Christchurch has achieved a fine balance between the extremes of modern metro hustle and the grace and charm of an earlier era. The city is an ideal size; large enough to achieve economic viability yet small enough for people to feel they belong.
A shopping spree in the laid back Christchurch malls and retail arcades can really add the gloss to a perfect holiday. The city’s downtown shops are open to 5.30 pm Monday to Thursday and to 9 pm on Fridays. Many city stores and the suburban malls open on Saturday and Sunday.