Located in the suburb of Harewood, northwest of the Christchurch city centre, Christchurch International Airport is one of the busiest airports in New Zealand. The airport has two terminals that cater to both domestic and international flights.
The airport is connected to the centre of the city by shuttle service, taxis, and regional bus lines. Those looking to travel to other regions can check out the transfer services provided by Great Sights and Knight Rider. The shuttle service is fairly affordable and can be pre-arranged online or at the airport. It is a great option for those travelling with bulky luggage as the shuttle takes you from door-to-door. If not, there’s also the option of taking a taxi outside of the terminals.
When you reach the city, there are several ways you can get around, including local buses, the tramway, taxis, and bicycle. If you would like to enjoy the scenery of the city, do as locals do¾ go on foot or rent a bicycle. There are special-purpose bicycle lanes all around Christchurch to help promote cycling. If not, you can make use of the city’s bus network that will bring you almost everywhere within the central area.
Established in 1850 by English settlers, Christchurch’s heritage is reflected in the older buildings, especially in the cultural district along Worcester Boulevard. It is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the country’s third most populous urban area. Due to the number of trees all over the city, Christchurch is also known as the garden city.
To understand the origins of the city’s nickname, head to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. The lush gardens occupies an area of over 21 hectares and sits just adjacent to the loop of the Avon River that flows through the city. Home to a variety of exotic and local plants, the Botanic Gardens also houses attractions like the Rose Garden, with more than 250 varieties of roses, and the Cunningham house, a large Victorian glass house with an impressive collection of tropical flora.
Another must-visit destination is the Canterbury Museum in the city’s cultural precinct. Here, you will be transported back in time via the numerous exhibits that display the region’s cultural and natural history. Established in 1867, the museum’s collections has since grown to more than 2.1 million items, encompassing Antarctic expeditions, Canterbury settlements, ethnology and natural history.
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