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DAY 7: New Zealand itinerary 2 weeks, 14 days top sights

Christchurch

Christchurch Gondola Christchurch Gondola

Your day starts with a departure from Rotorua to the domestic Rotorua airport (Taupo) for a short flight to Christchurch. Rotorua (ROT) to Christchurch (CHC) is 1 hour, 55 minutes. Discover a repurposed city with exciting contemporary architecture alongside restored heritage buildings. Find how the Avon River brings its natural beauty into the urban landscape. Explore a vibrant, transformative street culture with murals and public sculptures. Laneways, pedestrian-only precincts, funky playgrounds add to the sense of urban meets imaginative horizons. The Christchurch Art Gallery is an excellent place to start exploring art, culture and the story of Christchurch. Savour an exciting cafe and hospitality scene with its focus on farm to plate dining experiences. Unearth your sense of adventure as you explore the hills. Zipline against breathtaking views of the Canterbury plains in an adventure park or hurdle down mountain biking trails.

Christchurch’s backyard is Canterbury.

Adventure beckons. Visitors can ski at a world-class alpine resort, play golf, bungee jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch and visit internationally-acclaimed wineries and gardens – all within a short drive of the city.

Christchurch vintage tram

MUST-DO ATTRACTIONS

Start with a hot favourite, the vintage Tram – Interactive Tour of Christchurch. The tram is a must do activity. The 2.5km route encompasses  city highlights.  With seventeen stops there is access to most main attractions.  The train stops adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre, recently relocated to the refurbished historic Arts Centre precinct. The ‘i’ Site can provide guides to street art installations, pop up exhibitions as well as commercial galleries. Consider purchasing a combined ticket for a caterpillar garden tour and/or the Port Hills gondola as well as the tram ride.   Tickets can be directly purchased from the tram conductor or the Visitor Information Centre.

TIP: Definitely a transport option for families.

… learn more about Things to do in Christchurch places to visit, attractions, activities & heritage.

WHERE TO STAY IN CHRISTCHURCH

CITY CENTRE LOCATION

  • Sightseeing major attractions
  • Cafes & restaurants
  • Nightlife
  • No vehicle
  • First time visitors

TIP

City centre suburb Merivale and Riccarton are a great alternative to the city centre especially for visitors without a vehicle. Both suburbs are on busy public transport routes with Hagley North Park acting as a public space.

TIP

  • Select your MUST GO attractions
  • Investigate hop on and hop off bus route and/or vintage tram route, especially useful if you do not have a vehicle
Riccarton House Bush, Christchurch

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