Despite suffering a series of damaging earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, Christchurch still has a great deal to offer visitors, and was recently named as well worth a visit by trusted travel guide Lonely Planet. Enjoy the beauty of the botanic gardens on a warm summer day, take a punt down the Avon river as it meanders towards the sea, or spend some time in one of the many unique and quirky cafes and bars that are popping up around the city as it continues its recovery.
Getting around the city centre is easy. There are buses and taxis easily available or you can simply enjoy your surroundings with a leisurely walk. For those who want to experience more of what Christchurch has to offer, there are shopping malls, golf courses and driving ranges, beaches, wind surfing, wildlife parks and cycle tracks, as well as attractions such as the International Antarctic Centre, the Willowbank and Orana Wildlife parks, historic Riccarton House, the reopened Court Theatre and more, with many other prominent attractions set to re-open soon.
In a regional sense, Canterbury is as diverse as it is exciting. From the coastal marine life of Kaikoura to the ski fields of the Southern Alps to the wine growing districts of North Canterbury, there are many places to visit and enjoy. Canterbury has its own adventure town in Hanmer Springs, where there are opportunities to jet boat, bungy jump, horse ride or simply enjoy the hot thermal springs surrounded by the mountains.