New Years Eve in Christchurch will be an amazing experience for
anyone planning to visit, especially those from abroad! With around
15 hours of daylight, you can really make the most of your time
here, from hiking gorgeous scenic trails, walks in the beautiful
botanic gardens, or perhaps you're feeling a little Edwardian
nostalgia and opt for some punting along the River Avon. Take time
to jump on one of the adorable Heritage trams or head out of the
city and down to the beach to top up your tan. (Remember your
sunscreen, sunbathe responsibly now!).
For the art lovers out there, you are in for a treat. Venture over to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu. This beautiful gallery holds an impressive collection so you can wile away the hours perusing the exhibitions. Then if you're feeling like something a little different for dinner, book a table on Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, which looks fantastic!
It's perhaps a little difficult to get into the Christmas spirit with all this sunshine, but the department store Ballantynes, at City Mall, pulls out all the stops for their Christmas Window display and if by chance you are in town early enough, the Isaac Theatre Royal will be holding its annual 'Festive Christmas' with all your favourite Christmas Carols being performed by the orchestra, that's bound to get your merry cheer going. This concert will be held on Wednesday 20th December 2018.
If you like to do a little shopping (which I do, I do, I do) New Regent Street should be on your list of places to go. It's a lovely, picturesque, pedestrian area, so no traffic to contend with! Stop by here for the cafes, grab a gelato and enjoy some boutique shopping.
Many people head over to North Hagley Park for the New Years Eve,
family friendly, party which usually starts around 6.30pm. It's a
great place for entertainment, live music and of course, the
fireworks! There tends to be a kids countdown for New Year at 8.30pm
so the little ones (and tired oldies of course) don't miss out on
There are some great bars and restaurants in Christchurch that will be holding their own New Years Eve events, so check at the venues for menus and to make your reservations. Restaurants, especially the more popular eateries, will no doubt be snapped up quick, here are a few restaurants that you may like to look up:
Twenty Seven Steps
Fiddlesticks Restaurant & Bar
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It's always advisable to book early when it comes to New Years
Eve, especially if you want to stay around
the North Hagley Park area for the festivities, try out:
Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
The George Christchurch
To check availability and make reservations at these and all the top hotels in the area, you can make online bookings here.
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