Must See Places in Christchurch.

This article originally appeared on Air New Zealand

Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, and the third largest in the country. Just North of the Banks peninsula, the city lies midway down the right hand side of the South Island, and is bordered by rolling hills and the Pacific Ocean. With a wide range of amazingly diverse outdoor pursuits available, Christchurch is one of the few cities in the world where you can ski and surf within a two hour drive.

After the damage caused by the 2010 Earthquakes, Christchurch is now back on it’s feet, and better than ever. The city has a truly cosmopolitan lifestyle, perfect for those who enjoy outdoor activities, sports and natural beauty. Known also as the ‘Garden City’, Christchurch is home to some of the most extensive parks and public gardens in the Southern Hemisphere, and these aren’t the only amazing attractions to this delightful city.

Ski Fields

Very few cities in the world can boast ski resorts AND beaches, but Christchurch is one of those places. Situated an hour and a half away from the city centre, Mt. Hutt overs the largest ski area on the South Island. With runs of varying difficulty levels, there’s something for everyone in these awesome snow filled regions. Just a small factor of why so many people fall in love with New Zealand.

Swim With Dolphins

New Zealand is home to one of the smallest and rarest dolphins on the planet, and you can swim with them if you like! Hosted by Black Cat Tours, you can enjoy an unforgettable afternoon with these amazing creatures; with everything you need included into the tour price. So why not take up this once in a lifetime opportunity to spend some time with one of our closest animal friends.

The Antarctic Centre

Experience what it’s like to be in Antarctica at this award winning attraction that is inundated with visitors all year round. Situated close to the airport, this unique centre allows you to experience an Antarctic storm, ride inside an all terrain vehicle and visit the ‘Penguin Encounter’, New Zealand’s first combined indoor/outdoor penguin viewing area. Totally unique. Totally New Zealand.

Lake Pukaki

This is an absolute must visit site when you are visiting Chrsitchurch. Situated a short drive away, Lake Pukaki is a glacier lake with the bluest water you are ever likely to see. A great place to stop and camp, the views are totally breathtaking and it is like you are truly on another planet. Simply divine.

Just a small amount of amazing things you can see and do when visiting Christchurch, one of New Zealand’s coolest cities, with the views to match

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