Christchurch, the Garden City

Following the 2010-2011 earthquakes, Christchurch has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city; a true example of good-as-gold Kiwi resilience and some very creative residents.  It’s an exciting time to visit the city and see some bold and visionary initiatives working alongside some of the more traditional Christchurch attractions we all know and love.  Enjoy a good vibe, shopping and food carts at Re:START – a shopping area made with bright shipping containers, enjoy a punt on the Avon, explore the Christchurch Botanic Gardens or explore the Banks Peninsula … Christchurch has plenty to keep you busy.

Cool facts

  • Christchurch is no. 2 on The New York Times' 52 Places to Go in 2014.
  • Christchurch City was named after Christ Church, a college at the University of Oxford.

Must do's

  • Visit the award-winning Christchurch International Antarctic Centre with hands on exhibits, a Hagglund Antarctic snowmobile ride, an aquarium and audio-visual displays.
  • Go punting on the Avon, enjoying beautiful views of Hagley Park. Punts and canoes are available for hire at the old Antigua Boatshed, built in 1882.
  • Visit the quirky pop up city bars for a good night out.
  • Get a taste of the French colonial past and a highly developed culinary culture in Akaroa, only 90 minutes from Christchurch City.
Skiing and snowboarding in Canterbury
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to skiing and snowboarding in Canterbury, with 13 ski fields located within a two-hour drive from Christchurch. Read more.
Canterbury & Christchurch cycling

Canterbury’s varied landscape, featuring the majestic Southern Alps, a stunning coastline and patchwork plains, is ideal for cycling. Read more.
Family fun in Christchurch
Whatever your kids are into, you’ll find something great to entertain them with in Christchurch. Here is Jasons pick of family-friendly activities in the Garden City. Read more.

Christchurch Accommodation

  • Amber Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels

    Amber Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels, Christchurch Holiday Parks & Camping Grounds

    Amber Park Holiday Park offers quality accommodation in Christchurch in a quiet garden setting. It is a Qualmark Enviro Silver and Qualmark 4-star...

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  • ASURE Amalfi Motor Lodge

    ASURE Amalfi Motor Lodge, Christchurch Motels & Motor Lodges

    18 modern studio, 1&2brm double glazed units. Fully equipped kitchen, 16 units with spa baths, iPod docking stations, 32" LCD TV with Sky, guest...

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  • 306 Aspire On Riccarton Motel

    306 Aspire On Riccarton Motel, Christchurch Motels & Motor Lodges

    306 On Riccarton Motel is a Qualmark 4-star plus Motel in Christchurch. It has 15 self-contained luxury units, serviced daily: 10 studios sleep 2-3;...

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  • Bealey Avenue Motel

    Bealey Avenue Motel, Christchurch Motels & Motor Lodges

    Featuring free Wi-Fi and car park. Quiet, affordable price and centrally located close to city centre. All units have well-equipped kitchenettes and...

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  • Coachman Motel

    Coachman Motel, Christchurch Motels & Motor Lodges

    Your hosts Iven & Michelle would like to welcome you to the Coachman Motel, Christchurch, New Zealand. We offer spacious quality motel accommodation...

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  • AAA Northlands Motel

    AAA Northlands Motel, Christchurch Motels & Motor Lodges

    AAA Northlands Motel offers motel accommodation in Papanui, Christchurch. Accommodation consists of 17 spacious studio units and 1&2 bedroom units...

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Christchurch Activites

  • Air Force Museum of New Zealand

    Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Christchurch Family Attractions

    Discover one of the world's premier military aviation collections at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Marvel at our collection of classic...

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  • Gunyah Country Estate

    Gunyah Country Estate, Methven Skiing & Snowsports

    The newly rebuilt Granary within the grounds of Gunyah Country Estate can accommodate up to 6 people (1 king, 1 queen and 2 singles). It has...

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