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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

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$81 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
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! (1,611 reviews)
"Handy location, cute little room"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2021

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
166 Gloucester Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$183 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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! (984 reviews)
"Friendly and polite, accommodated me despite my having arrived well before check in time."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
30 Latimer Square, Christchurch
The price is NZ$170 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside Market and Christchurch Casino. Christchurch Public Hospital and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (978 reviews)
"Excellent service. Large rooms with comfortable beds."

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2021

Rydges Latimer 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$81 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
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! (1,611 reviews)
"Handy location, cute little room"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2021

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Whitewood Suites Inner City Luxury Apartments
Whitewood Suites Inner City Luxury Apartments
4 out of 5
207 Kilmore Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$168 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Margaret Mahy Playground, New Regent Street and Christchurch Casino. Cathedral ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (104 reviews)
"Great spot and nice comfortable rooms"

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

Whitewood Suites Inner City Luxury Apartments
Fino Hotel and Suites
Fino Hotel and Suites
5 out of 5
87 Kilmore Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$149 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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! (597 reviews)
"Across the road from bus stop (#29 to airport)..Casino nearby for excellent meals ...no need to gamble! Flat walking to Cathedral square & shopping district. Watch out for electric bikes and scooters they seem to have right of way. Minor maintenance needed in suite for dripping tap, balcony door ..."

Reviewed on 10 Jul. 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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