Christchurch New Zealand (Ōtautahi Aotearoa) is our lovely Garden City. The 2010 earthquake has scared Christchurch badly, but there are many positives come out from it. 2019 is going to be a great year for exploring Christchurch City.
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- Public Art
- 8 Aug 2020 Christchurch Go Green Expo
- 19 Sept 2020 Christchurch Healthy Living & Allergy Free Show 2020
- 16 Oct 2020 Canterbury Home Show
- 27 Nov 2020 James Blunt
- More Christchurch Events
- Cathedral Square
Christchurch Square remaining damaged from the earthquake (photo on 13 Jan 19).
- Art Gallery
The stunning art collection that is free to public.
- Avon River
The Avon River / Ōtākaro flows through the centre of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. One of my favorite place to watch ducks, eels and trouts.
- Christchurch Botanical Garden
Christchurch Botanical Garden offers a great collection of plants and green spaces and is part of the Christchurch Central Hagley Park.
– Ilex cafe in the garden offers great coffee and lite meal.
- Art Center
Forma Canterbury University now home to many locals artist studios and galleries.
- Canterbury Museum
Great collections and storytelling about the City. (Best day to visit during raining or cold day).
Best way to explore the City Centre by Tram. Try the yummy Dimitris Greek Food, Rollickin Gelato Cafe and many other food options in the newly launch Riverside Market .
- Christchurch Riverside Market YouTube
- New Regent Street
Opened in 1932, New Regent Street in central Christchurch with its stunning colourful Heritage facades that are home to many cafes and boutique businesses. Our favorite ice cream shop Rollicking Gelato is a must …
- Cardboard Cathedral
This temporary Cathedral has been constructed using large cardboard tubes designed by famous Japanese Architect.
185 Empty White Chairs missing is nearby – remembrance of 22 February 2011
- Christchurch Designer Private Garden
Chet is a registered (NZILA) landscape architect trained in New Zealand and the United States. Currently, he is working on selected Christchurch & Malaysia private projects. Chet formerly worked for Davie Lovell Smith, Christchurch as a senior landscape architect and was an invited lecturer at Lincoln University. Christchurch Designer Garden has been home to Chet for the last 18 years, and Designer Cottage is one of his first homes that is truly inspiring. This Christchurch designer garden is by invitation only.
- The Crossing & Ballantynes
Ballantynes was established in 1854 and was originally named Dunstable House by its founders David Clarkson.
Guthrey Centre – The Sweet Soul Patisserie a must eat deset cafe in town.
The Crossing is CHRISTCHURCH’S NEW RETAIL HEART, they welcomes the finest international and local brands to Christchurch’s
- The Colombo Mall
The Colombo stands as one of Canterbury’s elite retail and entertainment establishments that’s only few minutes walk from the Designer Cottage B&B. The Colombo is its harmonious blend of retailers, including an arts cinema, European-style bars, decadent culinary providers and many fashion, beauty and home ware boutiques.
Hello Sunday cafe nearby The Colombo is Christchurch Awards winning cafe.
- 5th Street unique dinner restaurant in Sydenham
- Cafe Valentino Restaurant & Bar
One of my favorite dinner restaurant. Highly recommended to book in advance (03) 3771886
- The Fermentist The Fermentist, a micro-brewery in Sydenham Christchurch
- Dean Bush – Saturday Christchurch Farmers Market
A unique remaining 4 ha. native Kahikatea New Zealand forest that remaining in Christchurch City center. The Saturday market is worth going if you are in Christchurch during Saturday morning.
- Mona Vale
A stunning privately owned homestead now a Christchurch public park that is free to the public. Also a popular venue for wedding.
- Lyttelton Harbour – Saturday Market (YouTube)
Eruption Brewing on London Street offer great coffee too
Bridle Path, Christchurch Gondola and Ferrymead Heritage Park are close by.
- Sumner Beach
Great Place for sun soaking and walkabout this lazy beach village setting. Cafes, restaurants and shops are popular here.
Taylors Mistake close by with Kiwiana holidays baches.
- The Sign of the Takahe Lookout View
The Sign of the Kiwi
Christchurch Great Lookout or even a short hike from Takahe to the Kiwi.
- New Brighton Pier
The original wooden pier was destroyed by fire and was demolished on 12 Oct 1965, and the newly constructed pier was opened on 1 Nov 1997. After $8.5 million earthquake repair it is now reopen to the public again.
Cafe in Christchurch
- Portershed Specialty Cafe
322 Lincoln Rd, Addington, Christchurch 8024
- Raw Suger Cafe Christchurch vegan and vegetarian cafe
Akaroa Day Trip
- Little River
Little River Art Gallery (w) & CAFE
is one of my favorite day trip from Christchurch, and the citrus date scones are to die for.
- Akaroa Hill Top Tavern Lookout
- Akaroa Giant House
The Giant’s House – A historic Akaroa house with original artworks, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics. Very Unique. A creative feast and a wonderful experience. A great art work by Josie
Akaroa swiming with dolphins by Black Cat
or visit Pohatu Penguins Tours
The Garden French Farm Akaroa YouTube
- More to come-
Christchurch Adventure Park
Port Hills & The Sign of the Kiwi
Air Force Museum YouTube Place to Eat in Sydenham
Burgers & Beers
The Colombo Food & Drink
Lone Star Manchester St Great foods with avarage sevice
- Designer Cottage Bed Room
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CHRISTCHURCH included in CNN’s list places to visit in 2019 by The Press 8 Jan 19
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The hardest thing for me today (17 March 2019) is visiting my friends that lost his son last Friday. Hugging the father John and my tears just non stop streaming down my face. I just kept saying ‘so sorry’ from the bottom of my heart. The parents invited us to remember Sayyad by signing his most loved football. I am honored. Chet Wah
We are one Kia Kaha