Finally you’re planning that long overdue trip to New Zealand, and it’s going to be one of the best travel decisions that you could ever make. Arriving in New Zealand will be at one of their two main airports: either in Auckland, the largest city on the North Island, or Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. Either way you are in for a treat. Whether you have decided to stay on, or simply pass through Christchurch, it is a city that shares its borders with New Zealand’s impeccable wilderness, and is a real taste of what true Kiwi culture is all about.
Since the tragedy of the two massive earthquakes that struck this unique city back in 2010 and again in 2011, Christchurch has slowly but surely been rebuilt, and has been a massive contributor to what the city has to offer in terms of its one-of-a-kind design aspects and unique features. Empty parking lots and large spaces where buildings used to be are staggered through the city, creating the feeling of a city that is still under construction.
Themed bars and little markets, cute cinemas and even outdoor dancefloors all add to the uniqueness and exclusivity that the newer city of Christchurch has to offer both locals, and their beloved tourists. Let’s look at some of the favorite reasons to fall in love with Christchurch.
The Coffee Culture
Getting yourself a bad cup of coffee in Christchurch is something that you are actually going to work hard to find. The current coffee culture in Christchurch, and New Zealand as a matter of fact, is something to behold. They take their coffee rather seriously, and the abundance of café’s makes this rather apparent. Hot meals and fresh brewed coffee, served in the most quirky of spaces adds to the individual genre that the city of Christchurch has to offer.
Epic Street Art
It is practically impossible to escape the breathtaking street art that both local and international street artists have had the pleasure of producing after the quakes, adding generously to the city’s’ new look. The abandoned skyscraper walls coming to life with larger than life murals, helping to breathe new life in to this city under construction.
OMG the Food!
Since the new re-vamp of the city, creative young entrepreneurs have shaken up the food and hospitality businesses in the area. Producing delicious meals, sourced locally, leave Christchurch with no shortage of incredible dining options, from Oriental to Mexican, to the local lamb, dining in Christchurch has something to tickle any and all taste buds.
Where to Stay
Christchurch accommodation has something to suit everyone’s pocket, from the budget backpacker to the hotel hopper, the culture, arts, and natural beauty have been set aside for all to enjoy. Stay in the old jail house backpackers, or get a little more comfortable in the quaint Eco Villa boutique hotel, or you can even splash out in the luxury Hotel Montreal, loaded with charm and exclusivity. Whatever you preference, Christchurch’s amazing natural beauty is never far away.
Never Far From Nature
Surrounded by natural lakes, rivers, oceans, and mountains, Christchurch showcases its natural wonders right on its city doorstep. Rock climbing, hiking, outdoor pleasures, and the most incredible sunrises and sunsets are waiting for you just around the bend. Take a stroll on the beach or rent a surfboard at one of Christchurch’s two popular surf destinations, Sumner and Taylor’s Mistake, for the ultimate holiday adventure.
There is so much to do and see when visiting Christchurch in New Zealand, finding something to do is never going to be too hard. With plenty of options for both the summer and winter months, Christchurch has memories for everyone that will last a lifetime.