A rich source of inspiration for Maori myth and legend, the Port Hills, with its volcanic rocky outcrops and numerous ... More
Port Hills (The)
A rich source of inspiration for Maori myth and legend, the Port Hills, with its volcanic rocky outcrops and numerous walkways, marks the southeast divide between Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula. From the Summit Road, there are spectacular views of beautiful bays and inlets on one side and, on the other, Christchurch, its beaches, and the majestic Southern Alps stretching into the west. There is always plenty to do, with bush walks, paragliding, mountain biking, gondola rides and excellent climbing at Castle Rock, which in Maori myth was believed to be the citadel of the Rainbow God, Kahukura. Information: Christchurch & Canterbury Visitors Centre .
Sadly, the eponymous pine tree at the summit had to be removed following several attacks on its 105 year old
trunk. Known by Maori as Maungakiekie, or hill of the kiekie vine, One Tree Hill (elevation 183 meters or ...
Bordered by the graceful Avon River, the Botanic Gardens truly reflects Christchurch's reputation as the garden city. It boasts the
finest single collection of exotic and indigenous plants in New Zealand, with spectacular year round displays and more than ...
The magnificent Hagley Park, where the Christchurch folk walk, jog and play, covers 161 hectares of the inner city. Almost
every sporting activity imaginable is played here, from petanque to New Zealand's national game, rugby. In summer, outdoor concerts ...