Getting to Christchurch
Christchurch enjoys direct air service from several New Zealand cities including Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown. Direct services from international points include Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and seasonal service from Perth. There are also direct links to Fiji, Singapore and Tokyo (seasonal). Close to 10 airlines fly into Christchurch Airport.
With its dramatic mountain scenery, windswept beaches and green pastures, driving through the picturesque South Island is one of the best ways to get acquainted with the area. Christchurch is located on the island’s main north /south highway and has roadway links to points west of the city.
The TranzAlpine train offers daily service to Christchurch from Greymouth, on the island’s west coast. Making a stop in the recreation area of Arthur’s Pass, the train offers a relaxing journey to Christchurch. The train departs Greymouth in the early afternoon, arriving Christchurch around 6pm.
Where to stay in Christchurch
While Christchurch isn’t known for its deluxe accommodation, it does offer a wide selection of clean, comfortable hotels and Bed and Breakfasts in both modern and traditional styles. One of the most popular types of accommodation in Christchurch and throughout the South Island is self contained units and house rentals.
Self-contained units can range from luxury to basic and provide the perfect solution for those looking to stay in Christchurch for an extended period. Self-contained units or houses provide all of the kitchen and laundry facilities found at home.
Things to see & do in Christchurch
Christchurch Botanic Gardens – Established in 1863, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens is a 21 hectare inner city paradise. The peaceful retreat features a rose garden with over 250 varieties of roses, a rock garden, a tropical Fern House and more. Public events are held throughout the year, including concerts and learning forums. Guided and self-guided tours are available from the Visitor’s Centre.
Punting on the Avon – Open year round, nature lovers can relax in the comfort of a river punt. This long, narrow boat is guided by a punter who uses a long pole to propel the punt down the river and past some of the most beautiful nature sites in the city.
TranzAlpine Rail Journey – Departing daily from Christchurch, the TranzAlpine railway winds its way through the picturesque landscape of New Zealand’s South Island. Stopping in the mountain retreat of Arthur’s Pass, the train continues through the Southern Alps and on to the pristine western shores. Whether it’s a return day-trip or one way journey, there’s no better way to see the inland sights of this stunning island.
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