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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

Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
30 Latimer Square, Christchurch
The price is £93 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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! (953 reviews)
"Friendly staff. Room was modern, large and comfortable."

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2021

Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
166 Gloucester Street, Christchurch
The price is £95 per night from 8 Jun to 8 Jun
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! (995 reviews)
"I liked the location & the rooms were very clean & comfortable. There were no restaurant or bar facilities when & I arrived on Sunday evening."

Reviewed on 7 May 2021

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is £49 per night from 11 May to 11 May
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! (1,573 reviews)
"I liked how close it was to the city centre, and how easy it was to find the rooms and also the layout of the rooms was nice and easy to navigate and allowed lots of room to move. the shower pressure was amazing as well"

Reviewed on 5 May 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.
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is £49 per night from 11 May to 11 May
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! (1,573 reviews)
"I liked how close it was to the city centre, and how easy it was to find the rooms and also the layout of the rooms was nice and easy to navigate and allowed lots of room to move. the shower pressure was amazing as well"

Reviewed on 5 May 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 £87 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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! (90 reviews)
"Lovely, clean and very comfortable."

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2021

Whitewood Suites Inner City Luxury Apartments
Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments
Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments
4 out of 5
175 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch
The price is £68 per night from 10 May to 10 May
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! (399 reviews)
"Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful! Room is clean, comfortable and offers everything you could ever need and more. Only a few minutes walk to pools and town. Can’t recommend this place enough!"

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

Terra Vive Luxury Suites & 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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4/5 - Good

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18 Mar 2020

The tram tour was extremely informative and, in places, amusing. The tram drivers are all really keen to get their passengers involved with the regeneration of the city centre.

5/5 - Excellent

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19 Feb 2020

We loved the city... laid back and friendly

4/5 - Good

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14 Feb 2020

Beautiful coastal area . Nice smallish city

4/5 - Good

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12 Feb 2020

Christchurch is trying hard to come back after the earthquake. Lots of construction going on but there were activities around and a bout to see.

4/5 - Good

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4 Feb 2020

The views from the gondola are stunning. Also went to the Antarctic centre - well worth doing for adults and children - you get to ride over an assault course in Antarctic tracked vehicle

3/5 - Okay

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1 Feb 2020

Why are they not repairing the old buildings since the earthquake

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