Christchurch is going through some exciting times, with innovative and interesting projects and artwork popping up constantly throughout the city.
Art in the City
The 2013 Rise artwork event turned Christchurch into a giant canvas, and artworks from international artists can now be found in the most unlikeliest of places. Maps are available that will guide you round the city’s street art.
Located in Cashel Street, this world-first shopping area houses boutique shops and cafes in funky, colourful shipping containers. The RE:Start Mall has become a ‘must see’ for visitors to Christchurch as it offers a shopping experience like no other.
International Antarctic Centre
Christchurch's International Antarctic Centre is one of NZ's top tourism venues, providing interactive fun for visitors of all ages. You will experience snow and ice, an antarctic storm, learn about Antarctica and Scott Base, and meet some cute Little Blue Penguins.
See Christchurch from above. Look out over the Canterbury plains to the Southern Alps. Visit the time tunnel, view the history of Christchurch, and watch molten magma rip rocks apart. Then relax at the Red Rock Cafe and browse the shop before returning down the gondola.
Punting on the Avon
See Christchurch from a unique perspective. Take a romantic and relaxing punt down the beautiful, tree-lined Avon river. An Edwardian punter will guide you through beautiful Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
Hagley Park & Botanical Gardens
Hotel Parkview on Hagley overlooks Hagley Park’s 165 hectares of green space, including century old trees, stunning floral displays, the world-class botanic gardens, walking, biking and running tracks, and a golf course.
Christchurch is also the gateway to the Canterbury and the wider South Island.
Just 75kms, or an hour’s drive from Christchurch, Akaroa is noted for its colonial architecture. Originally a French settlement it is now a beautiful retreat, with an array of restaurants, cafes, vineyards, galleries, and art and craft stores. Activities include swimming with the Hector’s dolphins, scenic wildlife cruises, well-marked bush walks, kayak trips, and visits to The Happiest Garden on Earth, a garden full of unusual artwork.
Located 136Kms, or an hour and half’s drive from Christchurch, the Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve’s natural geothermal pools are the perfect place to relax and unwind. For the more active Hanmer Springs also has scenic bushwalks, from easy to more strenuous, horse trekking, 4 wheel driving, white water rafting, golf, mountain biking, jet boat rides, and bungy jumping.
Skiing in Canterbury
Christchurch is close to a wide array of ski fields suitable for beginners through to advanced skiers and boarders. Mt Hutt skifield is just over an hour’s drive from Christchurch, with a season from early June to late October. Porter’s Heights is 98kms, or an hour’s drive from Christchurch. Both have excellent facilities for skiers and boarders at all levels, plus full gear hire, lessons and packages.
For more information on any of these activities or anything else in Christchurch, Canterbury or beyond please ask the friendly staff at Hotel Parkview on Hagley.