Exploring the Christchurch CBD by foot is the best way to cover some decent ground and discover the neatest spots in the city.
Park your car and support a good cause (all at the same time)
Start your central city visit by parking at The Good Spot Car Park by Gapfiller. Leaving your vehicle at this handy location means you are supporting a creative local enterprise and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that money spent parking your vehicle here goes towards community projects in Christchurch.
Shop for wares from locally owned retailers
Make your way up High Street and pop into some of the independent clothing stores that call it home. For some fine streetwear head to Stencil and Hunters & Collectors, then from here walk through to the The Crossing precinct to Ruby, a luxe spot to treat yourself to some signature New Zealand designed pieces. Drop into Infinite Definite back on High Street for their selection of curated items from local and international fashion brands then Head Over Heels for the latest in European footwear styles.
- Stencil - 227a High Street
- Hunters & Collectors - 22b High Street
- The Crossing - 166 Cashel Street
- Infinite Definite - 246 High Street
- Head Over Heels - 250 High Street
Cross Colombo Street and make your way into the BNZ Centre to check out some of the new laneways and local boutique stores popping up in the area. Stop off at Hapa to stock up on carefully selected, locally made gifts, jewellery and homewares. Don’t forget to step inside Scorpio Books for an excellent selection of books and magazines.
BNZ Centre - 120 Hereford Street
Pop out of the laneways onto Cashel Street and marvel at the restored Bridge of Remembrance. From here follow the river down to The Terrace and check out the progress of the Avon River Precinct, which will eventually see a new City Promenade extending to the length of 2.8km through the heart of the city!
Food & Drink time!
If by now you’ve worked up a hunger or thirst, The Terrace is a super location to find a spot to enjoy some local offerings including great craft beer with a view at Craft Embassy or some beautiful New Zealand wines and food in a relaxed atmosphere at The Terrace Tavern by the Dux Group.
Post-lunch walk back to the car
After restoring your energy levels, walk on down the river and take a right to Worcester Boulevard and stroll up towards the Cathedral Square. If your walkabout is taking place on a Friday, you’ll find the square filled with food trucks for the Friday Street Food Market, kicking off at 11am each week.
Carry on down to the historic New Regent Street dotted with local staple spots such as Caffeine Laboratory (excellent coffee and superb breakfast and lunch options), Groovy Glasses (for the best specs in town!) and Rollickin’ Gelato (hands down the tastiest gelato you’ll find in the central city). From here, head back to Lichfield Street via the recently completed Manchester Street and take in all the new green space that has been fitted around the CBD edge. Enjoy!
- Caffeine Laboratory - 1 New Regent Street
- Groovy Glasses - 17 New Regent Street
- Rollicking Gelato - 35 New Regent Street
This feature is collaboration between Neatplaces and ChristchurchNZ #ExploreChristchurch
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