If you're headed to New Zealand, you might want to venture to Christchurch as a part of your explorations. Located on the eastern shores, this is the capital of Canterbury and also the third largest urban location in the country.
By combining a natural setting with city necessities, the traveller gets to sample a little of everything on their trip. For example, you might want to head to the Orana Wildlife Park or Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. You can also take time to walk around in Hagley Park or the Botanical Gardens.
For elegant architecture, Cathedral Square is the place to go. Make sure to get a picture of Christ Church ' hence the name of the city. The Christchurch art gallery is another favourite destination of Kiwis and tourists alike. Sports are a large part of the culture as well, so take in a rugby, netball, or cricket match when you're in town. If you're interested in ever getting to Antarctica, this is also a good starting point, as explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott found out.
The Christchurch International Airport will get you directly into the middle of town. Once you arrive, buses and trains are the main source of transportation. You can also take Metro, the city bus service. Or travel in one of the quaint trams that rival San Francisco's trolley cars. As in other major cities, there is a zero fare bus system that you can take advantage of.
Accommodations in Christchurch are varied, from the expensive rooms at The Charlotte Jane and Huntley House, to the more moderate Azena Motel. Hostels are also quite common, like 56 Cathedral Square and 338 Lincoln Road. The broad range of hotel possibilities will suit a variety of travellers' tastes and budgets.