Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, Christchurch is situated on the edge of the Canterbury plains which stretch towards the Southern Alps.
Despite the impact of significant earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, Christchurch continues to be an innovative, fun and fast-changing city. The city centre is compact with the central feature being the Avon River. From gardens to galleries, markets to museums, there is a taste of Christchurch's unique culture at every turn.Cruise ships anchor in Akaroa - a quaint French inspired village nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Akaroa is approximately 90 minutes drive from Christchurch.
Cruise ships anchor in Akaroa. Tenders will transport you to Main Wharf which is located on the south side of Akaroa township within easy walking distance of shops and cafes.
Akaroa is 82km from Christchurch, shuttles and buses to Christchurch leave from the Main Wharf and take approximately 90 minutes each way. Central Christchurch is accesible by foot and public bus services offer a comprehensive transport network around the city.
The Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, located next to the Canterbury Museum, is a good place to obtain maps of the city and find out about attractions and activities.
Akaroa is a small township and is easily explored by foot. Once in Christchurch city, it is also easily explored on foot due to its compact and flat nature.
Taxis are available for hire from the Main Wharf in Akaroa. In Christchurch, phone Gold Band Taxis on (03) 379 5795 or visit www.goldbandtaxis.co.nz
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