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75. Christchurch – World’s Most Incredible Cities

Discover why Christchurch in New Zealand ranked #75 in our countdown of ‘100 Most Incredible Cities in the World’.



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New Zealand’s Garden City is the gateway to the South Island but has been marred by recent earthquakes.

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Following the devastation of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, the city has re-emerged strong and vibrant with the arrival of funky transitional art and culture projects.

There’s Re:START, a shopping precinct which is a collection of shipping containers that are home to a variety of speciality retailers and boutiques; an open-air dance floor with speakers and disco ball; oversized armchairs; and the transitional ‘cardboard’ cathedral.

Visitors can still enjoy the tranquillity of the Botanic Gardens or take a guided bike tour to explore the varying landscapes of the city.

The dining scene has also seen a rapid transformation. Thai lovers should visit Chinwag to try their delicious caramelised pork hock.

Finish your day with a visit to The Institution, a cosy craft beer and cocktail bar on New Regent Street.

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