Christchurch Things to Do
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island area of the nation. The country is still recovering from the massive earthquakes that occurred in 2010-2011, but it is still an amazing place to visit.
Open Air Bus
An easy way of seeing something of Christchurch was on a bus tour using the classic 1960’s open top bus. You have a choice of a 1 hour or a 3 hour tour. The tour comes with an excellent commentary. We found the tour quite emotional as the amount of damage and destruction was far worse than we realized. However, the New Zealand people have big plans for Christchurch and in time it should be a magnificent city.
Bringe of Remembrance
The Bridge of Remembrance is a war memorial that spans the Avon River along Cashel Street. It was unveiled on 11 November, 1924, and commemorates the sacrifice made by those who fought in WW1. The names of major battlefields are inscribed around the monument. Plaques were later added to honor WW2 soldiers.
Exploring the Avon River
The Avon meanders through the inner-city, and you could walk a mile covering a distance of a few hundred meters from A to B. It also provides a scenic route to see the city. You will pass the picturesque Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings as you start out. The Kate Sheppard Memorial which reminds us that NZ was the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote is also notable. There is also a statue of the Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott along the path.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Christchurch, New Zealand.