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“Christchurch Hill Suburbs” 4 of 5 stars
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Port Hills
Summit Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Ranked #8 of 108 Attractions in Christchurch
Type: Neighborhoods, Geologic Formations, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Christchurch Hill Suburbs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I'd advise visitors to Christchurch not to linger in the devastated city centre, but to drive out to the hill suburbs, which offer magnificent views of the mountains and the Pacific coast. Try Mount Pleasant Road, Moncks Spur Road or the Summit Road; the scenery is breathtaking. From the highest points, you can see right up the coast to Kaikoura.

Another favourite trip is from Christchurch to Diamond Harbour, via Governors Bay. On a fine day, you cannot imagine a more beautiful drive anywhere; there are plenty of places to stop and have a picnic.

Visited December 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Port Hills not the Port Hills they used to be”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Great drive to get a good view of Chrsitchurch on one side and the outer Lyttleton Harbour on the other side. The earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 have caused considerable damage to the road on tghe Lyttleton side. The road to Lyttleton is still closed and some people think that it will never open to traffic again, the damage is so bad. And there are far more important things to fix first. Reminisced about the drives over the Port Hills as a child in the 50's after disembarking from, or boarding the Wellington-Lyttleton Ferry before the tunnel was built. . :-)

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

What a great place to get in touch with nature. The best thing to do - grab some fish and chips or pack a picnic. Hike to the top and watch the sunset over the water. Amazing.

Visited October 2013
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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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“OK hills near Christchurch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

They're not too bad but nowhere near as beautiful as most of the rest of NZ. Are worth a trip if you have time

Visited March 2013
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“The high cliffs kinda transmit panic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

Its a great place to have pictures and eat something at the end of a very struggling way to the top, the ocean and the horizon well it is inspiring and very good

Visited August 2012
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