Christchurch, located in New Zealand, has been shaped by a history of earthquakes. Offering the visitor a veritable plethora of sites to see and things to do, this is one of the top cities that you might want to add to the list of places to visit. With the availability of an array of rental cars in Christchurch, one can explore the city that has survived a sequence of earthquakes during the 2010 and 2011 period. Hardy citizens will welcome you to a city that is re-emerging with vitality and invite you to explore some of their exciting places to visit. Pop-up cafes, bars and restaurants add to the city that is still happening. Here are three experiences to enjoy while visiting this New Zealand destination:
Punting On The Avon
The peaceful experience of punting on the Avon River in a flat bottom boat is not to be missed while in Christchurch. A romantic and idyllic wonderland awaits as the punter welcomes you aboard. The experience of punting involves a punter who pushes the boat through the water using a pole. Wearing a boater straw hat and striped blazer, the punter stands on a platform, while the passengers sit. Gliding quietly through the water, the flat bottomed boat has no keel and is the perfect setting for viewing nature up close. One can admire the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and the gently bent willows along the way. Troubles seem to vanish, as you lean back on velvet cushions and savour the tranquillity.
Mount Cavendish, Port Hills
Recently re-opened, Mount Cavendish offers spectacular views of the city of Christchurch as well as Lyttelton Harbour and the surrounding area. A gondola takes you up the mountain; you can park below, with plenty of parking available. One boards the gondola for a relaxing ride up the mountain and then reaches Summit Station. Some of the views include Pegasus Bay, the Pacific Ocean, Lake Ellesmere, Banks Peninsula, Lyttelton Harbour and the Canterbury Plains, as well as the Southern Alps. With its location in Port Hills, the mountain is part of the wall of a crater and an extinct volcano; its peak adds to the skyline of the city and is a notable geological feature.
Ferrymead Heritage Park
Visit the New Zealand of 100 years ago, and stroll down Heritage Street for a taste of Christchurch history. With more than 20 heritage societies, there is much to see that is crafted and restored. Weekends and public holidays are the best times to see the societies at work, restoring their collections of trains, photography, fire engines and much much more.
Open seven days a week, the Park has hours from 10:00am to 4:30pm and is open during holidays. Enjoy the steam train which runs on the first Sunday of every month; during the summer it runs every Sunday. On holidays, such as Easter and Queens Birthday, extra events and activities are planned. Step back in time and enjoy the Ferrymead Heritage Park and Steam Train.
One can stroll through this Garden City on foot and then enjoy the various sites with the aid of the many available rental cars in Christchurch; however manner in which you travel, you will be awed and inspired by majestic scenery, a rich history and the resilient residents of Christchurch, New Zealand.