage, Husky Zone and Hagglund Rides. Foodies can treat themselves to a variety of handcrafted fresh delicacies here served at a cafe called ‘Priestley’s Antarctic Cafe’. It opens everyday from 9 AM to 5:30 PM.