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
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
30 Latimer Square, Christchurch
The price is NZ$134 per night

Located in Christchurch City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cardboard Cathedral and Christchurch Casino. Christchurch Public Hospital ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (983 reviews)

"A nicely decorated, perfectly clean room. Very comfortable beds."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2020

Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Crowne Plaza Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
764 Colombo Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$120 per night

Located in Christchurch City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Theatre Royal and Canterbury Museum. Hagley Park and Riccarton House are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (549 reviews)

"Nice modern rooms, some of the other guests were very noisy, more sound proofing needed."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2020

Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
166 Gloucester Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$129 per night

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! (1,001 reviews)

"Parking onsite very expensive $25 night. Lovely views from our up graded room. Staff very helpful."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2020

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Popular places to visit in Christchurch

Sumner Beach
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Sumner Beach

4.5/5(272 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(204 reviews)

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

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.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens

4.5/5(695 reviews)

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

New Brighton Beach
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New Brighton Beach

4/5(293 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.

International Antarctic Centre
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International Antarctic Centre

4.5/5(181 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.

Top activities in Christchurch

International Antarctic Centre General Admission Tickets
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International Antarctic Centre General Admission Tickets

NZ$37
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Waipara Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch
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Waipara Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

NZ$135
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Port Hills Gondola Ride Ticket
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Port Hills Gondola Ride Ticket

NZ$25
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Bungee Jumping
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Bungee Jumping

NZ$169
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch City Sightseeing Tour
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch City Sightseeing Tour

NZ$85
Per adult
Christchurch to Franz Josef or Fox Glacier One-Way Transfer
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Christchurch to Franz Josef or Fox Glacier One-Way Transfer

NZ$1,639
Per adult

Reviews of Christchurch

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 37.3029772329247%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 51.17338003502627%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.577933450087565%
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2 - Disappointing 0.7705779334500875%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.17513134851138354%

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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