Mountains

NZ Bush Tip No. 3

Have a relaxed start to your Tongariro crossing to avoid 90% of the people who set off early!

 
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Christchurch

Christchurch, the ‘Garden City of New Zealand’, is a wonderful place to catch your breath midway through your South Island safari.

It's a place to relax and enjoy the historic architecture, art galleries, parks and landscaped gardens, with the River Avon meandering through the city. Enjoy a meal or coffee at one of the many atmospheric cafés, and generally energise yourself before heading off on your next adventure. Be sure to catch all the exciting local attractions before you go!

Must experience:

  • The Canterbury Museum will keep you entertained for hours
  • See, smell and photograph some of the wonderful flora at the Botanical Gardens
  • Drive out to the old sunken volcano which now forms the beautiful, French-influenced Akaroa Harbour
  • Have the full Antarctic experience without getting too cold at the International Antarctic Centre

Facts at a glance

  • Oral Maori history suggests that the first moa hunting tribes inhabited the area over a 1000 years ago.
  • Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter on 31 July, 1856, making it officially the oldest established city in New Zealand.
  • The name Christchurch is taken from Christ Church College in Oxford – the college of one of the first settlers.
  • The largest Marae in New Zealand is located just 6km north east of the city at 250 Pages Road.
  • Christchurch is the location for the headquarters of Operation Deep Freeze – which supplies Antarctica.

Accommodation

There are many reasons to stay at Four Peaks Lodge in Geraldine.
There are many reasons to stay at Four Peaks Lodge in Geraldine. You might want to experience life on a Canterbury farm; or maybe you'll use the lodge for sporting pursuits, such as fishing, hiking or golf; and then again, it might be pure relaxation that you're looking for. Find an excuse – this is a wonderful place to stay!

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