Christchurch post-earthquakes is a vibrant and interesting place to visit.

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Hanmer Springs

The inner-city, once mostly demolished by a series of earthquakes back in 2010-11, has re-established its atmosphere, character and liveliness, whilst the surrounds are becoming an area of massive growth, fresh energy and opportunities, attracting new residents and visitors to the region.

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Lake Tekapo

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Alpacas on Banks Peninsula

Beyond Christchurch, spanning from sea to snow, the Canterbury region is more than just a pretty backdrop to the city. Amongst some of the most stunning and iconic scenery in New Zealand, you’ll find wineries, artisan producers, whales and wildlife, artists, surf, gardens and festivals.

Things to do in Christchurch

Christchurch is home to a number of unique and wonderful festivals. From skies full of kites to streets of singing, and dancing buskers, the festival season in Christchurch covers the arts, sports and agriculture. Festivals run all throughout the year, so check the calendar to see what’s coming up. christchurchnz.com/whats-on/

The International Antarctic Centre offers interactive exhibits, little Blue Penguins and a 4D Cruise, so the whole family can enjoy the wonder and magic of the mystical continent. They’re open every day of the year from 9am-5:30pm. www.iceberg.co.nz.

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Margaret Mahy playground

If you’re travelling with children (or just young at heart), you can’t miss the Margaret Mahy Playground. Newly built, this is the largest playground in the Southern Hemisphere. Networks of slides, flying foxes and trampolines guarantee hours of family fun. It’s right in the heart of the city by the river Avon, and is a favourite with locals and visitors.

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Tram tour, Christchurch Attractions

Then of course, you’ll need to go for a carefree punt along the Avon River, and take a tram tour on a beautifully restored heritage tram to see the city’s sights in style. Visit christchurchattractions.nz to find package deal options.

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Punting, Christchurch Attractions

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