The magnificent Cathedral is one of the city's iconic landmarks.
Its cornerstone was placed in 1864, but financial problems meant
that the construction work was not finished until 1873, and the
entire complex was finally finished in 1904. But the ornate and
complex structure was obviously well worth the wait.
Other highlights include the Christchurch Arts Centre. Housed in
the grand neo-gothic former University of Canterbury buildings, the
Arts Centre was created in 1974, when the university moved to a new
campus. The centre includes galleries, theatres and cinemas, along
with a number of restaurants, bars, cafés and some specialist
Also close to Christchurch's centre are the Botanic Gardens.
These were founded in 1863, when the first tree was planted to
commemorate the wedding of the future Edward VII. The gardens have
since grown considerably, and now feature a wide variety of local
plants, as well as numerous exotic ones. There are collections of
plants from all over the world, and these are generally grouped
into their respective continents for display. Yet there are also
gardens dedicated to individual plants - for example, there is a
rose garden, which has more than 250 different varieties of rose
growing there, as well as a dedicated herb garden.