The Christchurch Botanic Gardens in New Zealand's South Island are a relaxing and interesting option for an afternoon. These gardens were founded in 1863, with a size of 21 hectares, crossed by the river Avon, you can take a gondola. Some trees here are more than 120 years old. There are flowers and shrubs. The lush vegetation that inhabit these gardens makes this a perfect place for the habitat of dozens of species of birds typical of New Zealand. Guided tours can be arranged, although it depends on the time of year.
Christchurch is a city on New Zealand's South Island, in the province of Canterbury. It is the largest city in the South Island and the second largest in the country with a population of 400,000 inhabitants. Located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Christchurch was founded in 1850. It is 300 kilometres from the capital Wellington. When you arrive in Christchurch, you immediately notice British customs and aesthetics. It also has a small trolley, which makes it feel very European. The University of Canterbury also helps to give it that antique feel of the Old Continent. Christchurch is a good place to stop or start your visit to New Zealand because of its geographical location, including its airport, one of the largest in Oceania. I chose to travel from north to south in New Zealand. I started in Auckland on the North Island, travelled southward, and then took a ferry to the South Island, finishing my tour in Christchurch.
The Tranzscenic is a train route that runs along the route from the town of Greymouth on the Pacific coast and Christchurch on the Tasman Sea coast and offers some of the most beautiful views of the South Island of New Zealand. Some of the sights include: the fields of the Canterbury region, the valleys and the Waimakariri River, the Southern Alps where you can find the country's most popular glaciers (Fox and Franz Josef). It is a good way to cross the country's South Island, because it gives an overview of the different landscapes that you can find in the country, in addition to its east and west coasts. The entire trip takes 4 hours, and 225 km, passing through 16 tunnels and 5 viaducts, (Staircase is the highest at 73 meters high). The TanzScenic departs every day from Christchurch and Greymouth. It is possible to book your tickets through their website.
In some respects, it is a very old-looking museums, with dioramas and explanatory panels that look like they've been here for many, many years - but some sections are absolutely fascinating, like those dedicated to Antarctic exploration, the birds of New Zealand and Pacific, and the historical part that recreates life in Christchurch 100 years ago.
More than 10% of the population of New Zealand are of Asian origin, so the Chinese New Year celebrations are very important. In the South Island city of Christchurch, the celebrations are held at night around Victoria Square. There are food stalls set up, a parade takes place, and the fireworks make a spectacular noise. Before everyone goes home, there's dancing. The date of the Chinese New Year is the first day of the first lunar month. In general, the festivities last several days.
The Bridge of Remembrance is located in the center of Christchurch and was opened on Armistice Day, November 11, 1924. It was made with stone from the Canterbury region and commemorates the involvement of volunteers from the city in the First World War. The idea came from a lady who lived in the city and wanted to make a bridge to represent the steps of the soldiers passing from life to death. The council liked the idea and started a competition for the best design. In the end, the architect Scott was chosen to build it in 1923. The arc has a cross that represents human sacrifice and you can see the names of the battlefields where the Christchurch men died. Later, plates were added in memory of the soldiers killed during World War II.
This reserve is 15 minutes from Christchurch and is the ideal place to see kiwis in New Zealand. Spotting a glimpse of them otherwise is downright difficult. It's like a zoo where you can see other animals such as kangaroos and opossums, and where you can see other New Zealand wildlife. Kiwis can see in the environment and no glass separating them from you.
Te Puna o Waiwhetu is the most modern museum in Christchurch, housed in a spectacular building with fully glazed frontage and very modern sculptures. This free museum mostly houses temporary exhibitions.
This is an Anglican cathedral in the city center, traditional in its architecture but modern in its promotion, as it has a web page, and a souvenir shop where you can coin your own pennies of the cathedral. If you scale the tower there are wonderful views.
A modern streetcar with a historic vibe goes through the heart of Christchurch and makes 11 stops that are near principal tourist attractions like the Cathedral Square, the Arts Centre, the Art Gallery and Canterbury Museum, the Botanical Gardens, Victoria Square, etc. The route is 2.5 km and the ticket is valid for two days. You can hop on and off as often as you´d like!
This year we are offering a new destination for your English scholarship course in New Zealand: Christchurch. KA Christchursh school is in a beautiful, seven-storey art deco building that also houses New Zealand's School of Art and Design. It's located in the city center, next to the Cathedral Square and within walking distance of shops, cafes, bars and libraries. Founded in 1979, the school is the oldest in Christchurch and has an excellent reputation for the quality of education provided to students. This English school is equipped with 14 bright, spacious classrooms with audiovisual equipment, a computer room with several computers and Wifi, a study room, a lounge with microwave and vending machines, and a rooftop cafe with fantastic views of the city.
I don't remember if it was just one place or several different ones that offered sheep shows, but the fact is that if you go to Christchurch, you really can't miss out. New Zealand is the country of sheep, with more sheep than people. The kiwis are true masters in the art of shearing, and even 16 years later, I've still never seen anything like what I saw in the sheep show. We weren't entirely sure about attending, but I promise that if I go back to New Zealand, I won't miss a sheep show.
Apart from being a very well put together visitor center with detailed information on the city and the Canterbury region, it is in the center, in Cathedral Square where there are various cultural activities such as the Maori concert I attached pictures and videos.
The central library in Christchurch is full of life, quite different from mouldy old European libraries. The internet access is free, but sessions on the computers are limited; and wifi is unlimited. They have a floor dedicated to the cultures of Oceania and the South Seas, and it's open 7 days a week.
The Art Center is a multi-disciplinary space with several buildings of historical value, with the aim of promoting the performing arts, crafts, and culture, with 40 specialty shops, art galleries, a theatre, cinemas, bars, restaurants, and cafes. There's a farmer's market on Fridays, and an arts and crafts market at the weekends.
This beautiful building was constructed to house the municipal camera, and is now an open community with activities and exhibitions in its three rooms. I saw an exhibition about the origin of kiwifruit, and Asian cultures.
This is one of the museums located within the Cultural Precinct of Christchurch. Unlike many of the others, which open every day, this is closed on Mondays, so I couldn't go in, but it was recommended to me. It is a museum that exhibits not only works, but that represents artists, and has an important educational aspect, with art classes and school programs.
A great book shop with globes, maps, GPS, and generally everything related to travel worldwide. They have a fascinating variety of globes and maps on offer - illuminated, phosphorescent, topographic, etc.
Many of the things to do in Christchurch showcase the unique history of New Zealand, with its mix of British and ancient Maori influences. One example is the cathedral, which is one of the most popular places to visit in Christchurch. It is an Anglican cathedral built in the second half of the 19th century. It is located in the center of the city, surrounded by Cathedral Square, and has a tower that reaches 63 meters hig. If you're looking for active stuff to do in Christchurch, climb the tower and enjoy beautiful views of the city. The tower has been damaged by earthquakes three times, but remains accessible to the public.
Other important Christchurch attractions include another cathedral, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Here you'll find more breathtaking views. For history buffs, the question of what to do in Christchurch is easily answered. Visit the Redcliff Caves and you can see the archaeological evidence that shows that the area where the city stands today was first settled by Maori tribes.
For some fun Christchurch activities, walk through the gardens and parks, the Botanical Gardens, Hagley Park, Mona Vale, Riccarton House, and Bush, all of which are beautiful things to see in Christchurch. Culturally you can visit many museums and art galleries.
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