What to do in Christchurch?
Christchurch, you're a resilient bunch and we like that. The re-build is now underway and although it is not over it's an ideal time to go visit the beautiful garden city. No, Christchurch is not exactly operating at full capacity for out-of-towners right now, but we still really, really want you to go and visit. And so do they.
The first thing to say is that there are still plenty of places to stay. They're outside of the city centre but, you know how often you finish holidaying somewhere and don't really feel like you've ever got off the tourist trail? That's not going to be a problem here, with most operating hotels based in pretty suburbs like Merivale, Addington, Riccarton and Papanui, and more good options around Hagley Park and the Airport. There are lots of things to do in all those places including shopping: the best way to support local businesses - where else can you so effectively guilt your partner into letting you spend money?
Once your digs are sorted, go find something to do. There are ten different ski fields within two hours of the airport, some of them with their own little townships nearby. The famous Hanmer Springs has hotpools and spa treatments to relax and beautify you after a day on the slopes.
If snow isn't your thing, go coastal. Akaroa Harbour is a really special part of the country and the township has embraced it's Frenchy history by naming all the streets 'Rue' and holding lots of Gallic-themed events.
If you fancy a nice drive one day, head towards Selwyn - yes, it sounds like the name of one of your granddad's old, friends, but actually it's where you'll find the famous Canterbury plains, with amazing views of the Southern Alps. You'll recognise some of the vistas from Lord of the Rings, and you may even, like us, get so excited by the landscape that you start using poncey words like "vistas".