ChristchurchNew Zealand

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Visit Christchurch

Known for its green spaces, New Zealand’s “Garden City” also offers plenty of restaurants, bars, boutiques and outdoor adventure sports.

One of New Zealand’s largest cities and the gateway to the South Island, Christchurch is known as the “Garden City” for good reason. Its parks and gardens, including the expansive Hagley Park and Mona Vale on the banks of the River Avon, are a point of pride for locals.

The city has transformed itself following the 2011 earthquake, when much of the center and its classical neo-Gothic architecture was destroyed. Old buildings are being rebuilt and repaired and new complexes are cropping up. Visitors will find an ever-changing city with an innovative edge as residents make the most of the opportunities presented following the disaster. Look out for plenty of new restaurants, cafés and boutiques to explore.

It’s easy to get around Christchurch by tram, ferry and bicycle, or on foot. Cycle along the riverbank, enjoy an array of shopping and dining options and take a stroll around lively markets. Christchurch Farmers' Market is on each Saturday and offers local produce and great coffee. In summer, cool off at the beautiful New Brighton beach nearby or take a trip to scenic Lyttelton Harbour.

The city comes alive with color twice a year when it hosts two popular festivals. The annual Festival of Flowers is held in February and the Ellerslie International Flower Show is every March.

Christchurch is popular with adventure seekers looking to explore the surrounding countryside. It’s one of a few cities in the world where just 15 minutes from downtown you can hike up mountain trails or surf a wave at the beach. Other activities offered close to Christchurch include hot air ballooning, mountain biking, rafting and whale watching. There are several internationally acclaimed wineries nearby, as well as a world-class ski resort. Book tours and rent a car and equipment in town, then grab a map and hit the highway.

Where to stay in Christchurch

Christchurch City Centre featuring kayaking or canoeing and a river or creek as well as an individual male

Christchurch City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(283 reviews)

Christchurch City Centre is a destination visitors seek out for is ample dining options, fascinating museums, and picturesque gardens. You might also want to check out attractions like Canterbury Museum or Christchurch Casino while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Christchurch City Centre
Mona Vale which includes a park

Riccarton

4.5/5Wonderful!(61 reviews)

Riccarton is known for its popular shops, and you can see some sights in the area like Westfield Riccarton Mall and Riccarton Road.

Riccarton
Great place to stay in Christchurch. It's a 20 minute walk to the center of town, but there's a dairy, some take aways and bars nearby. It's clean and comfy. I had a great stay!
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Addington

4/5Very Good!(9 reviews)

Unique features of Addington include the theaters and live music. Make a stop by AMI Stadium or Horncastle Arena while you're exploring the area.

Addington
Awesome place to hang out.. all types of meat.. Beef, kangaroo, veal, venison, and more. Plus all sorts of draft beer. It's where all the folks from the US Antarctic Program going to the ice
trover photo by Fernando Begay

Merivale

4.5/5Wonderful!(15 reviews)

Merivale is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Papanui Road and Bealey Avenue while in the area.

Merivale
New Zealand Air Force Museum, located in Christchurch
trover photo by Fernando Begay

Hornby

Travelers enjoy Hornby for its museums and shopping. Consider checking out Air Force Museum of New Zealand while you're in the area.

Hornby
I was first on the beach and the only photographer that morning to get these colours. 10mins later there was about a dozen other photographers. So get there early to get the prime spots.
trover photo by Stephen Hayward

New Brighton

You'll enjoy the beaches and parks in New Brighton. You might want to make time for a stop at New Brighton Beach or New Brighton Pier.

New Brighton

Top Hotels in Christchurch

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
BreakFree on Cashel
BreakFree on Cashel
3 out of 5
165 Cashel Street, Christchurch
NT$1,553
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22

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

4/5Very Good! (1,780 reviews)

"good location, safe, clean, friendly staff..........."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/1

BreakFree on Cashel
Sudima Christchurch Airport
Sudima Christchurch Airport
4.5 out of 5
550 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch
NT$2,896
per night
Dec 28 - Dec 29

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from International Antarctic Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Canterbury and Canterbury ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,614 reviews)

"Great location for the airport have a shuttle to the terminal"…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/23

Sudima Christchurch Airport
Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton
Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton
4 out of 5
189 Deans Ave, Riccarton, Christchurch
NT$2,688
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22

Located in Riccarton, this golf hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riccarton Road and Hagley Park. Riccarton House and Canterbury Museum are also within 1 mi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,123 reviews)

"Had a great stay. The place is walking distance to the botanic gardens and town centre, the staff were very friendly and helpful when I got lost in the huge place and it was very quiet and clean."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/18

Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton

Popular things to do in Christchurch

International Antarctic Centre
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International Antarctic Centre

4.5/5(48 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.

New Brighton Beach
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New Brighton Beach

4/5(44 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.

Mona Vale
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Mona Vale

4/5(15 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.

Lyttelton Harbour
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Lyttelton Harbour

4/5(47 reviews)

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

4.5/5(70 reviews)

Discover arctic cold, visit indigenous New Zealand and journey back to the age of the dinosaurs at this extensive museum.  

Riccarton House
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trover photo by Hannah

Riccarton House

4/5(8 reviews)

Riccarton House is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Christchurch. Discover the charming cafés and fascinating museums in this walkable area.

Reviews of Christchurch

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Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.19830028328612%
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Very quiet city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Really starting to look like a well thought out modern city after the devastating earthquakes. Love riding the tram around to see all the new development. My 2 boys love going to Magaret Mahy playground. Good parking now makes it easily accessible.

5/5 - Excellent

Tina

Dec 4, 2019

It was nice to see the city rebuilt well.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 2, 2019

Nice city. People are friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

Alex

Nov 19, 2019

Unfortunately very damaged by earthquakes, but rebuilding.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

Lots to see in Christchurch. Want to return when it is warmer to visit the beaches.

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