A FAN’S GUIDE TO
by Daniel Ford and
NEW ZEALAND CITY
CHRISTCHURCH 3 THINGS YOU MUST DO...
1 ADDINGTON RACEWAY
Get hooked on the strange but addictive sport of Trotting
Racing at the raceway (75 Jack Hinton Dr, tel: +64 3 338
9094). When: usually Fri at 17.30 but some Thurs. Price: free
except big race days. To get there: nearest train station is
Addington or short taxi ride from the centre.
2 CHRISTCHURCH CASINO
Win your fortune. Or lose your shirt. This is your author
reminding you to bet responsibly boys and girls (34 Victoria
Above: The region’s players have dominated All Blacks teams in recent years, peaking in 2002 in game against Ireland, when 14 of the team came from the Crusaders. St, tel: +64 3 365 9999). Open: 24/7. Price: free entry. To get
there: centrally located.
Southern charm Above: A boatmen makes his way down the city’s Avon River.
hristchurch, the main city on New Zealand’s South Island, was left running in 1905 (although it had to be resurrected in 1995), runs around Weather Low (°C) High (°C) Rain (mm) Sunset
devastated after an earthquake hit the city on 22 February 2011. a small city loop and is a popular and easy way for visitors to get around
Dozens of people were killed and hundreds were injured. the central sights. January 12 22 56 21.05
The city lies on the east coast by the Paciﬁc Ocean. To the north is the Christchurch is generally a gentle, sedate place, known as the Garden February 12 21 45 20.47
Waimakariri River and to the southeast the volcanic slopes of Port Hills, a City, and is the launch pad for those looking to explore the rugged South March 10 19 48 20.09
April 8 17 48 19.11
popular recreation area and a great place for views across the city. Island. It is also known as the gateway to the Antarctic, with explorers
The19th century ChristChurch Cathedral, at the heart of the city in Ernest Shackleton and Robert Scott both having set off from the port for May 4 12 66 17.27
Cathedral Square, was severely damaged during the 2011 quake. expeditions into the iceland to the south. June 3 11 70 16.52
A few streets to the west are the city’s Art Gallery and Arts Centre, the If you’re looking for a different kind of adventure then the main area July 2 10 66 16.57
Canterbury Museum and the Botanic Gardens. for nightlife in Christchurch is by the river along Oxford Terrace. Known 3 CHRISTCHURCH GONDOLA August 2 12 48 17.25
For culture of a completely different sort the 24/7 Christchurch Casino simply as ‘The Strip’ to the locals, this is where you will ﬁnd a good Take the 500 metre ride up in the gondola for views across September 5 14 44 17.55
the Paciﬁc Ocean, the city and towards the snowy Southern October 7 17 44 19.28
is also nearby, as is the main shopping street, the pedestrianized Cashel selection of bars and clubs. Another popular hang-out is SOL Square, the Alps (10 Bridle Path Rd, Heathcote Valley, tel: +64 3 384 0700).
Street, and the popular Regent Street, with its selection of small shops hub of the area known as South of Lichﬁeld Lane and which is only a short When: daily 10.00–21.00. Price: $24 adult, $10 child 5–15. To November 8 19 48 20.03
and brightly coloured façades. The quaint tram, which originally started distance from the city centre. get there: buses 28, 35 run from outside the City Exchange. December 12 21 56 20.41
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NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL STADIUM NEW ZEALAND CLUB
LANCASTER PARK MATTER OF FACT
CRUSADERS MATTER OF FACT
Where a dynasty reigns Stadium: AMI Stadium
Leading the Crusade Club: The Crusaders
Located: Christchurch, New Zealand Formed: 1996
he use of Christchurch as a World Cup venue was thrown into doubt after an earthquake Address: 30 Stevens Street, Phillipstown,
peak to any taxi driver in Christchurch and you will hear at Located: Christchurch, New Zealand
hit the city in 2011. The redeveloped AMI Stadium was ofﬁcially opened in January 2010 Christchurch 8011 ﬁrst hand the resentment the locals felt when Auckland was Administrative address: Level One, 5 Durham Street,
following a NZ$60 million (€34 million) upgrade to what is historically and commonly Tel: +64 3 379 1765/0800 4 AMI STADIUM (free) awarded the 2011 Rugby World Cup ﬁnal (and to make matters Christchurch 8013
known as Lancaster Park. The renovations included the building of the 13,000-seater Deans Email: email@example.com worse both semi-ﬁnals). The Crusaders, the local Super Rugby Tel: +64 3 379 8300
Stand, commemorating Canterbury’s most famous rugby dynasty, that started with the 1905 or firstname.lastname@example.org franchise who incorporate seven provinces at the top of the South Email: email@example.com
All Black Bob Deans, and the ﬁrst European settlers in the area. Website: www.amistadium.co.nz Island, have recently helped the area get its own back on it rivals Website: www.crusaders.co.nz
The new ground was awarded ﬁve pool matches and two quarter-ﬁnals for the 2011 Rugby from the north.
Capacity: 38,628 (45,000 for RWC 2011)
World Cup and its new capacity of 38,628 was boosted to 45,000 for the tournament by the To get there: Route 31/32 (bus) Canterbury rugby was at its lowest ebb when professionalism Super Rugby records
addition of temporary seating despite a damaging earthquake in October 2010. But during the Stands: Deans, Tui, Hadlee, PKMC arrived in 1996 – they had supplied just one player for the All Blacks Honours: Winners 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005,
tournament the ground was due to be tagged Stadium Christchurch because of advertising touring squad to France and Italy the previous year – and it was no 2006, 2008
restrictions. Stadium tours surprise when they ﬁnished bottom in ﬁrst Super 12 with just two wins. Best ﬁnish: First 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005,
Called Jade Stadium from 1998 to 2007, the venue which also hosts international cricket, was Open: By arrangement only, no tours a week before A root-and-branch review and some aggressive player recruitment saw the side, based at 2006, 2008
the scene of Don ‘The Boot’ Clarke’s famous 60-metre goal that gave the All Blacks a last-gasp 9-6 an event. Community tours free (schools etc, max 25) the old Lancaster Park, now the AMI Stadium, come sixth the next year before winning the Record: P 196, W 131, L 59, D 6
win over Mike Weston’s English tourists in 1963. Prior to that Lancaster Park had staged the ﬁrst Corporate tours NZ$60 (1–25), NZ$120 (25–50) Super 12 in 1998. That win set up a period of unprecedented dominance based on players such Most appearances: 129 Reuben Thorne (1997–2008)
All Blacks game in New Zealand when they took on New South Wales in 1894. Tel: +64 3 379 1765 as Andrew Mehrtens, Reuben Thorne, Justin Marshall and Caleb Ralph. Most points: 1,078 Dan Carter (2003– )
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The smooth emergence of global superstars such as Dan Carter and Richie McCaw Biggest win: 96-19 v Waratahs, 2002
Below: An upgrade on the stadium was completed in 2010 before an earthquake devastated the city. Biggest defeat: 52-16 v Reds, 1996
ensured their prominence continued into the Super 14 with Carter and McCaw establishing
First match: England v Colonies 1882 themselves as the two leading ﬁgures in All Black rugby. Wayne Smith, who went on to coach
First Test: New Zealand 5 Australia 16, 1913 Northampton and the All Blacks, kick-started the upturn in fortunes when he took over from Ground: AMI Stadium
Tests hosted: 50 Vance Stewart in September 1996. Robbie Deans carried on his work when he took over in Address: 30 Stevens Street, Phillipstown,
New Zealand record: P 48, W 39, L 9, D 0 2000 to become the most successful coach in Super Rugby history. Christchurch 8011
Capacity: 38,628 (45,000 for World Cup 2011)
The revolution, or ‘The Crusade’ as the locals term it, peaked when the franchise supplied
Bars in ground: Not named To get there: Route 31/32 (bus)
14 players in the New Zealand side who took on Ireland in 2002. Auckland’s Doug Howlett was
Bars nearby: Stadium Sports Bar & Bistro Stands: Deans, Tui, Hadlee, PKMC
the odd man out in the starting XV.
(77–79 Stevens Street, Phillipstown, Christchurch
8011, +64 3 374 4142); The Embankment Tavern Bars in ground: See opposite
(181 Ferry Road, Phillipstown, Christchurch 8011, Bars nearby: See opposite
+64 3 379 3760); The Twisted Hop (6 Poplar Street,
Poplar Lanes, Christchurch 8011, +64 3 962 3688, Legends
www.thetwistedhop.co.nz); Fitzgerald Arms Tavern Below: North Island v South Island clash as the Crusaders (in red) take on the Hurricanes. Todd Blackadder: Became the ﬁrst player to lift the
(333 Cashel Street, Linwood, Christchurch 8011, Super Rugby trophy three times as captain when
+64 3 963 1766, www.theﬁtztuiclubrooms.co.nz) captaining the Crusaders in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Left for Edinburgh in 2001, and was forwards coach
Finally… The old Lancaster Park faced ﬁnancial with Scotland. Appointed Crusaders coach in 2008.
problems in World War I. The solution was to plough up Richie McCaw: All Black captain and ﬂanker who led
the pitch and use it as a potato ﬁeld to raise revenue. the Crusaders to Super 14 titles in 2005, 2006 and
2008. Regarded as the ﬁnest ﬂanker of his generation,
he was the ﬁrst player to be named IRB Player of the
Year twice when taking the honour in 2006 and 2009.
Need to know: The stadium is a short walk from
the bars of Cashel Street, most notably the Stock
X Change, made famous by cricketer Jesse Ryder who
injured his hand when breaking a window trying to
get into the toilet. Also a favourite post-match hang-
out for Crusaders players.
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