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Christchurch city is located midway down the East Coast of the South Island, just north of Banks Peninsula.


Christchurch is the South Island's largest city. It’s a vibrant, cosmopolitan place with exciting festivals, theatre, modern art galleries, great shopping and award-winning attractions.


In the centre of the city you can’t help but notice Christchurch Cathedral, an outstanding example of Gothic Revival architecture. Other grey-stone nineteenth century buildings, tree-lined avenues and extensive leafy parks give the city an elegant, rather English atmosphere.


Other central city attractions include the beautiful Neo-Gothic Arts Centre, the historic tram which loops the city centre, the Christchurch Gondola and the International Antarctic Centre. Christchurch is also a great place to go shopping - look for Ballantynes, New Zealand’s oldest department store.


Take a historical tram ride around the city centre, trundle through the tree lined streets, past buzzing streetside cafes. Go punting on the Avon River. Sit back and relax in a punt as a boatman guides you past the sights of the central city.


Embark on a guided walk of Christchurch city and the heritage buildings. Explore Canterbury Museum, including the Hall of Antarctic Discovery. Inspect the collection at Christchurch Art Gallery, the largest art institution in the South Island, the Gallery is home to one of New Zealand’s most important public art collections.


Cathedral Punting Arts Gallery
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