ChristchurchNew Zealand

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.

Top hotels in Christchurch

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
BreakFree on Cashel
BreakFree on Cashel
3 out of 5
165 Cashel Street, Christchurch
NZ$75
per night
24 Nov. - 25 Nov.

Located in Christchurch City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Re:START Mall, Canterbury Museum and Christchurch Casino. Christchurch Public Hospital ...

4/5Very Good! (1,780 reviews)

"If all you need is a shower and a bed this works fine ... the room is only twice the size of the bed and there was no window or desk but the bed was comfy, the shower was great, and the hotel is right in the middle of town."…"

Reviewed on 7 Nov. 2019

BreakFree on Cashel
Sudima Christchurch Airport
Sudima Christchurch Airport
4.5 out of 5
550 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch
NZ$166
per night
22 Dec. - 23 Dec.

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from International Antarctic Centre, and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Canterbury and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,614 reviews)

"The staff was very helpful and accommodating, from front desk check in to restaurant, customer service was great."…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov. 2019

Sudima Christchurch Airport
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
NZ$101
per night
29 Nov. - 30 Nov.

Located in Christchurch City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Canterbury Museum and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,350 reviews)

"Overall a good property at the right price and right location"…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov. 2019

Southwark Hotel & Apartments

Popular activities in Christchurch

International Antarctic Centre
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International Antarctic Centre

4.5/5(137 reviews)

Take a trip to Antarctica to see the animals that live there and hear tales of the intrepid travellers who risked their lives to explore it.

New Brighton Beach
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New Brighton Beach

4/5(225 reviews)

Surf, spot birdlife, walk across wild sand dunes and shop for handmade goods at a weekly market at this sandy beach and coastal suburb.

Mona Vale
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Mona Vale

4.5/5(48 reviews)

Stroll around idyllic riverside gardens filled with roses, irises and other plantings and take a break on the lush green lawns at this public park.

Lyttelton Harbour
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Lyttelton Harbour

4/5(279 reviews)

Enjoy cafés, markets and boat trips at this scenic European port town, steeped in history and bordered by volcanic hills.

Canterbury Museum
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Canterbury Museum

4.5/5(211 reviews)

Discover arctic cold, visit indigenous New Zealand and journey back to the age of the dinosaurs at this extensive museum.  

Sumner Beach
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Sumner Beach

4.5/5(216 reviews)

The main beach in the seaside retreat of Sumner is an idyllic place to spend a day in the sun away from the centre of Christchurch.

Top activities in Christchurch

Christchurch Hop On Hop Off Double Decker City Tour
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Christchurch Hop On Hop Off Double Decker City Tour

NZ$35

FREE Quake Museum Entry on all 48hr combo tickets! Hop aboard and prepare to take Christchurch head on! With an eclectic mix of new and old, Christchurch is truly a city like no other. Take in the historic sights from the top deck of our double decker bus and Hop On and Hop Off completely at your leisure.

Lord of the Rings Edoras Full-Day Tour
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Lord of the Rings Edoras Full-Day Tour

NZ$299

Journey to middle-earth on this full-day tour to visit Edoras, a key location used during the filming of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

International Antarctic Centre Admission
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International Antarctic Centre Admission

NZ$30

Experience the wonder and magic of Antarctica without leaving Christchurch, at one of New Zealand’s best, award winning tourist attractions. The International Antarctic Centre is your destination for authentic, interactive fun and provides an exciting experience of Antarctica for visitors of all ages.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Tickets- Guaranteed Kiwi Viewing
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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Tickets- Guaranteed Kiwi Viewing

NZ$33

Set in a natural environment with 50 different wildlife species and over 500 individual ones Willowbank is suitable for all ages. Purchase some food on entry to the reserve to feed the farm animals, wild eels and birds as you wander.

Port Hills Gondola Ride Ticket
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Port Hills Gondola Ride Ticket

NZ$15

Enjoy spectacular 360-degree views across the Canterbury Plains, the Southern Alps, and Lyttleton Harbor with a ride on the Christchurch Gondola. Ride the cable car for more than 3,000 feet (900 m) into the Port Hills, where you admire the incredible scenery with a day of fun.

Ko Tane Maori Experience including hangi dinner
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Ko Tane Maori Experience including hangi dinner

NZ$135

Learn more about Maori culture and enjoy a delicious hangi dinner located in a natural bush setting. This is the only place in the South Island where you can have such an experience. It's a great opportunity to get a glimpse into Maori culture and traditions and is suitable for ages.

Reviews of Christchurch

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
821
5 - Excellent 37.13251922207146%
4 - Good
1124
4 - Good 50.83672546359114%
3 - Okay
245
3 - Okay 11.080958842152873%
2 - Disappointing
18
2 - Disappointing 0.8141112618724559%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.13568521031207598%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Nov. 2019

An amazingly upbeat positive city. The friendliest of people. Massive selection of retail, dining and drinking places all in easy walking distance.

4/5 - Good

MrRnR

19 Nov. 2019

Christchurch is a work in progress. It will look great when completed & a lot of suburban streets need resealing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Nov. 2019

Lots of green space in the new city... the city’s progress is modern and inviting...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Nov. 2019

I admire the relsilience of the population to rebuild their city while commemorating the victims of the earthquake. A beautiful garden city

5/5 - Excellent

Shona

18 Nov. 2019

Despite the reconstruction going on the town was still beautiful to walk around.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Nov. 2019

Enjoyed all the street art and walkable spaces. Would like to come back when I have more time to explore the city

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