Welcome to a vibrant city in transition, coping resiliently and creatively with the aftermath of New Zealand’s second-biggest natural disaster (especially as tremors can still be felt regularly).
Traditionally the most English of NZ cities, Christchurch is now adding a modern and innovative layer to its damaged heritage heart. Punts still glide gently down the Avon River, and the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park are still among NZ’s finest public spaces, but an energetic entrepreneurial edge is also evident, harnessing the opportunities emerging from the city’s recent seismic heartache.
Nowhere in New Zealand is changing and developing as fast as post-earthquake Christchurch, and visiting the country’s second largest city as it’s being rebuilt and reborn is interesting and inspiring in equal measures.
Ready to go?
These tours & activities make it easy:
- Explore Mount cook from Christchurch
- Get close to nature on a Kaikoura whale watching tour
- Depart on a Great Southern Island circle tour from Christchurch
Last updated: Oct 23, 2012
Tips & articles
25 October 2012
What a difference a year makes. Late last year, Lonely Planet was on the ground in Christchurch uncovering new restaurants,...
22 May 2012
Since the quake of February last year, central Christchurch has changed drastically. And in the year since, as LP author...
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