Christchurch is a city in the south island of New Zealand. The river Avon runs through the city showing off its English heritage. The backdrop behind the city are the snow-capped peaks. Take a view from Mount Pleasant the highest peak in Christchurch. Christchurch is still recovering from the devastating effects of the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.


How to get to Christchurch:


Christchurch has an international airport.


Getting from the airport to the city. There are a few options.


  • Bus – there a few bus routes that either leave from the airport or pass through the airport. Number 29 takes you to central station. You can get a route plane here. 


  • Shuttle - you can use this option of you are travelling as a group as discounts apply for additional people. The shuttle may do multiple drop offs


  • Taxi – you can get a taxi from the airport taxi stand. These taxis will be metered and you can expect to pay around $40-60 depending on where you are staying


  • Rental car – you can pick up a car from the terminal building or a company outside the airport who will prove a free shuttle for collection and drop off to the airport. Road signs are clearly posted so it’s pretty easy to get around. Probably the cheapest way to see many of the sights


Where to stay in Christchurch


Christchurch has many Areas to stay but after the Earthquake a few years ago many of the hotels were destroyed. There are still plenty of places to stay but they are in high demand


  • Downtown – this is where most tourist want to stay as it’s near the main shopping and restaurant areas, it’s also close to the River Avon where you can go on punting tours, and the botanical gardens


  • Riccarton road – there are a lot of motels in this area, it’s close to the city so if you can find somewhere there, this area is the next best place


  • Sumner – this is the beach side of the city, it’s about 15 minutes from the centre. You can enjoy walks along the esplanade, or go surfing. It has plenty of bed and breakfasts, and hostels. There is a backpacker feel here


  • Waipara Valley – north of Christchurch. Great to stay here if you enjoy wine. This is region that many tourist go for wine tasting tours. You can also visit Hamner springs from here. Expect to stay in a B&B or farm stay


Things to do in Christchurch with children:


  • Mount Pleasant - the highest point in Christchurch. Take a drive up the long windy roads to see a view of the ocean and towns below


  • Christchurch gondola – take a cable car up to the top of mount Cavendish. Located at the base near Heathcote Valley. You can have a 360 degree view from the top. There is also a restaurant at the top with a time tunnel for the children.


  • Corsair bay – this is scenic drive I he bays of. You can drive along the roads around the lake. Stop here for some lunch


  • Governors bay – this is another scenic drive around the bay. There is a nice village type feel here


  • Sign of the kiwi – this is a small café popular with the tourist, it’s located between Christchurch and governors bay.


  • Re-Start mall – after the earth quake a few years back, the city had to create a way to get back on track. Re-start mall is a shopping mall that is made from shipping containers, they have been painted in vibrant colours


  • Hamner springs – these are natural hot springs located about an hour from Christchurch. Relax in the hot pools that are kept at a steady temperature. 


  • Lord of the rings Tour – visit the set of the lord of the rings. See the sight sand scenes and put yourself in middle earth 


  • Arthur's Pass – located between Christchurch and Greymouth. This a flat area surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

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