Arrive in the beautiful city of Christchurch, known to locals as the “Garden City,” and be transferred to your accommodation. The calm rush of water drifts through the city from the Avon River that meanders through the gardens and the city center. The sweet scent of lupines wafts through the streets and the lively sounds of the open city surround and welcome you. Put aside the excitement of the coming visit to the Franz Josef Glacier and enjoy the city of Christchurch and its varied activities and luxuries.
Exploring the city brings the sound of bells from the tram and the gentle hum as it makes its way along the sunken rails. Christ Church Cathedral is an Anglican building with a history dating back to 1865. Located in the heart of the city, the cathedral is dressed with an impressive stone facade with a pointed bell tower, a cavernous interior that looks like it stretches for miles with a wooden ceiling, and stained-glass windows that colorfully light the grounds. Oftentimes you can see random crowds of locals filling decrepit buildings, left over from the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquakes. The area has been taken over by Gap Filler, an urban regeneration project full of volunteers that return life to vacant sites through creative projects. People come together through boisterous dance performances, hilarious poetry recitals, or even chess tournaments. Settle in with the locals and feel at home immediately.