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Evidence suggests that the Christchurch area was first settled in 1250 CE. Often called the “Gateway to the Antarctic,” the city is now home to more than 350,000 and one of the largest cities of New Zealand, Christchurch was city established by English settlers in 1850 and many of the older buildings in Christchurch still showcase its English heritage, however the Maori culture is extensively represented in the city as well.

The Avon River flows through the heart of the city. Christchurch is often called the Garden City because of the lush greenery that can be found throughout the city and because of the excellent public parks and gardens. At the heart of the city is Cathedral Square. The square surrounds the Christchurch that was damaged in the earthquake that rocked the city a few years back. This is the area where most attractions are hosted in the city including coffee and food carts, restaurants, pubs, markets and the main tourist information center.

Christchurch's Cultural Precinct is a very vibrant area with its cultural, heritage and arts attractions like the Art Gallery, Canterbury Museum and the Arts Centre. While Christchurch has a strong English heritage, it does showcase European elements through its architecture. A majority of architecture in the city is in the Gothic Revival style. Christchurch also has a strong Maori Culture.

The city has a number of beautiful restaurants, cafes, river beds, parks and spaces. The Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens are among the finest in New Zealand and were founded in the year 1863. The Hagley Park is used for sports activities like rugby, netball and cricket. The Willowbank Wildlife Park is located in the north while Travis Wetland is located in Burwood.

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1. Cathedral Square
What is it? Cathedral Square is the hub of the city centre and is dominated by the city's landmark, Christchurch Cathedral, a grand Gothic structure with a tall spire, and a cool and spacious interior with marvellous acoustics. It is possible to climb the narrow staircase to the bell tower for a splendid panoramic view of the city. In front of the cathedral, the city's most quirky character, fondly known as 'The Wizard', performs his daily eccentric routine for the crowd from atop a ladder, ranting about all things from politics and politicians to religion, love and bureaucracy. Nearby the giant chessboard painted on the square attracts avid players and spectators, with enormous pieces to be shifted during strategic moves, as challengers pit their skills against one another. Hours of Operation: Cathedral: Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm (winter); Monday to Friday 8.30am to 7pm, Saturdays 9am to 5pm, Sundays 7.30am to 7pm (summer). Guided tours are available Phone:(0)3 366 0046



2. Christchurch Tramway
What is it? Trams were part of the city's transport system until 1954 and today these heritage trams have been beautifully restored, offering visitors a unique experience that takes one on a two-mile (3km) loop of many of the city's best features and main attractions. The drivers, who offer insight on the history, architecture, activities and points of interest, supply informative and entertaining commentary. Visitors can hop on and off at any of the stops to further explore the attractions at leisure. The most interesting sights include Cathedral Square, the Aquarium of Discovery, punting on the Avon River, the exquisite Botanic Gardens on the banks of the river, New Regent Street with its pretty Spanish mission-style architecture, the magnificent Gothic buildings of the Arts Centre, and Canterbury Museum, with an excellent Antarctic exhibition. Hours of Operation: Daily from 9am to 9pm (November to March), 9am to 6pm (April to October) Phone:(0)3 366 7830



3. Christchurch Gondola
Gondola Base Station, Heathcote Valley
What is it? The spectacular ride takes visitors to the top of the crater rim of Christchurch's extinct volcano on the outskirts of the city, unfolding magnificent views of the city, over the Canterbury Plains and towards the Southern Alps, and the sweep of Pegasus Bay and Lyttelton Harbour, as it rises to 1,460ft (445m) above sea level. At the summit the Gondola Complex features the Time Tunnel Heritage Show with a walk-through exhibition and video relaying the history and geological evolution of the Canterbury region as well as Maori mythology. From the summit it is possible to walk back down through the Port Hills to Sumner Beach. Hours of Operation: Daily 10am to 9pm Phone:(0)3 384 0700



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