Collected by Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert
61 Beach Rd, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Go beyond whale-watching and snorkeling and get in the water with wild dolphins in their natural habitat. Akaroa is the only place you can see and swim with a Hector's dolphin, a member of the smallest and rarest species of the marine mammal....
Rolleston Ave, Christchurch City Centre, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
There’s no better place to stop and smell the roses (and the dahlias and the begonias) than Christchurch Botanic Gardens. From New Regent Street, hop on the renovated tram, which stops near the entrance to the 80-plus acres of majestic oaks, water...
38 Orchard Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand
Ever dreamed of an expedition to Antarctica? Come close during your trip to New Zealand: The Christchurch region served as the base for British explorer Robert Falcon Scott's voyages to the South Pole in the early 20th century, and it currently...
234 Hereford St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Following a powerful earthquake in February 2011, the Christchurch Cathedral was severely damaged, and while there is an ongoing ideological and economic debate over whether or not the Gothic-style church can, or should be, repaired, the Anglican...
299 Durham Street North, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Learn how Christchurch was redefined by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes with interactive displays and first-person video testimonials at this special exhibition coordinated by the Canterbury Museum. Stories of emergency responders and survivors are...
290 Montreal St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
One of Christchurch's favorite cafés has expanded from just one renovated Victorian villa to two sitting side by side. The blue and yellow houses are now connected, with more-formal evening dining upstairs and all-day fare downstairs. The menus...
158 Ferry Rd, Waltham, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Like many of Christchurch's creative businesses, Gentle Giant's location in an unappealing, mostly industrial area belies its warm interior of recycled-wood furniture and antique rugs. The menu balances sweet and savory breakfast-brunch favorites...
Christchurch, New Zealand
Christchurch excels at reinvention, whether in creative solutions such as the Cardboard Cathedral, or in the use of shipping containers to house shops and restaurants. So it's no surprise to find a thriving vintage-and-antiques-shopping scene as...
76-100 Cashel St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Like the Cardboard Cathedral, the Re:START shopping mall has become a symbol of Christchurch's rebirth following the 2011 earthquake. Made up of dozens of shipping containers, the mall features retailers that sell goods ranging from books to New...
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