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Christchurch
Travel Guide

Christchurch

The Garden City delights visitors with native parklands, Māori culture and adrenaline-charged adventures through the countryside.

Take your time unlocking Christchurch, a dynamic adventure destination that acts as the gateway to New Zealand's South Island. Founded in 1856, the Garden City, in the Canterbury region, has become the country's largest metropolis.

In town, stroll the inner city parks and spot photogenic urban designs interspersed between the greenery. Admire manicured gardens alongside historic buildings at Riccarton Bush & Ilam Homestead. Browse native species in the visually stunning Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Be sure to visit attractions that tell the stories of the city, the surrounding region and the country. One remarkable landmark is the Cardboard Cathedral, a “transitional” church that was built after the original Anglican cathedral was damaged in the 2011 earthquake. It's the world’s only cathedral built mostly of cardboard. The Canterbury Museum building suffered only minor damage in the earthquake so you can still appreciate its original Gothic Revival architecture. Inside, browse some of the museum’s millions of items, including Māori artefacts from before their contact with Europeans.

Discover more Māori culture at Ko Tane Māori Village. Learn about the fierce Māori warriors and watch powerful traditional dancing. Stay for an authentic Māori dinner cooked in a stone-heated pit.

Explore the scenic high trails of the surrounding Canterbury region via mountain bike or four-wheel drive. Spend a day in the Selwyn district trying the area's distinct wine flavours, playing a round of golf or hiking through the scenic environment. You can also see lions being fed at the Orana Wildlife Park.

Pump up the adrenaline with a skydiving or paragliding experience over the countryside. Tour the Adrenalin Forest and test your skills on high wires, flying foxes and challenging obstacle courses. For a calmer adventure with a view, take a helicopter tour.

Escape the summer heat with a kayak tour around the coast or a white-water rafting trip. Spot whales at Kaikoura, just north of Christchurch, and try delicious crayfish at Nin's Bin, nearby.

In winter, clamp on your skis and carve down the Tasman Glacier. Guided mountaineering also offers some of Canterbury's most satisfying and sweeping views.

Get to Christchurch via its international airport or board a train from Wellington. Get around town on foot, public bus or by taxi. For a great daytrip, cruise into Akaroa Harbour. This seaside village is just 90 minutes by boat from Christchurch and features coastal vistas, fishing opportunities and cuisine with French flair.

Where to stay in Christchurch

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
166 Gloucester Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$161 per night from 13 Jun. to 13 Jun.
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Regent Street and Christchurch Casino. Christchurch Botanic Gardens ...
4.4/5Excellent! (991 reviews)
"I liked the location & the rooms were very clean & comfortable. There were no restaurant or bar facilities when & I arrived on Sunday evening."

Reviewed on 7 May 2021

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$85 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Christchurch Public Hospital ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,575 reviews)
"I liked how close it was to the city centre, and how easy it was to find the rooms and also the layout of the rooms was nice and easy to navigate and allowed lots of room to move. the shower pressure was amazing as well"

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
ibis Christchurch
ibis Christchurch
3.5 out of 5
107 Hereford St, Christchurch
The price is NZ$110 per night from 13 Jun. to 13 Jun.
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Christchurch I-SITE, Cashel Mall and Bridge of Remembrance. Theatre Royal and ...
4/5Very Good! (958 reviews)
"Very enjoyable stay at the Ibis. Great location, comfortable room and friendly staff."

Reviewed on 6 May 2021

ibis Christchurch
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$85 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Christchurch Public Hospital ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,575 reviews)
"I liked how close it was to the city centre, and how easy it was to find the rooms and also the layout of the rooms was nice and easy to navigate and allowed lots of room to move. the shower pressure was amazing as well"

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments
Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments
4 out of 5
175 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch
The price is NZ$131 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bealey Avenue and Christchurch Casino. Christchurch Botanic Gardens ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (403 reviews)
"Very clean, accessible to city, everything you need plus washing machine and dryer. V reasonable rate."

Reviewed on 13 May 2021

Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments
Fino Hotel and Suites
Fino Hotel and Suites
5 out of 5
87 Kilmore Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$163 per night from 17 Jun. to 17 Jun.
This family-friendly Christchurch apartment building is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Christchurch Casino and Theatre Royal. Hagley ...
4.2/5Excellent! (578 reviews)
"I had a great stay at the Fino. My stay was complicated by a serious medical event out of my control. The manager at the Fino was amazing, super supportive and incredibly caring/sympathetic toward me. Highly recommend staying at the Fino"

Reviewed on 30 Mar. 2021

Fino Hotel and Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Christchurch

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5/5 - Excellent

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1 Jun. 2020

Christchurch has a huge amount to offer, all within a very walkable area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 May 2020

Any easy city to get around, nice people

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

25 May 2020

Awful.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 May 2020

Busy

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Apr. 2020

A great city now.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Mar. 2020

Christchurch is such a beautiful city and the people are very friendly

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