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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$84
per night
25 Apr. - 26 Apr.

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

4/5Very Good! (2,001 reviews)

"Very good bar & restaurant. Room small but clean & fuctional fine for a solo traveler"…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020

BreakFree on Cashel
Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton
Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton
4 out of 5
189 Deans Ave, Riccarton, Christchurch
NZ$134
per night
8 Apr. - 9 Apr.

Located in Riccarton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hagley Park and Christchurch Public Hospital. Christchurch Casino and AMI Stadium are also within 2 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,174 reviews)

"12pm checkout, comfortable bed, clean, nice location."…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar. 2020

Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton
Sudima Christchurch Airport
Sudima Christchurch Airport
4.5 out of 5
550 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch
NZ$159
per night
24 Apr. - 25 Apr.

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,853 reviews)

"Very close to Christchurch Airport, within walking distance, but free 24 hour airport shuttle available. Large open internal courtyard with garden, lawn and seating areas provided an outdoor experience accessed from the main corridor and the downstairs rooms of two hotel wings and the second storey ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Apr. 2020

Sudima Christchurch Airport

Popular activities in Christchurch

Sumner Beach
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Sumner Beach

4.5/5(270 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.

Christchurch Gondola
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Christchurch Gondola

4.5/5(203 reviews)

Cruise past shimmering blue lakes and snow-capped mountains on your way to the top of Mount Cavendish.

International Antarctic Centre
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International Antarctic Centre

4.5/5(178 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(289 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.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens

4.5/5(689 reviews)

With miles of open lawns and vibrant flower beds, this serene area of parkland ensures Christchurch’s reputation as a garden city.

Mona Vale
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Mona Vale

4.5/5(69 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.

Top activities in Christchurch

Waipara Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch
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Waipara Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$135
Per adult
Half-Day Sheep Farm Tour
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Half-Day Sheep Farm Tour

NZ$135
Per adult
Arthur's Pass Day Trip via TranzApline from Christchurch
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Arthur's Pass Day Trip via TranzApline from Christchurch

NZ$385
Per adult
Bungee Jumping
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Bungee Jumping

84% of travellers recommend
NZ$169
Per adult
Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour with Jet Boat & Farm Visit via TranzAlpine
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Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour with Jet Boat & Farm Visit via TranzAlpine

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$375
Per adult
Akaroa Cruise Excursion - Christchurch Sightseeing & Jetboating
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Akaroa Cruise Excursion - Christchurch Sightseeing & Jetboating

NZ$175
Per adult

Reviews of Christchurch

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1051
5 - Excellent 37.28272437034409%
4 - Good
1445
4 - Good 51.259311812699536%
3 - Okay
297
3 - Okay 10.535650940049663%
2 - Disappointing
22
2 - Disappointing 0.7804185881518269%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.1418942887548776%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Mar. 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Mar. 2020

Under different circumstances it would have been a lot better place to visit. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and curfews in place was the reason for not visiting most of these places. We wish Christchurch all the best after this pandemic.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

It's still a city repairing itself

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

We didn't really have time to see much of Christchurch - our trip was cut short and our flight changed because of the coronavirus.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Mar. 2020

I had lived in chch previously but got my dad to drive me to certain locations as so much had changed, merivale was easy to get to and the deli traiteur, cnr aikmans and papanui rds provides the best meal to take back and heat. Best value ever.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Mar. 2020

Although the re-build is continuing it is high time work on the cathedral gets underway. The dilapidated building is a disgrace to the city after so many years being derelict.

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