The Christchurch we see today is the city born out of New Zealand’s second biggest natural disaster – something which the city has been recovering well from. As a tourist visiting Christchurch, you wouldn’t even know there had been an earthquake, let alone countless buildings destroyed. Not only is the city in the midst of a cultural and architectural revival, but there’s no doubt that it remains a top holiday destination for tourists all over the world. All that you would probably need to do is gear up your car, prep it with the michellin tyres and get going! If you’re thinking about visiting one of New Zealand’s biggest and most vibrant cities this year, take a look at what you can expect to find, from spectacular beaches to amazing nightlife!
Christchurch Arts Centre
A trip to Christchurch wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Arts Centre, one of the most visited places in the city. Currently undergoing over $250m worth of repairs, this building was built in 1877, and it is also the original site of the city’s biggest educational institution – Canterbury University. Sir Ernest Rutherford, one of the university’s graduates, was the first person to split the atom, so as you can imagine, the Arts Centre offers visitors an extensive section on Science. Before the earthquake in Christchurch, the Arts Centre was a popular meeting place for students and older generations alike, as it was home to a number of music venues and art galleries.
Experience the cuisine New Zealand has to offer, specifically Christchurch, is one of the best activities you can experience when holidaying in the city. Bodhi Tree is extremely popular with tourists from all over the world, as it offers an extensive menu suited to a variety of cultures and tastes, most notably Burmese. If you’re not a fan of spicy foods, then there’s no need to worry at the Bodhi Tree, as intense flavours are strictly off the menu – unless you ask for them that is! If you’re travelling as a group of more than 4 people, it’s recommended you call ahead as it can get pretty busy at weekends.
Be sure to compare airfares online before you book your flight to Christchurch this year, as there are plenty of great deals and offers to take advantage of!
Galleries and Markets
One of the best things about the city of Christchurch is the amount of traditional markets and art galleries. Take the Timaru Aigantighe Art Gallery for example, one of the most visited attractions in Canterbury. Not only does it offer a wealth of local and international art and exhibitions, but it also looks after upcoming artists by developing partnerships with local schools and colleges with the help of government funding.
There’s also a great selection of markets in Christchurch, and no matter what you’re looking to buy, or your budget, you’re hunger for a bargain or two will certainly be satisfied! Market times are usually from 9am to 2pm every Sunday, such as the Riccarton Market. From fabrics, clothing and ingredients to electronics, sunglasses and everything in between, this is a wonderful place to bring the kids if you’re holidaying with the family in Christchurch