Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island and is well worth a visit if your cruise around Australasia allows.
The city has more than a hint of England about it, having been created by a group formed in London in the 1850s and built around the banks of the Avon River.
Visit the Botanic Gardens and you’ll even be able to see the English Oak tree that was planted to commemorate the marriage of Edward VII to Alexandra of Denmark.
Right in the heart of the city you’ll also find the Christchurch Cathedral, which was built in the late 1800s and is currently undergoing renovation work having suffered extensive damage during an earthquake back in 2011.
Elsewhere, the Canterbury Museum is a good place to go if you want to uncover more about the history of the city as well as wider New Zealand – including a number of stunning Maori exhibits.
The Art Gallery is another popular attraction to consider visiting if time allows, as is the International Antarctic Centre – an interactive experience that allows you to see what it would be like to visit the South Pole.
A good way to see the main sights around the city is on the vintage tram system that travels on a short loop around the Christchurch.
That also means you can easily access the various shopping and dining areas with ease during your time ashore.
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