The gateway to New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch is a popular tourist destination with not just plenty of sightseeing options but even adventure sports and activities including golf, bungee jumping, rafting, whale watching and hot air balloon rides. It is pleasant to visit the whole year through, but do check the weather for the time you plan to visit, and pack accordingly.
Useful tips for tourists flying to Christchurch
Where to shop
The Re:START Mall has more than just clothing stores on offer; it is a good place to explore cafes, food trucks as well. Ballantynes is the go-to department store for specialty New Zealand gifts, including local Kiwi and Maori arts and crafts. New Regent St with its pretty run of Spanish-styled shops has a cluster of art galleries, gift shops and cafes. For an authentic Canterbury experience, how about paying a visit to the charming Christchurch Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday at the Riccarton House? Christchurch stores also offer a variety of fashion from local Kiwi designers.
What to eat
Do not miss out on the famous Hokey Pokey ice cream, and if you enjoy your seafood, there is no better place than Christchurch. Look out for the quintessentially English traditional fish and chips, as well as local Maori cuisine. New Zealand is also known for its award-winning cheese and wine; hence those are must-haves as well. Mamacita’s in Christchurch boasts of Tex-Mex cuisine at very reasonable prices. Hearty, pub-style lunches can also be had at the popular Belgian Beer Café.
The local language
While English is prominently spoken in Christchurch, the official languages in New Zealand are Maori, and more recently, sign language.
Here are some useful phrases that should help you get around in Christchurch:
• Kia ora
– How are you (Maori)
– Maori word for food
• Aye (Eh)
– To express disbelief, for instance, to say ‘really?’
– Cheers or thank you, can also be used to express okay/ no problem
Dos and Don’ts
• When on the beach, respect others’ space; do give people their privacy.
• If on a driving holiday, acquaint yourself with the driving rules (and laws).
• Tipping is optional, and 5-10 percent of the bill is the standard amount given in appreciation of good service.
• Do buy a Metrocard if you plan to stay for an extended time, to save on travel costs.
• Do look out for free walking tours to learn about the local history and culture.
Emergency contact numbers
• Information Assistance: 111
• 24-hour Chemist: Urgent Pharmacy, Unichem Pharmacy
• Fire: 111
• Police: 111
• Ambulance: 111
Q. Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Christchurch from Toronto?
The airline offering cheap air tickets to Christchurch from Toronto is Air Canada
Q. What is the time zone used in Christchurch?
The time zone of Christchurch is GMT+12 hours. It is important to note that Daylight Savings Time (DST) changes do not occur on the same date every year.
Q. What are the most popular airlines flying from Toronto to Christchurch?
From Toronto to Christchurch, the most popular airlines are Air Canada, Quantas and United Airlines
Q. What is the shortest time for a Toronto to Christchurch flight?
The shortest time for a direct Toronto to Christchurch flight is approximately 23 hours 25 minutes.
Q. What are the top tourist destinations of Christchurch?
Some of the top travel destinations include the Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. You can also take a breathtaking cable car ride, known as the Christchurch Gondola, to the top of Mt. Cavendish for beautiful views over the city. The Bridge of Remembrance is also a place visitors frequent. The Pallet Pavilion has live entertainment, a good place to end your day of shopping and sightseeing.
Q. What is the currency of Christchurch?
The currency of Christchurch is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$).
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