As the largest city in Canterbury Region, Christchurch is a land of unparalleled natural beauty. Known as the Garden City, Christchurch is a hub for much adventure, thrill and excitement. With the best of nature, wildlife, and history, this city is popular among locals and tourists alike. For those who are on a budget, Christchurch is not one to disappoint. Here’s a compilation of the city’s best that comes with no cost. Book a car rental in Christchurch and go exploring.
The sloping ridges and valleys from Sugarloaf are home to a sprawling stretch of beauty and recreation. The Victoria Park is a maze of open parklands, manicured gardens, pine forests and well-defined adventure trails. Inaugurated in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, this Park offers magnificent views of Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains, Pegasus Bay and the mighty Southern Alps. From awe-inspiring views of an expansive horizon to sport events and adventure activities, the Victoria Park has it all.
Christchurch boasts some of the most exotic beaches in the world. The Sumner Beach is a city-favourite that attracts locals and tourists to a sandy stretch of picturesque cafes, restaurants and boutique stores. The New Brighton Beach that plays host to an array of events all year round is famous for its pier, perfect for swimmers and water-lovers. The Pines Beach, situated at the mouth of the Waikamakariri River is a great spot for some fishing and surfing.
Located in the heart of the city, the Canterbury Museum speaks volumes of the region’s history, culture and lifestyle. Established in 1867 with an inaugural collection of its founder Julius von Haast, the Museum has gathered international acclaim and appreciation. Its collections that speak of Antarctic expeditions, Canterbury settlements and ethnology among others have contributed to innumerable researches and studies across a spectrum of subjects over the years. The Lane Walker Rudkin Collection, the Tuis, the Fossil Penguin and Luke Adams Kiddibricks are just few of the many recent acquisitions that form part of this exquisite treasure trove of knowledge.
Spread across 21 hectares, the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch cater to every age group. The Herb Garden, Central Rose Garden and Heritage Rose Garden are dedicated spaces to exquisite flowers and plantations. While the Garrick House is home to an exhaustive collection of cacti, the Gilpin House accommodates orchids and carnivorous plants. For those who want to unwind in the lap of nature, the Hagley Park also comprises vast stretches of open spaces, ponds and fountains. The Brass Gnome and Jamieson Tazze are few of the many works of art that adorn these beautiful gardens.