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Pick up your hire car at Christchurch airport and explore this most English of New Zealand's cities.

60-second guide to Christchurch airport

in its own head

"We’ve got it all. If you want historical or arty stuff you can find it in town. If you want beaches or adrenalin kicks you can find them just outside of it. What else is there?”

but more realistically

Christchurch at once manages to retain a traditional small-town charm and, as New Zealand's second-largest city, an energetic and vibrant scene.

the vibe

Lively. It offers an eclectic mix of outdoor and indoor pursuits, and has bags of historic charm and buzzing cosmopolitanism.

the natives

Friendly, adventurous, sporty and outgoing, the residents of Christchurch are a hospitable bunch, who pride themselves on the natural beauty of their "Garden City".

the weather

Christchurch is a seasonal town, which means the summers really are summers: they last for months rather than a disappointing long weekend.

the local speciality

Four words: Hokey Pokey ice-cream. It's rich vanilla mixed with crunchy nuggets of honeycomb. Try it - you'll think you've died and gone to heaven.

the celebrity

Christchurch-born soprano Hayley Westenra is one of the biggest-selling classical artists in the world.

did you know?

Officially recognised as a city by royal charter on 31 July 1856, Christchurch is the oldest metropolis in New Zealand.

they say

"Everywhere there is an understated elegance that speaks of times gone by and promises a future where anything is possible." - www.christchurch.org.nz

5 to see in town...

1. Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

This houses an impressive collection of historic and contemporary art works. Its opulent and eye-catching metal-and-glass exterior is worth the trip alone.

where to park?

In the gallery's underground car park or on Gloucester Street.

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2. Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch's English roots come into focus when you see its beautiful Anglican cathedral. Dominating the city's stately square, it has a stunning Gothic interior. A climb up the bell tower offers unbeatable panoramic views.

where to park?

The council operates a number of city-centre parking buildings and there's metered parking available on nearby streets.

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3. Science Alive!

This interactive science and technology centre is great for families and big kids alike. Try astronaut training on the "human gyroscope" or a game of glow-in-the-dark mini-golf.

where to park?

Free on-site parking is available.

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4. International Antarctic Centre

New Zealand's most popular visitor attraction brings the inhospitable Antarctic to life through outdoor adventure trails, rides in all-terrain vehicles, penguin encounters and simulated storms.

where to park?

There's an on-site pay-and-display car park.

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5. Botanic Gardens

These beautiful gardens feature sweeping lawns, shimmering ponds, tree-lined walkways and an abundance of exquisite flora. A perfect spot to seek some tranquillity.

where to park?

There are car parks in nearby Armagh Street and Riccarton Avenue.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Lake Ellesmere

Need a fix of unspoilt nature? Take a trip south-east of Christchurch to this magnificent coastal lake, the biggest in the region of Canterbury and the fifth largest in New Zealand.

how to get there?

Head south on the Halswell Road, then take Tai Tupo Road and continue south to Greenpark Huts. It's a 40-minute drive.

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2. Amberley Beach

Motor north to the Hurunui district for a dose of sun, sea, sand and "surfcasting", a form of hardcore, beach-based fishing that makes for a unique viewing experience.

how to get there?

Take the Main North Road out of the city on to the Christchurch Northern Motorway. Stay on it for six miles, then get back on to the Christchurch Northern Motorway. After eight miles, take Ashworths Road for three miles and head north. It's a half-hour drive.

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3. Banks Peninsula

If you're looking for perfect photo opportunities, try this traditional Maori region, first sighted by Captain Cook in 1769. It has volcanic landscapes, verdant green hills and quaint harbour towns.

how to get there?

It's a 50-minute drive. Head south-west for four miles through the town of Halswell on Halswell Road and then take Tai Tapu Road for four miles. Drive along Christchurch Akaron Road for 35 miles, then follow Okains Bay Road for three miles and Summit Road for one mile.

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4. Mount Hutt

This ski resort is an hour-and-a-half's drive west of Christchurch. Home to the highest mountain peak in New Zealand and with awesome, rugged aesthetics, it's ideal for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.

how to get there?

Take West Coast Road for 20 miles, then follow Bangor Road for five miles, Wairiri Road for five miles, Windwhistle Road for six miles, Raikiki Gorge Road for four miles and Arundel Waikiki Gorge Road for six miles.

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