Hotel rooms can be expensive. One way to save money on your New Zealand trip is to rent an apartment or house, especially if you are visiting for at least a week. Renting also gives you the use of a kitchen and ensures everybody has more room. When exploring New Zealand rental properties Christchurch is a popular place to stay; the city makes a convenient base to explore the stunning scenery of the South Island. For those more adventurous, it’s also become the gateway for trips to Antarctica. Christchurch itself also has plenty to see and do; the city is often described as being very English in character and is home to several museums, historic sites and beautiful gardens. The surrounding countryside is also the ideal place to visit a winery and sample some of the wine that the country has become famous for.