Christchurch is blessed with an ever charming natural beauty. From its breathtakingly beautiful views of snow-capped mountains to serene lakes and lush green parks, the city never fails to draw the attention of the visitors who book tickets to New Zealand for a perfect holiday. There are a number of places to watch in this wonderful city but if you are first time traveller and not sure where to head first, start with these.
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
If a garden is more than 140 years old, it is obvious that it has a lot to offer. It all started by planting an oak tree somewhere in 1863. The garden has been adding number of plants species from all around the world ever since. Today, Christchurch Botanic Garden takes pride in having one of the finest collections of exotic as well as native plants in New Zealand. Do not forget to visit the potager and herb garden.
The crystal clear turquoise blue waters and the snow tipped mountains of Mount Cook National Park is enough to give visitors a view that will make them forget everything else! Just a 45 minutes drive from Mount Cook Village takes you here. Lake Pukaki is one of the three alpine lake that flow north-south, it is the largest among them. The picturesque view of the lake and the lush greenery around is a must-enjoy for anyone who is in Christchurch for first time!
A place of volcanic origin, Banks Peninsula is one of the most scenic places in New Zealand. Those who are booking tickets on flights to Christchurch for the first time should certainly visit this place. Spectacular views of bays and beaches, rich birdlife and many other charms make this place simply magnificent. There are some really great beaches that are perfect for picnicking in this area.
Best Time to Visit Christchurch
Christchurch is perfect for touring all year round but it still doesn’t hurt if anyone devotes time for understanding New Zealand climate. It is cold in June, July and August but not too cold to ruin the vacation. It totally depends on your preference whether it is summer that excites you or you like winter more. Every season, the city shows a different colour.