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Things to do in Christchurch during your Australia and New Zealand Cruise

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What to do in New ZealandGetting ready to embark on a journey to the breathtaking island nation of New Zealand? Perhaps you’re researching things to do in Christchurch during your port of call there? With so many incredible Christchurch attractions to choose from, you can make your excursion to the region one to remember. Christchurch is known for its stunning beauty, famed landscapes that served as the backdrop for Lord of the Rings, famed gardens, wildlife and nature exploration opportunities, hiking, rafting and so much more. And with an abundance of Australia and New Zealand cruises happening throughout the year, don’t wait another moment to book the adventure of a lifetime!

The port city of Christchurch is a brilliant example of a bustling New Zealand area that offers guests and residents so much to see and do. Architecture and design throughout the city is in true English style, with mountains nearby, the beautiful Avon River, and beloved gardens. In fact, the area has been nicknamed Garden City! When you pull into the city during your Australia and New Zealand cruise, you may be curious about Christchurch attractions. There are so many things to do in Christchurch, with options for every age, interests and fitness levels. Here are a few of our favorite excursions:

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1. Enjoy the Christchurch Botanical Gardens

Things to do in ChristchurchImagine strolling through more than 10,000 types of spectacular flowers and plants, plus historic trees from the 19th All of this and more is possible when you visit the city’s botanical gardens in what is considered to be one of the most expansive city parks around the globe. You can also stop by the park’s visitor center to scout out a book or keepsake, or take a stroll around the area’s famed fountains.

2. Explore the Banks Peninsula

Christchurch attractions If you are the type to get away from the city and explore less inhabited areas, the Banks Peninsula and Akaroa may be perfect for you. The Banks Peninsula was created from volcanic eruptions, which left a rugged and wild setting. The region is comprised of small villages, farms and harbours. Akaroa is the area’s showpiece, and home to charming cafes. Anyone interested in Maritime history will want to visit this area, but keep in mind its distance from Christchurch. It is best discovered within a prearranged expedition.

3. Stroll around Cathedral Square

Enjoy a bit of neo-Gothic architecture combined with numerous bars, restaurants, and an abundance of people watching in the “Square,” as it is commonly called by locals.

4. Mill around the Canterbury Museum

You can make this the first stop of many, as the Canterbury Museum is close to Cathedral Square, the Botanical Gardens and the Christchurch Art Gallery. One of the top things to do in Christchurch, the Canterbury Museum is comprised of Antarctic and Maori exhibitions and galleries, and has a renowned collection of moa bones and other prized artifacts originating from the moa hunting period.

5. Visit the International Antarctic Centre

Ever wonder what life is like in the Antarctic? Well, now is your chance to get an up-close-and-personal display with blizzard rooms that are comprised of sub zero temps. Plus, animal lovers can enjoy the penguin encounter exhibit, and adventure junkies can opt for a ten-minute ride on an all terrain snow mobile.

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