The city itself is considered to be ‘very English’ but with a modern Kiwi twist. At the heart of it all is the imposing Gothic Revival Christchurch Cathedral. Climb up to the spire for a bird's-eye view of the city and discover festivals, shops and award-winning attractions below.
Take the historic tram that loops the city centre, explore the beautiful Neo-Gothic Arts Centre which has a fantastic market on the weekends, the Christchurch Gondola affords panoramic views over the region, or visit the Antarctic Centre. Held every summer the International Buskers Festival is a spectacular line-up of circus, street and comedic talent, jugglers, contortionists, clowns, musicians, aerialists and acrobatics.
The nearby historic village of Lyttleton is based around a beautiful scenic harbour offering quaint cafes, bars and boutique shopping. There is also a variety of walking tracks and heritage strolls. Kill two birds with one stone and take the Bridle Path over the Port Hills to the Gondola. Getting there and back is simple as Christchurch boasts some of the best public transport options in New Zealand.
The French settlement of Akaroa is bursting with colonial architecture, craft stores, and cafés. Nestled amongst a collection of secluded beaches and bays, the village has many cruising or sailing options around the harbour with Hectors dolphins being frequent visitors.
To the south west of Christchurch are some of the tallest mountains in Australasia. The Southern Alps, offer fantastic skiing opportunities less than an hour and a half from the city centre.
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