Christchurch or “The Garden City”, as it is known all around New Zealand and the world, is the largest city in the South Island. Situated at the confluence of the Heathcote and Avon rivers in front of the backdrop of the port hills, Christchurch is the hub of the South Island.
In 2010 and 2011, Christchurch suffered a series of damaging earthquakes. However, the city's recovery is underway, and post-quake visits by Lonely Planet described the city as still very much worth a visit. Indeed, the recovery process and spirit and innovation of Christchurch's people currently make it a unique destination, with something new always on the go and a number of initiatives that are found nowhere else in the world, such as Re:Start in the central city –an upmarket shipping container shopping mall. Christchurch's many events and festivals, such as the International Busker's Festival and the Ellerslie Flower Show, also continue to entertain locals and visitors year-round.
Winding its way through the city is the Avon River. The Avon is a focal point for relaxation where you can enjoy an afternoon watching wildlife, the occasional canoeist, or the very English punts as they pass you by.
With a great number of parks and the mature trees that are everywhere, the name “The Garden City” is an apt one. To the west the city is flanked by Hagley Park, the largest and most famous of all the many parks in the greater Christchurch metropolitan area. Hagley Park also contains Christchurch's famous Botanic Gardens, a must see for any visitor.
The city offers a variety of first class restaurants, serving a variety of dishes that will impress. There are a great number of cafe bars that will provide sustenance to the thirstiest of travellers, and some of the local wines are beginning to find favour worldwide. Quirky new restaurants and bars are currently popping up on an almost constant basis, making for fun, unusual drinking and dining destinations.
There are two main beaches in Christchurch - they are Sumner (located in the East) and Brighton (located in the North East). Sumner is reached via the Esplanade, and has developed its own unique culture, cafes and bars. Brighton with its own mall complex and pier is also unique in its own right.
The area surrounding the city offers a multitude of activities, including numerous golf courses and driving ranges, wildlife parks, wineries, walking tracks, cycle tracks, wind surfing, boating and much more. During the winter there are great ski fields within 1-2 hours drive, and the sea and river fishing is abundant.
The warmest months are from November to April, and use of a sunscreen is strongly advisable. The international airport only twenty minutes from the central city and is serviced by both taxi and buses. As is the case throughout New Zealand, there is no requirement to tip, and all goods and services have a government GST (Goods and Services Tax) of 15%. Duty-free shopping is available at the airport.
We have a large range of Accommodation to cater for all travellers. These include En-suite Cabins and Studio Units for the budget conscious, One Bedroom Motels and Two Bedroom Motels for families and corporate travellers. For the more discerning guests a Deluxe Motel. Powersites for Campervans and Caravans, as well as Tent sites.
We are more than happy to answer any questions, or offer any advice for your stay in our garden city, Christchurch.