Wheelchair Accessible Blenheim , Kaikoura and Christchurch
is situated at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, one of four Sounds which make up the Marlborough Sounds. The Marlborough Sounds is a network of fjiord-like waterways, sheltered by steep hills, most clad in native and timber forests. Geologists would describe the Sounds as ‘drowned valleys’, where in past millennia, the mountains sank in earth movements and the sea flooded into the valleys. Maori legend tells a more exotic story of their creation, how as Kupe wrestled with a giant octopus he grasped at the South Island for support, his fingers digging deep and carving out the waterways. The Queen Charlotte Sound is the main thoroughfare for the interisland ferries which provide passenger, car and rail transport to Wellington. In 1848 a Maori settlement on the site was occupied by GovernorSir George Grey (1845–53) and Francis Dillon Bell. They proceeded to lay out the village of Newton, which was renamed in 1859 to honour Sir Thomas PictonThe 9th oldest ship in the world, the Edwin Fox is located at the Dunbar wharf drydock, Picton.For those with the time it is one of New Zealand's most picturesque towns and one that is very accessible. Most of the shops and cafe's along the main street are at street level and afford easy access for wheelchair travellers. The cafe's at the sound end of the town offer spectacular views across Queen Charlotte Sound. The foreshore park is accessible by the main street via a long and gently sloping ramp or via a lower car park next to the "ISite" information centre. The boardwalk along the front is flat wide and has a very even surface. There is disabled parking in a lot along the main street as well as several parallel spots along the main street. Toilet facilities are available at the parking lot or at both the upper and lower level of the maritime museum. The lower toilet being accessible from the foreshore park along a well graded paved pathway. The adjacent Picton Museum contains an interesting selection of Maori and early European artifacts.
A short drive south on highway 1 will have you at Blenheim [20 minuets], an early colonial settlement from around 1840. Blenheim is the focal point for the Marlborough wine growing region. A number of wineries are located on the towns edges, with many more just a short drive away. Synonymous internationally for its distinctive, herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc. It is New Zealand’s largest winemaking region with around 65 wineries and 290 grape growers and over 4000 hectares planted in grapes, mainly Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.The annual Wine Marlborough festival (second Saturday in February each year) is held in Blenheim. It is a show-case for the region's bounty and draws people from all over the world to taste Marlborough's wines.
Marlborough is also known for its idyllic Sounds, sunken valleys which create a network of tranquil clear waterways amidst regenerating and virgin native forests. The Sounds are home to treasured bird and sea life terns, shags, herons, blue penguins, dolphins, seals, and native forest birds, all easily viewed by private boat or charter tour. The renowned 71km Queen Charlotte Track, a 3-4 day walk, curls around these coves and inlets and along skyline ridges between the breathtaking Kenepuru and Queen Charlotte Sounds
Marlborough has a diverse economy, emerging from a base of primary industry. The largest sector, apart from tourism, is aquaculture primarily Green shell mussels, along with oysters, salmon, paua, and fresh water crayfish. Wine is a major player, with vineyards taking over central and southern valleys from traditional cropping, stone fruit orchards and sheep. However, sheep and cattle farming remain a major contributor, including high country stations specialising in finest merino wools. Forestry and commercial fishing are strong in the North. Technology based industry and consultancy is increasing as more people shift to Marlborough for the environment and lifestyle.
Things to see Marlborough museum and Beavertown (a replica of early colonial Blenheim), both located in the Brayshaw Museum Park Arthur Baker Place Blenheim, allow you to step back in time. There are also comprehensive Vintage Car and Farm Machinery exhibits. http://www.marlboroughmuseum.org.nz/index.mvc?ArticleID=3
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Aerodrome Rd Blenheim, is one of Marlborough’s major visitor attractions.This multi-sensory experience contains one of the world’s largest private collections of WW1 aircraft and memorabilia, with spectacularly realistic stage sets and flyable planes. http://www.omaka.org.nz/
Makana Chocolate Factory
Cnr Rapaura & O’Dwyers Rds, Blenheim Free Phone 0800 (625 262) 0 3 570 5370 Free viewing and tasting. A visit to the Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory is an experience not to be missed. Watch us make our tantalising confections and taste a few samples - complimentary, of course. Open 9am-5.30pm daily https://secure.makana.co.nz/Default.aspx
There are over 50 wineries and most of them are very accessible, with cellar door sales, tastings and many of them housing superb restaurants with pretty outlooks. If driving you will not have to travel much more than 5 kilometres to get to the next winery.
Copthorne Hotel 20 Nelson Street, Blenheim, Marlborough - (03) 577 7333 Copthorne Hotel Marlborough is situated in the heart of New Zealand's finest wine region. Only a 5 min riverside stroll from Blenheim's town centre, 6 min drive from the airport and 20 min from the interisland ferry terminal at Picton. We have a range of 28 stylishly proportioned suites. Exquisite food, a warm welcome and friendly service are the hallmarks to offer guests exceptional value with attentive personal service. This adds up to the perfect base from which to enjoy this wonderful and wine full province.1 studio accessible unit.
173 Middle Renwick Rd, Blenheim Free Phone 0800 800 282 Telephone 03 578 1259 offers a new experience in affordable luxury accommodation. Within minutes of Marlborough's famous wineries, you can enjoy the tranquility of our modern, serviced suites. Like Marlborough, we offer something for everyone. 1 access studio.http://www.commcourt.co.nz/
9 Grove Rd, Blenheim Free Phone 0800 081 568 Telephone +64 3 579 4500 New August 2006. All units with stunning views of picturesque Taylor River. 12 superior self-contained units. Units with balconies, spa bath units. Interconnecting units available..2 studio accessible units,1 with adjoining room, http://www.waterfrontmotels.co.nz/
The drive south along the rugged east coast road from Blenheim to Kaikoura [highway 1 about 1.5 hours] offers spectacular scenery and views of the Kaikoura ranges with some mountains snow-capped throughout the year.
Visit the solar salt works at Lake Grassmere Salt Ponds. Down the coast from Blenheim, a large shallow lake has ponds that develop a deepening pink colour during the summer months. At the same time, huge white mounds appear on the shore. This fascinating and rather alien landscape is the result of natural salt production. Seawater, fresh from the Pacific Ocean, is pumped into Lake Grassmere. Warm north-west winds blow across the exposed lake, evaporating water and increasing the concentration of salt. The very salty water is pumped into deep holding pens, then into shallow crystallisation ponds. As the water continues to evaporate, salt forms as a crust on the bottom of the ponds. The remaining water is pumped out and the dried salt is harvested, crushed, washed and moved by giant conveyor belts to form huge mounds of sparkling white crystals. The pink to purple colour of the crystallisation ponds is caused by natural microscopic green algae that change to pink in the high salt concentration. The same phenomena gives the Red Sea its name. There are also small pink shrimps in the water that thrive in this salty environment.
[Roman legionnaires who guarded the Via Solaria, one of the most famous military roads in history, received part of their pay in salt, their "salarium." From this came the modern word "salary"].
You will pass through Kekerengu village which is situated at the mouth of the Kekerengu River. The village was first established in the early nineteenth by a young Maori chief, Kekerengu, who was forced to flee after falling off side with one of Te Rauparaha's lieutenants in 1829. Two cob buildings were built in 1868 which have since been restored for accommodation. There are also tea rooms here if you want a break, before travelling on towards Kaikoura.[30 minuets]
Kaikoura boasts a number of tourist attractions including whale watching, dolphin swimming (yes, you can actually swim with the dolphins in certain seasons), seal swimming, trout and salmon fishing, and amazing coastal walks, all set under the magnificent Kaikoura ranges. The Whale watching though, has to be the most spectacular activity in Kaikoura. Whale watch tours will take you right up to giant Sperm whales (which can be up to 20 meters long). Other whales that can be sighted included the Humpback Whale and the Orca. While you can whale watch all year round, it's best to book ahead from either Picton, Wellington or Christchurch (check at an information centre). The Maori settled in Kaikoura long before European colonization of New Zealand and cultivated the coastal plain, planting kumera, a form of sweet potato. Maori legend has it that Maui placed his foot on the Kaikoura peninsula to steady himself as he 'fished-up' the North Island. In 1770,Captain Cook discovered the Kaikoura peninsula, believing it to be an island at first. Early European settlers used Kaikoura as a whaling station and the remains of pots used to render the whale blubber can be seen on the town foreshore. Kaikoura is the perfect place to enjoy both the wonders of the magnificent Pacific Ocean and the tall, majestic mountains.
Things to do
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
South Bay viewpoint to South Bay car park Time: 15 min Distance: 600 m from the South Bay viewpoint, the Walkway descends to a fully accessible path that leads to an information shelter and toilets at South Bay. Before descending to South Bay, linger to view the tidal platforms and the view south. The interpretation panel here has a landscape profile identifying the mountain peaks and Goose Bay. Seal colony here.
Whale Watch Tours
Phone:03 319 6767 Whaleway Station Rd, Kaikoura: Marine tour by boat Tour times: 7.15am, 10.00am and 12.45pm, 3.30pm(November-March) Whale Watch operate tours every day except Christmas Day. What you will see: Giant Sperm Whales are present year-round. You may also encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins the Wandering Albatross. Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales are also visible depending upon the season. The world's largest dolphin, The Orca or Killer Whale (yes this is actually a dolphin!) can be spotted, as well as the world's rarest and smallest dolphin - the Hector. Tours last around 2.5 hours on the water or 3.5 hours including bus transfer and check-in. Whale Watch Kaikoura refund 80% of your cost if you do not see a whale. Wheelchair dependant passengers are advised to take their own cars around to the vessel dock in South Bay and parking is provided next to the vessel jetty. Access to the jetty is by a slight gradient ramp. Passengers will be transferred into a carry chair, very similar to an aircraft aisle chair at the point for passage up the gangway and into the vessel and will be put into one of the front windows seats on the catamaran. Passengers own wheelchairs can be stored in their own cars or if they are travelling alone in the secure maintenance sheds on the wharf. Captains will ensure they position their vessels to the side of the whales that give viewing to their disabled passengers. The toilets on the vessels are not accessible and the aisle chair is not available during the whale watching cruise. Disabled passengers are loaded first and disembarked last. The cruise length is approximately 2:15 and with embarkation disembarkation the total duration is approx 2:45 - 3:00 hours. Advance is booking is requested to ensure staff are on hand at the jetty to ensure safe embarkation. Wheelchair passengers are requested to arrive at the jetty early to enable their embarkation prior to the arrival of the bused passengers from the Whale Station...http://www.whalewatch.co.nz/res/default.aspx
146 Beach Road, Kaikoura Phone 03 319 5429 Freephone (NZ only) 0800 50 60 20 Just a couple of minutes wander from the beach (great surfcasting!), and central to the Kaikoura township (only 1.5km away), Alpine View Motels are also only 1.5km from Whale Watch, and 100m from some of Kaikoura's best cafés, restaurants and shops. 2 studio units, good size.http://www.alpineviewkaikoura.co.nz/
Kaikoura Waterfront Apartments 126 Esplanade, Kaikoura Free Phone 0800 000 650 phone 03 319 7880 16 luxury 1 & 2-brm apartments (sleep 2-6). 40+ Sky channels, wireless internet, full kitchen & laundry, air-con/heat, double glazing. Double spa, family & access apartments. Tariff: from $180-$325 (up to 4 guests), $160-$225 (2 guests), studio from $120-$165. Seasonal rates. TV in Room·Phone in Room ·Non-smoking Rooms ·Laundry Room ·On-Site Parking ·Kitchen in Unit ·Breakfast Available ·Accessible Facilities ·Microwave in Unit ·In-room Internet Connection ·DVD in Room ·Sky Sports 2 by two bedroom accessible units, good size, http://www.waterfrontapartments.net.nz/
Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge 16-18 Churchill St, Kaikoura Free Phone 0800 226 070 phone 03 319 6070 Qualmark 4-star plus. Opened 2005, Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge offers couples and families a great place to stay. 20 self-contained units, all with cooking facilities and double-glazed doors and windows. We offer 10 studio units (sleep 1-4) and 10 family units (sleep 1-5). All family units have full cooking facilities and fridge/freezer while the studio units have cook tops and under-bench fridge. Some units have spa baths and air-conditioning. All units have TV, DVD and access to wireless broadband internet. Cooked and continental breakfast available and delivered to your unit. On site solar-heated swimming pool, outdoor spa pool and sauna also available. Full conference facilities for up to 40 persons with catering available. 5-minute walk to the town centre, cafés and restaurants. Information desk at reception to help book your whale-watch trips, dolphin swimming, seal swimming, horse trekking, four-wheel atv trips, wine tours and four-wheel-drive tours. 2 accessible studio and 1 separate bedroom units, good size. http://www.kaikouragateway.co.nz/
Panorama Motel 266 The Esplanade, Kaikoura Free Phone 0800 288 299 phone 03 319 5053 Situated only metres from the Pacific Ocean, with Kaikoura Bay in the foreground and the majestic Kaikoura Mountain range in the background, the Panorama Motel is a motel that can truly claim to have magnificent and uninterrupted sea and mountain views. It is only minutes from Kaikoura's many attractions including whale watching, dolphin swimming, seal swimming, crafts, fishing, walking, biking, sky diving and scenic flights. You have the choice of making the motel a base for the many activities on offer or simply staying put and admiring one of the best views New Zealand accommodation has to offer. 22 studio, 1 and 2-bedroom smokefree units. Each studio and motel unit includes kitchenette, Sky TV, electric blankets, telephone, complimentary tea and coffee, wireless broadband internet access. Hairdryers, laundy, internet kiosk and cots/highchairs also available. I studio accessible unit. http://www.panoramamotel.co.nz
Accessible Dining Esplanade Cafe Encounter Phone:03319 6777 free phone:0800 733 365 96 Esplanade In a superb location on the Kaikoura Peninsula with spectacular ocean and mountain views. The cafe provides both indoor and outdoor seating to fully appreciate the view, and impeccable service which will exceed your expectations. The team at Cafe Encounter are committed to producing a fantastic range for the breakfast and lunch menus in addition to the daily specials and a huge selection of homemade baking. Fully licensed, the café offers a wide variety of regional wines and beers to accompany your meal, not to mention the fantastic Ozone coffee served by our experienced baristas. With each order prepared individually you can be assured of quality when you visit Cafe Encounter, with gluten-free and vegetarian options always available. On-site meeting facilities and a private function room overlook the Pacific Ocean providing the perfect setting for your event. Excellent service and attention to your needs will enable you to relax and recharge yourself.
Hislops Café 33 Beach Rd Kaikoura 03-319 6971 Hislops Cafe serves fresh wholefoods of a consistently high quality. Our focus is to relieve those who maybe experiencing frustration getting great service and quality of fresh wholesome fair, including organic meat, chicken, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, wines, beer, cocktails and more. We encourage you to enjoy being served at your table with the aim of being Kaikoura’s best referral cafe/restaurant for you and your friends to enjoy. With our renown unique approach and new facilities including nicely appointed outside decks and veranda seating. Also a retail area showcasing local produces which include Hislops Manuka honey and genuine ‘Stoneground Wholemeal Flour’.
Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar 12 Avoca St Kaikoura 03-319 6666 All food made from scratch on site, all fish and crayfish sourced directly from local fisherman with a dedicated filleting room cutting daily.Wild game, Canterbury lamb and 10 week aged rib-eye also available. Wide range of boutique regional wines and beer with the west coast monteith's beer range on tap. Spectacular views from the dining room across the ocean to the mountains with a roaring fire in the winter.
The Whaler Bar & Restaurant
49 West End Kaikoura (03) 3193333 Created with the history of Kaikoura's whaling heritage in mind, it is modern and stylish with a hint of the past. It has a large upstairs deck that captures the stunning sea and mountain views and is a great place for a refreshing Monteith's beer. The Tapas and Mains menu is designed with sharing in mind presenting an interesting range of flavours and produce. Come on in for a relaxed atmosphere, the great range of Monteith's beers and delicous food.
132 km West and approximately 1.5 hours drive. There are a number of ways to get to Hanmer Springs from Kaikoura. The most scenic route is via the Inland Road [just south of Kaikoura] which takes you past the entrance to the ski village of Mount Lyford. Tthere are plenty of photo opportunities for the avid photographer. Hanmer Springs is a destination for relaxation and indulgence. You can soak in the hot springs or treat yourself to a range of spa therapies.
Hanmer Springs was named after Thomas Hanmer, an early settler in the 1800s. The name is often misspelt, by transposing the "n" and the "m", thus: "Hamner". The Maori name for the springs in Hanmer Springs is "Te Whakatakaka O Te Ngarehu O Ahi Tamatea", which means, "the falling of the embers of the fire of Tamatea". Maori legend has it that, being wrecked off the coast of Otago, Tamatea called on the Ariki of the northern volcanoes, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe to save them from freezing. The Ariki responded by sending flames down the Wanganui River, across to Nelson, where they rose in the air, dropping a portion at Hanmer Springs on its way to Tamatea in Otago.
The first known European discovery of the thermal was in April 1859 by William Jones, a farm manager from Culverden, who was drawn to what appeared to be "a remarkable fog". Early commercial development was hindered because of inaccessibility. It didn’t help that the first Ferry Bridge blew down in a strong nor’wester and wasn’t replaced until 1874. In 1879 an iron bathing shed set up on the site and a manager appointed to run the primitive operation.
Bathing was nude. A pair of trousers or skirt hoisted on a pole indicated which gender had right to the pool at a particular time. In 1881 the government reserved 2560 acres around the hot springs and began to invest in baths and enclosures and segregated bathing took place. Today, mixed bathing with the appropriate bathing costumes being worn has become acceptable, and the complex has been developed into a world-class tourist facility. While, from the outset the thermal pools were used for recreational swimming, they were early recognised for health rehabilitation. A sanatorium was built there in 1914. Treatment included both swimming in and drinking of the thermal waters. The sanatorium burnt down in the same year and was replaced with the Queen Mary Hospital in 1916. It was used for convalescent soldiers returned from World War I. Later the hospital was used for hydrotherapy and treatment of functional nervous disorders until 1971, and then as an alcoholic rehabilitation centre. The hospital is no longer in use, but considered an heritage building.
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Phone: 03 315 7511 Free phone:0800 442 663 Amuri Avenue, is an attraction of international standing, offering a world-class experience in a stunning natural environment. The Thermal Pools are situated in the unique alpine village of Hanmer Springs only 90 minutes drive from both Christchurch and Kaikoura. Scooping the BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION award at the 2004, 2005 and 2006 New Zealand Tourism Awards. The soothing mineral waters have been attracting visitors for more than 125 years as they seek to relax, unwind and ease their aches and pains in this beautifully landscaped complex. The variety of pools include sulphur and rock pools and range in temperature from approximately 36 - 42ºC. Our stunning new Spa offers the ultimate in personal pampering and relaxation. Indulge yourself with luxurious skin, body and massage therapies. These range from deep tissue and relaxation massage to detoxifying body wraps, facials, pedicures and manicures.Children are even catered for in their own area with a family activity pool featuring watertoys and waterslides. Hanmer is best known for its thermal hot springs and the Hanmer Thermal Hot Springs and Spa is one of the best outdoor thermal water experiences that can be found anywhere. The pool temperatures range from 25 degrees C to 40 degrees C in a range of nine pools. Five of the pools are accessible. Four by aqua lift and one by a curved sloping ramp. The spa complex has a stainless steel wheelchair for use in that pool. For those with young children the kids pool pool and water playground has a long sloping beach area which is also accessible with the supplied wheelchair. An accessible change room and shower is available. The Spa complex has a number of private hot pools. These are really only accessible for those with the ability to raise themselves from floor level into their chairs. The pools themselves have steps with low hand rails for entry into the water. http://www.hanmersprings.co.nz/
Accessible Accommodation Alpine Garden
03-315 7332 free phone 0800 335556 3 Leamington Street, Hanmer Springs Alpine Garden is a modern 9-unit complex of alpine design nestled in a large, quiet and tranquil garden setting only a 3-minute stroll to the award-winning Thermal Pools and Alpine Village centre. Situated on the edge of a plateau it can boast being in Hanmer's sunniest position and having the best views of the surrounding mountains and beautiful countryside. The stunning vistas can be absorbed from the privacy of your own veranda and the evening sunsets are magical. All units are ground floor, airy and spacious and fully self contained with full cooking facilities each like small apartments. Our deluxe spa bath studios are located in a secluded part of our complex to give those wishing a more intimate stay, complete privacy. The spa, a large two-person corner bath is contained in a room of its own within the unit.1 accessible unit with separate bedroom. http://www.alpinegardenmotel.co.nz/
1 Conical Hill Road Hanmer Springs (03) 315 7021 hotel and villa accommodation options provided by the Heritage Hotel. Here you will revel in the majesty of this restored turn of the century lodge, set amongst mature trees and with the Southern Alps as your constant backdrop. 2 good sized accessible rooms with adjoining rooms if needed. http://www.heritagehotels.co.nz/hanmer-springs/
Accessible DiningThe Laurels Restaurant31 Amuri Ave Hanmer Springs 03-315 7788 offer an intimate dining experience. Large log fire in winter and open french windows onto veranda and garden in summer. Showcasing great local produce and wonderful Waipara Valley wines. Suits those looking for a romantic evening or celebrating a special occasion.
Malabar Restaurant 5 Conical Hill Road Hanmer Springs Cuisine: Asian Phone: 03-315 7745 Malabar Restaurant - serving the finest Asian and Indian cuisine. Malabar has been lauded by diners and critics alike for a fusion of Indian and Asian dishes which use the freshest and best New Zealand ingredients. It's cuisine reflects the joint experience of owner Richard Tapper who as well as being a trained chef, lived and worked for almost 20 years in Asia; and Head Chef, Sudip Misra formerly with Frangipani, one of Mumbai's leading restaurants. It is fully licensed with an excellent selection of local wines. Diners should note that it is essential to reserve in advance as the restaurant is often booked out. They also offer a comprehensive take away service.
Ayutthaya Thai 30 Conical Hill Rd Hanmer Springs 03 315 7616 The only Genuine Thai Cuisine in Hanmer Springs providing residents and Holiday Makers with the real taste of Thailand food Some favorites: Thai Green Curry, Phat Thai, Tom Yum Etc. The shop offers Dine In and Takeaways in a traditional Thai setting
Christchurch is 1.5 hours south on highway 7
In 1876 archeological evidence was discovered in a cave at Redcliffs that indicated that the first settlers in the Christchurch area were moa hunting tribes about 1250. Maori history puts the settlement at the time of the year 1000.
Around the 1300s to the 1500s fires that were lit by the Moa Hunters destroyed much of the original vegetation replacing it with open tussock grassland. A few isolated patches of bush survived such as those at Riccarton and Papanui.
Erosion denuded the foothills, and the rivers spread across the plains. This buried all traces of the original forests. The moa were hunted out of existence by the 1500s. And around this time Maori tradition records that the Waitaha tribe migrated from the east coast of the North Island.
Following tribal warfare, the Waitaha were dispossessed by the Ngati Mamoe tribe. They were in turn subjugated by the Ngai Tahu tribe. Around 1825 - 1828 there was civil war among the Ngai Tahu peoples. The villages at Ripapa Island, Tai Tapu and Birdlings Flat were destroyed. The fighting reduced the Maori population in Canterbury to about 2,500.
In 1831 Barque "Vittoria" visited Lyttelton Harbour and Akaroa. Muskets and gunpowder were traded for flax. Newly armed with muskets, the Ngati Toa led by Te Rauparaha captured Kaiapohia Pa. Of the 1,000 Ngai Tahu inhabitants of the village, only 200 escaped the massacre.
The Ngati Toa then attacked Te Rauparah on the Akaroa Harbour, massacring all inhabitants.These massacres reduced the Maori population in Canterbury to only about 500 people.
On February 16th, 1770, Captain James Cook in the "Endeavour" sighted Banks "Island" Peninsula. On 16th December, 1850, the first 792 pilgrims arrived in Lyttelton Harbour. The Canterbury Association's Chief Surveyor, Captain Thomas, commissioned the construction of a road from Port Cooper, later Lyttelton, to Christchurch via Sumner in December 1849. In 1863 New Zealand's first public railway line, the Ferrymead railway, was opened from Ferrymead to Christchurch. A railway tunnel was bored through the Port Hills to Lyttelton in 1867 due to the difficulties in travelling over the Port Hills and the dangers associated with shipping navigating the Sumner bar.
On 31st, July 1856 Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter. This makes Christchurch the oldest city in New Zealand. Many of the city's fine Gothic buildings by the architect Benjamin Mountfort date from this period. In 1893 New Zealand women achieved a first in the world when they won the right to vote. This significant event was honoured in 1993 when the Kate Sheppard memorial, a commemoration to Womens Sufferage was unveiled on 19th September 1993.
Canterbury's economy was built on primary products and Canterbury has long been recognised as living "off the sheep's back". Although its economic beginnings were in refrigerated sheep and dairy meats and in other dairy products, Canterbury now has a diversified regional economy with growth across a range of "new economy" sectors.
Millennium Hotel, 14 Cathedral Square, Christchurch, Ph 365-1111 (A number of accessible rooms and excellent access around all facilities. Good access One of New Zealands finest hotels, the Millennium Hotel Christchurch is centrally located in picturesqueCathedral Square. Cathedral Square is the heart of Christchurch for business, shopping and only minutes from the city's key tourist attractions - including the Christchurch Casino.http://www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/millenniumchristchurch/index.html
Avenue Motor Lodge, 136 Bealey Ave, Christchurch, Ph 366-0582 (2 units. Moderate independent access and likely to require a support person)Avenue Motor Lodge is located in the heart of Christchurch city with only a short walk to the City Centre, casino, Town Hall, Victoria Square, Convention Centre, Southern Cross and close to Christchurch Women's & Public Hospital.http://www.avenuemotorlodge.co.nz/
AAA Northlands Motel, 232 Northlands Rd, Christchurch. Ph 352-8478 (2 units) 10-minute drive to city centre, airport, beach, railway station, Addington Raceway, QEII etc. Free wireless internet, free casino shuttle (C/A). Cooking facilities with microwaves. Great facilities and location.http://www.northlandsmotel.co.nz/
Airport Gateway Motel, 405 Roydvale, Ph 358-7093 (3 units ) Closest motel to the airport All rooms have seven channels of Sky on large LCD TV's. We offer a complimentary stretched limousine transfer service picking up from every flight, and to the Airport for departing flights after 7.30am. With conference facilities for up to 50 people, wireless internet, and Park and Fly service available, the Airport Gateway is your logical choice for accommodation close to the Christchurch Airport.http://www.airportgateway.co.nz/
Bella Vista Christchurch, 193 Bealey Ave, Ph 377-3363 (2 units)Whether you are visiting on business or just on holiday the Bella Vista Motel can offer you friendly service, unbeatable value for money and secure accommodation just minutes from the heart of Christchurch. Its great location makes it an easy walk to the city centre, Town Hall and Convention centre, Casino and Southern Cross hospital, tourist attractions, the information office, restaurants, bars and entertainment. http://www.bellavistamotel.co.nz/
Central Park Motor Lodge, 15 Riccarton Rd, Ph 343-2033 (2 units) a modern motel style accommodation in Christchurch situated near the Christchurch City centre and on the edge of Hagley Park. The 14 unit Motel complex has very spacious self-contained well appointed quality Units.http://www.centralpark.co.nz/
Chardonnay Motor Lodge, 170 Johns Rd, Belfast, Ph 323-8224(2 units) Chardonnay Motor Lodge is a 4 Star Plus modern motel complex set in spacious grounds with spectacular gardens. Close to Christchurch airport and only 15 minutes from Christchurch Cityhttp://www.chardonnaymotorlodge.co.nz/
Copthorne Central, 779 Colombo St, Ph 379-5880 (7 units) 3 conference and banqueting rooms Modern conference equipment Fax and Photocopying may be done via reception Modem access (broadband internet) from accommodation rooms 2 Guest Computers in the lobby area – internet access cards can be purchased from reception Satellite TV Secretarial service Extensive free car parking Wireless broadband internet access is available in public areas http://www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/copthornechristchurchcentral/facilities/index.html
Holiday Inn City Centre, Cnr of Cashel and High Streets, Ph 365 8888 (8 rooms) Holiday Inn On Avon Christchurch offers spacious accommodation, and is the perfect place to enjoy the convenience of close proximity to the holiday excursions. The Victoria Square and Christchurch Town Hall, some of the popular landmarks, are close to this hotel http://www.holidayinnchristchurch.nz-hotels.com/
Hotel Ibis, 107 Hereford St, Ph 367 8666 (8 rooms) Superbly situated in the heart of this historic garden city, Ibis Christchurch is behind Cathedral Square, one of the most recognised and visited tourist attractions in picturesque Christchurch. Set amidst the Central Business District and surrounded bya myriad of art galleries, museums, cafes, restaurants and the most popular tourist activities in Christchurch. The Ibis features 155 contemporary rooms, a' la carte restaurant, bar and meeting room.http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/hotel-5983-ibis-christchurch/index.shtml
Sudima Hotel ChCh Airport, Cnr Memorial Ave Orchard Rd, Ph 358-3139 (4 rooms) Located just two minutes from Christchurch International Airport, we offer the ideal place to rest and rejuvenate, before a holiday in the stunning South Island of New Zealand.http://www.sudimachristchurch.co.nz/
Akaroa Village Inn, 81 Beach Rd, Akaroa (4 units) The Akaroa Village Inn has over 30 units, including sunny courtyard units, waterfront and sea view units and fully self-contained apartments. Studio, one, two and three-bedroom units available.http://www.akaroavillageinn.co.nz/
Things to do
Akaroa - Banks Peninsula
With any visit to Christchurch or a round island trip a drive out onto the Banks Peninsula is a must. The banks peninsula was formed by the violent eruptions of two volcanoes. The twin craters left behind form the harbours of Akaroa and Lyttelton. The peninsula and Akaroa in particular have a unique look and feel as from the 1830's the peninsula was settled by both the English and French. Akaroa has both influences clearly visible and is a picture perfect little village. It is one of those places that would be easy to go for a visit and end up staying a lifetime. The main coastal strip is extremely accessible with parking, flat streets and curb cuts, and easily accessible pier and good disabled facilities. Around the flat board walk towards Truby's Bar on the Beach is a nice ramp allowing access to the hard sand and waters edge. Activities include bay and wildlife cruises, fishing, and swimming with the seals and dolphins. Black Cat Cruises are very well set up will a gentle ramp onto their jetty and a moveable ramp ramp to allow access onto their catamaran for both sightseeing cruises and swimming expeditions. Akaroa Dolphins share the same facilities and their smaller boat is accessible. As with most water activities on this trip their are no accessible toilet facilities on the boats. In typical French style the main street is full of little cafes and bakeries. The outdoor facilities are easily accessible and the indoors of most of them also. There are public accessible facilities to the left of the main pier. and parking spots in the main street. Take you time driving in as the scenery is spectacular
Tamaki Heritage Tours 3.5 hours of entertainment as 200 years of New Zealand's history comes to life! It is 1818; New Zealand is in the grip of a brutal 30 year civil year war. Meet the tribe of rebel musket warriors. Witness the invasion of the peaceful village. Enter the Colonial Town, experience the impact of European religion, education and introduced illnesses. Meet our cast and celebrate New Zealand as a bi-cultural nation. Full Colonial Roast Buffet Meal included. Wheelchair accessible. http://www.tamakitours.com/Tamaki-Corporate/Tamaki-Heritage-Village-Lost-in-our-own-Land_IDL=3_IDT=3611_ID=20995_.html
Ferrymead Heritage Park 50 Ferrymead Park Drive Ferrymead Christchurch features an early 1900s Edwardian township complete with homes, picture theatre, school house, church, jail and railway station, as well as a fascinating array of museum and heritage collections. Electric trams operate on weekends, event days and during school holidays, and that's when the railway station tearooms are open too. Steam trains run on the first Sunday of every month (April/November). From November 2010 to February 2011 the Steam Trains will run every Sunday. When operating, unlimited tram and train rides are included in the entrance price Wheelchairaccessible .http://www.ferrymead.org.nz/
Ötukaikino Walk, Ötukaikino Wildlife Reserve (Wilson’s Swamp)Location: Ötukaikino, 1km north of Christchurch Length: 2.2km/35min Surface: gravel, earth and boardwalk Toilets: no wheelchair access A wahi tapu (sacred) site. The water, mud and vegetation were once used by Tohunga (Mäori priests) for embalming. Now part of a wetlandsCanterburyOld Coach Road Walk, Arthur’s Pass National Parkrestoration project, it’s a ‘living memorial’ site.Ötukaikino Walk, DOC
Christchurch Gondola On a clear day a great view over the city and to the cities picturesque port area can be had from the Christchurch Gondola about a ten minute drive from the city centre. The Gondola is accessible and parking and toilet facilities are available. At the top there is a lift to the upper platforms on the left as you exit the Gondola. At the upper level there is a step out onto the viewing platform or if you make you way around the food servery to the back of the building a ramped exit is available.
Caterpillar Garden Tours offers informative and fully guided electric shuttle tours through Christchurch's spectacular city centre Botanic Gardens. Established in 1863 the gardens span an area of 21 hectares undoubtedly hosting the finest collection of exotic and indigenous plants to be found anywhere in New Zealand. Operating a continuous daily service, Caterpillar Garden Tours allows visitors to discover the natural beauty, history and culture of this central city oasis while at the same time being taken around the gardens in all weather comfort and style. The professionally guided tours have been designed to allow visitors the flexibility of staying on the shuttles for the full circuit (approximately 1 hour) to embrace the flora and fauna of the gardens at their leisure. Alternatively customers can choose to "hop on or hop off " at any of the clearly identified stops around the gardens. A single ticket purchased is valid for 2 continuous days.
Caterpillar Tours is situated in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens within Hagley Park. Shuttles depart every 30 minutes from outside Canterbury Museum and also the gardens kiosk. Wheelchair friendly http://www.gardentour.co.nz/
International Antarctic center 38 Orchard Road Christchurch The International Antarctic Centre is Christchurch's leading attraction and has twice been judged New Zealand's best attraction. Located across from Christchurch International Airport, the attraction offers a fun, exciting and interactive experience of the Great White South. Watch the snow fall in the Four Seasons Room, have fun in real snow and ice in our Snow & Ice Experience! Chilled to -5 degrees Celsius this safe all weather environment is great fun for all ages. Get exchillarated' by the Antarctic storm that blows every 30 minutes. See little blue penguins in the New Zealand Penguin Encounter, this state-of-the-art encounter is New Zealand's only combined indoor/outdoor penguin viewing area. Take a ride on a genuine Antarctic vehicle the Hagglund! This outdoor adventure ride is the only one of its type in the world and showcases the demanding capabilities of this Antarctic workhorse. Wheelchair accessible. Open every day of the year from 9am and closes in summer at 7.00pm and in winter at 5.30pm.The entire centre is accessible. A lift is provided to the upper penguin viewing area. The lower underwater level is accessible but only via the staff areas which they will oblige. The Antarctic chamber is accessible. http://www.iceberg.co.nz/
Air Force Museum 45 Harvard Avenue Wigram Christchurch People, planes, experiences - one of New Zealand's premier visitor attractions - a unique day of discovery for all the family. 28 amazing aircraft, displays and hands-on fun. Free guided tours to explore behind the scenes of our fascinating restoration projects. If you are visiting Christchurch, are mad about aviation or simply looking for a great day out, the Air Force Museum has something for all! Refuel with refreshments from the Runway Café Wheelchair accessible. http://www.airforcemuseum.co.nz/
Llama Park. Enjoy the tranquility of rural New Zealand just 20 minutes from Central Christchurch. Come and visit New Zealand's largest herd of llamas, hand feed our friendly youngsters, take the farm tour and visit the llama who thinks he is a giraffe, or just bring a picnic along and sit and enjoy the fun as the babies pronk and play, and the Mums try and keep them on their best behaviour. We have seating in all areas, so you can chose to sit away from llamas but with great views of the herd, in our large arena with a small group of trained llamas, or out in the paddocks with our large herd of over 70 Mums and babies.We are proudto announce the completion of our new visitor's centre, with gift shop (with eftpos), toilets, and full disabled access. We are operating by appointment only during the winter months so that we can attend to animal health and site maintainance before the weather turns. We are open daily from 10am by appointment only, so it is essential that you call ahead and book on 03 347 4766 or 0274 552627 Wheelchair accessible http://www.newzealandllamas.co.nz/
Riccarton House 16 Kahu Road Riccarton Christchurch. Riccarton House & Bush is a heritage site located in the Christchurch suburb of Riccarton just 3.5 km from the city centre. Covering almost 12 hectares our visitor attraction consists of two historic buildings set in parkland and gardens bordered by the River Avon and a native forest reserve featuring Kahikatea trees up to 600 years old Mostly wheelchair accessible http://www.riccartonhouse.co.nz/index.php
Restaurant Schwass 190 Ferry Road Phillipstown, Christchurch Phone 03 371 9333 In the kitchen at Restaurant Schwass we have a duty to uphold the veracity of the ingredient handed to us by our growers and farmers. Handled with reverence and genuine understanding a simple dish can speak volumes for the integrity of the restaurant.Restaurant Schwass
Sezn Restaurant 705 Gloucester St Dallington Christchurch City 03-381 2496 Our menu and wine lists are printed daily and are influenced by our group growers, producers and winemakers. Their passion is our inspiration and the combination of passion, great produce and great execution is Sezn Restaurant a unique dining experience. Live music. http://www.sezn.co.nz/
Wagamama 152 Oxford Terrace Christchurch Central 03 377 6819 Japanese cuisine Modelled on the ramen bars – a style that’s been hugely popular in Japan for years, Wagamama’s menu is made up of side dishes, main meals and desserts. Dishes will be served to your table the minute they are freshly prepared, which ensures that your food is always fresh. So you’ll find that different dishes will be delivered at different times throughout your dining experience. However don’t wait – just tuck in as soon as it arrives, share and enjoy the Wagamama experience! www.wagamama.co.nz
Hinton’s Restaurant & Café 750A Wairakei Rd (Corner of Johns & Wairakei Rd) Harewood Christchurch City 03-358 8599 Cuisine: European An oasis in the city. Hinton’s is nestled amongst beautiful gardens and grapevines, 10 minutes from the city centre. It offers a magical atmosphere in which to enjoy lovely South island produced wines, fantastic food, great coffee and friendly hospitality. www.hintons.net.nz
Cook’n with Gas 23 Worcester Boulevard (opposite the Court Theatre) Christchurch Central 03-377 9166 Cuisine: Seafood One of Christchurch’s most talked about restaurants, Cook’n with Gas is a multi-award winning restaurant that serves top quality modern New Zealand cuisine in an informal setting in a historic villa. It’s perfect for when you want to ’show off’ Christchurch to your visitors or visiting clients. And when looking for a memorable restaurant experience in Christchurch, you will find it difficult to surpass the food, the drink and the service provided at Cook’n With Gas. www.cooknwithgas.co.nz
Pescatore Restaurant The George (50 Park Terrace) Christchurch Central 03-371 0257 Cuisine: Pacific Seafood Pescatore offers an exciting new dining concept, enhanced by its stunning new interior, which is sure to turn heads and rejuvenate guest’s longstanding love affair with this iconic Christchurch restaurant. The space is luxurious and modern, offering a minimalist approach to formal dining that is thoughtfully comfortable and uncluttered. For the very best in intimate dining, Pescatore’s stunning private room is an ideal choice for an exceptional, exclusive dining experience. www.thegeorge.com/pescato
Curry Time Restaurant 284A Main North Rd (cnr Daniels & Main North Rd) Redwood Christchurch City 03-354 5485 Cuisine: Indian Curry Time Restaurant – contemporary Indian & Bangladeshi Cuisine. Dine in – Take Away – Halal Food – Delivery. Great food, great service, great atmosphere.Flames 2 Soleares Ave Mt Pleasant Christchurch City 03 384 1309 Cuisine: Italian Flames Italian Restaurant is nested in Mt Pleasant serving traditional Italian food such as fresh pasta, sea food and aged rib Eye steak at a affordable price. Ann’s Thai Restaurant & Bar 165 Hereford St Christchurch Central 03-379 9843 Cuisine: Thai, Ann’s Thai Restaurant & Bar has a worldwide reputation for fine food and excellent service
Sticky Fingers Restaurant & Bar Oxford Terrace (Clarendon Tower) Christchurch Central 03-366 6451 Brunch Pizza Cuisine: Sticky Fingers Restaurant & Bar is located near the Oxford Terrace / Worcester Boulevard corner across from the Avon River. Stickys offers a choice of specialty pizza and pasta, and a substantial a la carte menu, embracing the best of New Zealand produce with the concept of “something for everyone at any time of the day”. Vegetarian Salads, gourmet burgers, right through to Chateau Briand and our famous Duck Confit, Stickys has it all.