Christchurch is known as “The Garden City”, and is the largest city in the South Island. It’s situated in the confluence of the Heathcote and Avon rivers, with the Port Hills as a backdrop, and is the hub of the South Island.
Hagley Park is 161 hectares of park located in the centre of Christchurch. The park includes the world-famous botanic gardens, which is home to an impressive array of exotic and native trees, shrubs, flowers and plants. Hagley Park also has running, walking and biking tracks and is the site of regular outdoor entertainment.
Mona Vale’s stunning 5.5 hectares of gardens includes roses, camellias, rhododendrons, irises, a fernery, and landscaped lawns. The Avon river winds its way through Mona Vale and the newly restored gracious homestead is always worth a visit.
The Air Force Museum in Wigram is close to Middlepark Motel and a great destination for all the family. It offers a unique insight into New Zealand’s aviation history, and includes displays, flight simulators, and over 30 historic aircraft. Entry is free.
Sit back and relax as you enjoy a punting trip along the Avon river, and through the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Dressed in authentic Edwardian costume, your expert punter will ensure you have an enjoyable experience
With 360 degree views over Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains, a trip up The Gondola is an unforgettable experience. At the top you can visit the Time Tunnel ride, a dramatic reconstruction of the region’s history, and enjoy a delicious meal in the café.
Home to an extensive collection of local, national and international art, the Christchurch Art Gallery in the central city also hosts regular touring exhibitions.
Located on the edge of Hagley Park, Canterbury Museum displays document NZ and Canterbury’s history. The museum also hosts regular touring exhibitions and has plenty of interactive displays for the children.
Open seven days a week, Christchurch Casino has restaurants, cafes, bars, regular live entertainment and a wide array of gaming pursuits.
Snow, ice, real little blue penguins, Hugglund rides, and interactive displays make The International Antarctic Centre a great destination for all the family. It’s educational plus lots of fun.
Set in 80 hectares, with more than 400 animals across 70 species, and 15 minutes drive from central Christchurch, Orana Wildlife Park is a great place to visit. The park is both animal and human friendly, and you can get up close to many of the animals.
Willowbank is a great place to get up close to many native NZ animals, including the illusive kiwi in its native habitat. Many of the animals can be petted and fed, and the reserve is also a conservation park.
A leisurely tram ride is a great way to view the Christchurch town centre. The knowledgeable and friendly drivers provide a commentary and always available to answer questions. A day long ticket allows you to get on and off as often as you please.
Christchurch is within easy driving distance of a range of ski fields for beginner to experienced skiers and boarders, including commercial and club fields. Mt Hutt and Porter’s Height are the most popular commercial fields, but there’s also Criagieburn, Mt Cheeseman, Temple Basin, and much more.
Akaroa is a French and British colonial settlement, just 75k from Christchurch. A beautiful township, with well preserved colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, cafes and restaurants, it’s well worth a visit.
Known for its thermal pools and spas, Hanmer Springs also has a wealth of activities on offer, including jet boat rides, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, bungy jumping, along with great cafes and restaurants.
If you want any information on these or any other attractions in Christchurch and Canterbury please do not hesitate to ask the friendly staff at Middlepark Motel – we are here to help you!