Christchurch International Airport is located in the suburb of Harewood on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. It is the main airport that serves Christchurch New Zealand and is the tourism gateway to top tourist highlights in the area.
Located 12 kilometres to the northwest of the city centre, Christchurch International Airport is New Zealand’s second largest and busiest airport. The airport currently has direct flights to 18 domestic and 11 international destinations.
Travel time from the airport to the city centre is approximately 15-20 minutes. Three different city bus routes service the airport terminal. A number of different taxi and shuttle companies also operate services from the airport terminals.
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island, and New Zealand’s third-most populous urban centers. The coastal city lies along South Island's east coast, just north of picturesque Banks Peninsula. The city itself is filled with many popular and iconic tourist highlights.
One notable fact about Christchurch is that it is the aerial gateway to the Antarctic with over 100 direct flights each year because of its ties to various Antarctic expeditions since 1955 to the present day. Christchurch is proud of this heritage and this can be seen in the popular tourist attraction, the International Antarctic Centre. Aside from operating as base facilities for Antarctic programs, the centre houses a museum and visitor centre focused upon current Antarctic activities. In the city center, you can also find a statue of Robert Falcon Scott, the iconic British captain who led the earliest official expeditions to the Antarctic.
The large number of parks and gardens has also earned Christchurch its nickname, The Garden City. Hagley Park and the 30-hectare Christchurch Botanic Gardens, founded in 1863, are both in the central city, with Hagley Park being a site for sports such as golf, cricket, and rugby, and for open-air concerts by local bands and orchestras.
There are lots of other interesting points of interest in Christchurch. In fact, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities and attractions that are in close proximity. The city is quite unique in the sense that you can go from strolling on the beach to having snow and ice experiences all in one day. Here are some of the must-see attractions in this beautiful Garden City:
In the heart of the city is the famous Cathedral Square, a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The main landmark of the square is the Anglican cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral. The Square, as it is fondly called, hosts many activities such as regular market days, street performance, free standing food and coffee carts and a host of other dining options. Surrounding the square are many heritage buildings including the very striking Chief Post Office building. Here you can also find the city’s Information and Visitors Centre.
Another distinct feature of the city is City Mall, which is a landscaped and pedestrianized street lined with shops and restaurants. Here you can also find quaint historic structures and a heritage tramway.
The Cultural Precinct
Established over a hundred years ago, the Cultural Precinct up to this day is a bustling venue for the many arts, cultural, and heritage attractions of the city within an area of less than one square kilometre. The Art Centre, the Canterbury Museum and the Art Gallery are located in the Cultural Precinct. A visit to Christchurch will not be complete without spending some time in this interesting district. With its 19th century architecture set amidst gardens and the Avon River, it is a pleasant experience to wander though the many galleries, interesting bridges, and cozy coffee shops in the Cultural Precinct.
Another iconic must-do in Christchurch is a ride on the TranzAlpine which travels along the Main South Line and terminates in Greymouth on the West Coast. This unique trip across the New Zealand Alps is often regarded as one of the ten great train journeys in the world for the dramatic landscape through which it passes. The TranzAlpine service is mainly a tourist rail service and carries no significant commuter traffic. Earphones with audio commentary area available.
Getting around the city is easy as Christchurch has an extensive bus network with routes serving most areas of the city and satellite towns. Nearly all bus routes travel through the city centre and local shopping hubs. There is also a tram system in Christchurch, but as a tourist attraction and its loop is restricted to the city centre. It is also a cycling city, with many of its residents getting around on bikes. Christchurch is compact, has a generally flat terrain, and boasts an extensive network of cycle lanes and paths.
This New Zealand city has a lot of European charm mixed with its local Maori culture and natural beauty. Many interesting attractions and activities are waiting for you. Plan your trip to Christchurch now. Find the best flight for you by searching for promo fares to Christchurch Airport in New Zealand on Skyscanner Philippines.
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