Christchurch

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Usually when I meet travelers who've been to Christchurch (New Zealand), they often didn't really like it. One person described it to me as a "horrible little town". And while it's not a town (it's a whole city, thank you very much), I can see what they mean. If you try and go out on Sunday - Wednesday nights, the city is pretty much deserted (except for backpacker & $1-drink bars, but the locals who hang out there aren't really the best ambassadors for the city) and for about half of the year it's cold, grey, and miserable.

Usually when I meet travelers who’ve been to Christchurch (New Zealand), they often didn’t really like it. One person described it to me as a “horrible little town”. And while it’s not a town (it’s a whole city, thank you very much), I can see what they mean. If you try and go out on Sunday – Wednesday nights, the city is pretty much deserted (except for backpacker & $1-drink bars, but the locals who hang out there aren’t really the best ambassadors for the city) and for about half of the year it’s cold, grey, and miserable.

However, Christchurch does also have its charms. Summers are delightful, and even in winter (if it’s sunny), the city is rather enjoyable. I recommend you come in the warmer months (October to March), but if you come in winter, there are ski fields nearby. There are lots of trees, flowers, and public art installations give that make the city quite colorful. Old people love it here. There’s also a good music scene and heaps of new bars and restaurants opening up, so the nightlife is progressively improving. One of favorite things activities is to hunt through the suburbs for NZ kitsch (or, as it is commonly referred to, ‘kiwiana’) – there’s lots of it around once you start looking for it. I recommend you come October – March, when it’s sunny.

To get to Christchurch from another main NZ city, the easiest way is to fly. You can buy plane tickets for about 30-70 USD/EUR. The funniest way (in my opinion) is to find a car & do a road-trip. There are also trains and/or buses linking up all towns and cities. You can cross from island to island by ferry. Alternatively, you can fly directly into Christchurch from overseas. Flight prices vary depending to the times of the year. From Australia, it’s usually about 200 AUD one way.

written by shi_mi on 2008-04-27 in #world #locations #leisure #nightlife #bar

One Comment

  1. spendospend
    spendospend ·

    love pic 9 and i love christchurch aswell :)

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