October 25, 2012

100 Reasons To Love Christchurch | Stuff.co.nz

1. Roaming the Port Hills, be it on foot, by bike or by car. They are the landmark hills of Christchurch and we love them.
2. Spending an afternoon at the City Mall. The open spaces and colourful containers at Re:Start have given the city centre new life in a very fresh way, with several caf├ęs for pit stops.
3. From an iconic architectural statement to a civil defence base, the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu is even more than an outstanding centre of fine art.
4. A gloriously decadent lunch at Pegasus Bay Winery. The award-winning restaurant focuses on using quality local ingredients matched with their superb wines.
5. Enjoying all the Botanic Gardens offer. From the colourful splashes of the rose garden to the towering trees of the central lawns and family areas, our city gardens show nature at its best.
6. Strolling by the Avon River's sun-dappled waters or relaxing on its green banks. As the lineal heart of the blueprint for the new Christchurch, it's another significant part of our city.
7. Gap Filler. From community chess to dance-o-mats and gap golf, the team at Gap Filler has been working away to fill those vacant city spaces with a little life, light and happiness.
8. New Regent St. Completed in 1931, this picturesque street of Spanish mission-style buildings was one of the biggest South Island construction projects during the Depression. We can't wait to see it open again.
9. The 142-year-old Canterbury Museum continues to impress with travelling displays such as the World of WearableArt Up Close, and permanent exhibits such as the reincarnated Bluff paua shell house.
10. The picturesque setting at Mona Vale. The historic homestead has had better days, but its surrounds are still a welcome respite from the city's hustle and bustle.

A great reminder of why I like living here, despite the quakes...
Looking forward to exploring more of these :)
What do you like about where you live?


  1. Although my hometown can't compete when it comes to such stunning landscape as that of Christchurch, I love it and often blog about it. For me, it is just the right size; neither too big nor too small, it combines old and new and is very much alive.

  2. I read this yesterday and started trying to answer the question and, as always with me, got too bogged down. In many ways I could pose the question the other way around for both the places I live: "What's not to like about them?"


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