Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. Christchurch’s energy is evident wherever you go. The city has bounced back after the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 with innovative new attractions, as well as some old favourites. It is a hub of arts, culture and food and a gateway to the South Island and all that it has to offer. Here’s my guide for how to spend 48 hours in The Garden City.

Where to stay

There are plenty of options in Christchurch for where to rest your head, such as Hotel 115, a contemporary boutique hotel located in the heart of the city. This quirky, colourful stay is inspired by European aesthetics and each room adopts a slightly different look as well as featuring local art. 115 Worcester St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011