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This area is called home by about 360,000 people.
Christchurch isn't too far from Kaiapoi, which is situated 17 kilometres to the north. Wellington, the national capital, is to be found 310 kilometres to the northeast.
An outing to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve or Jellie Park Recreation and Sport Centre is a perfect chance for a bit of quality family time. If you're looking for a bit more excitement, Tothill's Mazes and Caddyshack City are a couple of other options.
You don't have to be a youngster to enjoy a trip to the Orana Wildlife Park! Visitors of all ages will have plenty of opportunities to marvel at its interesting inhabitants through a series of well-thought-out exhibits.
Got a taste for wine? Then plan an excursion to the True and Daring Winery and the Omarino Wine Park, where you'll learn about the art of winemaking and, of course, try a few drops.
Start a wild night out with some card games and bright lights at the Christchurch Casino. It's the perfect place to get the party started!
You needn't be an experienced gardener to enjoy the gorgeous garden beds at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and the Frensham Gardens. Many visitors also choose to take a leisurely stroll around the Edmond's Factory Garden.
From tossing a ball around to simply lying back in the grass, there are plenty of reasons to head to a green space like Mona Vale or Hagley Park. Elmwood Park and Heathcote Domain are a couple more spots where you can enjoy some greenery.
Christchurch I-SITE is a great starting point for your visit. You'll uncover a wealth of information here, including ideas for day trips, the top restaurants to check out and much more.
Find some peace of mind and see if you can spot different species of birds at Victoria Lake, an impressive local waterway.
A few hours by the seaside is a good antidote to the fast pace of the city, so why not spend a little time breathing in the fresh, salty air at New Brighton Beach or Sumner Beach? Taylor's Mistake Beach and Spencer Park are two more stops to add to your hit list.
Slip on some comfy shoes and prepare to go adventuring. There are plenty of nature reserves around here that are just waiting to be enjoyed. The clean air and natural surroundings at Lyttelton Harbour and Cave Rock are as rejuvenating as it gets. Quail Island and Shag Rock are two more that are worth a visit.
A fantastic way to get to know a city is to wander the halls of its museums. Find out what's on at International Antarctic Centre and the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
Awaken the science geek within with a morning at the Science Alive. When you're there, don't forget to ask about any temporary exhibitions. Trust us when we say, you won't want to miss a thing!
Some people are art lovers, while others haven't even glanced at a sculpture or painting since those compulsory art classes. No matter which group you fall into, you're bound to find something that interests you in the stunning, eye-opening and sometimes startling pieces at the Christchurch Art Gallery and the Robert McDougall Art Gallery.
Consider yourself a history buff? Don't just read about the past in textbooks, explore it in real life at the Canterbury Museum. The Lyttelton Museum and the Rutherford's Den are also dedicated to recounting the story of the region's rich heritage.
Go back in time with an excursion to Riccarton House and the University of Canterbury. They're great places to get a deeper understanding of Christchurch's history. Why not also make time for Ferrymead Heritage Park and the Bridge of Remembrance?
The watchful turrets and robust stone exterior of Timeball Station were designed to help guard its inhabitants from attack. This eye-opening architecture alone makes it a worthwhile place to visit, not to mention the captivating history that is contained within.
Visitors interested in the city's religious heritage should make a day of Cardboard Cathedral and Anglican St. Augustine's. Nurses' Memorial Chapel and City New Life Church are also important pieces of Christchurch's spiritual identity.
You may feel as though there's nothing else to do after exploring Christchurch's most popular tourist sights, but don't fly home just yet. There are still lots of things to check out. Why not spend time at the Christchurch Gondola and the Riccarton Park? Don't forget to stop by the Chalice and Cashmere Stream either.
There are more than 167 Christchurch hotels listed on lastminute.com.au. With such an awesome range to choose from, locking in the perfect place isn't going to be hard!
Thankfully, there's a room for you in Christchurch. For a place that's easy on the wallet, book yourself in at either the YMCA Christchurch Hostel (12 Hereford Street) or the Racecourse Backpackers Hostel (130 Racecourse Road). Or maybe you'd rather live it up like royalty at the Dyers House? The Clearview Lodge is another popular option for those who relish life's luxuries.
23 Oct. - 24 Oct.
It was clean and nice. One thing was the blanket was not warm enough and it was cold in the bed room without heaters.
26 Oct. - 27 Oct.
The hotel was lovely and clean... There was very little noise... The staff are really helpful and friendly... My only issue was I booked 2 consecutive days & it seemed to cause a drama...
25 Oct. - 26 Oct.
Enjoyed the location of the hotel, had a massage, went to the Rum Bar and visited the desert bar. Staff were very helpful and accomodating. Changed Room config at Checkin without any fuss and without extra cost. Thank You
6 Nov. - 7 Nov.
Closeness to airport and a shuttle service. Nice clean tidy room. Great to have restaurants and super market close by also.
27 Oct. - 28 Oct.
Things were missing - eg no shower cap inside the packaging. Room smelled of body odour. Apart from that it was very pleasant
28 Oct. - 29 Oct.
The hotel is very central and we enjoyed being able to walk everywhere. The staff were very friendly and helpful- great rates