Ōtautahi was originally the name of a specific site in central Christchurch. It means the place of Tautahi and was adopted as the general name for Christchurch in the 1930s. Prior to this, Ngāi Tahu generally referred to the Ōtautahi (Christchurch) area as Karaitiana. Ōtautahi City is known as the “Garden City” because of its many beautiful parks, gardens and tree-lined streets.
For more information please visit these websites:
Activities relating to local Māori culture:
- Ko Tāne: Māori Cultural Experience
- Māori art in Christchurch
- Matapopore Walking Tour: Embedding Ngai Tahu history into the post quake landscape
- Canterbury Museum: Ngā Taonga tuku iho o nga tupuna
There is a currency exchange at Ōtautahi (Christchurch) Airport and multiple ATMs throughout the city. Visa, Mastercard are widely accepted with Amex cards accepted by most major vendors.
To check the current exchange rates, please visit XE
The climate in November in Ōtautahi is generally drier than previous winter/spring months, however you can expect some rain.
The climate can be quite cool in November with daily (and overnight) temperatures generally ranging from10-18°C.
Read more at www.whereandwhen.net or see the current forecast at www.metservice.com
Getting around Ōtautahi
Please visit www.christchurchnz.com for information on
• Airport transport
• Night Network
• Ride Share
• Car Hire
• Hop on / Hop off bus
Other ways to get around Ōtautahi
Many hotels in Christchurch have child minding facilities or a regular child minding agency they could recommend to you. Alternatively, there are a few childminding agencies listed below: