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Why visit Christchurch?
Christchurch is the city for everyone. Intersecting innovation with heritage, nature with cutting-edge architecture, and offering world-class hospitality, Christchurch makes the ideal base for your New Zealand holiday or as a destination to visit in its own right. Christchurch is a truly unique city, one of the oldest in New Zealand and the biggest on the South Island. Feel transported to a city of new and old and natural delights.
When to visit Christchurch?
Summer (December to February) is a popular time to visit. With temperatures ranging from the low to mid-20s, summer sees people flocking to the beaches and attending the many wine and beer festivals. Autumn is also a popular time. In fact, March can be one of the busiest times of the year. Temperatures are in the high teens, and autumn sees the least amount of rainfall. Winter sees cold temperatures at night with temperatures in the low teens during the day. Visitors looking to ski on the South Island may also make a pit stop in Christchurch or use it as their base. Spring is the least busy time to visit, so it is perfect for those looking for peace and serenity. The flowers are in bloom, and temperatures start to rise to the late teens.
Getting around Christchurch?
Christchurch is a major metropolitan city so getting around is relatively easy. Buses are the main public transport option for getting around Christchurch. Use a MetroCard for convenience and a 30% discount on fares. There is also a ferry and a train line that can take you out of Christchurch to other areas on New Zealand's South Island. Cycling is another popular way to get around Christchurch, or visitors can hire a car and drive.
Things to do in Christchurch
Considered by many as the "Garden City," exploring the stunning natural landscape is a perfect way to begin your excursion. Stroll through the lush Botanic Gardens, a city staple since 1863. Punt your way down the Avon River as your punter guides you through the city in a flat-bottomed boat. Ride the Christchurch Gondola, where you'll experience the most breathtaking views of the South Island and beyond. Grab coffee and brunch at Addington Coffee Co-op, and then head back out for more sightseeing. For a bit of Christchurch heritage, walk along Victoria Street, where you'll find provincial buildings and the historic Clock Tower. Continue to Regent Street, the pedestrian mall filled with culture, beautiful architecture, and, yes—shopping.
Where to eat and drink in Christchurch?
When you're ready for dinner, stroll along any street in the CBD, and you'll stumble upon an abundance of excellent restaurants with culturally diverse cuisine. After such a busy day, you've barely scratched the surface of all that this South Island city has to offer. Start your day with a morning coffee at Coffee Embassy. For a scrumptious brasserie-style dinner, head over to Earl, then finish up your day with some cocktails on a rooftop at Mr Brightside Rooftop Bar. All centrally located and easy to get to.
Where to stay?
in Christchurch With a range of accommodation options in Christchurch, you'll have no problem choosing where to stay in Christchurch with Accor. For those seeking the perfect location on a budget, ibis Christchurch has cheap rooms available and is conveniently located right by Christchurch CBD. For a more luxurious stay, tucked away in peace and solitude, stay at Peppers Clearwater Resort Christchurch, overlooking picturesque Lake Kaikainui.