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.

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Top hotels in Christchurch

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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BreakFree on Cashel
3 out of 5
165 Cashel Street, Christchurch
NZ$77
per night
24 Sep. - 25 Sep.
4/5Very Good! (1,770 reviews)

"location and service was excellent. All we needed in the hotel was there except maybe milk, shampoo and body lotion not provided during our stay. and the queen bed right on the wall was not a good choice. too difficult to get down from the bed and go to the toilet and the tv was mounted low."…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2019

BreakFree on Cashel
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Sudima Christchurch Airport
4.5 out of 5
550 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch
NZ$202
per night
27 Sep. - 28 Sep.
4.2/5Excellent! (2,612 reviews)

"Clean, comfortable and modern rooms. Staff were fantastic from the shuttle pick up to check out."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2019

Sudima Christchurch Airport
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Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
166 Gloucester Street, Christchurch
NZ$149
per night
27 Sep. - 28 Sep.
4.4/5Excellent! (1,578 reviews)

"Location to town hall and city area. Park river and playground"…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep. 2019

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Popular activities in Christchurch

International Antarctic Centre
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International Antarctic Centre

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

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

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

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

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

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 Tramway Dinner Experience
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Christchurch Tramway Dinner Experience

NZ$109

The only restaurant Tram in New Zealand offers a unique way to see the city while enjoying a delicious dinner. Sip a welcome drink and savor a 4-course meal while the air-conditioned Tram travels through the city.

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$239

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.

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