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Christchurch

The gateway to Christchurch is through Lyttelton and the harbour here is beautifully presented.  The narrow waterways provide a blissfully intimate arrival before heading into the charismatic charm of Christchurch itself.  Upon arrival to the city, guests are welcomed by a setting of strong cultural heritage.  Christchurch is renowned for its cultural sightseeing opportunities and there are many “must see” attractions.  A hugely popular method of navigating the major attractions here is to use the city’s brilliant tram system.  This links all the distinctive points of interest together on the Cultural Precinct and is definitely worth considering when planning your day.  When visiting Christchurch there are many beautiful areas to enjoy but the must see attractions include such sights as the awe inspiring Christchurch Cathedral, the Arts Centre and the delightful Botanical Gardens.

This city may boast an exceptional cultural heritage but there is much more to this metropolis.  There is a wonderful entertainment scene here with a fascinating vibrant nature.  This vast range of entertainment options continues to wow guests from the moment they arrive and is complimented perfectly by the glorious gardens, parks and superb shopping opportunities.  Once again the tram system is often used to navigate such areas, making the city extremely accessible and easy to get around.  This fabulous port of call opens up a whole new world.  No matter how you wish to spend your time here, there really is something for everyone.

Excursions here with all cruise lines are brilliant, offering a wide variety of exceptional opportunities for an unforgettable experience.  An overall city tour will always be an option and there is usually various ways of doing so.  Whether you prefer a leisurely day by coach, stopping off at the major attractions or maybe a walking tour through the winding streets to get up close and personal to the city atmospherics, the city highlights offer something for all.

The city is known as the ‘Garden City’ and it is not hard to see why.  Venture to the Sign of The Takahe for exceptional views over Christchurch and the impeccable Canterbury Plains.  The Bridge Of Remembrance then leads onto the beautiful Botanical Gardens.  The gardens are set on the Avon River and many guests here spend several hours roaming the surroundings and admiring the exquisite seasonal displays; the water gardens in particular are stunning.  Continuing the theme of sublime scenery, there will also be an opportunity to venture away from the city, further afield via the Lyttelton Railway to the breath taking Arthur’s Pass National Park where you will marvel at the simply spectacular mountain scenery.

Sightseeing extravagance continues with many exciting areas of interest.  Take in the amazing Weka Pass Railway for a thrilling adventure, sample the divine local Waipara Winery for a flavoursome afternoon or perhaps visit the International Antarctic Centre for an enthralling simulated experience of life in the coldest place on earth.  Alternative excursions include the opportunity for a relaxing day of punting along the Avon River combined with afternoon tea or maybe even up the adrenaline levels with a jet boat adventure for a truly unique way of capturing the stunning scenery.

Christchurch is a glistening port of call to enjoy aboard a cruise.  The harbour of Lyttelton provides a welcome reminiscent of a quaint Scottish lock before whisking guests off to a fascinating city.


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