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Haere Mai Welcome to Christchurch & the Canterbury region. Whether you’ve arrived by car or emerged blinking into the light after 30 hours on a plane, Christchurch offers you a warm welcome. Despite several major earthquakes that rattled Canterbury in 2010 and 2011, the region has definitely picked itself up again. On the road to recovery Cantabrians have found innovative and fun ways for you to shop, eat, drink and play in the Garden City. Keep your copy of Christchurch & Canterbury What’s On close at hand as you explore the city; check what’s happening in the events calendar and get your bearings with the easy-to-use maps.

Christchurch at a Glance Sumner A Christchurch favourite: Sumner is a cosy beachside village where you can stroll along the promenade, and peruse the menus of the many fine dining establishments. Brighton Another lovely seaside suburb, Brighton invites you to swim or surf its patrolled waters, or stroll the length of the famous pier. At the pier’s end, you’ll often find families enjoying a relaxed spot of fishing. Banks Peninsula & Akaroa The fist-like peninsular south of Christchurch has a varied and interesting history; formed by volcanic eruption 8 million years ago the scenic grandeur of the landscape was a base for the Ngai Tahu tribe, then sold in 1838 to a French whaling captain but declared as British territory in 1840 before an official French envoy could claim it. However the pretty settlement of Akaroa retains it’s French flavour.

Lyttleton Over the Port Hills, southeast from Christchurch CBD, Lyttleton township invites you to immerse yourself in this hub of arts and culture. Enjoy dinner at one of the wonderful restaurants serving local fare, and watch the sun set over beautiful Lyttleton harbour. Lyttleton’s farmers’ market on Saturdays is a foodie’s delight. Exploring Canterbury Experience the wider Canterbury region with everything from Hanmer’s luxurious hot springs, white-knuckle rafting, hot air ballooning, skiing (July to October), swimming with dolphins, whalewatching, premium wineries and the mountains of Arthur’s Pass and Mount Cook/Aoraki national parks – all easily accessible within hours of Christchurch.

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Contents Christchurch at a Glance................................................................................2 Canterbury Region.......................................................................................... 4 Events Calendar................................................................................................6 Jasons Recommends What’s Hot.................................................................................................12 24 Hours in Christchurch..................................................................... 14 Spotlight New – Built from Old.............................................................................16 Markets...................................................................................................... 18 Activities........................................................................................................... 20 Vouchers......................................................................................................... 29 Dining............................................................................................................... 34 Accommodation............................................................................................ 35 Shopping......................................................................................................... 36 Transport & Rentals...................................................................................... 38 Around Canterbury.......................................................................................40 Banks Peninsula........................................................................................40 South Canterbury..................................................................................... 42 North Canterbury....................................................................................44 Alpine Canterbury.................................................................................... 48 Christchurch Airport..................................................................................... 50 Useful Information........................................................................................ 52 Christchurch Maps.............................................................................4, 54-58

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Canterbury Region

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Christchurch is often referred to as the gateway to the South Island, and Canterbury can be considered the heart and soul of the South Island. Stretching from Omarama and Waimate in the south up past the Lewis Pass in the north, with the magnificent Southern Alps as a border to the west and the stunning South Pacific Ocean to the east, Canterbury is home to some half a million people.

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Canterbury is perhaps the most varied of all New Zealand regions, so how long should you plan your stay? We recommend you spend at least five or six days exploring Canterbury’s impressive beauty and world-class attractions.


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Events Calendar March 2014

17 March, St Patrick’s Day

1 – 2 March

Exhibition

Audacious – Festival of Sonic Arts

Across the city, national and international sound artists will fill the streets and vacant lots with sound at Canterbury’s first ever Festival of Sonic Arts.

Markets

2 March

Shabby Chic Market Day Wander around the stalls of vintage items, linens, clothes, antiques, furniture, revamped and recycled items. First Sunday of every month until winter. 11am–3pm. Rochester Villa, Woolston.

Sport

8 March

Crusaders vs Stormers Catch all the Super 15 Rugby action.

Various venues. www.audacious.org.nz

AMI Stadium.

Until 1 March

Theatre

Don Quixote

Don Quixote, a retired gentleman, travels the roads of Spain searching for glory and grand adventure. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company brings this flamboyant and festive ballet to Australia and New Zealand in 2014.

Aurora Centre, Burnside. www.ticketmaster.co.nz

Special Event

15 March

Armageddon Expo

Six60 recently returned to New Zealand from a six month stint overseas where they toured Europe extensively including shows at Glastonbury, The Great Escape, Dot to Dot, Summerfest, Wavefront and Reeperbahn Festivals.

Meet the stars from Doctor Who, the Hobbit and Wolverine at the Armageddon Expo. This funfilled family event features massive gaming tournaments, animation screenings, costumes, contests, collectibles and more.

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18 March

Bill Haley Jnr and The Comets Jump, jive, dance, clap, stomp your feet and sing along to classic 50s favourites.

Aurora Centre, Burnside.

Music

Six60

Music

Addington Raceway www.armageddonexpo.com

8 – 9 March


March 2014 Sundays

Music

Markets

Lionel Richie and John Farnham

Artisan Market

20 March

Two music legends come to Christchurch. Five-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie together with Australia’s voice, John Farnham. CBS Canterbury Arena. www.ticketmaster.co.nz

Markets

Sundays

Opawa Farmers’ Market Top up your vege supply with fresh bread, French style pastries, free-range eggs, locally made Italian cheeses, and more. 9am–12pm. 275 Fifield Terrace.

Browse a great selection of local arts and crafts, yummy food stalls, fresh produce, live music and delicious coffee, the market is a must-do every Sunday. 10am–2pm.

Riccarton House and Bush.

Music

Clap Clap Riot

14 March

Auckland indie-rock band Clap Clap Riot are celebrating the release of their second album Nobody/Everybody with a nationwide tour in March. Catch them for one night only in Christchurch.

Dux Live.

Home/Outdoors

21 March

Home & Garden Show 2014 View the latest in home and garden products and services.

www.ticketmaster.co.nz

Until 23 March

Exhibition

Mark Adams: Cook’s Sites

Haunting photographs of South Island sites visited by Captain James Cook that represent some of the first interactions between Māori and the British Empire, presented by the Christchurch Art Gallery.

Sport

28 March

Crusaders vs Hurricanes Dont miss the Super 15 Rugby action.

AMI Stadium. 209 Tuam Street. www.christchurchartgallery.org.nz

Music

22 March

Nine Inch Nails and Queens of The Stone Age Catch these industrial rockers in Christchurch for one night only.

CBS Canterbury Arena.

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Events Calendar

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April 2014

18 – Good Friday(Public Holiday) 21 – Easter Markets

6 April

Special Event

Shabby Chic Market Day

4 –6 April

Wander around the stalls of vintage items, linens, clothes, costumes, collectables, antiques, craftworks, furniture, restored, revamped and recycled items. First Sunday of every month until winter. 11am–3pm.

Stock up on the best food, drink and kitchen equipment and learn how to cook like a star

The Food Show

at home.

CBS Canterbury Arena.

Rochester Villa, Woolston.

Music

Swing Driven Thing Violinist Fiona Pears collaborates with Christchurch guitar due La Petite Manouche and her husband Ian Tilley on piano and keyboard. Audiences can expect bluesy and beautiful duets, interspersed with flying fingered folk, Celtic, jazz, Jewish and classical compositions. Presented by Arts On Tour New Zealand.

4–5 April

4 April: Balcairn Public Hall, Amberley. 5 April: Five Stags Restaurant, Hanmer Springs. www.aotnz.co.nz

Special Event

The Great NZ Bridal Show The Great New Zealand Bridal show is the largest wedding show in the South Island. If you need ideas, want to meet with providers in person or are simply ready to organise your perfect day, view the latest styles at the fashion shows and walk away with some great prizes. 9.30am–4pm.

Addington Events Centre. www.thebridalshow.co.nz

13 April

Exhibition 5 April–1 June

Daniel Crooks: Seek Stillness in Movement Hectic city scenes are transformed into contemplative, timebending meditations of extraordinary beauty, in the hands of celebrated Australian video artist Daniel Crooks.

209 Tuam Street. www.christchurchartgallery. org.nz


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Monday (Public Holiday)  25 – ANZAC Day Comedy

Billy Connolly High Horse Tour Billy Connolly – or The Big Yin as he’s affectionately known in his native Scotland – has been wowing New Zealand audiences with his live stand-up shows since 1978. With every visit, his fanbase has become larger and larger: from under 7000 people in 1978 to over 60,000 in 2009 – every concert has sold out, surpassing all records for international comedians in New Zealand.

25 April

CBS Canterbury Arena.

Music

Paul Potts

29 April

Britain’s Got Talent phenomenon Paul Potts’ eight-city concert tour arrives in Christchurch in April. Paul will be accompanied on this tour by an orchestra, and a special New Zealander. Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan – two of the Britain’s Got Talent judges – were responsible for his discovery in 2007. He has since found worldwide success with his albums, live shows, tours and charity work.

Aurora Centre, Burnside. www.ticketmaster.co.nz

Markets

Special Events

Artisan Market

Garden City Truck Show

Sundays

Browse a great selection of local arts and crafts, yummy food stalls, fresh produce, live music and delicious coffee, the market is a must-do every Sunday. 10am–2pm. Riccarton House and Bush.

20 April

Truck enthusiasts are expected to converge on this specialty show of classics, with all sorts of trucks and vehicles on display. 9am–3pm. Canterbury Agricultural Park, Wigram.

Markets

Sundays

Opawa Farmers’ Market Top up your vege supply with fresh bread, French style pastries, freerange eggs, delicious ready-to-eat salads and more. 9am–12pm. 275 Fifield Terrace.

Music

26 April

The ABBA Show With over 3000 international performances in 23 countries, The ABBA Show is coming to Christchurch as part of a nationwide tour. Performed by internationally acclaimed impersonators ABBAsolutely FABBAulous, from Australia.

CBS Canterbury Arena.

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Events Calendar

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May 2014

11 May – Mother’s Day  Sport

3 May

Crusaders vs Brumbies

Music

4 May

Kris Kristofferson

Catch all the Super 15 Rugby action.

American country music legend, Kris Kristofferson is coming to Christchurch as part of a seven-centre national tour on the back of the release of his album Feeling Mortal.

AMI Stadium.

CBS Canterbury Arena.

Weekends

Special Event

Classic Film Weekends Astaire. Brando. Hepburn. Herzog. Miyazaki. Orson Welles. The New Zealand International Film Festival presents legends of the giant screen this autumn, over three weekends: 3–4 May, 10–11 May, and 18 May.

Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch. www. nziff.co.nz/autumn-events

Music

The English Beat

28 May

Birmingham’s Ska Kings The English Beat sustained an explosive career, spearheading the British Ska movement alongside influential acts like The Specials, Madness, Bad Manners and The Selecter. Their sound is a blend of ska, punk and reggae.

Dux Live. www.ticketmaster.co.nz

Markets 4 May

Shabby Chic Market Day Wander around the stalls of vintage items, linens, clothes, costumes, collectables, antiques, craftworks, furniture, restored, revamped and recycled items. First Sunday of every month until winter. 11am–3pm.

Rochester Villa, Woolston.


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Coming Soon – Matariki and Queen’s Birthday

30 –31 May

Theatre

Grumpy Old Women The Grumpy Old Women bring their new show Fifty Shades of Beige to Christchurch, as part of a 21 date New Zealand tour. Starring Geraldine Brophy, Jude Gibson and Lynda Milligan, the show was originally written by Jenny Eclair and Judith Holder. The show includes a variety of topics including the joy of large pants, a free nagging master class and beards for women.

Aurora Centre, Burnside. www.ticketek.co.nz

Sport

Until Burster Flipper 28 Sept Exhibition

17 May

Crusaders vs Sharks Watch the Super 15 Rugby action live.

Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker A family-focused exhibition powered by the excitement of seeing ordinary things transformed in unexpected ways, presented by the Christchurch Art Gallery.

AMI Stadium.

Music

30 May

Musical Mentors David, Muller (horn), Cathy Irons (violin) and Tim Emerson perform the magnificent Brahms Horn Trio along with other works by Schumann and Josef Suk. 1.10-2.00pm

ArtBox (corner Madras and St Asaph Streets).

St Augustine Anglican Church www.chambermusic.co.nz

Sport

Markets

Crusaders vs Force

Artisan Market

30 May

Sundays

Don’t miss this Super 15 Rugby action.

Browse a great selection of local arts and crafts, yummy food stalls, fresh produce, live music and delicious coffee, the market is a must-do every Sunday. 10am–2pm.

AMI Stadium.

Riccarton House and Bush.

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What’s Hot

Jasons Recommends

Orana Wildlife Park Exciting Animal Encounters! Experience a range of up close encounters with endangered animals at Orana Wildlife Park. See the delightful cheetah cubs and check out the awesome cheetah cub encounter. Other highlights include hand feeding giraffe, meeting rhino up close and travelling through the Lion Reserve! (Costs and conditions apply for the cheetah and lion encounters). Open 10am-5pm daily. McLeans Island Road. Phone: 03 359 7109. www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz

Armageddon Expo 8–9 March Meet the stars from Doctor Who, Wolverine and The Hobbit at the Armageddon Expo. Featuring special animation screenings, card tournaments, DVD and gaming sales, Airsoft displays, Cosplay parades and more at this fun-filled family event. Browse the Anime collectibles and merchandise, take part in eating challenges, and get scared in the zombie terror alley. 10am–5pm. Entry $7. Door sales only. Addington Raceway. www.armageddonexpo.com

Ko Tane Maori Cultural Performance Experience Ko Tane, the South Island’s only Maori Cultural show and Hangi dinner at Willowbank. Come and be enchanted by Tane Mahuta, the Maori God of the forest and learn how the pre-European Maori lived in the South Island of New Zealand. The experience includes a Maori Welcome (Powhiri), Maori Cultural Performance, Wildlife Night Tour (optional) and a delicious Hangi Meal. Hussey Road, Northwood, Christchurch. Phone: 03 359 6226 www.kotane.co.nz

Helipro Fly over Christchurch and enjoy all the breathtaking views the beautiful Garden City has to offer. Explore the Christchurch Re-Build or access more remote regions including Hanmer Springs, Akaroa, and the Kaikoura Coast. Combinations include; weekend escapes, wineries and heli lunches.

Harewood Aviation Park, 800 Pound Road, RD2, Harewood. Phone: 03 359 0470. www.helipro.co.nz


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Christchurch’s exciting new entertainment venue is open now! Experience good honest food, infused vodkas, craft beers, live bands, DJs and events. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays 5pm until late. R20 venue and dress code applies. Customers who are in anyway excluded or trespassed from entering Christchurch Casino are not eligible to enter Mashina Lounge.

Peterborough Street at Christchurch Casino. Phone: 03 365 9999. www.mashinalounge.co.nz

Black Cat Cruises Dolphin Swimming Swim with Hector’s dolphins, the world’s rarest and smallest, in Akaroa. Black Cat Cruises operate daily dolphin swimming tours that offer a once in a lifetime experience engaging with this endangered species in their natural habitat. Wetsuits, snorkels and hot showers are provided. Advance bookings recommended.

Main Wharf, Akaroa. Phone: 0800 436 574. www.blackcat.co.nz

RISE – Canterbury Museum Until 23 March Don’t miss Canterbury Museum’s blockbuster exhibition RISE – the most popular show ever held at the Museum, with more than 170,000 visitors so far. RISE is displayed in more than three gallery spaces and profiles the best of street art from around the world and New Zealand. Leading international artists such as Banksy, Ian Strange (kid Zoom), ROA and Milton Springsteen on show alongside top artists from New Zealand such as BMD and Christchurch’s own Wongi. Canterbury Museum Rolleston Avenue. Phone: 03 366 5000 www.oiyou.co.nz

Classic Movie Weekends Astaire. Brando. Hepburn. Herzog. Miyazaki. Orson Welles. The New Zealand International Film Festival presents legends of the giant screen this autumn, over three weekends: 3–4 May, 10–11 May, and 18 May. Take your pick from: Funny Face (1957) ; Lawrence of Arabia (1962) ; On The Waterfront (1954); The Third Man (1949) or animated Japanese film The Wind Rises (2013). Tickets on sale directly from Hoyts Riccarton.

Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch. www.nziff.co.nz/autumn-events

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24 hours

Christchurch

You’ve arrived in Christchurch, but you only have 24 hours, or less, to visit? It’s such a vibrant city and has so much to offer, so where should you start? Never fear, here’s our hints for what to see and do in the short time you’re here.

Morning  8.00 Start the day the right way at am

the sensational Passengers & Co, this eatery out near the airport recently received a 5 stars review in the Sunday Star Times. Situated in a business park, it’s an unlikely spot to find a warm welcome and delicious food, but many visitors have raved about this place. Enjoy homemade granola with poached fruit or the breakfast croissant stuffed with smokey bacon, creamy scrambled eggs and roast tomatoes. You’ll enjoy your breakfast so much that you’ll be planning your return, and if you are in Christchurch on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday night, make sure to book in for dinner. It’s a set menu and your tastebuds could be delighted by flavour combinations such as whiskey-smoked salmon, or braised pork cheek with apple purée. www.passengersandco.co.nz Unit D, 92 Russley Road, Christchurch Phone: 348 6190

in before the crowds and 9.30 Get embark on a journey through

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Antarctica without leaving Christchurch. International Antarctic Centre provides visitors of all ages with an interactive, fun and exciting experience of Antarctica. You’ll experience snow and ice, a storm, learn about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins! Make like an Antarctic hero on the exciting Hagglund ride and a simulated 4D cruise. Make use of the Penguin Express – a free shuttle between the city and the Antarctic Centre. 30 Orchard Road, Christchurch Airport iceberg.co.nz

12.00 Afternoon Livening up Cashel Mall is the pm

architecturally designed shopping precinct made out of brightly coloured shipping containers. Re:START is home to 51 retailers, it’s a good mix of old tenants, big brands and prequake central city stalwarts, including the iconic Ballantynes – Christchurch’s much loved department store – a range of specialty stores, and fashion boutiques such as Trelise Cooper and 3 Wise Men. Like any mall, Re:START has a great selection of places to refuel and, in fact, has two outdoor foodcourts. Re:START, Cashel Mall www.restart.org.nz


It’s such an iconic activity, that people won’t believe you’ve really visited Christchurch if you don’t have photos of Punting on the Avon! Experience the tranquility of Hagley Park, or the changing face of Christchurch city, as you glide along the peaceful Avon River. The punter stands on a platform at the end of the flat-bottomed boat and guides the vessel by a pole. Settle back on velvet cushions and admire trailing willows and banks of flowers; the river-level view provides magical photographs. After your punt, take a walk in the beautiful Botanic Gardens and get to know why Christchurch’s gardens are so acclaimed. Antigua Boat Sheds, Worcester Street Bridge www.punting.co.nz

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Christchurch Gondola

you up, up and away. The journey takes you nearly a kilometre to The Port Hills, a collapsed crater rim of an extinct volcano. To the west, the Southern Alps stand strong and proud, and to the East, the ocean stretches as far as the eye can see. At the top, experience a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the Port Hills and Christchurch. Watch subterranean forces unleash molten magma to rip rocks apart. 10 Bridle Path Road www.gondola.co.nz

Evening 6.00 pm

Get on your bike, or in a fourwheeled vehicle, and pull up at The Pedal Pusher where the friendly ambience and fantastic food and drink encourage the good times to roll. Showcasing local fare, now’s your chance to enjoy Akaroa salmon, New Zealand lamb or Canterbury beef. If you like your food more casual, don’t miss the pub grub like the homemade pie of the moment complete with mashed potato and garden peas. Top it all off with a vanilla and lemon crème brulee with poached berries. Little’uns won’t miss out, as The Pedal Pusher also have a kids’ menu. 284–286 Lincoln Rd, Addington thepedalpusher.co.nz

the evening with a 8.30 Finish sophisticated drink at one of

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the elegant bars at Christchurch Casino. Here you can unwind,

discuss your day, and make plans for tomorrow, or take the evening further – perhaps even with Lady Luck at your side! 30 Victoria Street, Christchurch www.christchurchcasino.co.nz

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During your stay in Christchurch you are sure to see examples of businesses rebuilding to be brighter and better than they were pre-quake. In this edition, we’re featuring examples of how Christchurch has harnessed the spirit of innovation as well as introducing some new-yet-old places to visit.

The Cardboard Cathedral Buildings made from cardboard are not just the realm of childcare centres – world renowned architects also use cardboard as a building material. The quakes toppled the much-loved old stone Christchurch Cathedral, leaving Cathedral Square without its namesake, and the people without their place of worship. So Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who specialises in ‘post-disaster temporary buildings’, was commissioned to design a 700-seat transitional cathedral. The Cardboard Cathedral is made internally of 98 huge cardboard tubes, and while described as temporary, is built as a permanent structure with an expected lifespan of more than 50 years. The new design references some of the old features of the fallen cathedral, and is also a venue for music events. Located in Latimer Square, at the site of the St John’s church and near the site of the CTV building collapse, the cardboard cathedral is a place of remembrance and memory.

Get your fix of coffee and community spirit Loved by the local community and visitors to Christchurch, C1 Espresso café serves up its pioneering espresso and big breakfasts seven days a week. It’s not just the coffee and food that has people returning, it’s the whole atmosphere of the café, which sports environmentallyconscious fittings and supports ethicallysourced food. Solar panels generate electricity, the tables are made from timber recycled from the old C1 building, and the


toilet cisterns re-use the hand-basin water run off. C1 has a deep commitment to fairtrade, and aside from using organic coffee beans sourced from Samoa, the café also has its own brand of soft drinks, fruit juices and 37 teas, all made locally in Christchurch. C1, 185 High Street (Corner of High & Tuam Streets), Christchurch

Industrious heritage reconstructed With views to the picturesque Port Hills, The Tannery complex is a new development that is making the most of one of Christchurch’s earliest industrial sites. Reflecting the confidence and values of early settlers, The Tannery is home to a micro-retail community, an artistic precinct, bars, restaurants, cafés and an award-winning brewery. The emporium quarter – inspired by the opulent Victorian style shopping arcades – is home to around 30 boutique fashion, homewares, arts, gifts and hospitality based retailers. The brewery hosts live entertainment most evenings, and welcomes familiar faces as well as new acquaintances. 3 Garlands Road, Woolston thetannery.co.nz

Go against the grain and stay in a converted silo Situated in the heart of the Little River township, just 40 minutes from Christchurch Airport and picturesque Akaroa, some pioneering Cantabrians have found a novel use for an overlooked industrial structure. At SiloStay (opening in February 2014), you can stay in an innovative and stylish serviced apartment that was once used to store feed for farm animals. Guests will enjoy the modernity of the eight two-bedroom suites (and one family unit) and the chance to explore the beauty of the rugged landscape of the Banks Peninsula region or cycle the Christchurch to Little River Rail. State Highway 75, Little River www.silostay.kiwi.nz

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Markets are a great way to get to know a city, its people, cultural influences and community spirit. Christchurch and Canterbury locals avidly enjoy their markets, and welcome all to sample their wonderful wares. The Riccarton Market Near the Riccarton racecourse, the biggest Sunday market in New Zealand is home to over 300 stallholders. Take your time to chat with the people behind the stalls and you’ll get to know the best in Christchurch. When: every Sunday, 9am–2pm. Where; Racecourse Road, Riccarton www.riccartonmarket.co.nz

Christchurch Farmers’ Market Set in the stunning grounds of Riccarton House, the Farmers’ Market runs each Saturday morning from from 9am to 1pm. It is the perfect opportunity to meet local growers, bakers, wine makers, butchers and farmers, sample their products and ask them questions When: Every Saturday, 9am–1pm Where: Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road, Christchurch www.christchurchfarmersmarket.co.nz


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Banks Peninsula has an abundance of produce and a great microclimate and lots of passionate gardeners. For sale you will find locally grown fruit, veges, herbs, honey, olive oil, olives, nuts and flowers plus locally produced preserves, pickles, jams, sauces, bread, pastries, cheeses, honey, lavender products and plants and lots more. Every Saturday from Spring to Autumn. When: Every Saturday from 9.30am–1.00pm Where: Fletchers Hub park (next to the Akaroa 4 Square Super market). www.akaroa.com/akaroa-farmers-market

Kaiapoi Farmers’ Market The weekly market in North Canterbury’s picturesque river town has a vast array of stalls: sauces, preserves, jams, garden seating, German baking, local vegetables, organic/ spray-free stall, perennials and shrubs, microgreens, apple cider vinegar, garlic, free-range eggs, duck eggs and seasonal products. When: Every Saturday, 10am–12noon Where: Morgan Williams Park, Charles Street, Kaiapoi (opp Kaiapoi New World). www.kaiapoifarmersmarket.co.nz

Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market Soak in the country life at this friendly, popular community market in the picturesque township of Lincoln. Browse the many varied stalls local seasonal fruit and vegetables, German baking, homemade pizzas and pastries, European sweet treats, gluten & dairy free cookies, fresh C4 coffee, fresh pesto, honey, natural fruit cordials, cheese, olive oil, hazelnut products, handcrafted chocolates, eco products, flowers and plants, distinctive jewellery, pottery, and more. When: Every Saturday, 10am–1pm Where: On Green beside Hillyers Café, Gerald Street, Lincoln www.facebook.com/lincolnmarket

Lyttelton Farmers’ Market In operation since 2005, the stallholders at this market will tempt you with fresh fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, bread, meat, cheese, beer, juices and plants sell at the market every week and a range of other regular or occasional stalls. Lyttelton Farmers’ Market encourages people to recycle/compost waste, bring reusable bags and take public transport or walk to the market (it is a short walk from the ferry terminal and the number 28 and 535 buses stop outside). When: Every Saturday, 10am–1pm Where: London Street, Lyttelton www.lyttelton.net.nz/farmers-market

Sunday Artisan Market Riccarton House is a hive of activity every Sunday, the market situated in the gorgeous grounds of Riccarton House and Bush boasts an array of locally made craft, artwork, children’s clothing, Jewellery, gourmet food stalls, organic coffee, music and entertainment. The market runs from 10am to 2pm on the Grounds of Riccarton House. When: Every Sunday, 10am–2pm Where: Riccarton House and Bush, 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton www.tasteevents.co.nz

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From pristine ski fields of the Southern Alps, to the expansive farmed flatlands of the Canterbury Plains, whether you’re looking for snow sports, seaside villages, alpine hot springs or braided rivers, this region is packed with adventure and leisure activities. While staying in Christchurch, you’ll get a better idea of the people of Canterbury; a determined bunch who like to take up challenges, and have claimed many New Zealand (and world) firsts. In South Canterbury at the beginning of the twentieth century it is said that the first powered flight occurred a year before that of the Wright brothers; Bill Hamilton conceived of and perfected jetboating, Sir Ernest Rutherford was educated in Christchurch before going on to split the atom and be awarded New Zealand’s first Nobel Prize; Aoraki/ Mt Cook was Sir Edmund Hillary’s training ground before he summited Mt Everest; and Lyttleton was the final departure point for many historic Antarctic explorers like Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shakleton. You, of course, can follow in their footsteps. Visit the Air Force Museum in Christchurch or pay homage to an airbourne innovator in Timaru; take a thrilling jetboat ride; learn about natural sciences at the Canterbury museum or understand what life was like in the Edwardian era at Ferrymead; be awed by the might and beauty of Aoraki/Mt Cook (ski it from July–October) and chat with penguins as you learn about life on the ice at the Antarctic Experience. Perhaps you’d prefer a soak in an alpine thermal resort, or the quiet ambience of a visit to a sun-drenched winery. Maybe you’d like to glimpse one of the world’s rarest dolphins or be impressed by a Sumatran tiger at an open range zoo; whatever experience you seek, in Christchurch and Canterbury you’ll find everything you need to create a memorable holiday.


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Orchard Road, Christchurch Airport Open 9am - 5.30pm every day Phone 0508 736 4846 • iceberg.co.nz

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Air Force Museum 45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram, Christchurch Phone 03 343 9532 info@airforcemuseum.co.nz www.airforcemuseum.co.nz If you’re mad about aviation or simply want a great day out, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand has something for you. Marvel at our collection of classic aircraft, be inspired by the bravery of present and past servicemen and servicewomen, fly a simulator, and enjoy our family friendly activities. Take a guided tour to make the most of your Air Force Museum Experience. We are just an easy 15 minute drive from the central city. See display ad page 23. Price: Free Admission. Opening hours: 10am – 5pm daily.

Black Cat Akaroa Harbour Cruises Main Wharf, Akaroa, Freephone 0800 436 574 akaroa@blackcat.co.nz www.blackcat.co.nz Award winning eco-tourism company offering Harbour Nature Cruises or Dolphin Swimming. Join them on an Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise exploring the extinct volcanic crater whilst viewing Hector’s dolphins, fur seals, penguins and abundant birdlife. Or go Dolphin Swimming with the endangered Hector’s dolphin, the world’s rarest and smallest. Akaroa is the only place in the world you can swim with them! See display ad page 1. Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise Price: Adult: $72 child $30 approx 2 hrs. Swimming with Dolphins Price: Adult: $145 Child: $120 approx: 3hrs duration inc. briefing and changing time. Wetsuits and snorkels provided.

Christchurch Casino 30 Victoria Street, Christchurch Phone 03 365 9999 www.christchurchcasino.co.nz Christchurch’s premier entertainment destination, providing all your entertainment needs under one roof! Experience 500 gaming machines and 36 table games in a climate controlled venue with free Wi-Fi or sit back and relax with plenty of dining options in three restaurants and four bars. 0% commission on all foreign currency exchange. R20 venue. See display ad page 32. Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 11am – 3am the

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Canterbury Museum  1 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Phone 03 366 5000 www.canterburymuseum.co.nz See a moa in a minute or spend hours exploring New Zealand’s rich cultural and natural heritage. Canterbury Museum is in the heart of Christchurch city, within strolling distance of the Botanic Gardens, the Arts Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery and Cathedral Square. Relax in the cafe or browse the store after exploring the extensive collections. See display ad page 25. Price: Free Admission; donations appreciated. Discovery entry $2 pp Opening hours: Daily except Christmas Day, 9am5.30pm Oct-Mar (5pm Sept).

Hassle Free Tours Freephone 0800 427 753 phone 03 385 5775 info@hasslefree.co.nz www.hasslefree.co.nz Join us for a scenic experience into the breathtaking Southern Alps of New Zealand and a visit to a Lord of the Rings filming location or experience the ultimate Alpine scenic adventure with the thrill of a jet boat, 4x4 and TranzAlpine train journey. Or discover Christchurch from the top deck of our Classic London Double Decker bus, we have something for everyone. See display ad page 28. Price: Visit www.hasslefree.co.nz for tour information and pricing. Departures: Daily.

Helipro Freephone 0800 435 4776 Phone 03 359 0470 Christchurch@helipro.co.nz www.helipro.co.nz Fly over Christchurch and enjoy all the breath-taking views of our beautiful Garden City has to offer. Explore the Christchurch Re-Build from above or access our spectacular regions including Mount Cook, Hanmer Springs, Akaroa, and the Kaikoura Coast. Combinations include; weekend escapes, wineries and heli lunches. Don’t forget a camera. See display ad page 31.

Price: From $99 per person (minimum passenger numbers apply) Duration: Flights from 9 mins-2 hours.


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International Antarctic Centre 38 Orchard Road, Christchurch Airport Freephone 0508 736 4846 info@iceberg.co.nz www.iceberg.co.nz A visit to the International Antarctic Centre is a must do experience! Enjoy the Real Snow and Ice Experience, an Antarctic Storm and hang out with Little Blue Penguins! Experience the famously exciting Hagglund Ride, an awesome simulated 4D Extreme Cruise, licenced café, Antarctic gift shop and so much more. Great fun for all ages. See display ad page 21. Price: Adults from $39. Child (5-15 yrs) from $19. Family (2A+3C) from $97. Under 5 Free Opening hours: 9am-5.30pm daily (inc. Christmas Day), Café open 8am-5pm.

Ko Tane 60 Hussey Road, Harewood phone 03 359 6226 info@willowbank.co.nz www.kotane.co.nz Ko Tane The Maori Experience, this interactive experience takes you through a pre European Maori Village, includes a cultural performance and a 4-course meal with Hangi cooked mains. Enjoy a unique glimpse into the way of life of the South Island Nga-i Tahu Ma-ori people before the arrival of the Europeans. Complimentary transport from the city. See display ad page 27.

Price: Ko Tane Adult $135, Child $67.50.

Guided Kiwi Tour and Ko Tane Adult $165, Child $80.

Orana Wildlife Park Mcleans Island Road, Christchurch (15mins from airport) Phone 03 359 7109 info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz Set in 80 hectares, Orana is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. Experience up close animal encounters: hand feed giraffe, meet rhino ‘face-to-face’, see a tiger search for food and travel through the Lion Habitat (costs and conditions apply). Observe monkeys, meerkats, cheetah and more. See kiwi and a wide range of New Zealand’s birds and reptiles. Guided tours and scheduled animal feeds occur daily. See display ad page 33. Price: Adult $28. Child (5-14yrs) $9 Opening hours: Daily except Christmas Day

10am-5pm. Last entrance is 4.30pm. Allow 3-5 hours.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Hussey Road (off Gardiners Road), Christchurch Phone 03 359 6226 info@willowbank.co.nz www.willowbank.co.nz Feed and pet many animals in our extensive display of native and introduced animals. Enjoy New Zealand’s ‘Big 5’ icons – the Kiwi, Kea, Takahe, Tuatara and Kaka. Guaranteed Kiwi experience. Nocturnal house opens from 10.30am daily. For a sumptuous treat take the opportunity to dine in our award winning restaurant. See display ad inside front cover. Price: Adult $27.50, Child 5-14 years $11, Under 5 free. Family passes available. Opening hours: Daily 9am-7pm Oct-April, MaySeptember 9.30-5pm.


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There’s something cooking in the Christchurch restaurant and dining scene: new dining establishments are plating up; old favourites have had fresh facelifts and menus, and perky pop-up cafés and bars are brewing ales and atmosphere to help you further enjoy this region. From early morning until late into the evening, there’s a range of eateries and drinking establishments that will serve you the very best of local cuisine. Try out the freshly caught salmon, mouthwatering seafood, famous New Zealand lamb, organic locallyfish and chips at a seaside village, good pub inspired dining, pop-up bars, coffee houses noodle bars.

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Head to Kaikoura for seafood, and the Waipara for world-class wines and a long lunch in picturesque vineyard. For information on the various wine trails around Canterbury, visit www.canterburyfoodandwinetrails.co.nz

The Grand Café 30 Victoria Street, Christchurch. Phone 03 372 8892 www.christchurchcasino.co.nz The Grand Café at Christchurch Casino offers a relaxed setting with a menu that showcases locally sourced ingredients with flavours from around the world to give a modern twist on classic Kiwi favourites. Whether it’s a sumptuous weekend breakfast, a lunch special during the day or A la Carte dining in the evening, The Grand Café offers something for everyone. R20 venue and bookings recommended. See display ad page 32. Open: Breakfast: Sat – Sun 8am – 11am. Lunch: 7 days a week 11am – 3pm. Dinner: 7 days a week 5.30pm – 11pm. Dress code: Smart Casual Attire.

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There have been tremendous changes taking place in Christchurch’s CBD and, after a few years of limited options of places to stay, there are some fantastic hotels and accommodation complexes opening their doors and welcoming guests and business travellers. Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square is a 154-room 4-star style hotel in the city centre, which also offers dining and conference facilities, as well as some of the best views over the city and iconic Cathedral ruins. The Novotel is just a short walk from many of Christchurch’s reemerging areas, such as the New Regent Street art deco shopping precinct and the ultra innovative Re:Start shopping mall, built from brightly coloured and attractively arranged shipping containers. Quest Serviced Apartments welcomes back guests after a $20 million repair and refit. Quest offers 70 apartments consisting of a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

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Iconic department stores, pop-up shops, a mall made out of shipping containers, a variety of unique designer boutiques and bustling farmers’ and craft markets; Christchurch has all the ingredients for a fantastic shopping spree. How often do you get to shop in shipping containers? When the central-city businesses were affected by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, Christchurch had to find a new way to shop. Re:START in Cashel mall is the architecturally designed shopping precinct made out of brightly coloured shipping containers. It’s home to 51 retailers, with a good mix of old tenants, big brands and pre-quake central city stalwarts, including the iconic Ballantynes – Christchurch’s much loved department store. Re:START is a diverse, vibrant and entertaining meeting place right in the heart of Christchurch city. Just five minutes’ drive north of the city, up Papanui Road, Merivale has been the home of fashionable people since the 1860s. Nowadays the style-conscious and those with an eye on class delight in the relaxed elegance of Merivale Mall. With over 40 shops, as well as bars and restaurants, this is a shopping destination to really explore. In Riccarton, you’ll find the South Island’s largest shopping centre, and, near the racecourse, the biggest Sunday market in New Zealand is home to over 300 stallholders.

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10 Cass Street, Christchurch, phone 03 366 5705 Fax 03 365 3963 www.goldenfleecenz.co.nz Buy direct from the manufacturer – Golden Fleece manufactures footwear from scuffs (shearling/twinface/ hide), mens and womens slippers, childrens footwear, boots (with EVA sole and side stitch) using only the best quality sheepskin available from both local and international tanneries.

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The Riccarton Market Riccarton Park Racecourse, Racecourse Road Phone 03 339 0011 www.riccartonmarket.co.nz The Riccarton Market is the biggest market of its kind in New Zealand. With over 300 vendors selling a wide variety of goods from fresh fruits and vegetables to second hand goods, furniture, clothing, art, plants and trees, food and beverages. Relax in our outdoor area and enjoy lunch with friends and family while listening to music from local artists. Just 15 minutes from the central city.

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Getting around Christchurch and Canterbury is easy – take a bus, hail a cab or catch a cruisey ride on a ferry. Public Transport The main public transport in Christchurch is supplied by Red Bus (www.redbus.co.nz) and Go Bus (www.gobus.co.nz). If you are planning to stay in Christchurch for more than a few days, you should consider getting a Metrocard to save on travel costs. For all public bus transport information and timetables, please visit www.metroinfo.co.nz Christchurch International Airport is well served by public buses, with three routes connecting the airport to the city centre and beyond. All buses arrive and depart from the regional transport hub at the northern end of the International Arrivals Hall.

Trains Christchurch is the starting point for two scenic train journeys – the TranzAlpine, which travels through Arthur’s Pass to Greymouth on the West Coast, and the Coastal Pacific, which follows the coastline north to Picton. The TranzAlpine train crosses the Canterbury Plains and the stunning Southern Alps to Greymouth, with plenty of jaw-dropping scenery along the way. It’s a great day trip from Christchurch, or you can choose to stay overnight and continue your journey down the West Coast. Step on board the Costal Pacific and travel alongside the Pacific Ocean with an amazing backdrop of mountains. Stop in Kaikoura and go whale watching, then continue on to the port of Picton. The Coastal Pacific is a summer train service, which runs between October and April.


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Blue Star Taxis Transport & Rentals

Phone 03 379 9799 info@bluestartaxis.org.nz www.bluestartaxis.org.nz With over 200 vehicles Blue Star Taxis is the largest Taxi Company and have been servicing Christchurch for 80 years. We can arrange all your travel needs throughout Canterbury using our direct first class transport door to door. We are here to help. Book online at www. bluestartaxis.org.nz

Price: Minimum charge $3 Opening hours: 7 days 24 hours

Corporate Cabs – Christchurch Freephone 0800 789 789 Phone 03 379 5888 chbookings@corporatecabs.co.nz www.corporatecabs.co.nz Expect something special when you travel with Corporate Cabs. We are more than a just a taxi company, we also operate as a limosine hire company, a tour company and wedding car hire service. Our uniformed drivers are courteous, highly experienced and knowledgeable in all areas we travel in and our cars are always in immaculate condition to ensure you travel in style. Opening hours: 7 days 24 hours book online at

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Interislander Freephone 0800 802 802 info@interislander.co.nz www.interislander.co.nz This 92km, 3 hour voyage across the Cook Strait is described as one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world. The Interislander ferries cars, motorhomes and passengers between Wellington and Picton with up to 11 crossing per day providing affordable, flexible and convenient travel times. Enjoy modern conveniences including food and beverage facilities, a children’s play area and on board Wi-Fi. Additional details: visit www.interislander.co.nz for timetable details and bookings

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Lyttelton & Akaroa Millions of years ago, two volcanoes blew apart, creating Banks Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Today, the harbours of Lyttelton and Akaroa fill their craters. Just over an hour from Christchurch, Akaroa is the Peninsula’s romantic centre, where French settlers were the first Europeans to arrive. The distinctly Gallic flavour remains in street names like Rue Jolie and Rue Lavaud, colonial architecture, waterfront cafes, a number of much sought after wines, and speciality cheeses from Barry’s Bay. Akaroa celebrates its heritage in October 2013 with its biannual French Festival, but visitors can appreciate it every day of the year, with excellent cafes and gourmet restaurants lining the harbourside. Visit a lavender farm or winery, opt for a cruise on the harbour, or swim with Hector’s dolphins, the world’s rarest dolphin. With its stands of original native bush, seal colonies and nesting penguins, Banks Peninsula is ideal for exploring on foot, whether for an hour or two, or over several days on the southern Banks Peninsula Track. Getting there: Buses run daily, including scenic day trips. Follow SH 75 from Christchurch, through Little River and over Hilltop to Akaroa. The road over Hilltop is steep and windy. A comfortable 1.5 hours, distance 85km. The coffee stop at Little River is obligatory.


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Mackenzie Country Named after James MacKenzie, a 19th century sheep rustler, the Mackenzie Country fills Canterbury’s southwest corner, and lies in the shadow of Aoraki/Mt Cook. With a number of major hydro dams, the region is the powerhouse of New Zealand. To appreciate the region’s true scale and grandeur, experience it from the air in a scenic flight around Aoraki/Mt Cook. Aoraki means ‘cloud piercer’ and 3754m, the Maori title is perfect for New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Mt Cook national park offers the entire range of alpine activity mountaineering, glacier exploration, tramping, heli-skiing and ski-touring, including guided skiing on the Tasman glacier. And the Mackenzie Country towns of Fairlie, Tekapo and Twizel provide the base for many more outdoor activities. The region’s lakes offer windsurfing, sailing and superb fishing, while on land you’ll find mountain and heli-biking, rock climbing and hiking. The area is also world renowned as a gliding destination where many world records have been set. Getting there: Daily buses run to the region’s major towns. From Fairlie, follow Route 8 through Burke’s Pass village, over the pass and into the MacKenzie Basin and Tekapo. Distance 226km to Tekapo, 3–3.5 hours.

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Kaikoura Kaikoura sits on a rugged peninsula midway between Christchurch to the south and Picton to the north. The Inland and Seaward Kaikoura ranges form a staggering backdrop to the town, sandwiched between the mountains and the sea. Waves rolling in from the deep ocean throw up some of New Zealand’s most consistent surf. Kaikoura’s rich history is tied to the sea. In Maori legend, Maui braced himself with a foot on the peninsula as he ‘fished up’ the North Island. Today, you can find several pa here, the remains of early Maori settlement. The first European settlers established whaling stations along this coastline, but today Kaikoura is a safe haven for the ocean’s largest creatures. Learn more about Kaikoura’s early history at Fyffe House, the area’s first whaler’s cottage, and at the Kaikoura Museum. Marine life: Not far offshore, the seabed falls steeply away into the 2000m deep Hikorangi Trench, bringing an abundance of marine life, including several whale species, within a few kilometres of the coast. Sperm whales live in these waters year round. See these majestic animals from the air or sea, as well as humpback, pilot, blue whales and orca at different times of the year.

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Swim with dolphins: Kaikoura is home to Dusky dolphins, and the rare Hector’s dolphin. Many people rate swimming with these enchanting creatures as one of their best experiences ever, and a magical memory of New Zealand. New Zealand fur seals have a colony on the peninsula and magnificent seabirds like the albatross and petrel live here. Kaikoura’s waters also offer surfing, diving and fishing while its premium restaurants are filled with ocean fresh seafood. In Maori, Kaikoura means ‘meal of crayfish,’ and crayfish is the local delicacy. Getting there: Buses run daily. TranzCoastal train runs Christchurch to Picton via Kaikoura. Follow SH1 north through Amberley and Cheviot. 2.5 – 3 hours, distance 180km. Stunning coastal scenery beyond Cheviot.

The Hurunui With adventure, wine and thermal waters, the Hurunui district stretches to the northwest of Christchurch, and holds many of Canterbury’s jewels. Some, like Hanmer Springs, enjoy an international reputation, but there are other hidden gems to discover – like the surfing beaches of Gore Bay, hiking and horse trekking in Lake Sumner Forest Park, and the bountiful salmon and trout of the Hurunui River.

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Hanmer Springs The Alpine Pacific route begins only 45 minutes from Christchurch International Airport in the Waipara Valley, a Trip Advisor 2012 Top 10 South Pacific Wine Destination. Further north you will discover the alpine resort of Hanmer Springs, home to both relaxation and adventure activities. An easy two-hour drive north of Christchurch makes Hanmer a favourite destination for people wishing to completely unwind. Luxuriate in hot pools surrounded by majestic alpine scenery, and restore body and spirit with a massage and thermal treatment. Hanmer’s thermal waters were known to local Maori as ‘waitapu’ – sacred waters, you’ll find their restorative powers every bit as strong today. Getting there: Buses run daily. Follow SH1 north to Waipara, turn left onto SH7 to Hanmer Springs Junction. Turn right onto SH7A, 10km to Hanmer Springs. 1.5 – 2 hours, distance 135km. Look out for Frog Rock in the Weka Pass beyond Waipara.

The Spa At Hanmer Springs Phone 0800 873 529 www.hanmersprings.co.nz Our Spa is the ultimate in a health and beauty experience and part of the multi award winning Hanmer Springs Thermal complex. We specialise in luxurious skin, body and massage therapies including Vichy, relaxation or deep tissue massage. Treat yourself with one of our detoxifying body wraps, facials or manicures and leave the cares of your daily life behind. Bookings essential.

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Methven, Mt Hutt & Mt Somers Methven is a town with a buzz! It’s the base for Mt Hutt, Canterbury’s ski capital. But it’s not just about winter - Methven is a year-round destination. Marvel at the tapestry of the Canterbury Plains from a hot air balloon, plummet towards the earth in a tandem skydive, jet boat up the braided Rakaia or take a white-knuckle ride down the raging Rangitata! Complete the day with delicious dining and a local vintage. Mt Somers is at the heart of the Canterbury highcountry with a range of natural landscapes and outdoor activities. Hike the two-day Mt Somers Subalpine Walkway affording vistas stretching to the sea, fish any number of attractive lakes, blast across Lake Clearwater on a windsurfer, or visit Edoras, spectacular land of the Rohan in the Lord of the Rings’ Middle Earth.

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Getting there: A comfortable 2 hours, distance 90km. Route includes the magnificent Rakaia Gorge. Chains and care are required on the Mt Hutt ski road.

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Arthur’s Pass National Park Roaring waterfalls, deep ravines, craggy rock faces and braided rivers, all combine to give this spectacular National Park an unmistakable mountain feel. European explorers learnt of the pass from Maori who crossed regularly from Westland to Canterbury to trade pounamu (greenstone). Early pioneers built the road in less than a year when the West Coast gold rush struck. Its steep country and network of backcountry huts is a haven for hikers, with overnight and multi day trekking options. Shorter walks of 1-2 hours take you into magnificent terrain and afford spectacular mountain views, especially the dramatic Devil’s Punchbowl waterfall walk. Strong shoes are essential, and take a jacket, as even in summer the weather can change without warning. Look out for the kea - the cheeky green mountain parrot native to New Zealand; if you leave your boots outside then expect to lose your laces. Getting there: Shuttles run daily. TranzAlpine train – spectacular in spring. Arthur’s Pass is on SH 73 on the main road to Greymouth and the West Coast. A comfortable two hours. Distance 150km. The road through Porter’s Pass and Arthur’s Pass is steep and windy. Can be icy and may require chains in the winter months.

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Christchurch Airport is your direct tourism gateway to the best of the South Island and New Zealand. Airlines Christchurch Airport is an international airport serviced directly by Air New Zealand, Air Pacific, Emirates, Jetstar, Virgin, Qantas and Singapore Airlines.

Check In Allow at least 40 minutes for domestic flights and two to three hours for international flights for the check-in process. Airlines have strict cut-off times for completion of check-in.

Duty and Tax Free shopping Purchase competitively priced duty or tax free items from any retail store in New Zealand offering tax free goods, and collect them at the Duty and Tax Free Shopping Collection point on arrival or departure from Christchurch Airport. Please keep your receipt as proof of purchase.

Telephone service/Internet Internet – wireless and kiosks: Free and unlimited wifi is available throughout the terminal. Mobile phones: Mobile phones and SIM cards can be rented and purchased from the Vodafone Kiosk located in the International Arrivals Hall.

Luggage services / Storage Luggage Solutions is located in the check-in hall on the ground floor. Services include excess luggage freight, baggage storage, luggage forwarding, travel accessories and new luggage for sale.

Banking facilities A BNZ Microbank is located in the check-in hall, providing a range of banking services including currency exchange. ASB, BNZ, Westpac and Travelex ATMs are available in the terminal.

Shopping Christchurch Airport hosts more than 30 retail outlets, with well-known brands including Ballantynes, JR Duty Free, Global Culture and a wide range of duty free for you to explore.

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From breakfasts to delicious snacks, excellent coffee, lunch, dinner, cocktails or a leisurely drink with friends. You will find Burger King, Healthy Habits and Wishbone, South bar and more at the airport.

Travel and information Christchurch Airport iSITE provides tourist information and can assist with booking and enquiries for: accommodation, activities including ski passes, campervans, NZ holiday packages, car rentals, sightseeing trips/tours, rail, ferry, coach and bus transport. The travel team is also the centre for lost/found property.

Transport Buses: A public bus service operates to and from the city centre at 20 minute intervals. Travel time to city centre: 30 mins. Shuttles: A door-to-door service to all parts within Christchurch through Super Shuttle. Travel time to city centre: 20–30 mins. Taxis: Taxi Service to all Christchurch. Car Rental: A2B, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty offices are located within the terminal.

Children and Entertainment Parent Rooms: Baby changing and nursing facilities are available on the ground floor and first floor Children’s play area for travellers within the international departure lounge and in the Coffee Culture store in the check-in hall.

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Resting in the terminal at night Christchurch Airport supports travellers arriving or departing on an aircraft and is not legally consented to provide a sleeping facility for people. Only travellers who show staff physical or on-line reservation information, or bona fide transport arrangements taking them from the airport before 0800, are allowed to sit in the terminal after 22:30. Staff will work with other travellers to find accommodation.

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Medical Assistance Doctors The 24 Hour Surgery, provides top quality accident, emergency and general practice care. No appointment necessary. Corner Bealey Avenue and Colombo Street, Christchurch, phone 365 7777. Dentist: The regular dentist of your host or the dentist recommended by your accommodation. Hospital: Christchurch Hospital, Riccarton Avenue, phone 364 0640 or the Emergency Department phone 364 0270. Emergency services also available through medical centres. Pharmacies: Urgent Pharmacy, 931 Colombo Street, phone 366 4439 open until 11pm daily.

Emergencies In an Emergency Dial 111 The telecom operator will ask what services you need, FIRE, AMBULANCE or POLICE and will connect you to that service. Give your name, what the emergency is about and where to send help, the street number and name and the name of the town or City.

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Function Centre VBase Conference Centre A one-stop-shop venue offering 1,500 square metres of flexible space that can be configured to accommodate conferences, exhibitions, concerts and special functions. This space is further enhanced by meeting rooms, theatre, atrium, aircraft hall and cafe. The Air Force Museum, 45 Harvard Ave Wigram Park. Vbase phone 339 3599, Fax 339 3562 info@vbase.co.nz

Goods and Services Tax All goods and services purchased in New Zealand are subject to 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST), this is included in the display price. Purchases brought from Duty Free shops before departure are exempt if your travel documentation is presented.

General Electricity New Zealand works on 230/240 volts, 50 hertz.

Phone Services When phoning Christchurch numbers from out of town, dial 03 first. Local calls from a Telecom payphone cost $1 a call. You can use a Telecom PhoneCard or any major credit card on any payphone. Many also take coins and 500 payphones have a modem port for internet access. AT&T direct 000 911 National directory 018 International directory 0172 National tolls 010 International tolls 0170

Public Transport & Rentals – refer page 38 Visitor Information Christchurch i-SITE – Your one stop travel shop for all domestic travel. Please stop by and see us! Christchurch i-SITE – Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Avenue (next to the Canterbury Museum) Email: info@christchurchnz.com, Phone: 379 9629

Water All New Zealand tap (faucet) water is among the world’s best and safe to drink. You should boil and or treat all water taken from rivers or lakes.

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