Following the 2010-2011 earthquakes, Christchurch is re-emerging as a travel favourite, rich with history and experiences. Please note, a small area of the Christchurch central business district called the ‘red zone’ remains cordoned off from public access while infrastructure is repaired and demolition of damaged buildings is completed.
On New Zealand’s South Island is the country’s largest city, Christchurch offering a multitude of experiences and scenic attractions and activities suitable for all ages. Discover the region’s pristine rivers, ideal for fishing, whitewater rafting, jet boating, horse riding or kayaking in the south.
The central location of Christchurch makes a plethora of attractions easy to reach. Venturing north and you will discover the earth’s amazing hot pools as well as vineyards and aquatic wildlife. A journey west takes you across the Southern Alps where rainforests and glaciers can be explored. Head south and you will see Mount Cook (Aoraki), New Zealand’s tallest mountain sitting beautifully above the high country.
Christchurch is internationally famed as ‘The Garden City’, a true testament to the town’s planning and foresight regarding expansive parks and public gardens.
In 1997 Christchurch’s beauty competed against 620 international entries to be judged Overall Winner of Major Cities in the Nations in Bloom International Competition and was officially named ‘Garden City of the World’.
Parks throughout Christchurch that must be seen include the centrally located 161 hectare Hagley Park, the Botanic Gardens, the four leady inner-city avenues, Victoria Square and the amazing gardens on the banks of the River Avon.
Christchurch is also home to The Floral Festival held in February each year and proves one of the most popular festivals on the event calendar.
Christchurch is the most English of New Zealand’s cities and reminding visitors of this past is a grand Anglican cathedral, punts gliding down the sleepy Avon River and trams making their way down Worcester Street.
The laneways and squares around Linchfield Street reveal High Street’s cafe scene and a beautifully maintained Arts Centre the community is extremely proud of.
The tallest mountains in Australasia, the Southern Alps stretch out to the western coastline and deliver delightful alpine villages and ski areas. The whale watching centre of Kaikoura is located about two hours’ drive north from Christchurch.
Peppers Accommodation at Christchurch
Overlooking shimmering lakes and a stunning golf course, Peppers Clearwater Resort offers elegant and modern accommodation, an award winning restaurant and a par 72 golf course that hosts the New Zealand GPA.