Take a trip to this wonderful city and enjoy all its beautiful surroundings with a car rental Christchurch Airport deal. Often considered to be the most English in appearance of New Zealand’s cities, Christchurch is also known as the Garden City, as almost 15 percent of its land is parkland or used for recreation. Located on the South Island, the city is also within easy reach of several beautiful beaches, a selection of wineries, and the Port Hills area, with its opportunities for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Within a short drive from the city, you can enjoy whale watching, skiing and white water rafting.
The airport is located about six miles from the hub of the city, and is currently undergoing major renovations. Several companies operate buses between the airport and downtown. Book a cheap deal now so as to avoid airport lines saving you time and money. Once you are downtown, Christchurch is an easy city to see by walking, with Cathedral Square being the center of the city. The River Avon meanders through the city, and there are pleasant paths and gardens lining its banks, such as Mona Vale, with its historic homestead and rose garden.
One of the country’s most popular attractions is the International Antarctic Centre, which is as close as most visitors will get to the frozen continent. The museum features a sound and light display, various interactive exhibits and a colony of penguins. Another good Antarctic display can also be found at the Canterbury Museum, along with a reconstructed Victorian street and a fascinating natural history section. Residents here love the great outdoors, and two of the most popular places to go are the Botanic Gardens, one of the world’s best, and the Willowbank wildlife park, with its resident kiwis.
Willowbank also hosts Maori cultural evenings, an ideal way to get an introduction to new Zealand’s indigenous people. The city’s cultural life is centered on the Arts Centre, home to the Southern Ballet and Court Theatre, and if you visit during July of alternate years, you can enjoy the spectacular Christchurch Arts Festival. Merivale is the place to go for some of the city’s best bars and night spots, while the pleasant seaside suburb of Sumner has plenty of shops and restaurants, and is a popular rendezvous for the surfing crowd.