Christchurch’s CBD is a mixture of destruction, construction, colourful art, shipping containers, new architecture and stunning green gardens. The empty plots where buildings once stood give this place a haunting feel, but the art strewn throughout the city – street and within the art gallery, leaves you feeling inspired, believing in the sense of hope and a new start for this city.
CBD Street Art – an unexpected surprise was the vast amount of impressive street art found throughout the city. These pieces add a new lease of life to the destruction that’s still evident as a result of the devastating 2011 earthquake.
Christchurch Art Gallery – the exhibitions on show combine every genre of art practice and some in a sensory way – with smell and movement. We highly recommend visiting.
Canterbury Museum – the highlight in this museum was the walk through the nineteenth century Christchurch street – simply looking in shopfront windows and entering the stores, taking a step back in time. The Antarctic exploration exhibition is another must see.
Cathedral Square – the central public space considered to be a focal landmark within Christchurch since the 1860s.
Re:START Mall – shipping container mall in the centre of the city. The shipping containers have been converted to stores and food outlets.
Christchurch Botanical Gardens – beautiful place to explore.
Hagley Park – stroll or run through Christchurch’s biggest park covering over 160 hectares.
King of Snake – popular modern Asian dining within Christchurch.
Roots Restaurant – for the curious and diners who favour Chef’s Table, this restaurant features a variety of produce that New Zealand offers.
Lower 9th Diner – the shakes are good.
We recommend a choice of the available CBD hotels or an apartment through Airbnb.