Scenic Travel Services From Christchurch
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and has the second largest urban area
in New Zealand.
Dubbed the Garden City - Christchurch, is the gateway to the
Canterbury region and Mt Hutt ski and snowboarding field
and enjoys the reputation of being the most English
of New Zealand's cities, thanks to its many gracious parks and buildings and
the tree-lined Avon River.
At the centre of the city is Cathedral Square, surrounding the Anglican
cathedral, Christ Church. The area around this square and within the "four
avenues" of Christchurch (Bealey Avenue, Fitzgerald Avenue, Moorhouse
Avenue and Deans Avenue is considered the central business district of
Square is a popular destination and hosts attractions such as the speakers'
corner made famous by the Wizard of New Zealand, the international Buskers
Festival and lots more.
The central city includes
the pedestrianised Cashel Street as Christchurch's urban mall and the
unique Re Start container mall.
The Cultural Precinct provides a backdrop to a vibrant scene of
ever-changing arts, cultural, and heritage attractions within an area of
less than one square kilometre.
Punting on the river is a favourite pastime during summer, with punts for
hire at the old Antigua boatshed in the central city. The city has a
lively café and cultural scene and is home to the country's largest
community arts centre.
The city's many festivals include the Summer Times Festival, which
incorporates the Festival of Romance and the International Buskers Festival,
the Christchurch Winter Festival in August and Showtime Canterbury in
Beyond Christchurch is the beautiful French influenced town of Akaroa located on Banks Peninsula or the historical port town of Lyttleton which can be reach either by
the Lyttleton tunnel or over the scenic port Hills.
There are no suburban or regional passenger train or rail services
within the Christchurch urban region or from Christchurch to
Dunedin, Christchurch to Nelson, Christchurch to Invercargill,
Christchurch to Aoraki/Mt Cook national park, Christchurch to Tekapo/Lake
Tekapo, Christchurch to Te Anau, Christchurch to Wanaka or
Christchurch to Queenstown.
Christchurch is the southern terminal for the
Coastal Pacific train service that
Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim and Picton and the eastern terminal
TranzAlpine train service that
Christchurch, Arthurs Pass and Greymouth.
There are combined train and bus/coach scenic travel options from
Christchurch to Franz Josef and
Christchurch to Queenstown.
Christchurch is the southern terminal for
inter-regional and long distance bus and coach services
from Christchurch to other South Island destinations.
You can a
scenic train and bus travel pass
that allows you to travel by scenic train and bus, coach and scenic coach travel
services, to the Fox or Franz Josef glaciers, Geymouth, Aoraki/Mt Cook
national park, Milford Sound and Queenstown or Auckland, at you own pace, at any time in any direction.
You can choose your own route, stop when you like, and travel as
many times as you wish within the validity of this flexible pass - hop on
and off where and when you wish.
From Christchurch, you can explore the beautiful South Island, by choosing from a range
of suggested independent bus touring travel packages
ranging from 3 to 7 days in duration.