Attraction ian 1/4/2014

Choosing the best things to see and do in any neck of the woods can be a very personal decision so I asked Daniel from Rydges Latimer Christchurch for his Top 5 things to do if visiting the Garden City. Daniel went for these (in no particular order):

  • ChristChurch Cathedral
  • Gap Fillers/Space Savers
  • The Botanical Gardens
  • Day trip to Akaroa
  • Re:START Mall


Here’s an overview:

ChristChurch Cathedral has found a transitional home after the February 2011 earthquake destroyed much of the iconic original 19th century cathedral. This one is in Latimer Square and is made from cardboard!

Gap Filler - Lots of buildings turned into rubble that day and subsequently became vacant blocks or spaces – and that’s what gap filler is all about – another exciting initiative to temporarily activate vacant sites within Christchurch with creative projects, to make for a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant city.

The Christchurch Botanical Gardens are at the heart of the Garden City and have been since 1863. More than a million visitors visit each year making it one of the city’s top tourist attractions. The temperate climate supports thousands of plants. The gardens are home to towering trees, some over 120 years old and there are walking tracks, garden art, horticultural displays, conservatories and events. The website her:

The day trip to Akaroa is rewarding for all ages. Located 75km from Christchurch, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Explore the village with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, and cafés. Relax or take part in the many activities that are on offer. Here’s the website -

Re:START Mall is a shopping experience like no other, providing the city with a range of quality retailers located in a cool funky city location. The Mall houses many businesses previously located in the CBD including Ballantynes department store, Johnson's Grocery Store, Scorpio Bookstore, Cosmic and Hunters & Collectors. There are also great cafes, two food court areas, free WiFi and a selection of fashion boutiques and speciality stores not found elsewhere. Here you go -

Here’s a timelapse video of construction of the Mall: