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Christchurch Revival

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After the devastating earthquakes in 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand is continuing to rise from the rubble as the city makes good progress with new restaurants, bars and creative spaces appearing. In 2013, several hotels are scheduled to reopen and the first projects in the new city plan will begin. Visitors are assured of a very walm welcome.

It is a testament to the spirit and will of the people of Christchurch and the surrounding region that there have been some fantastic accolades awarded recently. Christchurch has been awarded number six out of ten on the Lonely Planet Best of Travel for 2013 list. Three regional visitor attractions made the ‘AA Tourism 101 Must Do’s’ top ten list – these are Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise, and the TranzAlpine train.

Hanmer Springs is located less than two hours north of Christchurch and offers a number of thermal hot pools – open air, sulphur and indoor pools, all with temperatures between 28 and 42° Celsius. With a spa located onsite too, this is a great place to unwind at the end of a busy holiday in New Zealand.

The historic French village of Akaroa is located 90 minutes drive from Christchurch, and a nature cruise around the harbour is a highlight. With likely sightings of dolphins, penguins and other sea birds, and scenery including an extinct volcanic crater, this is a great stop at the start or end of your holiday – especially if you prefer to avoid city stays.

The Tranz Alpine train is an incredibly scenic rail journey across the spine of the island, from Christchurch in the east to Greymouth in the west, cutting through the Southern Alps and offering spectacular views en route.

These are just a few highlights of the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island – for more information on these, and how they can be incorporated into a wider New Zealand holiday, please visit our website www.experienceholidays.co.uk or contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk


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