Sunrise in Christchurch: Where and When to Catch the Dawn of a New Day

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Sunrise in Christchurch and sunsets are magical times, romantic and uplifting and ideal for Instagram stories. It is extremely attractive especially when you watch it from the most incredible spots with your beloved one. So to make your mornings in Christchurch special, we have listed down the four best spots to catch the sunrise in Christchurch

Best Places to Catch the Sunrise in Christchurch:

Sunrise at Shag Rock

  • Rapanui Rock/Shag Rock:

    Located only 20 minutes away from the main city, Rapanui Rock derived its other name "Shag Rock" after it rumbled because of the earthquakes in Christchurch. The incident caused a reduction in its height, nevertheless, it remains as charming as before. It used to be a notable sea stack nestled at the source of the Avon Heathcote Estuary. It is a symbol of Christchurch's toughness, proving that even though things may feel somewhat broken, or look somewhat changed, they can at present be similarly as delightful and lovely. Pro-tip: Find your way to the Sumner Beachside as it looks the best from there.
Sunrise at New Brighton Pier

  • New Brighton Pier:

    It is undoubtedly one of the best places to watch the sunrise in Christchurch. Situated only at a distance of 15 to 20 minutes, you will find people jogging, strolling, exercising or just sitting there and watching the spectacle. Low tide is the best time to visit as you get a chance to see a smooth reflection of the pier in the water.
  • Hoon Hay Scenic Reserve:

    It is an outer suburban area in ChristchurchApproximately a 25-minute drive from Christchurch, it is famous both as a sunrise and sunset spot. It is not very crowded here, hence if you desire solitude or a romantic date set up, this might be the best place. A cloudy day makes the view even more incredible!
Witch Hill

  • Witch Hill:

    A scenic spot situated at the top of Rapaki rock, it is a war memorial that provides a stunning view over Christchurch. Although essentially a sunset spot, it is a good option if you want to see the whole city awaken in front of your eyes with the sun rising over the Lyttelton harbour. This picturesque point is 35 to 40 minutes away from Christchurch and is also famous for professional photography.
  • Port Hills:

    You can mountain bike, hike, ride the gondola or just drive up to the head of this mountain – whatever way you get up there, you won't be disheartened. With panoramic glimpses from Lyttleton Harbour to the far off Southern Alps, you can see the whole city of Christchurch from up here and appreciate the majestic sunrises and sunsets.

Timings to Watch the Sunrise in Christchurch

  • December-February: 6:00 am
  • March-May: 7:15 am
  • June-August: 8 am 
  • September-November: 6:45 am
Despite the fact that the sun rises and sets each day, we hold on to go on a vacation and afterward observe these amazing sights. So utilize the opportunity and visit these spots to capture memorable times and watch some beautiful sunrises in Christchurch!

This post was published by Vidushi Nigam

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