Like much of the country, Christchurch is a seaside haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Known as “the gateway city” to the South Island, Christchurch also features access to Aorkai/ Mount Cook National Park, part of UNESCO’s Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage site. In addition, the city is close to the tranquil hot springs at Hanmer Springs and world-class wines at Hurunui. We suggest bicycling to explore the picturesque bays and charming seaside villages of Akaroa and Banks Peninsula.

Christchurch has a reputation for hospitality and boasts a vibrant cityscape. Originally settled in the 1200s by hunting tribes, the city later became one of the New Zealand’s “most English” cities, characterized by abundant stone gothic revival architecture. Nowadays, travelers stroll the green-scape of Hagley Park to the riverside botanic gardens for a quick introduction to the city’s many faces.

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