To enjoy English heritage and nature together, visit Christchurch.
Being ‘the garden city,’ Christchurch has plenty of gardens, parks, and tree-lined street ways. On day one of our visits, we did punt at the Avon River.
Places to visit
We shopped at various boutique fashion stores followed by a wood-fired pizza at the Cashel St. Mall. Even the entire day felt less at the Christchurch botanic gardens which are located on the Rolleston Avenue. It houses numerous native and exotic plants. We sat in the kitchen gardens and grabbed some sandwiches at the cafe situated inside the premises of the garden. We attended a comedy show at the court theatre located in the suburb of Addington. There were many cafes and bars along the theatre. From the Christchurch gondola, you can see the entire cityscape, the Port Hills and the harbor of Lyttelton. After that, we took a tunnel ride which reflects the reconstructed area and its historical background. We had wine at the Red rock cafe while clicking the scenic view. We visited the Canterbury Museum, Arts Centre, and Hagley Museum.
We visited the Orana Wildlife Park in Harewood who is stretched in an area of 80 hectares. We also did lion and rhino feeding there which is comparatively more fun than the everyday caged experiences. From our Christchurch hotel, we were picked by cab for Waipara Wine Trail Tour for $66.67. We did Akaroa Shore excursion which starts from Akaroa Harbor.
The kids had frolic time at the Margaret Mahy Family Playground. The tram ride gets extra delightful with the driver commentary and deers flocking in the 17 stop ride. At a price of $119 one way per person, the Tranzalpine is the best train ride you will take. 20 minutes away from the coast, there is an Adrenaline forest.
Even after the damage caused by the earthquake, Christchurch is still an amazing tourist destination.