Christchurch & surroundings
New Zealand's "Garden City," Christchurch is a gorgeous,
tranquil and fun city. Decidedly English in feel, the third-largest
city in the country has exquisite Gothic and Victorian-era
architecture, lush gardens, peaceful parks and the picturesque Avon
River. One of the best ways to enjoy the river is aboard a
traditional punting boat.
Explore the shops, galleries and theater of the Arts Center.
Check out the Canterbury Museum for a great perspective on Maori
and pioneer history, and the world's best collection of artifacts
from early Antarctic exploration.
Climb the steep steps up to the bell tower balcony of
Christchurch Cathedral for marvelous views of the city and distant
mountains. Atop lovely Cashmere Hill sits "The Sign of the Takahe,"
an excellent place to have tea and soak up the city views. Learn to
windsurf in the shallow waters of the estuary or rent a bicycle and
see the sites as the locals do.
If you decide to travel to New Zealand in the winter, take
advantage of great skiing at Mt. Hutt, about two hours from