Christchurch is a quaint city located on the Southern Island of New Zealand. Lyttelton, about a 16-minute drive from Christchurch, is where cruise ships dock. Christchurch is best known for its beautiful landscapes, including the Canterbury Plains, mountains, streams, and more. This charming port city is filled with tons of attractions and things to do. You can explore parks, art galleries, museums, cafes, shops, and restaurants. One benefit of taking a cruise from Christchurch (Lyttelton) is that the city is easily navigable by foot, so you don’t need to worry about the hassle of renting a car or figuring out public transportation. However, a ride on the tram may be worth your time, as it loops around the city with 17 stops, making it an easy and fun way to see all there is around you.
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These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Christchurch (Lyttelton), along with a brief description:
♦ Cathedral Square
Christchurch’s Cathedral Square is a great place to check out before or after your cruise. Named after Christchurch Cathedral, which towers over the square, this is a great place to take in local lifestyle and get a feel for the city. You’ll discover a great number of cafes, sculptures, and a food market that places on Fridays. The Cathedral is currently damaged due to a 2011 earthquake but is still an interesting sight to see, and there are currently plans for restoration.
♦ Christchurch Botanic Gardens
If you love spending time in nature, you’ll love the Christchurch Botanical Gardens. One of the largest city parks in the world, you can admire everything from 19th century trees to over 10,000 different species of plants and flowers (as well as interesting artwork and nice water fountains located throughout). Situated along the banks of the Avon river, these gardens are a great family activity. Best of all, entry is free! Family activities and a playground are available. There are also a few trails where you can take in a relaxing stroll.
♦ Christchurch Gondola
If breathtaking views are what you go to Christchurch for, then you definitely should consider checking out the Christchurch Gondola. A cable car will take you on a climb 1,500 feet above sea level on Mount Cavendish for extraordinary panoramic views all the way out to the Pacific Ocean! Once you’re at the top, you can engage in hiking trails (guided walks are available), museum exhibits, and even a restaurant where you can grab a bite to eat. There is also the option to take the Time Tunnel ride, which brings you through a fun history lesson!
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