Christchurch, New Zealand

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The Garden City

Few cities can claim to be as aesthetically beautiful as New Zealand's Christchurch. The nickname "The Garden City" is well-deserved - this is a place where you can enjoy getting very active among beautiful surroundings.

There is supposedly nowhere else in the world where within two hours of an international airport you can ski at a world class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, go rafting, mountain biking, hot-air ballooning, wind surfing, whale watching and visit world class wineries and gardens.

So strong is the connection to nature for Christchurch that it can boast all of these activities for cruise-goers - even those only visiting for a day or even just a morning or an afternoon. Undeniably classy but without being flashy, the waterfront is made up of houses coloured in various pastel hues. It's postcard-picture perfect.

After you've finished showing off your sporting prowess, be sure to join the seagulls and ducks for lunch in the sun.


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