5 reasons to visit Christchurch after the 2011 earthquake

Here you have our Christchurch Travel Guide, read it to discover why this city is still very much alive and is worth a visit!

Christschurch is one of the largest cities on the southern island of New Zealand, but due to a severe earthquake in 2011, a large part of the city's beauty was destroyed.

But this didn't defeat the city, on the contrary, it's now back on its feet and proud to show itself to anyone who wishes to visit.

The Street Art

Against all expectations, Loney Planet defined Christchurch as one of the most significant cities for street art lovers.

street-art-christchurch

The presence of so much street art in the city is due to the artistic reaction of the residents to the tragedy of the earthquake. You won't find it difficult to note that many of these works talk about a particular emotion: hope.

Canterbury Museum and Quake City

One of the reasons to visit the city of Christchurch is definitely for the Canterbury Museum, where you can learn about the history and culture of New Zealand.

The canterbury museum in Christchurch

The museum is very enganging and suitable for all ages.

We must also mention Quake City, a special exhibition organised by the museum, created with the aim to explain what happened during and after the earthquke of 2011.

Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass was inagurated in 1929, and was the first national park on the southern island, and the third in the entire country.

arthur's pass

This area was already known and used by the Maori, who revealed the site to the English. Arthur's pass can be found between Christchurch and Greymouth, across the southern alps and it is the favorite habitiat of native parrots, called Kea.

Inside the visitor centre you can also admire the old stage coach that has transported passengers up until 1923.

You need a car to get to Arthur's pass from Christchurch and you have to cross the Great Alpine Highway, but the views that you'll see will not be easily forgotten!

Christchurch Gondola

The name is deceptive, as is not a real gondola, but a cable car that gives you a 360 degree view of the city of Christchurch.

Christchurch_gondola

From here you can see the Cantebury Plains, with the thousands of shades of green and the Banks Peninsula, a peninsula with volcanic origins, which is very facinating.

A ticket costs 28NZD, but booking two days in advance you can have a discount of 2NZD.

New Regent Street

At first glance it seems like a shopping center under the open sky, but in reality it is one of the most appreciated and visited places by tourists visiting Christchurch.

regent street christchurch

The architecture of the buidlings is in the style of Mission Revival, and it is this that makes the street so unique, so much so that is has been named as part as a New Zealand heritage site.

Some buildings still have visible signs of the last earthquake in 2016, but walking here is really enjoyable.