Christchurch has been named the No. 2 place to visit in 2014 by The New York Times.
As part of its “52 places to visit in 2014” the Times called Christchurch a “city in transformation” that was experiencing a “rebirth with creativity and wit”.
The New York Times praised Christchurch entrepreneurs and volunteers that were finding ways of using empty lots to bring life back to the central city – particularly Gap Filler and the Greening the Rubble campaign.
The best way to really experience the city as a visitor is on the Christchurch Bike Tours, where you can ask your local guide plenty of questions and they can take you to not only the hot spots, but off the beaten track too. These two-hour guided experiences are leisurely, informative and fun.