If you happen to visit New Zealand and have some extended time in Christchurch, or just happen to be passing through, you have so many interesting options to visit the city’s neighborhoods and areas.
Here I have rounded up the top 5 New Zealand neighborhood destinations in Christchurch you can pay a visit to.
Situated in the southern end of the city center to the north of Port Hills, Cashmere is an all-time favorite among locals. It’s great to escape the crowd of downtown without avoiding straying out of the urban areas. You would also visit the suburb’s village-like flair and the heritage buildings that come along with it. This includes renowned crime writer Dame Ngaio Marsh’s former residence, which is now a museum. A range of chilled out cafés and retail shops you would love to visit.
Situated to the south-east of Christchurch, Ferrymead is a major thoroughfare for reaching areas like Sumner and Pegasus Bay. Several commercial entities shifted to Ferrymead after the 2011 earthquake making the neighborhood into a hot retail and hospitality hub. It is also native to the Ferrymead Heritage Park, which recreates Christchurch’s life in the Edwardian era.
Fendalton is one of Christchurch’s most affluent suburbs located to the west of central Christchurch near the University of Canterbury. It is close to the main route that starts from downtown into Christchurch International Airport. It is also known as one of the city’s oldest residential areas – the Mona Vale homestead. It is one of the noteworthy places that showcase the interesting neighborhood’s heritage.
Ilam is the free and leafy suburb that has the University of Canterbury. It has much more than just this. The place is 3.1 miles from the city center and is incredibly close to the major retail hub of Riccarton which is also close to the international airport. You would find many cafés, eateries, and a bookshop close to the university for students and visitors alike to relish. It is also home to the Ilam Homestead, an infamous heritage site that was used for Peter Jackson’s 1994 psychological drama Heavenly Creatures.
Merivale is a residential area situated to the north of the city center. It has many narrow streets in its vicinity displaying the historic cottages that brought the neighborhood to live in the 19th century. It is also popular for its local mall which boasts a chic establishment that boasts a great selection of boutique shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
These are some of the most amazing and interesting neighborhoods in Christchurch in New Zealand that you must not miss out on visiting on your next trip to New Zealand.