At the center of Christchurch is Cathedral Square, where many of the most convenient hotels in Christchurch central city are located. This is the best place to start a walking tour of the city center, or tourist can scale the Gothic tower for an unrivaled view of the surroundings.
Christchurch is known throughout New Zealand for its busy festival calendar. Events pick up in December and continue until February. Many are staged in Hagley Park, where the Avon River and Botanic Gardens come together to great effect. Between the garden festival, arts festival, Carnival Week and the World Buskers Festival, there’s always an event to get excited about in Christchurch.
On the northwest corner of Hagley Park is Mona Vale, a lovely Elizabethan manor house on five hectares. The grounds are beautiful, laid out in manicured gardens, fountains and ponds. Coming to this side of the park to book accommodation in Christchurch central city is a good way to save money without giving up access to the city center. All that’s needed is a rented bicycle or a strong pair of legs to connect back and forth to Cathedral Square, where the best restaurants and shops are found.
After hours, everyone heads two blocks north of Cathedral Square to ‘the Strip’, and anybody who plans on making the most of the clubs and bars here on Oxford Terrace will probably want to book a room as close to the center as possible. Stylish dance clubs here don’t get started until shortly before midnight, and nights are long for those who have time to sleep in.