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Getting To Christchurch:
Christchurch International Airport is a modern facility, well equipped for the daily arrival and departure of large groups of visitors.
Christchurch is the gateway to some of the world's finest scenery, such as Mount Cook, Fiordland and the Southern Lakes.
The airport is a stepping stone for a huge number of visitors and touring groups.

Travel Times To Christchurch
Sydney 3 hours 05 minutesMelbourne 3 hours 35 minutes
Brisbane 3 hours 40 minutesSingapore 10 hours 20 minutesNarita 11 hours 20 minutes
Seoul 12 hours 45 minutesLos Angeles 13 hours 45 minutesThe airport is serviced by the major airlines of Air New Zealand, Air Pacific, Freedom Air, Singapore Airlines and Qantas Airways. These airlines have connecting flights with most international airlines, which makes travelling to Christchurch simple and efficient.
Domestically, Air New Zealand, Freedom Air, Mount Cook Line and Origin-Pacific provide a comprehensive schedule of daily flights to and from Christchurch, while other smaller airlines operate to outlying areas.

Getting Around In Christchurch:
Your own car is a very good option if you're here for 8 weeks or more (there's affordable BBH insurance for peace of mind motoring);
Rental cars are very affordable by world standards;
Cycling is excellent;Hitching is fun (take normal precautions) & meet the locals;
Shuttle buses are often door to door.
Trains are daily and a rare treat on some amazing lines;
Airplanes are fastest with spectacular views.Ferries cover the deep wet bits between islands.

Where To Stay:
Charlotte Jane Boutique Hotel - Once an exclusive private school for girls, now a boutique hotel with rooms with roaring fire places and four-poster beds.
Room rates start at around $125 USD a night.Where to eat:Le Bon Bolli - In the heart of the city, amazing authentic French cuisine without the over the top price tag.

What To See:
Cathedral Square. While surrounded by high rises, Cathedral Square is still dominated by the Christchurch Cathedral.The Arts Centre.
On the weekends this precint comes alive with an outdoor market.Orana Wildlife Park.
Set on 80 hectares of land within the McLeans Island recreational area, 18 kilometres or about 30 minutes drive from Christchurch's Cathedral Square, Orana Park has been designed with the emphasis on natural settings for the animals.
Here you can view them close-up, with few fences, wire or cages.

Where To Shop:

J Baltimore And Co: City mallQuinn's Fashion. 195 Papanul Road, MerivaleTango. 211 High StGinger Meggs. 7 Saint Albans St

Cafe Bleu Nightclub. 88, Cashel St Mall CitySouthern Blues Bar. 198 Madras St Christchurch Protecting Your Home While on Vacation Discontinue milk, newspaper, and other deliveries by phone or in person ahead of time.
Do not leave notes.Arrange for lawn care and have someone remove advertising circulars and other debris regularly.
On the other hand, several toys scattered about will create an impression of occupancy.
Notify the post office to forward your mail or have a trustworthy person pick it up daily.
Apartment house tenants should also heed this hint since stuffed mail receptacles are a give-away when no one is home.
Inform neighbors of your absence so they can be extra alert for suspicious persons.
Leave a key with them so your place may be periodically inspected.
Ask them to vary the positions of your shades and blinds.When you leave, do not publicize your plans.
Some burglars specialize in reading newspaper accounts of other people's vacation activities.If you find a door or window has been forced or broken while you were away, DO NOT ENTER.
The criminal may still be inside. Use a neighbor's phone immediately to summon police.Do not touch anything or clean up if a crime has occurred. Preserve the scene until police inspect for evidence.


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