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The Perfect Day in Christchurch

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Whether you get to Christchurch by train, ferry, car, or, of course, camper van, all those beautiful hours on the road or sea will, quickly, be eclipsed by the wonders of Christchurch. From Roots, one of New Zealand's best restaurants to the chocolate-driven She Universe, you'll eat oh so well. In between meals? Museums, adventures, botanic gardens, and the excellent people of Christchurch. Don't miss Quake City where you can find out how this resilient lot handled a massive earthquake and its aftermath.
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10 Bridle Path Rd, Heathcote Valley, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand
Take in 360-degree vistas of Christchurch's stunning surroundings, from the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps to the Lyttelton Harbour and the Banks Peninsula, via this 10-minute cable-car ride that ascends 862 horizontal meters (2,830 feet) to...
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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...
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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...
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3 Garlands Rd, Woolston, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand
The Woolston area of Christchurch was home to many leather tanneries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and one of those sites has been transformed into a Victorian-style arcade for boutique shopping, dining and entertainment. Starting...
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Charteris Bay, New Zealand
The waters and harbors around Lyttelton and eastern Canterbury have welcomed explorers from Captains Cook and Scott to Admiral Byrd and Sir Shackleton. Quail Island, a small island off Lyttelton, now welcomes modern explorers: hikers and...
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Troup Drive, Addington, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Between the rugged coastline of the Banks Peninsula and the snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps, the Canterbury Plains, formed by mountain rivers, make up one of New Zealand's most fertile regions. The aerial view of the patchwork of green farms...

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79 Main Rd, Governors Bay, Christchurch 8971, New Zealand
Artisan-made chocolate and harbor views: need we say more? This café serves a tempting array of chocolate truffles, bars and beverages, but for something truly unique, try the cacao beans. The Samoan beans are slow-roasted and rolled in organic...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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8 London St, Lyttelton 8082, New Zealand
Venture to the slightly rough harbor town of Lyttelton near Christchurch for some of the country's most innovative and inspirational degustation menus. The intensely seasonal options constantly evolve—often on a daily basis—and tasting...