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Known as the Garden City, Christchurch remains the gateway to the amazing experiences that are on offer in the Canterbury region and the wider South Island.

Visitors can experience the four seasons and contrasting colours of Christchurch and be inspired by the heart of the South Island. Whether enjoying the true tranquility of a punt down the Avon River or a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Botanic Gardens – Christchurch still has a lot to entice and entertain its guests.  Uncover open‐air markets, indulge in the eclectic atmosphere of busy cafes, bars and restaurants dotted around the city and witness Christchurch re-emerge, after earthquakes, as a world-leading, smart city.

Travel writer Brett Atkinson, who writes for the influential travel guide Lonely Planet, spent two weeks on the ground in Christchurch researching the city in the wake of the quakes. He agrees this is an exciting city on the rise and one which still has much to offer visitors. Click here to read the full article.

Other tourists attractions in Christchurch include the International Antarctic Centre, the Tranz-Alpine rail experience, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Tanks for Everything, Horsepower Experience, Up, Up, Up and Away ballooning, Black Cat Cruises, Rangitata Rafts and Hassle-free Tours. Visit for more information.

South Island

To outline the attraction of the South Island, it is best to paint a picture of the majestic and largely untouched environment. To start with, two-thirds of the South Island are mountains. The rest of the landscape comes from those mountains. The dense rainforest and tumbling rivers of the West Coast are caused by the air rising over the Southern Alps. The vast Canterbury Plains and braided rivers come from millions of years of alluvial deposits eroded from the mountains. Fiordland and the Marlborough Sounds are mountains that have ‘sunk’ into the sea. And the stunning opaque turquoise lakes have formed from suspended glacial sediments.

The result is an island of truly diverse and magnificent landscapes. It’s a landscape – and indeed a country – that lends itself to adventure. Go skiing or mountain climbing. Hike the thousands of kilometres of walks. Jet boat a white water river. Take a leap of faith with a bungy. Or take a trip to see some of the world’s rarest wildlife.

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December 2, 2014
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