Christchurch travel guide

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You're Going to Love Christchurch

When it comes to New Zealand, Christchurch is an underrated and amazing city. From great shopping to gorgeous rivers and stunning parks, you'll have everything you'd want access to and more in this small city that packs a punch.

Whether you're heading out to the incredible landscape that surrounds Christchurch or simply ambling through the city center, you'll continue to see the beauty in the city and the warmth of the locals.

Be sure to visit the museums and experience Christchurch's rich history, and marvel at how the city has been able to pick itself up following the 2011 earthquake.

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When to Visit Christchurch

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Although Christchurch is a lovely city all year round, one of the best times to visit is the spring (September to November). This is because the city has so many parks and green areas and this season is when all the flowers are in bloom and the temperature is perfect for sightseeing. However, unlike its Australian neighbor, Christchurch has a relatively mild climate. Summer days usually don't go above 77 degrees and the winters aren't that harsh, with temperatures usually hovering around 50 degrees.

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How to Get to Christchurch

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Where to Stay in Christchurch

Whether you're looking for 5-star hotels, small and historic boutique hotels, or budget accommodation, Christchurch has many options for you. If you're looking for luxury, try the upscale Hotel Montreal or Chateau on the Park in Christchurch Central. For more affordable options, try the YHA Christchurch Backpackers in Christchurch Central or the Novotel Christchurch in Riccarton.

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How to Get Around Christchurch

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Shopping Streets

One of the coolest shopping places to check out is Re:Start in the city center, an outdoor mall made up entirely of shipping containers. The stores here sell everything from cell phones to stationery and clothes and tend to be pretty affordable. New Regent Street has some beautiful architecture and lovely boutique stores, but expect to pay for the more upscale experience.

Groceries and Other

The grocery stores in Christchurch will sell just about anything you could need, from food to personal care items to homewares. The most popular stores are New World and Countdown. New World tends to be on the cheaper side, but both are good value. A loaf of bread will cost you about NZ$1 and a dozen eggs only about NZ$4. You'll also be able to find things like shampoo for as little as NZ$3 a bottle.

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Where to Eat in Christchurch

Christchurch has some amazing dining options that cater to everyone. The city center has excellent food and drink options, but don't forget Riccarton is great for Asian food at affordable pricing, about NZ$15 for a main. In the city center, try Twenty Seven Steps for a high-end experience, where mains may cost you NZ$40. At more mid-range places like Fiddlesticks or Cafe Valentino, your mains will be around NZ$20 and cocktails around NZ$15.