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Experience of the week: Top ten things to do in Christchurch, New Zealand

Known as the ‘Gateway to the South’ there’s a wide range of things to do in Christchurch. Well into a billion-dollar makeover following the 2010/2011 earthquakes that razed its centre and much of the outlying suburbs, Christchurch is located in the middle of the Canterbury Plains, on the edge of the pacific ocean.

Whether you're here for one day or three, there’s plenty to keep you entertained - here are our top things to do in Christchurch:

Taking a boat ride on the Avon River

Punting on the Avon River - A leisurely boat ride on the Avon river in a punt propelled by a punter dressed in Edwardian style.

International Antarctic Centre - An authentic Antarctic experience including real little blue penguins.

Christchurch Gondola - Travel to the rim of an extinct volcano in a cable car travelling 862 metres above ground level.

Historic Christchurch Tramway - Tour the city centre on a restored heritage tram.

Take a tour through Christchurch on a tram

Orana Wildlife Park - New Zealand’s only open range zoo featuring giraffe, white rhino and a lion enclosure.

Akaroa - Visit this charming french settlement, known for its heritage and wildlife.

Cardboard Cathedral - A transitional cathedral made largely of cardboard to stand-in for the Christchurch Cathedral - destroyed in the February 2011 earthquake.

Waipara Valley - Sample some of the best New Zealand Pinot Noir in this sprawling wine region.

Quake City - An interesting and detailed insight into the devastating 2010/2011 earthquakes.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens - A tranquil inner city sanctuary featuring many different species of exotic flower and native plants.

The Botanic Gardens in Christchurch have some incredible flower displays