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Christchurch Claims To Be New Zealand's Chocolate Hub

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Christchurch Claims To Be New Zealand's Chocolate Hub

This Easter a Cathedral City Shows Off Its Cocoa Hosting its second Ellerslie International Garden Show and home to a cathedral centrepiece that attracts visitors from around the world, Christchurch could easily be remembered for world‐class gardens and gothic architecture. However, given the health benefits and the joy of indulgence, visitors to Christchurch are finding it impossible to forget - yes, the chocolate. "The cacao bean is the highest natural source of antioxidants," points out She Chocolat master chocolatier Oonagh Browne. "Antioxidant deficiency is linked to a range of health problems. We believe in prevention - which should be easy, when it tastes so good!" There are many chocolate‐coated reasons to visit Christchurch and Canterbury - this Easter and throughout the year. The Top 5 Sweetest Reasons to Visit Christchurch

1. For Chocoholics Only

She Chocolat is only 25 minutes' drive from the heart of Christchurch City and runs its own "Chocolate School," as well as "Indulgence Days."

Check out whatshot.christchurchnz.com for the "Chocoholic's Tour" - a hosted half‐day tour from NZD$95! The half‐day includes free transfers from Cathedral Square to the café in Governors Bay, a free $10 chocolate gift voucher, and lunch and high tea. For travel between 6 April - 31 May 2010. 2. You'll be Wrapped Bliss - and cocoa butter - await ‐ at Hanmer Springs, a unique alpine spa village only 90 minutes' drive from Christchurch City. The Cocoa Relaxing Body Treatment is designed to awaken your senses with a melted cocoa butter massage and mouth‐watering hot cocoa wrap. Check out whatshot.christchurchnz.com for details on this season's Hot Springs Escape package. For travel between 6 April - 31 May 2010. 3. Back to School Sign up for this year's "Easter Feast" course for insider tips on hosting festive yet easy‐peasy family get‐togethers. Visit akaroacookingschool.co.nz - once you catch a glimpse of their chocolate muffins, you'll be on the road to Akaroa, a scenic 90‐minute drive from Christchurch City. 25 March 2010 4. If Your Name is "Mud" Try Rachel Scott's handmade caramels or "mud cake" - yum. Amberley's 'famous in New Zealand' Nor'wester Café has an award‐winning menu and has been recognised in Cuisine magazine's annual awards. Best of all? It's only a 40‐minute drive from Christchurch City - an idyllic Sunday drive.

5. Crowne Plaza's Victoria Street Café

Dessert can be an occasion - trust this central Christchurch icon to make yours special.

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