This is the largest of all the South Island cities, with a population in excess of 400,000. Situated at the confluence of the and Avon rivers with a back-drop of the port hills, Christchurch is the hub of the South Island.
Winding its way through the city is the Avon River, it gently flows as it makes its way to the sea near Sumner beach. The Avon River is a focal point for relaxation where you can enjoy an afternoon watching various wildlife, the occasional canoeist or take a trip on the very English Punts enjoying champagne & strawberries and a picnic hamper.
Christchurch attractions that are a must to see and experience whilst visiting the beautiful garden city are:
- Orana Wildlife Park
- Christchurch Art Gallery
- Christchurch Gondola
- Antarctic Centre
- Christchurch Casino
- Hagley Park & Gardens
Drive from the City CentreHanmer Springs Thermal Pools - 1.5 hours
Relax in the thermal spring pools and enjoy the waterslide fun.
Akaroa and Banks Peninsula - 1 hour
Take the Black Cat Cruise to see the beautiful Hector's dolphins.
Southern Alps & Ski fields - 1-2 hours
During the winter there are great ski fields including Mount Hutt, Craigieburn and Porter Heights.