The Arts Centre can be found baring wonderful goods- woodwork, handcarved maori necklaces, woolwork and food. There is also a theatre with productions run year-round.
The ChristChurch Cathedral stands in the center of Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand's South Island. Construction began in 1864, under the supervision of local architect Benjamin Mountfort, and the project required 40 years for completion. The building itself is a representative example of the Neo-Gothic style, and the interior is distinguished by soaring roof supports that resemble the hull of a ship. Local totara and matai timber was used for these massive beams. Cathedral Square, the open plaza surrounding the cathedral, is a favorite gathering place for local residents and visitors alike.
Hagley Park has been at the heart of Christchurch since the 1850s and is today the most significant central city park. It offers a diverse range of entertainment and recreational facilities close to the city centre.
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens showcase some of the flora of New Zealand and other parts of the world. Founded in 1863 with the planting of an English Oak tree, the Gardens now feature one of the finest collections of exotic and native plants found in New Zealand.
The International Antarctic Centre
The International Antarctic Centre is part of a huge complex built for the administration of the NZ, US and Italian Antarctic programmes. Learn all about the icy continent via historical, geological and zoological exhibits, including videos of life on Scott Base, an aquarium of creatures gathered under the ice in McMurdo Sound, and an 'Antarctic Storm' chamber where you get a first-hand taste of -18°C wind chill.
Christchurch Art Gallery
Set in an eye-catching metal-and-glass collage built in 2003, the city's Christchurch Art Gallery has an engrossing permanent collection divided into historical, 20th-century and contemporary galleries, plus temporary exhibitions featuring NZ artists.
The Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand, is set in the grounds of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens close to the city centre. It is on the city tram loop. Founded in 1867, the Canterbury Museum is the repository of more than 2 million items of New Zealand — particularly the Canterbury region's — cultural and natural history.