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GETTING THERE

United and Air New Zealand have flights from Washington Dulles and BWI to Christchurch with round-trip fares starting at about $1,700.

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WHERE TO STAY

Eliza's Manor on Bealey, 82 Bealey Ave., 011-64-3-366-8584, http://www.elizas.co.nz. This charming, vintage bed-and-breakfast has been a family home for much of its life. Rates start at about $135.

Chateau on the Park Hotel, 189 Deans Ave., 011-64-3-348-8999, http://www.chateau-park.co.nz. An older hotel surrounded by five acres of landscaped gardens. Rooms start at about $80.

WHERE TO EAT

Dux de Lux, At Hereford and Montreal streets in the Arts Centre, 011-64-3-366-6919, http://www.thedux.co.nz. The name is Latin for "masters of the finest." Specializes in pizza $12 to $21.

The Bodhi Tree, 808 Colombo St., 011-64-3-377-6808. Burmese cuisine, featuring such dishes as tea salad and tofu thoke. Dinner only. Dishes range from about $11 to $19.

Cook 'N' With Gas, 23 Worcester Blvd., 011-64-3-377-9166, http://www.cooknwithgas.co.nz. Fixed-price offerings at about $47 a head include grilled salmon, prime filet and belly of pork, as well as a la carte entrees starting at about $19.

Sticky Fingers Restaurant & Bar, In the Clarendon Tower, Oxford Terrace, 011-64-3-366-6451, http://www.stickyfingers.co.nz. Offers an extensive menu, from specialty sandwiches such as grilled fish and spiced lamb ($12) to shared seafood and antipasto platters for four ($36 to $43) to entrees priced from $17 to $26.

Cafe Valentino, 813 Colombo St., 011-64-3-377-1886, http://www.cafevalentino.co.nz. A European-style cafe. Pizza and pasta $13 to $18. Entrees such as chicken, beef and veal, $13 to $24.

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