Perhaps the best of those views are seen from the Port Hills, which is popular with hikers, birdwatchers and mountain bikers. The views may be pretty, but many of Christchurch's gardens are equally gorgeous. In fact, Christchurch is known around the world as "The Garden City". The Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park and Mona Vale Gardens are some of the most popular. If you're in Christchurch in February, make sure you attend the Festival of Flowers, or the Ellerslie International Flower Show in March. Flower festivals aren't the only popular annual events in Christchurch, though. There's also the International Busker Festival held in January, which features buskers from all over the world performing throughout the city.
A fairly new attraction in Christchurch is the Re:START Mall. This strip of shops is housed in brightly coloured shipping containers, and opened in 2011, as a bit of a protest against Mother Nature and as a symbol of the comeback-spirit of Christchurch locals. Head down to the mall to pick up some bargains and have a great cup of coffee. If you'd like to do a coffee crawl, make sure you visit Addington, which is famous for its cafes and live music scene. Throughout the city, quite a few "pop up" bars have made their mark since the quakes, where cocktails are often stirred and shaken inside a bus, while the bar-goers sit at funky tables and chairs, under the stars in an empty car park.
The Christchurch airport is only 15 minutes from the CBD. You can get around the city by bus, and there are also lots of cycling tracks. If you want to explore other parts of New Zealand, Christchurch is serviced by inter-regional trains. So, for a holiday in New Zealand's ‘Reimagined City’, check out these cheap flights and book your Christchurch accommodation today.
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