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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
Hours of Operation: Daily 10am to 9pm
Phone:(0)3 384 0700
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