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Lace up your walking shoes to #ExploreChristchurch

26 July 2018

The #ExploreChristchurch campaign is in full swing and with so much changing in Christchurch’s vibrant city centre, it’s sometimes hard to know what’s where, and how to get there.

That’s why Ōtākaro Limited is offering free guided city walking tours to the public and encouraging residents to lace up their shoes and reconnect with their CBD.

“We have two exciting Central City walking tours to choose from, so people can get to know their city again,” says Ōtākaro General Manager of Communication and Engagement, Andrew Trevelayn.

The free 30-minute tours are ideal for people of all ages and walks of life, from office workers on a lunchbreak to older residents and young families.

“We’re encouraging people to come see what’s new and learn about what’s being built for the future,” Trevelyan says.

Ōtākaro joined forces with ChristchurchNZ and other city leaders for the #ExploreChristchurch campaign, which aims to encourage residents to explore the latest events and offerings within the heart of our city.

ChristchurchNZ General Manager - Marketing, Brand & Communications Tim Loftus says the campaign was launched on July 13 in response to requests from local businesses to help stimulate economic activity within the CBD.

“We want Christchurch to fall in love with its heart again – the CBD,” Loftus says.

“We want Christchurch to fall in love with its heart again – the CBD,” ChristchurchNZ General Manager of Marketing, Brand & Communications Tim Loftus.

“There’s so much to see and do in our city centre, from exploring the hidden eateries that are taking our city centre by storm, to exploring a great range of shops and boutique offerings or checking out the cool galleries and local events.”

Loftus says everyone can become a campaign ambassador for our beautiful city by using the hashtag #ExploreChristchurch when posting what you love best about our CBD.

Those keen to take a look at the exciting developments in the central city have two Ōtākaro guided tours to choose from:

The North Walk, covering The Promenade, Te Pae (Convention Centre) Victoria Square, Rauora Park/East Frame and the Retail Precinct; or

The South Walk, winding around The Promenade, The Justice and Emergency Services building, The South France, Rauora Park/East Frame and The Retail Precinct.

Ōtākaro guided Central City walks will be held every Thursday from August 9 – 30, at 12:30 pm. There are limited places available so please book your spot by emailing info@otakaroltd.co.nz or phoning 03 357 6300.

Residents are encouraged to sign up to ChristchurchNZ’s fortnightly Pockets of Awesome newsletter to discover the newest bars, restaurants, events and must do activities in Christchurch.