Lonely Planet puts Christchurch on "Top 10 Cities" list for 2013

"Why go in 2013? Soak in the energy of the rebuild"

The world's travel bible has given travellers some words of wisdom - they declared 2013 as the year to visit Christchurch.

Christchurch has been singled out by Lonely Planet for the way it is "bouncing back with a new energy and inventiveness" by putting the city at number 6 on its list of "Top 10 Cities" for 2013.

Christchurch is the only New Zealand city to make it into Lonely Planet's annual Best in Travel publication - a collection of the world's best trends, destinations, journeys and experiences for the upcoming year.

When the world's most trusted travel publisher ranks a city in their Top 10 Cities, you know it's for a very good reason.

New Zealand's 'Garden City' is rising from the rubble created by devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 with a breathtaking mix of spirit, determination and flair. With a unique opportunity to rethink urban form, Christchurch is bouncing back with a new energy and inventiveness.

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Projects and businesses mentioned by Lonely Planet

Gap FillerGap Filler is a creative urban regeneration initiative started in response to the Canterbury earthquakes. These creative individuals use vacant plots of land for temporary, creative, people-centred purposes. Projects to date have included live music, outdoor film, public dance floors and more.

City events - Christchurch is a city with a jampacked events calendar. The city hosts a major iconic event every season - from the World Buskers Festival which brings the best street and stage performers from around the globe to Christchurch in the summer, to the most long-standing city festival held in spring - New Zealand Cup and Show Week.

Re:START - our shipping container shopping mall - It's a shopping experience like no other, a pedestrian shopping mall made from shipping containers known as Re:START. The shipping containers are stacked and placed in various configurations, pierced with windows and folding doors and painted in a bright and colourful palette. All have been fitted out as high-end shops and cafés.

Rethink the restaurant experience - While some of the central city is off limits, visitors to the Garden City are still spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing where and what to eat.

Foodies will be surprised by the variety of what is on offer, from Burmese to Turkish to local specialities, live-music venues have popped up all over the place, and innovative artworks fill empty demolition sites. 2013 will be an intriguing year to join the rebirth.

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Canterbury hotspots - Lonely Planet mentions that Canterbury still has a wealth of "fantastic options" outside the city. The likes of Akaroa, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Mount Hutt and the Southern Alps are all within two and a half hours drive of the city.

Want more from Lonely Planet?

In 2012 Lonely Planet released their Post-Quake Guide to Christchurch for tips on how to spend a couple of days in the city. Or check out Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2013.