|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$873.22|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$6.50|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre||$1 118.63|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||$1.89|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$8.79|
|1 Pair of Nike shoes||$106.95|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$12.57|
Christchurch is also known as the Garden City. You will find several landmarks around the city gardens and aesthetic parks that resonate that of the Victorian style in England. This multicultural city is one of the great locations for backpacking tourists all over the world. This city is the biggest city in the South Island and is located just the edge of Canterbury. The international tourism in this city is a booming market and industry sector. You will also enjoy the cyber cafes within the city as it boasts of being a hub in the electronics and software programming arena. During the 2010 and 2011, Christchurch was hit with earthquakes with magnitude ranging from 6.0 to 7.2. Until now, the city is recovering from that natural disaster.
You can get in this city through Christchurch International Airport for both domestic and international tourists. There are several airlines offering cheap flights in Christchurch (to and from). Air New Zealand and Jetstar are some of the airlines that you can try. Within the country, you can drive by car passing through the State Highway One and you will enjoy the beautiful scene on the road. Buses, trains and boats are also a mean to enter the city. If you want to get around city, it is recommended to rent a bike or car and it is easy to tour the city proper because of the grid layout. The improved bus transportation and tramway is also a great means to get around. Choose these transportation options over the taxi if you want to save money. Here are some of the places that are must-see:
What you can do in the city and in the outskirts of the city? You can do biking or driving on the Summit Road. Enjoy the scenery and sights in Lyttelton and the produces and goods from Lyttelton Farmers Market. If you want boating experience, try the Antigua Boatsheds. There are also festivals that you have to experience here such as the Summer time, Kidsfest, Carnival Week and much more.
Budget hotels in Christchurch can be in the average of $50 and round $20 for hostels dorms. You may want to strike deals with hotel accommodation and cheap flights in Christchurch if you are looking for budget friendly vacation.