How to travel Christchurch on a budget
Are you looking to visit Christchurch, but would like to do so spending preferably little or no money? Good news! There are plenty of things to see and do in Christchurch that won’t leave you feeling ripped off or your wallet empty. Christchurch has a lot to offer, even on a small budget. Here’s a starter for ten!
Due to its international airport, Christchurch benefits from large amounts of visitors starting their journey through New Zealand in its most English city. It offers an abundance of motels, hostels and budget hotels. Check the local iSite on Cathedral Square for information, rates, and a booking service. For example, hostels with some of the lowest rates per night are Kiwi House and Stonehurst, both located only short walks from the city centre. Read my personal reviews on Kiwi House and Stonehurst.
You may think you will see enough stunning nature outside of New Zealand’s cities, and you certainly will. But you should not miss the opportunity to stroll through Hagley Park, where you’ll find sporty Kiwis playing golf, football or rugby. Then walk over to the adjacent Botanical Gardens and marvel at the native and exotic plants and horticultural displays in all their glory. From there, follow the Avon River back towards the town centre and watch the punters navigate their little boats. This could well be Cambridge – Christchurch is not called New Zealand’s most English city for nothing! And once you reach Victoria Square, reward yourself with a few scoops of ice cream from the roadside ice cream truck.
Christchurch is home to a fantastic Arts Centre and Art Gallery, both located in the very close proximity of each other, in the Cultural Precinct of the city. The Arts Centre offers everything from arts and crafts markets, bookstores, arts and crafts shops, cafes, entertainment, and fine art galleries. Christchurch Art Gallery hosts national and international exhibitions and private and public collections on two floors. The building itself is reason enough for a visit, with its huge glass and steel facade.
On a stroll through downtown Christchurch, you’ll find many attractive sights to visit. Take a walk on New Regent Street, enjoy the colourful facades of Spanish Mission-style buildings with their curious little boutiques, sip your latte in one of the small cafes and watch as the tram comes through every once in a while. Of course, you cannot miss Christchurch Cathedral, and when you’re there go and watch people play chess on Cathedral Square and listen to what the Wizard has to say!
With all those sights to see and things to do, you may have got hungry by now! Of course, in a city like Christchurch there is a myriad of eateries, catering for all budgets, so take your pick. If you’d like to eat Japanese food, why don’t you try Samurai Bowl on Gloucester Street? Or if you fancy just a snack, see if the ethnic food stands at the Arts Centre entice you. Who knows, you may just be in the mood for a proper German bratwurst!
Travel photo: New Regent Street, Christchurch
Regent Street is perhaps one of the most well-known streets in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is right in the centre of town and popular with tourists and locals alike. It dates back to the 1930s and was actually New Zealand’s first mall, as it was built as one big commercial unit.
When in Christchurch, one should definitely pay a visit to New Zealand’s most beautiful street, as it was named in the 1930s. The heritage tram loop runs through New Regent Street, along with the pastel-colored Spanish Mission-style buildings, and the pedestrian-only street offers an extraordinary collection of small shops and, of course, coffee places.
New Regent Street was affected by the Christchurch earthquake. However, according to some of the media coverage, it got away better off than a lot of the other famous Christchurch landmarks. There are plans to restore New Regent Street to its former beauty, so if you’re heading to Christchurch, make sure you check out where the redevelopment of New Regent Street is at!
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