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Interesting Facts About Christchurch

Situated on the east coast between the Canterbury Plains with the magnificent Southern Alps in the background, Banks Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean, Christchurch was New Zealand’s first formally recognised city, when it became a city by Royal Charter in July 1856. North, south, east or west, each direction offers totally different activities for locals and tourists to enjoy.

Float above the plains in a hot air balloon or soak in relaxing thermal pools. Enjoy the excellent food and wine or visit the amazing coastline and view the extensive marine life. And all only a three hour direct flight away.

From the silvery beaches of the coast to the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps, the Canterbury landscape is impossible to ignore. Big scenery is the order of the day - huge panoramas of ocean or mountains, great sweeps of pastureland and massive amounts of sky.

Between the mountains and the sea, the vast plains are patchworked with the patterns of rural life. Hundreds of years ago, Maori moa hunters worked these plains leaving a rock art record of their successes.

In the two cities of the region, Christchurch and Timaru, great care has been taken to preserve Canterbury’s colonial heritage. Grand architecture, historic homesteads and immaculate parks intermingle with the technology and style of modern life.

Roads in New Zealand twist and turn and passing lanes are not always present. Remember that you are driving a Motorhome or Campervan and so will not be able to travel that fast anyway. Allow for a normal speed . Please be courteous and pull over where possible to allow the queue of traffic behind to pass. Being self-contained, you can stretch your legs and brew a cuppa at the same time while admiring the view.

Hiring a motorhome and travelling around New Zealand is a popular and relaxing way of seeing the country.

Christchurch is the perfect place for lots of natural adventures. Rent a campervan or motorhomes for a unique experience of adventure in Christchurch. Driving your rented motorhome or campervan on holidays can be most comfortable journey and unforgettable experience that you ever enjoy.

Decide how many people are going to travel with you. This will help to decide how many berth you need.Specify your needs and basic requirements that you want when hiring motorhome / campervan or rv.

It can be very exiting experience for your trip having your Motorhome / Campervan for adventure. You can enjoy each and every moments of your Motorhoming holiday with your family having full freedom.

CLIMATE IN CHRISTCHURCH
Christchurch has a dry, temperate climate, with mean daily maximum air temperatures of 22.5 °C (72.5 °F) in January, 11.3 °C (52.3 °F) in July.[8] The summer climate is often moderated by a sea breeze from the Northeast, but a record temperature of 41.6 °C (107 °F) was reached in February 1973. A notable feature of the weather is the nor'wester, a hot föhn wind that occasionally reaches storm force, causing widespread minor damage to property.

In winter it is common for the temperature to fall below 0 °C (32 °F) at night. There are on average 70 days of ground frost per year. Snow falls occur on average once or twice a year in the hill suburbs and about once or twice every two years on the plain.

CHRISTCHURCH PLACES OF INTEREST

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park - This park is a land of ice and rock. Glaciers cover 40% of its area and there are 19 peaks over 3,000 metres, including New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki Mount Cook. Mount Cook Village is a base for climbers and hikers

Alpine Pacific Triangle Touring Route - The Alpine Pacific Triangle takes you to the gourmet area of Waipara, spa delights of Hanmer Springs and marine mammals of Kaikoura. Between destinations, enjoy the beautiful country scenery.

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula - Banks Peninsula and Akaroa Harbour were formed by volcanic eruptions, many thousands of years ago. Originally a French settlement, the historic town of Akaroa is a place to enjoy fine cuisine and wildlife cruises.

Winter Park - has a new international sized artificial outdoor ice rink. The ice rink is open in winter only and activities available include public skating, ice hockey and curling. Ideal for groups, corporates, families and individuals.

The Antarctic Attraction - Christchurch is the world's Gateway to Antarctica. The International Antarctic Centre has twice been judged the best attraction in New Zealand. Indoor Antarctic Attraction, including the New Zealand Penguin Encounter,New Zealand's first combined indoor/outdoor penguin viewing area.

Kaikoura - On the coast north of Christchurch, Kaikoura is best known for the Whale watching you can experience here. Swimming with Hector dolphins is another marine life treat. A fishing village, it is a good place to enjoy fresh fish at one of the restaurants in the area.

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu - Christchurch Art Gallery is located in the heart of the Cultural Precinct, just minutes from Cathedral Square. The Gallery houses one of the country’s largest art collections, including a superb selection of Canterbury works.

Christchurch beaches - as with most of New Zealand, are long and gorgeous. Brighton makes a good outing with shops, cafes and the Brighton Pier.

Governors Bay, Diamond Harbour - and all the small bays and inlets you pass through make a pleasant drive. Have lunch at Frenchs Bay winery. Especially nice on a fine day when you can sit outside in the beautiful garden.

Here is small list of Tourist Park / Caravan park in Christcurch - New Zealand

  • All Seasons Holiday Park - All Seasons Holiday Park is small, friendly and relaxing. It is ideally situated near central Christchurch for all your holiday activities. Qualmark rated 4 Star Holiday Park.
  • Riccarton Park Holiday Park - We are situated in the north/west of the city at Church Corner within easy walking distance of the Bush Inn shopping centre, supermarkets, restaurants, bus stop & medical centre.
  • North South Holiday Park - We are situated 5 minutes from Christchurch Airport on State Highway 1 on the North/South bypass, 15 minutes from Christchurch city centre. Close to all campervan depots, wineries.
  • Alpine Adventure Holiday Park - Situated just 2.5km outside the town in a quiet, bush-clad valley at the foot of Jack’s Pass, the park is set on the site of an historic staging post once used by drovers and musterers bringing stock through to Molesworth Station. Even today this is still the largest working farm in the South Island High Country of New Zealand.

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