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.

Top hotels in Christchurch

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM314 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! (995 reviews)

"Excellent and friendly staff. We experienced an "electrical incident" which required most of the power being cut for an hour or so mid evening.Staff could not do enough to ensure our comfort and safely, was very impressed with them"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2020

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Crowne Plaza Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
764 Colombo Street, Christchurch
The price is RM292 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! (550 reviews)

"Perfect stay!In room dining just what you need after a long day of travel from Dunedin. Super cleam amd co.fortable"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2020

Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM327 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! (981 reviews)

"Clean and warm. A very pleasant stay. Kind services anf close to nrarby attractions"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020

Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Popular places to visit in Christchurch

Sumner Beach
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Sumner Beach

4.5/5(23 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(26 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 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(78 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(11 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(17 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 things to do in Christchurch

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

RM103
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Waipara Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch
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Waipara Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

RM374
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour with Jet Boat & Farm Visit via TranzAlpine
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Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour with Jet Boat & Farm Visit via TranzAlpine

RM1,043
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Mount Cook National Park & Lake Tekapo Tour
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Full-Day Mount Cook National Park & Lake Tekapo Tour

RM1,071
Per adult
Port Hills Gondola Ride Ticket
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Port Hills Gondola Ride Ticket

RM69
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Christchurch to Franz Josef or Fox Glacier One-Way Transfer
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Christchurch to Franz Josef or Fox Glacier One-Way Transfer

RM4,501
Per adult

Reviews of Christchurch

4.3

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 11.18421052631579%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

19 Feb 2020

We loved the city... laid back and friendly

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Feb 2020

Beautiful coastal area . Nice smallish city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

1 Feb 2020

Why are they not repairing the old buildings since the earthquake

Lyttelton

Lyttelton

Little River

Little River

Cave Rock which includes caves

Sumner

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