10 things that make Christchurch great
Canterbury has faced unprecedented challenges since the devastating earthquakes three years ago tomorrow. Here are 10 reasons why many are still proud to call the region home.
1. The Tannery and Re:Start Mall: The Tannery is innovative and enticing. Re:Start Mall, which is moving to a new location, gives the semi-desolate inner city some vibrancy and lends itself to buskers, flower gardens, and outdoor shopping.
2. The Crusaders: The most successful team in Super Rugby history kicks off its 2014 season against the defending champion Chiefs tonight.
3: $40 billion will be spent in Canterbury during the rebuild: The Government and the private sector will be spending up large in Canterbury both in the short and long term. Victoria St and Addington are already on the move.
4. You can hit the beaches for a winter morning surf then head to the mountains for a ski, home in time for dinner. Christchurch is close to both the beaches and the snow, not to mention the lakes, rivers, hills and bush we all have on our doorstep.
5. The region is full of entrepreneurship, innovation and risk-taking as nerves are steadied to take on the post- quake business environment. More than 15,000 businesses, both large and small have registered in Canterbury since September 2010.
6. There are more than 40 golf courses within a 90-minute drive from Christchurch. This means clubs compete for your membership or game fees, and the prices for many remain affordable.
7. A fantastic festival calendar: Includes The World Buskers Festival, Ellerslie Flower Show, The Great Kiwi Beer Festival, The Food and Wine Festival, The French Film Festival, Nostalgia . . . the list goes on. Christchurch is treated to a whole raft of events every year, many of which pump tourist dollars into the economy, and remind us all there's still fun to be had here.
8. The high number of parks, reserves and greenspaces. Christchurch has more than 1000 parks, more than three-quarters of which are in suburban neighbourhoods. Hagley Park, the gem in the central city, spans more than 164 hectares.
9. Our access to buying local. Canterbury is home to a plethora of producers from coffee roasters to craft beer brewers. There are at least a dozen markets across the region every week as well as a supply of local produce at roadside food stalls, wineries and market gardens.
10. It is possible to spend every day as a tourist in your own city. Whether in the central city or out in the suburbs, major change is happening daily. Buildings are pulled down and rebuilt. Temporary art is everywhere and our cultural institutions are celebrating performance and visual art in surprising ways.