Christchurch, New Zealand
Gateway to New Zealand's South IslandLonely Planet voted Christchurch one of the Top 10 cities to visit in 2013. The gateway to New Zealand's South Island, vibrant Christchurch is surrounded by a region of natural wonders. A city where you can cycle alongside the river, indulge in fine sophisticated dining; a city where, just 15 minutes from its center, you can scramble up mountain bike tracks or ride a wave at a surf beach. See more of the South Pacific with the Air New Zealand Explorer Pass.
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over 4 years ago
Checking Out the NZ Cup, and the A&P Show
After we crossed Cook Straight by ferry to the South Island, we rented an RV and headed straight to Christchurch to check out the New Zealand Cup & Show, which we thought would give us a good taste of some more contemporary New Zealand culture. This annual event kicks off with the NZ Cup horse race, but our main interest was the Agricultural and Pastoral (A&P) Show. Widely considered the centerpiece of the 5-day festival, which includes a regional public holiday, this country fair like event showcased the best in class for everything from sheep, lamas and alpacas, to cattle and livestock. It also featured equestrian competitions and a lumberjack tournament – attended by Princess Anne no less!
about 4 years ago
Ride in a Historic Tram
What's not to love about these lovely red historic trams running in Christchurch? Get on one of these for a ride around the city.