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Embarking on a stay at The George in Ōtautahi Christchurch is not just an escape to a luxurious retreat but an invitation to immerse yourself in a city that seamlessly blends tradition with innovation. As you step out from the refined ambience of the hotel, a vibrant tapestry of experiences awaits, revealing the rich cultural heritage and modern charm of this South Island gem.

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Start your exploration with a leisurely stroll through Hagley Park, a sprawling oasis of greenery that provides a serene contrast to the urban energy. The Avon River meanders through the park, offering the perfect setting for a peaceful punt ride or a romantic riverside walk. Hagley Park isn’t just a picturesque escape; it’s a hub for various events and festivities throughout the year, providing an authentic glimpse into the local way of life.

For a truly local experience, seek out the city’s hidden gems – the local secret must-visits. Engage with the friendly locals to uncover tucked-away cafes, street art installations, and lesser-known viewpoints that offer panoramic vistas of the city. These off-the-beaten-path discoveries add a layer of authenticity to your exploration, allowing you to connect with the heart and soul of Ōtautahi.

In every corner of Ōtautahi Christchurch, you’ll find a city that has not only risen from challenges but has embraced transformation with resilience and creativity. Your stay at The George becomes a curated journey, not just within the confines of a luxury hotel but through the tapestry of experiences that define this dynamic city. Whether you’re captivated by the art scene, enchanted by the natural beauty, or drawn to the local flavours, Ōtautahi invites you to explore, discover, and create lasting memories.

How to explore Christchurch…

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Suggested itineraries:

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24 Hours: Exploring Christchurch on a limited time schedule requires a well-planned itinerary to make the most of your  visit.

Here’s a suggested guide to help you make the most of a day in this vibrant city:

  • Morning: C1 Espresso, Botanic Gardens and Christcurch Art Gallery

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    1. Breakfast at C1 Espresso:

    Start your day with a hearty breakfast at C1 Espresso, an iconic eatery known for its inventive menu and quirky delivery system.

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    2. Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park:

    Take a leisurely stroll through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park. Enjoy the scenic beauty, serene water features, and perhaps indulge in a punt ride along the Avon River.

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    3. Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū:

    Immerse yourself in the city’s artistic side at the Christchurch Art Gallery. Explore both contemporary and traditional artworks, gaining insights into the local creative scene.

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  • Lunch: Riverside Market

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    4. Riverside Market:

    Head to the Riverside Market for lunch. This bustling market offers a variety of local and international cuisine. Grab a bite and soak in the lively atmosphere.

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  • Afternoon: Tram, New Regent Street and Amiki Tours

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    5. Tram Ride and New Regent Street:

    Hop on the Christchurch Tram for a guided tour of the city. Disembark at New Regent Street, a charming area with pastel-hued terraced houses, boutique shops, and cafes.

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    6. Amiki Tours:

    Embark on a journey with Amiki Tours to uncover the tales of history and contemporary life. Immerse in local culture, forge connections, and craft extraordinary memories to carry with you.

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  • Evening: 50 Bistro, nightlife exploration and stargazing

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    7. Dinner at 50 Bistro:

    A stay at The George is not complete without dining at 50 Bistro. An iconic restaurant esteemed by many as among the city’s finest dining establishments.

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    8. Nightlife Exploration:

    If time permits, explore the vibrant nightlife around the central city. From rooftop bars to live music venues, there’s something for everyone.

    9. Stargazing:

    If you’re interested in stargazing, consider a visit taking a drive to Selwyn District, a short 20 minutes from the central city, where you can marvel at the Southern Hemisphere’s night sky.


  • Tips: Local secrets, transportation and local cuisine

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    Local Secret Must-Visit:

    Engage with locals or your accommodation staff to discover hidden gems in the city. Christchurch has many local secrets, from unique cafes to street art installations.

    • Transportation: Consider hiring one of our e-bikes, using the Christchurch tram or renting a bike for efficient city exploration.
    • Flexibility: Be flexible with your plans, as unexpected discoveries can add to the charm of your visit.
    • Local Cuisine: Try local specialties during your meals to get a taste of Christchurch’s culinary scene.

    This itinerary offers a mix of cultural exploration, scenic beauty, and culinary delights, allowing you to experience the essence of Christchurch within a day.

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High Tea

Delight in the epitome of sophistication with our elegant high tea experience at The George, Christchurch’s cherished 5-star boutique hotel. Elevate your celebrations, from intimate Father-Daughter dates to memorable proposals, bridal showers, birthdays, anniversaries, or a simply indulgent catch-up with friends.

Unveil the essence of refinement in every exquisite moment.

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3 Days: Welcome to a captivating exploration of Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Offering a harmonious blend of cultural discovery, scenic beauty, and culinary delights, ensuring your stay at The George becomes an unforgettable chapter in your travel story.

  • Day 1: Arrival at The George and Dinner at 50 Bistro

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    Afternoon: Arrival and Check-in at The George (2 pm):

    Arrive at The George and immerse yourself in the luxurious ambience. Check-in from 2 pm, allowing time to settle into your premium accommodation.

    Evening: Dinner at 50 Bistro:

    Savour a culinary masterpiece at 50 Bistro, where each dish is a symphony of flavours curated for discerning palates. Relish the impeccable service and elegant atmosphere.

  • Day 2: Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Punting on the Avon, Riverside Market and New Regent Street

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    For those seeking a deeper connection with the local community, the Riverside Market is a culinary haven that beckons. This bustling marketplace, situated along the Avon River, is a gastronomic delight where you can sample an array of local and international flavours.

    From artisanal cheeses to freshly baked goods, the Riverside Market is a feast for the senses, inviting you to savour the essence of Christchurch.

    Venture into the charming neighborhood of New Regent Street, a colorful strip lined with pastel-hued terraced houses that host boutique shops, cafes, and eateries. This pedestrian-friendly precinct captures the essence of a bygone era and is a delightful spot to indulge in some retail therapy or savour a cup of coffee in a quaint courtyard.

    Morning: Breakfast at 50 Bistro and Hagley Park:

    Begin your day with a gourmet breakfast at 50 Bistro. Afterward, take a leisurely stroll through the nearby Hagley Park, relishing the natural beauty and tranquility.

    Late Morning: Botanic Gardens and Avon River Punting:

    Explore the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and experience a classic punt ride along the scenic Avon River for a serene start to the day.

    Afternoon: Riverside Market and New Regent Street:

    Head to the Riverside Market for a diverse culinary experience. Spend the afternoon exploring New Regent Street, with its charming pastel-hued buildings and boutique shops.

    Evening: Dinner at Victoria Street Precinct:

    Delight in an evening at the vibrant Victoria Street precinct, where a myriad of dining options awaits. Choose a restaurant that resonates with your culinary preferences.

  • Day 3: Christchurch Tramway Tour, Arts Centre, Lunch at The Terrace and Art Gallery

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    If you appreciate the blend of old and new, a visit to the Christchurch Tramway offers a nostalgic journey through the city’s heritage. The beautifully restored heritage trams traverse the central city, taking you past landmarks and providing a unique perspective on Christchurch’s evolving landscape.

    For a taste of the city’s artistic soul, make your way to the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. This architectural marvel houses an extensive collection of contemporary and traditional artworks, showcasing the creative spirit of New Zealand.

    The nearby Arts Centre, a historic complex of Gothic Revival buildings, offers a unique blend of shopping, dining, and cultural experiences. Take your time to explore the intricate architecture and discover local artisans and craftspeople.

    Morning: Christchurch Tramway Tour and Arts Centre:

    Embark on a historic Christchurch Tramway tour, exploring the city’s landmarks. Visit the Arts Centre, a cultural hub with a blend of history and contemporary art.

    Afternoon: Lunch at The Terrace and Art Gallery:

    Enjoy lunch at The Terrace, an area known for its scenic views. Later, explore the Christchurch Art Gallery, showcasing the diverse New Zealand art scene.

    Evening: Dinner at 50 Bistro and He Puna Taimoana

    Indulge in culinary delights at 50 Bistro, where locally sourced ingredients are transformed into exquisite dishes. Then, unwind at He Puna Taimoana, immersing yourself in the rejuvenating waters of their hot pools, surrounded by stunning natural scenery.

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For more inspiration on exploring Christchurch and finding balance during your visit, make sure you check out ChristchurchNZ.

Super facilities, lovely meal, best of 12 hotels I stayed in over the last 15 nights! Ate at the restaurant – perfect! Great way to end our holiday, wish we could have stayed longer. The room was above and beyond expectations.

– Anonymous – 2024

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