Hot destination: Christchurch
Why Christchurch makes the list of New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2020
Vibrant, resilient and creative, Christchurch offers up surprises at every turn: from cool cafes and colourful street art to speakeasy bars and award-winning fine dining, spectacular gardens and even a ‘cardboard cathedral’ !
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND’S GARDEN CITY
Gateway to New Zealand’s South Island – with the beautiful Banks Peninsula, Canterbury Plains, Arthur’s Pass and Southern Alps on the city’s doorstep; a visit to Christchurch can take in heavenly hikes, fabulous food, wonderful wildlife and the Waipara valley wineries. See cute little penguins and swim with hector dolphins in Akaroa or sample ocean fresh crayfish, spot fur seals and ride the waves in Kaikoura. Christchurch and surrounds are full of surprises, offering something for everyone.
.. and 2020 offers up even more reasons to visit the city:
NEW CHRISTCHURCH FLIGHT CONNECTIONS: USA – NZ SOUTH ISLAND DIRECT
From October 2020, through the peak summer months, American Airlines will operate a non-stop service between LA and Christchurch, the only direct service between the US and New Zealand’s spectacular South Island. With further one-stop connections also bringing the South Island closer to the US than ever before, the new service will operate three-times weekly through to March 2021.
A MILESTONE CELEBRATION FOR ONE OF OUR LUXURY LODGES
This year, marks the 125th anniversary of one of New Zealand’s most iconic luxury lodges. Less than half an hour from Christchurch, Otahuna Lodge is preparing to mark their milestone birthday with a calendar of special events.
Surrounded by 30 acres of beautiful ornamental and productive kitchen gardens, grace and refined elegance combine with genuine Kiwi hospitality and contemporary comforts at Otahuna Lodge. With just 7 individually decorated luxury suites, personalised service is guaranteed at this intimate Relais & Chateaux property. Also available for exclusive use, Otahuna Lodge is the perfect place for a milestone celebration of your own.
EXCLUSIVE TOURING EXPERIENCES WITH REAL ‘WOW’ FACTOR
At Southern Crossings we have recently collaborated with former All-Black World Cup Rugby Captain, Sir Ritchie McCaw who now captains his own heli-touring business out of Christchurch to curate the ultimate New Zealand High Country adventure. A collection of spectacular scenic flights combines some fabulous New Zealand experiences: from hiking on glistening glaciers to walking with a local sheep farmer to gain a personalised insight to life on the land. The touring also includes a wander through the Arthur’s Pass National Park with a DOC ranger by your side to introduce the region’s stunning flora and fauna, whilst also enjoying fresh local produce; from Manuka honey to wild meats, artisan cheeses and locally distilled spirits – all in one incredible day out from Christchurch.