Christchurch is a truly unique destination. With a modern and thriving city centre, combined with a heritage, culture and a multicultural populace, the city has an atmosphere that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. With a burgeoning tourist industry, vibrant arts scene and an underlying connection to its English roots, Christchurch is fast becoming one of New Zealand’s top tourist destinations.
Many of Christchurch’s hotels and hostels were rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. The city therefore offers many modern places to stay, purpose built in the most popular districts. However, if you are planning an extended stay in Christchurch - perhaps on a business trip - then serviced apartments can offer many of the benefits of traditional accommodation, such as room cleaning and reception, whilst also affording you the added privacy and convenience of your own home-from-home. Whether you are seeking a small studio, or luxury city apartment, the Squa.re can match you with the perfect property for your visit.
Christchurch is a diverse and fascinating city, with each of its neighbourhoods offering something different. Whether you are looking for an authentic rock bar, high end dining, or simply want to explore some green spaces in the sunshine, then the city has something that is sure to accommodate.
Downtown Christchurch is one of the most popular areas, with highlights including Hagley Park and the stunning River Avon, offering many tourist favourites such as punting tours and the renowned Botanic Gardens. Visitors to Downtown Christchurch will also find a huge selection of top restaurants, trendy bars and cafes, and bustling shopping areas like the innovative retail village.
There’s also many other areas of the city to explore, including the laid back waterfront areas of New Brighton, which has the feel of an old seaside resort whilst still harbouring plenty of fashionable bars and restaurants. Whatever you are looking to do, you will find that Christchurch hides many cultural and social gems and is a city that begs to be explored.
Christchurch has a huge concentration of great restaurants in the city centre - ranging from experimental New Zealand dishes to international cuisine. Twenty Seven Steps on New Regent street is one of the most popular restaurants in the area, serving modern European dishes with a modern twist. There’s also Chillingworth Road restaurant, which serves contemporary New Zealand dishes in a sophisticated setting.
The Palms, which straddles Corner Marshland and New Brighton Roads is one of the city’s best places to shop, housing several high street brands under one roof - including leading fashion labels and tech stores. A little further from the centre is Westfield Riccarton, which is a modern shopping mall housing numerous retailers and goods providers, as well as several cafes and eateries.
Christchurch is often seen as the hub from which to explore the Canterbury region, with several great excursions available, such as Orana wildlife park and Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park. However, the city also has its fair share of cultural attractions, including Canterbury Museum and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu - which showcases contemporary and indigenous art.
Like much of New Zealand, Christchurch has limited public transport. There are no trains or metro services, so those wishing to travel around using public transport are limited to the bus routes that run across the city and to the surrounding areas. Therefore, if you are looking to further explore the island, then it is advisable to hire your own transport upon arrival.
As the south island’s largest city, Christchurch has numerous businesses and organisations operating locally. Financial services are represented by firms such as AMI insurance and the Bank of New Zealand. Manufacturing also plays a key role in the local economy, with MWH New Zealand, Phototec Industries and Tait Electronics all operating in the city.
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