We’ve come to know Christchurch as a slow paced city blessed with beautiful beaches and breathtaking mountains. Although the natural beauty of Christchurch remains the same, the idea of it being a sleepy tourist destination is slowly but surely being washed away. Although it’s not a large city by any stretch of imagination, Christchurch has a number of popular tourist attractions which are worth your travel hours. This coastal city is also home to some interesting churches, a museum, an art gallery and a number of great restaurants where you can sample various dishes which are prepared to suit the taste of the locals.
The Christchurch Art Gallery is located on the southern island of New Zealand and is one of the most significant tourist attractions in the city. This venue is also known by the name of Te Puna o Waiwhetu in native terms. The word, ‘Te Puna’ comes from the artesian spring which is located within the gallery premises. ‘Waiwhetu’ represents the other channels of water surrounding it. The Christchurch Art Gallery was officially opened to the public on the 10th of May 2003 and cost an estimated AUD$47.5 million to complete.
Replacing the McDougall Art Gallery which was brought up in 1932, this two storied facility showcases various collections of drawings, sculptures, metalwork, ceramics, textiles and the Jamieson and Canterbury Society of Arts Collections of British and European paintings. This fascinating gallery is also elegantly designed and the display areas are spacious and can accommodate large crowds with ease.
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