Possessing a stable sunny climate, the city's parks and gardens are a key attraction year round and are renowned for their beauty, especially in spring.

The most English city in New Zealand, The Garden City.   In February 2011, Christchurch was hit by a huge earthquake. Much of the central city with its classic neo-gothic architecture was destroyed. But it remains a beautiful city.   Central city attractions include its craft markets, the new Art Gallery, Botanic Gardens, a historic tram route through the city, the International Antarctic Center and the Christchurch Gondola, which offers great views of the Pacific Ocean, city and Southern Alps.  

Sprawling Hagley Park sits at the heart of Christchurch – 165 hectares of vast green space, dotted with century-old trees, and stunning floral shows in springtime. Walk, run or cycle its pathways, or take on the fitness circuit.




One of Christchurch's exciting new buildings is the Transitional 'Cardboard' Cathedral constructed on the site of the former St John's Latimer Square Anglican Church. It was designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, winner of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Visit the beautiful unspoiled old French whaling depot of Akaroa and sample the delights of New Zealand wine and cheese, or take a cruise of the harbour and delight in sightings of dolphins, penguins and seals.

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