ChristchurchNew Zealand

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Visit 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.

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$89
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

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! (1,895 reviews)

"Small and compact room - suitable for one person. Missed having a comfortable chair. and no cutlery. Perhaps a couple of teaspoons could be provided for stirring drinks."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2020

BreakFree on Cashel
Sudima Christchurch Airport
Sudima Christchurch Airport
4.5 out of 5
550 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch
NZ$184
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

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! (2,763 reviews)

"Close to airport, staff available 24 hrs a day as we arrived after midnight."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2020

Sudima Christchurch Airport
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
166 Gloucester Street, Christchurch
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$187
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

Located in Christchurch City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Regent Street and Christchurch Casino. Canterbury Museum and Christchurch ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,681 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel which is short walking distance from various eateries in Christchurch - would certainly stay here again and highly recommend to all family and friends."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan. 2020

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Popular things to do in Christchurch

Sumner Beach
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Sumner Beach

4.5/5(239 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(184 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(152 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(245 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(615 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(60 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

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.

Zipline across Christchurch Adventure Park
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Zipline across Christchurch Adventure Park

NZ$130

Experience the unforgettable thrill and adrenaline of Ziplining at Christchurch Adventure Park! Our epic Zipline Tour is a series of four dual-ziplines ranging from 400m to 1110m in length and up to 150m above the valley floor and include points of historical and geographical interest.

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.

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.

TRANZALPINE MERCEDES EXECUTIVE VAN - Rail to Christchurch Hotel 1 - 5 Passengers
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TRANZALPINE MERCEDES EXECUTIVE VAN - Rail to Christchurch Hotel 1 - 5 Passengers

NZ$15

We will collect you from the railway station and take you directly to your Christchurch CBD Hotel. Exclusive use of the vehicle not a shared ride.

Reviews of Christchurch

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
928
5 - Excellent 37.35909822866345%
4 - Good
1261
4 - Good 50.76489533011272%
3 - Okay
272
3 - Okay 10.950080515297907%
2 - Disappointing
20
2 - Disappointing 0.8051529790660226%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.12077294685990338%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Always love coming back to ChCh as it used to be our home town. Great to see such wonderful progress with the rebuild.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

Wasn't there long enough to form opinions or make visits.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Excellent. A beautiful almost brand new city. An astonishing recovery from the earthquake! The tram service for visitors is superb. Very grateful for the visit!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Beautiful place..the Margaret mahy playground is a must for kids.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

Ws loved christchurch and its friendly people ,we felt safe walking around and its a very lovely city, the climate was ideal

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

Certainly a town on the move. Amazing rebuilds since the earthquake. I'd like to go again in the next year or so and see more of the city than we really had a chance to this time.

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