Abbott House : Christchurch Apartment Accommodation / Self-contained B&B

As the largest city in the South Island, the “garden city” of Christchurch offers a huge range of shopping, entertainment and activity options. Just a 20-30 minute trip from your apartment accommodation, the centre of the city felt very English before the tragic 2010-2012 earthquakes, but is now a mix of some old, some new and much emptiness while we wait for what will be a very different city!  The Avon River still winds its way through much of the city. You can once again be taken for a ride on a punt!! For a much fuller list of attractions in and around Christchurch see:

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Use Abbott House’s apartment accommodation as a base to explore some of the following activities:

Hector's Dolphin - Akaroa
Christchurch Gondola
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International Antarctic Centre
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A short drive from your Sumner apartment / B&B, Lyttelton is the starting point for a scenic and culinary drive around Lyttelton Harbour and onwards to Akaroa.  In Governors Bay, She Chocolat is worth visiting for all things chocolate! Over Gebbies Pass, in Motukarara, the Blue Duck Cafe is another favourite cafe.  In Little River, the Little River Cafe & Store is yet another great cafe, this time with Art Gallery.  Once in AkaroaChristchurch Wildlife Cruises can take you on a cruise to see the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hector’s dolphin. You can even go swimming with them!   Eating fish and chips on the sea shore is popular.

Christchurch beach pier

During the 2010-2012 earthquakes much of the Christchurch CBD was destroyed. and much of what survived the quakes has had to be removed. You can get some idea of the scale of the changes that Christchurch is now embarked on by looking at these before and after pictures, this pre-quake promotional video, and the recovery plan announced in August 2012. One way to start understanding the scale of the changes – and the opportunities ahead! – is to take the No.3 bus to the central Bus Exchange, visit the Re:START Mall made up of containers to house all the shops and cafes.  You can take a punt along the Avon to see parts of the city you cannot see any other way, or if you have booked you can take a bus tour.  The Canterbury Museum is on the edge of the current CBD and is a natural starting point for exploring the world-renown Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Christchurch Avon River

Just near the airport, The International Antarctic Centre is world-renowned for its displays on Antarctica. In the Snow and Ice Experience you can experience Antarctic conditions first-hand, and you can take a ride that puts the amphibious Hagglund through its paces.

Closer to Sumner, Ferrymead Heritage Park features an early 1900s (Edwardian) township, with exhibits such as houses, picture theatre, school classroom, church, jail, railway station, lodge hall, post office, printers, tobacconist, general store, lawyer’s office and more.  Electric trams run every day, but steam trains run only on the first Sunday of every month from March to November, and on special Event days.  During the Summer Months of December, January and February, steam trains run every Sunday.  Ferrymead golf course and driving range is next door.  The golf course cafe is very good.

Saturday is market day with two markets very close by:

And of course, if all this sightseeing and doing stuff makes you weary, and you cannot wait to get back to the excellent hostelries in Sumner, here is a selection of our favourite Christchurch bars, all of whom brew their own beer:


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