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Local Information

Christchurch is the largest of all the South Island cities having a population in excess of 362,000. Situated at the confluence of the Heathcote and Avon rivers with a back-drop of the port hills, Christchurch is the hub of the South Island. You might notice the very English style layout of the city with its central square and parallel streets running east, west, north and south. With a great number of parks and the mature trees that are everywhere, we nickname Christchurch “The Garden City”.

Winding its way through the city is the Avon River, it gently flows as it makes its way to the sea near Sumner beach. The Avon River is a focal point for relaxation where you can enjoy an afternoon watching various wildlife, the occasional canoeist or take a trip on the very English Punts enjoying champagne & strawberries and a picnic hamper.

From the beaches to the alps, New Zealand’s Canterbury region has so many things for you to see and do. Check this out > 


Day Trips

Location Description
Orana Wildlife Park Imagine hand feeding a majestic giraffe; eye balling the magnificent white rhino; meeting New Zealand’s national icon, the Kiwi- or travelling through the Lion Reserve! Only a 15 minutes drive.
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Observe the national icon the Kiwi. A special place combining native New Zealand wildlife, rare breeds, nature and culture – all within the boundaries of Christchurch city.
Mt Hutt Ski Field Hit the slopes and see some stunning views. 111km from Ashford to Ski-lift
Akaroa Take a Cruise around the Banks Peninsula and spot the dolphins
Kaikoura Go Whale Watching
Hanmer Springs Relax in the Thermal Hot Pools- just 90 minutes from Christchurch.
Antarctic Centre Experience the challenging Antarctic environment



Local Distances

Destination Walking / Driving Times
Cathedral Square / CBD 15 mins / 5 mins
Christchurch Casino 10 mins/ 3 mins
Hospital 10 mins/ 3 mins
Merivale Shopping Centre 10 mins/ 3 mins
Hagley Park and Golf Course 5 mins / 2 mins
Christchurch Museum 15 mins / 5 mins
New Brighton Pier 20 mins
Sumner Beach and Village 25 min
Nearest Bus Stop 10 seconds