Many of our trips pass through the Christchurch region and enjoy this classic piece of NZ that reminds many of old England with punting, great gardens and lovely shops. For those joining a tour passing through Christchurch here's a taste of what you will be up to.

About the Christchurch area:

Named ‘The Garden City’ Christchurch is the newly rejuvenated heart of architectural design in New Zealand after the destruction caused by the 2010 and 2011 EarthQuakes.

Located midway down the east coast of the South Island, just north of Banks Peninsula, Christchurch is the South Island's largest city and is a vibrant cosmopolitan with exciting festivals, theatre, modern art galleries, great shopping and a host of activities. The newly built ‘container mall’ was built as a temporary hub for the city providing superb shopping and cafes that celebrate a fresh New Zealand taste and is definitely worth a visit for those staying in Christchurch either side of their tour. The central business district is still being rebuilt and a short walk from the beautiful gardens of Hagley park and the container mall - be sure to take a visit to the Cathedral to get an eye-opening view of the effects of the earthquakes on the city’s infrastructure and learn more about the exciting rebuild. Taking a tour on the historic tram that loops the city centre is another great way to soak up the sites.

It has all the amenities of a modern city, but is still very much a regional centre serving the rich rural hinterland, with a laid-back pace to life. Its grey-stone nineteenth century buildings, tree-lined avenues and extensive leafy parks sustain the grace and charm of an earlier era and are being well preserved in the rebuild of the city. Christchurch values its culture and heritage, but offers a year round range of fresh and exciting adventures and activities, only a couple of hours from world class skiing, golf resorts and wineries.

Top tip; Take a tour on the historic tram that loops the centre city to learn more about the rebuild project and glide along the tranquil Avon river on a traditional Edwardian Punt boat to soak up the historical culture of this graceful city.

Optional activities:

There are no activities to choose from during our short stopover in Christchurch.

Walk options:

The botanic gardens are an award winning attraction right near the middle of the city and a great place to wonder round.

Cycle options:

There are no cycle options during our short stopover in Christchurch city.