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Christchurch – Two Years on from the Earthquake

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Two years on from the earthquake that struck Christchurch, venue and hotel capacity is bouncing back and the tourism industry is eying the future with confidence.
Despite some parts of Christchurch’s city centre still being closed off because of demolition work, more than 4,300 accommodation rooms are now available in the city (including hotels, motel and backpacker accommodation), with another 600 due to be added by the end of the year.
With construction soon to start on the new three kilometre Avon River Park and the planning of new retail and hospitality precincts well advanced, Christchurch will soon become one of the best small cities in the world. We have every reason to be optimistic about what the future holds.
Here is just some of the exciting progress and happenings going on in Christchurch now:-

  • Christchurch Gondola re-opens – After two years of renovations one of Christchurch’s most loved attractions, the Gondola, re-opened to the public on Monday 25 March 2013.
  • Quake City Exhibition Open – Quake City is a multi-media attraction that tells the stories of the Christchurch and Canterbury earthquakes. The attraction serves to engage, inform and educate visitors on the seismic events that have ruptured the region since they began on 4 September 2010. The exhibition opened on Friday 15th February.
  • New Regent Street opening soon – Christchurch’s iconic Spanish Mission Style New Regent Street is gearing up to welcome visitors and locals in just 2 weeks time.
  • Date Set for Christchurch Cordon To Go – The last remaining fences surrounding Christchurch’s quake-hit inner city will soon disappear. The date has been set for the cordon to go on June 28.
  • Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch Prepares for Re-opening – Visitors to Christchurch will be able to see the rebuild of the city from its very heart when the centrally located Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch re-opens on May 1. Also the Heritage Christchurch will be reopening is doors, The Old Government Building (OGB) wing is to formally reopen in August 2013.
  • Alps2 Ocean Aoraki Mt Cook to Omarama Opening – Tourism Waitaki announced the official opening of the Aoraki Mt Cook to Omarama sections of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. The opening marked a special occasion to celebrate the four year planning process involved in setting up the trail.

For more information or to incorporate a visit to Christchurch within your bespoke, tailor made holiday please contact one of our New Zealand specialist on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

See our link for an itinerary idea – http://www.experienceholidays.co.uk/index.asp?pgid=199



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