One Of The Places To Visit In New Zealand Was Christchurch

by Mark Perkins

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Although the demise of Christchurch, due to the recent earthquake, has thrown the travel plans of many into disarray there are still many great places to visit in New Zealand. It has also seen the destruction of many of Christchurch’s icons, the Cathedral (in photo) started in 1865 and completed in 1904, being just one example.

I offer my most heartfelt sympathies to those who have been affected by the Christchurch earthquake and continuing aftershocks as I do

also those in Japan, whose disaster is of such a higher magnitude. I am a New Zealander and have immediate family living in Christchurch and am thankful that they are all ok.

In my role as a tour coach driver/guide I have been affected firsthand with the scramble for accommodation outside of Christchurch. I am posting this blog to reassure ALL visitors to New Zealand that it is perfectly safe to come here. Whilst there has been the devastation in Christchurch the rest of the country is fine. Most of the outer towns around Christchurch have been shaken but all their services and facilities are all intact and operating.campervan holiday in new zealand However if you are traveling 2 New Zealand I suggest you do avoid Christchurch and seek out accommodation in other towns like Ashburton, Timaru, Greymouth, Hanmer Springs and others.

Of course if you are having a campervan holiday in New Zealand then you have no real accommodation problems. As we say her in New Zealand your ‘sweet as’.

Christchurch of course was the most central and largest city in the South Island and I guess it will be a while before it returns to its former glory. There are still plenty of other places to visit in New Zealand in particular in the South Island. Browse some of the destination posts under my South Island section.

So please keep coming to New Zealand, more than ever we need your tourism dollars and pounds to help bring our magnificent country back to its former glory.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Gary Thompson March 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Good stuff. Enjoyed the post very much.

Silas April 23, 2012 at 8:18 am

Hi, we are a couple in honeymoon and we will spend 19 nights in NZ (October) but we are wondering if Auckland could replace all things we would see/live in Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington. Our basic plan is to focus on nature and landscape. Can you give your thoughts about it.

Mark Perkins April 23, 2012 at 10:35 am

Hi Silas,
Thank you for your comment/question. I have just returned from Christchurch and the South Island and I don’t believe Auckland would replace the other cities. Christchurch is still a broken city and whilst they would welcome you and your tourist dollar in helping to rebuild, there is limited accommodation. October wouldn’t be too bad though. You say you want nature and landscape then I would recommend Dunedin and do the penguin and albatross exploring, go to Milford Sound and take a bus to there, don’t drive yourself on this one. Take in the West Coast and the glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef. On the East coast of the South Island the Kaikoura coast is spectacular.

I would suggest you fly into Auckland and travel Via the Waitomo glow worm caves into Rotorua. Then go via either the active volcanoes (not dangerous) in the centre of the Island or via the East cape – Napier etc to Wellington. Spend two nights in Wellington and be sure to catch the Inter-Islander ferry through Marlborough sounds to the South Island.

If you would like more info please email me direct via the contact page.


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