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Christchurch and Canterbury is a golfer’s paradise and the vast range of courses will keep an avid golf enthusiast occupied for hours. However for the golf widow/widower this can be problematic. How do you fill-in your days when your partner's out sampling the fairways?
Christchurch day trips
Fill in your day experiencing the city and region on a day tour. There’s a wide variety of ways to explore the city with like-minded travellers. How about a hop-on-hop of bus, a relaxing punt down the river or capturing the views from the top of the gondola? Wine trails, The Lord of the Rings Tour or a day trip on the TranzAlpine are great ways to escape the city and see more of the countryside. Further day excursions worth noting - Banks Peninsula to swim/watch the Hector’s dolphins, a Kaikoura daytrip to view the whales or head to Hanmer Springs to relax in natural thermal waters.
Shop ‘til you drop
There’s nothing like retail therapy to compensate for the fact that your partner's spending hours on the golf course. The Tannery Boutique Retail and Arts Emporium is Christchurch’s newest shopping destination with everything from fashion to craft beer. The retail arcade is grand and the fully restored building is home to over 50 businesses. It’s the perfect location to pick up gifts for loved ones. The selection and quality will ensure you won’t leave empty handed.
In the historic suburb of Sydenham you’ll find The Colombo. Situated within a five minute drive of Cathedral Square, this edgy mall houses designer labels, unique homewares and a food court with European flair. The food court alone is worth the visit, with some of the best gourmet sandwiches in Christchurch and you can’t leave without trying one of the mouth-watering macarons from the New Zealand French macaron specialist – J’amie Les Macarons. After lunch check out a film at the Academy Gold movie theatre. The boutique style theatre offers the latest art-house movies in comfortable and plush surroundings.
Re:START Mall's arguably one of the most popular focal points in Christchurch. An innovative shopping mall made out of bright, colourful shipping containers that are stylishly fitted-out like modern high street boutiques. You’d never know you’re inside a humble shipping container! Next to Re:START is Christchurch's famous Ballantynes Department Store with three in-house cafes and three floors of shopping.
Wine and dine
After a busy day experiencing the city or golfing you’ll be ready for something to eat. Victoria Street's fast becoming Christchurch’s premium destination to wine and dine. New Zealand renowned chef Tony Astle has opened Asian fusion restaurant King of Snake. Be prepared to book for this one. The flavours are amazing and the plates are designed to share. Make sure you try the cocktails they’re delicious! Mexicano's is another popular haunt by restaurateur Tony Astle. The tacos are too tasty to share. It’s also a fantastic place to unwind while sampling one of the speciality margaritas.
Jonny Schwass has also relocated to Victoria Street with Harlequin Public House, providing classic European dining in a beautifully restored 1899 historic villa. Meet in the champagne and oyster bar before devouring the well thought-out menu.
Other popular Victoria Street include Saggio Di Vino, Tequila Mockingbird, Monza and The Grand Café.
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