Christchurch Vacation Package, Christchurch Vacation Package in New ZealandChristchurch Vacation Package, Christchurch Vacation Package in New Zealand
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Christchurch, the South Island's largest city, is a destination for a fabulous vacation as it is a great collection of scenic mountains, lovely ocean beaches, vivacious rivers, tranquil lakes and wide-open spaces in the vicinity of the city centre.
The city is marked by a beautiful culture which attracts the people from all across the globe. It is set in the finest New Zealand setting of rural sheep-strewn fields stretching towards rugged alpine mountains. Today under its serene, antique exterior, Christchurch is a vivacious, thriving, modern city.

Fact File
Country : New Zealand
Population : 331,400
Area : 45,240 sq km
ChristchurchLanguages : English, Maori
Climate : Temperate and pleasant with Summer January average temperature is 22'c (72°F). Winters are cooler with a July average temperature of 12'c (54'F). the annual rainfall is 999mm (39 inches).
Official Currency : New Zealand Dollar (NZD); 1 NZD = 30.772 INR = 0.7074 US Dollar = 0.5822 Euro (subject to change).
Location : The city is located on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Getting There
By Air : Christchurch International Airport is situated approximately 5kms from the University of Canterbury and 10 kms from the city centre. Christchurch is well served by domestic air connections and regular flights to the east coast of Australia. Several major international airlines give good access to Christchurch.

Getting Around
By Road : Buses are the most convenient way to get around in Christchurch where most buses are operated by Canride and run from Cathedral Square. The Shuttle is a free service, with about 20 pick up points in the central city area, it runs every 10 minutes during the week, between 8am and 7pm (and until 9.30pm Friday and Saturday, until 6pm Sunday).
City Circuit bus run two circuits through the city, leaving from the visitors center and visit most of the main tourist spots, costs are approx $25 for eight hours travel on either circuit, and approx $15 for travel on only one of the circuits. Taxis are also available to provide a comfortable way to get around the city.

The city of has very good hotels to ensure a comfortable stay for the tourists. Mentioned below is a list of some of the hotels in the city:
Christchurch5 star hotels in the city:
Hotel Millennium Christchurch
Best Western Argyle on the park
Aotea motel
4 star hotels in the city:
Holiday Lodge motel
Hotel Ricarton Village Inn
Hotel Scenic cicle Russley
3 star hotels in the city:
Hotel Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Flag Chateau Blanc Suites

Major Tourist attractions
Arts Centre : The original site of the University of Canterbury has been transformed into Christchurch's Arts Centre, opposite the Botanic Gardens. The Gothic Revival buildings now contain galleries, craft studios and shops, theatres and cinemas. There is also a selection of cafes, restaurants and bars, a weekend market and ethnic food stalls. The centre also contains an annex of the Robert McDougall Art, housing its contemporary New Zealand collection.

Banks of the Avon : The Avon is a fun to simply stroll along and other attractions are the historic Antigua Boatsheds, boating etc. The ride through the river will also take one right through the splendid Botanic Gardens, which features an intriguing collection of exotic and indigenous plants. Hagley Park lies on the other side and is a draw for the sports-loving locals on weekends. More gorgeous gardens can be found on the other side of North Hagley Park, at Mona Vale, a Tudor-style homestead with extensive gardens, fountains and ponds.

Cathedral Square : Cathedral Square is in the center of the city and is an ideal place to start the exploration of the city.Christchurch Cathedral Here one can see the Wizard, a famous eccentric who takes up a soapbox most fine afternoons somewhere in the square. An enduring Christchurch landmark where he's been coming here for over 25 years. The Cathedral, built in Gothic Revival style and symbolising the Church of England bedrock of this city, dominates Cathedral square in Christchurch's heart.

Nga Hau e Wha : Marae, a traditional complex of Maori buildings provides one of the best ways to understand the Maori culture. Experienced guides, employed from local tribal groups, explain the culture, customs, history and traditions represented by the marae, which features two of New Zealand's most spectacularly carved whare (meeting houses).

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