As promised, now AnakJajan are going to continue our New Zealand Travel Guide, this time about Things to do in Christchurch. AnakJajan’re going to bring you a virtual tour on what to see, where to go, and where to eat in Christchurch as a reference for your itinerary.
For basic New Zealand Travel Guide such as New Zealand visa, hotel, airbnb, car rental, travel budget, and tips, you can refer to our previous blog post on following link https://anakjajan.com/2018/02/13/new-zealand-travel-guides-tips/
AnakJajan visited New Zealand on mid August 2017 during winter to celebrate our 13th Anniversary, we started our #AnakJajanNEWZEALAND trip from Christchurch. The start of our trip wasn’t so smooth because our flight was cancelled followed by missing luggage for 3 freaking days, you can read the whole story of our Airport & Flight Drama on following link https://anakjajan.com/2017/11/07/airport-flight-drama-diary-travel-tips-trick/
Upon arriving in Christchurch International Airport, from Airport to City you can head over to the Bus Station near International Arrival exit and take Bus number 29 (Airport – City route). It takes around 30 minutes and costs NZD8 one way per person.
For transportation within the city, you can use public bus or taxi.
Christchurch was more like a transit city for us because there were no Jakarta to Queenstown flight. It is a quite city, it has its own charm but we think that spending 1 or 2 nights are enough. AnakJajan spent three nights before picking up our car rental and start our road trip to Queenstown, based on our experience, 3 nights are too long for us personally. Here’s the recommended itinerary:
– Hotel check-in
– Visiting Bridge Of Remembrance
– Dinner at Bacon Brothers
– Brunch at Antigua Boat Sheds & Cafe
– Bridge Of Remembrance
– Sightseeing at New Regent Street
– Lunch at Khmer Satay Noodle House
– Sugarloaf Hills
– New Brighton Pier
– Dinner at Little High Eatery
– Hotel check-out
– Coffee break at C1 Espresso
– Leave to Queenstown
PLACES TO VISIT
New Regent Street
Another iconic spot in the city is New Regent Street where you can see row of shops, cafes, and restaurants with colorful pastel exterior in cute design.
In need of something different besides Christchurch city scene, AnakJajan drove up to Port Hills and the view was epic!!
So beautiful it looks like computer screen saver. On one side we got this beautiful mountains and green lake view, then on the other side we can see the picturesque of city view.
New Brighton Pier
The pier with blue ocean view is said to be a great spot to enjoy sunrise or sunset. Unfortunately it was raining during our visit thus we didn’t get any good view.
Bridge Of Remembrance
The historical Bridge of Remembrance is an important landmark in Christchurch. With the Avon river running under the bridge, the stone bridge is a memorial to honour the soldiers’ from World War I.
PLACES TO EAT
Antigua Boat Sheds & Cafe
While searching for Christchurch’s most instagrammable spots, AnakJajan stumbled upon Antigua Boat Sheds. We decided to put in on the list and it didn’t dissapoint, the green and white striped building is super iconic and looks cute on picture.
You can rent canoe there or enjoy brunch at their cafe just like us. AnakJajan got a few items like Pancakes, Toast, and Coffee, everything was enjoyable and well made.
Khmer Satay Noodle House
Hot soupy meal was much needed on cold winter day. Thanks to one of Sahabat Jajan’s info, we had our cravings for Asian and soupy dish fixed at this Cambodian noodle house. AnakJajan ordered heartwarmiing Beef Noodle Soup NZD12 and nutty savory Beef Satay Rice NZD12, both were delicious with familiar yet enjoyable taste, it came in generous portion. Oh by the way, the restaurant is located right across Westfield Riccarton shopping mall in case if you need to do some shopping.
Little High Eatery & Bacon Brothers
Based on our search, Bacon Brothers is said to be number one place to go for burger and we couldn’t agree more. The burger was gigantic huge with crusty bun, smoky tasteful bacon and incredibly juicy patty. Don’t forget to order their Fried Cauliflower as side dish because it’s too die for! So good!
Bacon Brothers is located in Little High Eatery, it’s basically a food court with 8 tenants in one place, from pizza, noodle, burger, etc. The food court has a trendy pub-like vibes, it gets so crowded on the night.
C1 is one of the popular coffee shops in Christchurch with chic industrial looking interior. You might notice long transparent tubes across the ceiling, we heard that if you order curly fries or mini burger, they will deliver it with those tubes.
Thank you for reading, we’ll definitely continue our New Zealand stories, can’t wait to talk about Queenstown since it’s soooo amazing and beautiful. Stay tuned!
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