Heritage of Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, the entry-point to the South Canterbury region, offers a host of interesting experiences that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Christchurch is the largest and one of the most important cities in the Canterbury region. One of the reasons for Christchurch to be important is its cultural and historical significance. If you are a history and culture buff and love to explore the history of different places, you will be delighted with Christchurch. The destination has its fine share of historical places and tales from a bygone era, while the towns in the region proudly flaunt their past to visitors who are keen to embark on a journey to the past.

Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum is a historic building and a prominent landmark, situated in the heart of Christchurch. It houses some of the most incredible Māori artefacts, a captivating Antarctic collection and various other interesting artefacts. The museum also has an interactive learning zone and natural history centre for children. This place is aptly known as Discovery. We recommend you to visit Fred and Myrtle’s Paua Shell House, if you’re interested to know the Kiwi story. Tickets for the Natural History Centre cost $2.

South Canterbury

Some of New Zealand’s largest remaining clusters of Māori rock-art are situated in South Canterbury. Te Ana Māori Rock Art centre is one of the must-visit places if you want to know more about the rich cultural heritage of the area. It is also an interesting place for the ones with a fascination for mythological legends. Have a look at the various places of Māori rock-art in the region by taking a guided tour to some of the most mesmerising art galleries hidden in the depths of the rock shelves and limestone caves.

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre 

The people of New Zealand are reasonably proud of Sir Edmund Hillary; one of the two people to climb the Mt Everest. He was also an explorer, humanitarian and ambassador. The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre has been established as a tribute to him. The popular centre also exhibits the grandeur and the history of the Mount Cook Mackenzie region. We recommend you to watch Mount Cook Magic, which is an amazing 3D cinematic show. It will make you feel as if you are flying high above the Southern Alps, skiing in the Tasman Glacier and crossing some of the highest peaks of New Zealand.

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