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July 19, 2010

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Top Reasons to Visit Christchurch New Zealand

Christchurch New Zealand

By Paul J Easton

When you think of New Zealand, you certainly imagine the bustling life in one of the harbor cities, such as Auckland and Wellington. However, there is also a lot more to see and do in this spectacular country. Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island. It is a great tourist destination that offers great fun, superb relaxation and high quality accommodation.

Christchurch is nicknamed the Garden City and not without reason. You will definitely enjoy the numerous parks and gardens and the lush green setting with colorful blossoms. You can start by visiting the 161 acre Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens, which are home to numerous exotic plant species. Mona Vale, situated on the banks of River Avon, is another spectacular place to visit. The blaze of color will certainly dazzle you.

You will certainly get a taste of and explore more fully the New Zealand art and culture in Christchurch. The Art Center and Art Gallery will provide you with a totally unique art experience that you will remember for a lifetime. In Ferrymead Heritage Park tourists can go hundreds of years back and explore a heritage town, with all its most important buildings.

Christchurch is a great place to encounter wild animals like you have never done before. Orana Wildlife Park is the only free range zoo in the country. The Southern Encounter Aquarium and the International Antarctic Center offer you the ideal opportunity to meet exotic marine and Antarctic animals. You can go on a wildlife safari to meet unique dolphin species and watch whales in their natural environment.

Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury region are renowned for offering some of the best spa treatments in the country. But there is so much more to do in the city and the surrounding area. You can take a trip to the Waipara Wine Valley, the wine capital of New Zealand. You will certainly get a truly amazing wine tasting experience. You can have a 90 minute car ride to reach Mt Hutt, which boasts with one of the best skiing slopes and facilities in the country.

Christchurch is more than a tourist friendly destination. It is easy to get to with any type of transportation – air, sea or land. You will find plenty of accommodation in the city and its picturesque surroundings. You can choose between classic hotels with restaurants and bars, serviced apartment hotels and motels and luxury lodges. The room rates are quite affordable, especially compared to the ones in other parts of New Zealand.

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