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Lonely Planet offers further support to Christchurch

Tourism New Zealand welcomes the early release of the Lonely Planet's chapter on Christchurch that states: a visit to the city is both interesting and inspiring.

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In an unusual step, the Lonely Planet has published its 45-page guide to Christchurch on its website, free for download, eight months ahead of the full guide to New Zealand's printed publication, due in September 2012.

The Lonely Planet authors write positively about the region without glossing over the reality of life on a fault line.

General Manager Public Affairs Suzanne Carter says that Tourism New Zealand welcomes the early release of the Christchurch chapter.

"The endorsement and support of Christchurch from Lonely Planet, an influential and very well known travel guide, sends a clear signal to potential visitors that the city and Canterbury region have a lot to offer.

Describing Christchurch as a "vibrant city in transition, coping resiliently and creatively", the guide outlines places where visitors to the city can stay, eat, shop and play and the sight-seeing activities available in post-quake Christchurch and outer regions.

Earlier in January, following two weeks spent in Christchurch researching the city in the wake of the earthquakes Lonely Planet Travel writer Brett Atkinson wrote that Christchurch the city is one of New Zealand's bravest and most resilient communities.

"If you're heading to the South Island of New Zealand, definitely spend a few days in the city. There's still plenty to do, and you'll be supporting the new businesses inspiring Christchurch's renaissance,'' Mr Atkinson says in the online article.

Lonely Planet's Christchurch chapter can be downloaded for free at:http://www.lonelyplanet.com/new-zealand/christchurch-and-canterbury/christchurch/travel-tips-and-articles/76985