Christchurch is the South Island’s largest city is located halfway down the East Coast sitting just north of Banks Peninsula, on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps. Christchurch is perfectly positioned as the gateway to everything that’s exciting in this region.
Where else in the world is there a city that within only a couple of hours you can ski a world-class resort, play golf on internationally renowned course, wind surf, visit award winning wineries and gardens. mountain bike, whale watch, horsehide, raft, hot-air balloon, bungy jump… and much much more.
Christchurch Avon River
Garden City
Often referred to as the garden city, Christchurch is known internationally for its award winning public gardens and well-established expansive parks - much is owed to the foresight of the city’s founding forefathers that came out from England with the first ship ‘The Charlotte Jane’ arriving in 1850. The spectacular Botanic Gardens, 161-hectare (397 Acres) Hagley Park, treed city avenues, and gardens such as the Mona Vale on the banks of the Avon River bear testiment to this legacy.

A few years ago the Christchurch’s Central City and some of its eastern suburbs suffered earthquake damage but now the rebuild is in full flight and the stoic nature of residents has come through, the city has bounced back and come alive. The rebuild itself is worthy of a look with ingenious temporary hi-tech structures being erected like the Cardboard Cathedral found in Latimer Square or the shipping/cargo container Shopping Mall in Cashel Street.

New Zealand’s Festivals – any excuse to celebrate First Light Travel Blog2.png

Almost every day somewhere in New Zealand there will be a festival or public event occurring celebrating what we kiwi’s love. View them here.