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Auckland-based Brett Atkinson who has travelled the world writing for the respected Lonely Planet travel guides gives post-quake Christchurch the thumbs up describing the re-emerging Christchurch as “New Zealand’s most exciting city.”  This is despite most of his cherished bars and restaurants of previous visits being non-existent.  The pop-up shipping container mall particularly impresses along with new Sydenham and Addington developments.  There is no shortage of coffee shops, and the occasional boutique brewery for something stronger.  He also discovers some worthy replacement restaurants. Our botanic gardens and Hagley Park remain New Zealand’s most impressive public places.

Christchurch also appeals because of our “brave and resilient people”.  He recommends a stay of a few days in Christchurch rather than just passing through but warns accommodation can be stretched so book in advance.  I have met Brett Atkinson.  He interviewed me a couple of years ago as spokesperson when compiling a Christchurch Tramway entry for a new Lonely Planet Discover New Zealand guide.  His post-quake Christchurch story has been taken up by the New Zealand Herald in Auckland and The Press in Christchurch.  It is indeed just what we need as Welcome Aboard, along with some of our competitors, work hard to re-launch Christchurch attractions.

Check out Brett’s full impression at the link www.lonelyplanet.com/new-zealand/Christchurch-and-canterbury/christchurch/travel-tips-and-articles/76957