The largest city in the South Island, boasts countless historic buildings and locations, with lots to see and do, there’s always something new to explore in Christchurch.
Starting at the International Antarctic Centre. Christchurch is one of five gateway cities to Antarctica, a place passed through on the way to the icy wonderland. Get your own taste of Antarctica at the centre without having to leave Christchurch, pass through the Storm Dome with -5-degree temperatures or visit the penguins and the Husky Zone to see the creatures of the arctic. For the adrenaline driven, try out the Hägglund field trip, a first-hand passenger experience in the amazing all-terrain Antarctic vehicles.
Step back into the heart of the history by visiting the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch’s Cultural Precinct, beautiful stone architecture first opened in 1870. See the Antarctic history, discover fossils, treasures left by first settlers and ancestors or experience early European history all the things that have helped to shape and create the Christchurch of today.
Christchurch is also renowned for its beautiful gardens and the history that accompanies them, the botanic gardens in the heart of the city were founded in 1863 to commemorate the marriage of Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. The gardens are home to both local and exotic flora and fauna, there also are two rose gardens within the heart of the gardens.
Christchurch is a beautiful town, oozing history and magic that is not to be missed.