Christchurch Off The Beaten Path

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    View over Lyttelton
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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Christchurch

  • 1. Port Hills

    Gethsemane Gardens If you would like to visit a wildly romantic garden with a Christian theme, then this is it! St. Cecilia Chapel is an enchanting little trellis structure in the heart of Gethsemane...

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  • 2. New Brighton Pier..

    The pier was built originally in 1894 and was demolished in 1964. $4 million was raised by the council and community funds to build a new pier, and in 1987 it was opened. You can get good views of...

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  • 3. Lyttelton

    and lots of charm. With its brightly painted houses tumbling down the steep hills and narrow stairs to go up and down, Lyttelton reminded me of the Chilean port of Valparaiso way across the other...

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  • 4. Akaroa

    Akaroa was orginally set up by the French in their attempt to claim the local area for King & country. While the original 63 French settlers were at sea, sailing towards what they believed was a small...

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  • 5. Lake Tekapo

    New Zealand's most famous sheep stealer, James McKenzie owned a dog named Friday. Both the Mackenzie County and the pass are named after him. McKenzie was apprehended at the Mackenzie Pass by an...

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  • 6. Arthur's Pass

    We booked a tour with Motorcyclesnewzealand.co.nz The route: Christchurch, Arthur's Pass, Portsmouth, Havelock, Kaikaroa, Hanmer Springs back to Christchurch Good roads, Great guide. Comfortable...

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  • 7. Sumner

    We wanted to go to the cinema on our last night in Christchurch but the film we wanted to see was only showing at one place - Hollywood Masters in Sumner. "Where's that?" we asked. "Right across...

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  • 8. Methven

    Not exactly off the beaten track but close to Christchurch is the town of Methven (about 1.5 hours drive). Methven is the gateway to the Famous Mt Hutt ski field, the highst in the Southern...

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  • 9. Hermitage Hotel

    Mount Cook National Park is where you will find New Zealand's tallest mountain, Mt Cook (or Aoraki). The area also has the largest glacier in the country, Tasman Glacier. At the foot of the mountain...

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  • 10. Orana Wildlife Park Set on 80...

    Orana Wildlife Park Set on 80 hectares of land within the McLeans Island recreational area, 18 kilometres or about 30 minutes drive from Christchurch's Cathedral Square, Orana Park has been designed...

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  • 12. High Street Kids for Peace Tiles

    Just off the Cathedral Square in Christchurch, is High Street, which diagonally heads away from the square in a Southeasterly direction. On this street you will...

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  • 13. Cycling and jogging at the Bottle Lake Reserve

    It is not always easy to go jogging and cycling in non-danger zones in New Zealand. Big parts of the country are either fenced (long live farming... ;-) or the...

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  • 14. McLeans Forest great for MTB, jogging and walking

    The Waimakariri River Regional Park near Christchurch International Airport opened for the public at the end of September 2006. The first stage covers about...

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  • 15. RAKAIA

    As we travelled south from Christchurch on SH1, it wasn't long before we came across the Rakaia river, what a sight this was! and crossing it was on the longest...

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  • 16. Coffee on a Toilet Seat - CLOSED DOWN

    Update 25 July 2009What a pity - the Bathroom Café has closed down. Despite its inner city location I have never seen a lot of people there - perhaps because...

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  • 17. Amberley Day Trip

    Amberley is located about 50Km north of Christchurch and is a small town that most just pass through. It's a good spot to stop for a cup of tea or pick up you...

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  • 18. The Magnificent Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

    Every time I walk or drive past the wonderful Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Barbadoes Street I get the feeling it is a kind of forgotten place, and it...

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  • 19. Windy point

    Right at the northern tip of Lyttleton Harbour, the high cliffs and open spaces of Godley Head offer wonderful views across to the Port Hills and the quaintly...

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  • 20. A new Maori Experience on the Styx River

    At the start of November 2007 a new Maori venture has been launched. Katoro Maori Tours offer tours in a waka, a Maori canoe that seats up to 14 people. The...

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  • 21. The Shags of the Botanic Garden

    I have no idea since when the shags are nesting in the Botanic Garden. I only spotted them this summer (2007/2008) because some of them were flying low and one...

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  • 22. St. Mary’s of Merivale

    I do not distinguish between religious and non-religious people. I have met bad Catholics who treated protestants in a nearly racist way, and good non-religious...

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  • 23. Hands-on in the Air Force Museum

    This information is based on what my husband says about the Air Force Museum. It is hailed as a big attraction but I am not particularly interested in this kind...

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  • 24. Centre of Contemporary Art (COCA)

    I think I had walked past COCA about a million times without really noticing it LOL Somehow it did not attract my attention. It did when I saw a photo in...

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  • 25. Marvellous and Unique St. Michael’s and All Angels

    Finally I have made it into this Parish Church in the city centre. Although only some steps from the City Mall, on Oxford Terrace, across Lichfield Street, it...

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