An old advertising slogan tells us “don’t leave home until you’ve seen the country”. The same may be said for heading out of town before fully exploring the delights of Christchurch.
Many people only head out sight-seeing when they have out-of-town visitors to entertain, however there’s no reason why learning about, and visiting the city and surrounding areas cannot be a regular occurrence.
Do some research, write down all the names of the places you’d like to see, put them in a bowl, and pick one out to visit from time to time. Here are some suggestions:
Wander the central city streets and admire the growing collection of vibrant street art gracing our walls and buildings. You will find a map at watchthisspace.org.nz.
Air Force Museum
Discover New Zealand’s military aviation story in the place where it all began. The Air Force Museum of New Zealand is located at Wigram, the RNZAF’s first operational base, in Christchurch.
Christchurch Adventure Park
Set on 358 hectares in Christchurch’s Port Hills, this park has magnificent views across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps, plus excellent mountain biking trails and the longest and highest ziplines in the country.
To understand how the February 2011 earthquakes
shaped the Christchurch of today, visit Quake City.
A small but incredibly well-curated museum, it’s informative, and interactive.