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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$144 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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! (959 reviews)

"Very convenient and helpful staff. I was first given a room above the entrance and asked for a change of room due to the noise. This was looked into immediately."…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2020

Rydges Latimer Christchurch
BreakFree on Cashel
BreakFree on Cashel
3 out of 5
165 Cashel Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$75 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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! (1,385 reviews)

"Location and price. I suspect lack of parking could be an issue at busy times."…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov. 2020

BreakFree on Cashel
Pavilions Hotel
Pavilions Hotel
4 out of 5
42 Papanui Road, Christchurch
The price is NZ$121 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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

4.2/5Very Good! (808 reviews)

"Great place to stay. Friendly staff. Great location."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

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$105 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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! (372 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 14 Dec. to 15 Dec.

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! (534 reviews)

"The only thing that was annoying was that somewhere (maybe above us) someone (i am assuming a child) spent up to 1 - 2 hours at a time running around causing continuous thumping. Luckily this did not carry on too late."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2020

Ramada Suites Christchurch City
Whitewood Suites Inner City Luxury Apartments
Whitewood Suites Inner City Luxury Apartments
4 out of 5
207 Kilmore Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$165 per night from 13 Dec. to 14 Dec.

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! (71 reviews)

"This was a lovely spot to stay in, so clean and fresh. Only a Short present walk into town. Would definitely recommend"…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 2020

Whitewood Suites Inner City Luxury 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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3 - Okay 10.577933450087565%
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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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