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Seal Swim Kaikoura lists in Lonely Planet’s top 10 of world’s ‘Best Marine Encounters’ and they are feeling ‘really quite stoked’ about it!
2 September 2013 - Spring is in the air for Christchurch, with the opening of four central city hotels boosting accommodation capacity by 25 per cent.
Christchurch’s prominent and much-loved Cathedral Square is set to re-open.
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4 December 2014 - Christchurch is winning favour with users of the world’s largest travel website, who have voted the city as the number one ‘Destination on the Rise’ in the South Pacific.
The Christchurch Tramway and tracks were officially re opened at a special ceremony held at Cathedral Junction today. The City’s Mayor Lianne Dalziel marked the occasion by cutting a ribbon and passing on her best wishes for the venture.
Christchurch Airport and China Southern Airlines (CZ) have today announced a series of firsts for Christchurch and the South Island.
27 November 2013 - Families of all ages and nationalities will be taking part in Canterbury Museum’s Great Museum Santa Search this year, much to the delight of Museum staff who say the event has become a special tradition in Christchurch.
25 November 2013 - Rare dolphin calves are again being sighted in Akaroa Harbour, which is always great news for the endangered species.
19 November 2013 - Leading Canterbury Tourism operator Black Cat Cruises is celebrating being recognised by Lonely Planet in a top 10 list of the world’s ‘Best Marine Encounters’.
19 November 2013 - The newly re-opened Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square hotel has been rated 4 Star Plus under the New Zealand quality rating system for tourism product, Qualmark.
13 November 2013 - The Christchurch Trams have returned to the heart of the city. Yesterday, one tram was transported from storage in Ferrymead into its city centre home at Cathedral Junction.
6 November 2013 - A little patch of Australia is appearing at Ellerslie International Flower Show next year, complete with live wallabies and turtles, a rabbit-proof fence, red soil, and a 10-foot brass crocodile.
7 November 2013 - The Addington Fun Fair is happening again this year on Saturday, November 23 at the lovely, green setting of St Mary’s Church Square, Addington.