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Experience the coast, countryside and inner city buzz of Christchurch

Christchurch is a city of layers, retaining a strong English past while moving switfly into a modern future. After bearing the brunt of New Zealand's second largest natural disaster in 2011, Christchurch picked itself up, dusted itself off and mustered up an incredible community spirit leading the charge towards recovery. Christchurch is packed with creative resilience that will see your weekend holiday filled with unique experiences. Visit the City Mall precinct where old favourites and new additions to the shopping and dining scene have found temporary residence in colourful shipping containers which some hope will stand the test of time to become a quirky, permanent mainstay.

Christchurch: City ParkCity Park

Christchurch is an ideal base for weekend adventures in Canterbury Region. The verdant quilt of farmland is traced with rivers, creating an idyllic place for getting back to nature. Ski the Southern Alps, spot majestic whales as they meander along the Kaikoura Coast or discover what's behind the name 'garden city' with a visit to the annual flower festivals. Book your short break to Christchurch this winter to take advantage of the snow-covered plains in the city's big backyard of Canterbury, ideal for all levels of skiing or snowboarding prowess.

Christchurch: Hagley ParkHagley Park

Spend your getaway in Christchurch exploring the city's cultural highlights with a visit to the Canterbury Museum and the Christchurch Art Gallery and enjoy the Avon River, cutting through the city centre, with a boat ride or picnic on its banks. Sample the best regional fare straight from paddock to plate at local markets and explore the chic cafe culture and urban bars around town. Christchurch showcases the best elements of New Zealand and is perfect for a long weekend itinerary. Check out Flight Centre's Christchurch holiday deals to experience the coast, countryside, inner city buzz, sprawling gardens and longstanding heritage all at once.

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