Many tourists opt for New Zealand’s more popular cities such as Queenstown; but Christchurch is an underrated travel destination filled with diverse and memorable experiences. Despite being devastated by earthquakes in the not so distant past, Christchurch and its residents have only grown stronger as a result – coming together to rebuild the city bigger and better than ever before.
Make sure to check out the below 10 attractions when you visit.
1. Hagley Park
Stroll through the 164 odd hectares of sprawling open space in Hagley Park. With ample recreational facilities available to visitors, you can easily lose hours here.
2. Quake City
This immersive and educational museum aims to educate visitors on the powerful earthquakes that struck Christchurch. Despite being sombre, the experience is surprisingly upbeat and inspirational.
3. Christchurch Gondola
Looking for some panoramic views of the city and the surrounding countryside? Then take the 10-minute ride to the summit of Mount Cavendish in the Christchurch Gondola.
4. Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Adjacent to Hagley Park, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are a crowd favourite among tourists and locals alike looking to get lost in nature. Impressively, the sprawling gardens have been around since 1863.
5. Bridge of Remembrance
One of two war memorial monuments in the city, the Bride of Remembrance connects Cambridge and Oxford Terraces to Cashel Street. It was originally constructed to honour those who fount in World War I.
6. International Antarctic Centre
Learn all about our planet’s most remote and frostiest continent at this interactive museum. This popular destination can be found close to the International Airport near the main departure point, making it a great final activity when leaving Christchurch.
7. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Home to over 50 different animal species, this beloved reserve is committed to protecting New Zealand’s natural wildlife. Spend the day here to learn more about their efforts and the fascinating critters that call the park home.
8. Christchurch Art Gallery
Marvel upon the carefully curated collection of local, national and international artworks that reside at the Christchurch Art Gallery.
9. The TranzAlpine Train
Before you book your trip, try and arrange to leave Christchurch upon the TranzAlpine train to Greymouth. The iconic five-hour trip promises some of the most stunning views of New Zealand’s natural landscapes, including the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps.
10. Canterbury Museum
Immerse yourself in New Zealand’s history and art while learning about its natural landscape at the Canterbury Museum. Learning’s always better when it’s free.
Ensure you book a vehicle with Ace Rental Cars today to make the most of your Christchurch visit.
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