Christchurch, the international gateway to the South Island, is famous for its natural beauty and huge range of attractions and activities. With the centrally located 161ha Hagley Park and Botanic Gardens, leafy avenues, and many public parks, Christchurch certainly lives up to its internationally recognised title of “The Garden City”.
In 2010 and 2011 Christchurch suffered a series of very damaging earthquakes. However, the
city is now rebuilding and the many innovative projects around the city have made travel guides like Lonely Planet recommend Christchurch as a great place to visit.
Since the quakes the city has become a canvas, with art work springing up in the most unexpected places. The Re:Start mall - the world's first upmarket “shipping container” mall, featuring funky and quirky cafes and boutiques, and the Cardboard Cathedral, both build since the quakes, have all drawn international attention.
Christchurch also offers an abundance of festivals (such as the famous World Buskers Festival), major events like the Ellerslie Flower Show, artistic and cultural performances, and diverse retail outlets.
Orari Bed & Breakfast is close to a multitude of excellent attractions throughout the city including:
- Canterbury Museum
- The Botanic Gardens
- Punting on the Avon
- Riccarton Bush – with its weekend Farmers’ Market
- Christchurch Casino
Other nearby attractions include:
- The International Antarctic Centre
- Orana and Willowbank Wildlife Parks
- Cruising on Lyttelton Harbour
- The Christchurch Gondola
…and many more.
The area surrounding Christchurch is a largely undiscovered playground. The varied landscape includes rugged ocean beaches, wide braided rivers, spectacular gorges, fertile plains, and beyond, the majestic Southern Alps. From bungy-jumping, jet boating and skiing for the thrill seekers, to hiking in the Port Hills, visiting award winning wineries or punting on the Avon for those wanting a more relaxing holiday, Christchurch has it all.