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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.

Where to stay in Christchurch

Top hotels in Christchurch

Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
30 Latimer Square, Christchurch
The price is NZ$152 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

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)

"Rooms were great. Close to everything as well. We walked around the city and big playground just across the road for the kids"…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2021

Rydges Latimer Christchurch
BreakFree on Cashel
BreakFree on Cashel
3 out of 5
165 Cashel Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$77 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.

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

4/5Very Good! (1,370 reviews)

"Quiet location easy access to the surrounding area."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2021

BreakFree on Cashel
Pavilions Hotel
Pavilions Hotel
4 out of 5
42 Papanui Road, Christchurch
The price is NZ$132 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located in Merivale, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Canterbury Museum and Hagley Park.

4.2/5Very Good! (825 reviews)

"Clean,quiet, comfortable bed,easy parking, very kind staff"…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2021

Pavilions Hotel
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.

Holiday Rentals in Christchurch

Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments
Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments
4 out of 5
175 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch
The price is NZ$113 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.

Located in Christchurch City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bealey Avenue and Christchurch Casino. Christchurch Botanic Gardens ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (374 reviews)

"Close to city centre, easy to get ubers from as it on a main road."…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2020

Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments
Ramada Suites Christchurch City
Ramada Suites Christchurch City
4 out of 5
264 - 266 Tuam Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$121 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.

Located in Christchurch City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Cardboard Cathedral and Theatre Royal. Canterbury Museum and Christchurch ...

4.4/5Excellent! (538 reviews)

"It’s got all facilities. Didn’t get a good room. Room was nice but located in the middle and asked the receptionist to give us a top floor or the one below. But didn’t get it."…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec. 2020

Ramada Suites Christchurch City
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$100 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.

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! (1,552 reviews)

"Compact, functional studio. Clever layout. Great location and excellent value."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan. 2021

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
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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Reviews of Christchurch

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Jun. 2020

Christchurch has a huge amount to offer, all within a very walkable area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 May 2020

Any easy city to get around, nice people

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

25 May 2020

Awful.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 May 2020

Busy

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Apr. 2020

A great city now.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Mar. 2020

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

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