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A city still recovering from devastating earthquakes in 2010 & 2011, plus a mass shooting in 2019 that made world headlines, Christchurch is nothing if not resilient.

Visitors who remember the Christchurch of pre-earthquake times still have trouble navigating around the central city – most of the landmark buildings are gone. Fully 80% of buildings in the central city had to be demolished, and the iconic Christchurch Cathedral is yet to be rebuilt.

But this is a city of hope, doing its best to look forward, to the future, proud of its heritage and accomplishments. The city’s staunchness and resilience is epitomised by the pride of the region, the Canterbury Crusaders Super Rugby team that has been almost unbeatable, winning the Super Rugby title five years consecutively 2017-2021, despite Christchurch losing its major stadium to the earthquakes.

A city in transition, Christchurch is vibrant and proud. This is the most English of NZ’s cities and was a Church of England project when the first four ships of English settlers arrived in 1850 and set about building a colonial copy of the “mother country’. English-style gardens have earned Christchurch the title of “the Garden City”.

See the best of the central city sights by riding the historic tram.

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Ōtautahi Christchurch

Eat, Drink & Enjoy Christchurch

Shop Christchurch

Arts Centre

Enclave of interesting activities

Awaroa/Godley Head Walk

Coastal loop near Christchurch with WWII history (3hrs)

Botanic Gardens

A blissful place to relax

Canterbury Museum

Time for some history

Cardboard Cathedral

Christchurch Transitional Cathedral

Cathedral Square

The heart of the city

Christchurch Art Gallery

Stimulating exhibitions in a bold building

Christchurch Tramway

See the CBD sights by tram

Hagley Park

Massive green spaces

Orangetheory Stadium

Christchurch's temporary stadium


Christchurch's hip port town

Punting on the Avon River

Relaxed fun & see the city

Quake City

Learn about the big shakes

Riverside Market

Foodie heaven on Oxford Tce

TranzAlpine Scenic Train

Cross the Southern Alps by train

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by othree