Christchurch city’s parks and gardens offer an easy stroll on the flat, or hike the scenic hill climbs and the half and full day hikes slightly furter afield.
If you haven’t seen Hagley Park, you haven’t seen Christchurch. This sprawling central park can be accessed from several entrances but most commonly Rolleston Avenue and Armagh Street. Springtime is spectacular with fields of daffodils. Avenues of mature trees, shrubs and flowers meander alongside the Avon River. Tree-shaded pathways lead past the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, a large ornate fountain, sports fields and an excellent children’s playground. Summer often sees the park hosting free outdoor entertainment. On the Avon, you can feed the ducks or drift slowly along in a hired punt and spot the trout as you enjoy the park at water level.
About an hour north of Christchurch are a variety of walking tracks and picnic areas. One of the most popular tracks is the Wharfedale. Another, the Ryde Falls Walks, is a relatively easy round trip from the View Hill carpark. The bush is a lush mix of rimu, matai and kahikatea (red pine, black pine and white pine).
Banks Peninsula Track
This is a popular track across farmland, reserve, native forest and spectacular volcanic coastline starting from Akaroa. It is renowned for its charming accommodation, including a bath under the stars.
Internationally recognised for its award-winning gardens, elegant and sophisticated Christchurch is surrounded by a breathtaking backyard, including the vast Canterbury plains and dramatic Southern Alps, the extinct volcanoes of Banks Peninsula, stunning coastline and fresh snow-fed rivers.
Known as The Garden City, Christchurch certainly lives up to its name, with gorgeous parks and gardens right in the city centre. Discover the cycle and walking trails in tranquil Hagley Park or take a stroll in the Botanic Gardens and enjoy the beautiful blooms. A punt ride down the Avon River is the perfect way to experience the city’s beauty, as you glide beneath the weeping willows.
Business Overview Christchurch
is making a name for itself in electronics, telecommunications and software development. It's also known for food processing, biotechnology, niche manufacturing and engineering industries. The economic focus is still strong on primary products such as dairy, wool, timber and horticulture. In recent years, viticulture and aquaculture have developed significantly.
Try the CBS arena, or choose from a range of hotels and other smaller meeting facilities close to the city.
10 Reasons to hold your conference in Christchurch1. Urban Edge and Alpine CoolChristchurch
is located on the east coast, in the heart of New Zealand
’s South Island. Here it’s possible for delegates to breakfast in the Southern Alps, enjoy lunch on the Canterbury
Plains, savour cocktails and dine by the sea.
2. Easy Access
As the major airport access for New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch International Airport is gateway for a number of airlines flying direct services from Australia, Asia and the Pacific Islands with connections from cities worldwide. Australia is only three hours by air from Christchurch with direct daily trans-Tasman flights provided Air New Zealand, Qantas, Emirates, Jetstar, Virgin Pacific Blue and Singapore Airlines.
3. Sophisticated City
A quick 15 minutes from the international airport, Christchurch is a relaxed and friendly city, offering a great variety when it comes to culture, food, shopping and entertainment. A lively café scene and world-class restaurants are matched by a thriving creative scene, and the city has its own stunning modern art gallery, professional theatre company, symphony orchestra and opera.
4. High-quality Accommodation
There are over 2500 quality hotels rooms close to the many restaurants, shops, nightlife and cultural attractions. Within minutes of the city are diverse resort and lodge options offering acres of activity and relaxation space.
5. Team Building Activities
Within the city, you can make the most of magnificent Hagley Park - 161 hectares of greenery with tree-lined walkways, lakes, Christchurch Botanical Gardens, a golf course and playing fields. Meandering through the park and city is the enchanting Avon River, ideal for a punting adventure. Just beyond the city, the beautiful South Island and Canterbury environment offers a wealth of possibilities. Dolphin cruises, albatross & dolphin encounter, ballooning, horse trekking, aerial obstacle courses, whale watching, wildlife & Maori cultural performance, Airforce Museum, golfing, and relaxing at an alpine spa are among a range of options for team activities.
6. Unique Dining
Christchurch offers an astounding array of dining venues for private and corporate events. Choose one of the many reputable international restaurants, historic pubs and casual bars or opt for something a little different – an historic home, heritage village, harbour cruise, theatre, winery, art gallery, or lawn marquee. Or simply transform a hotel function room with the flair of local theming companies. The fertile Canterbury plains and clean ocean waters are the source of superb local produce. Waipara wines, famous Canterbury lamb, Akaroa salmon and Kaikoura crayfish are all on the menu at a host of the city’s award-winning restaurants and dining venues.
7. World-class Facilities
Meeting venues vary from golf resorts like Clearwater, thermal spa hotels and high country retreats to university campuses. There is also a strong network of support service providers, audio-visual experts and quality local entertainment.
Accommodation, food and transport are all good value for international visitors, and the city’s world-class facilities are competitively priced on the domestic market as well.
9. Safe and Sustainable
New Zealand has been voted number two in the world and number one in Asia Pacific as most peaceful and safe country in the 2007 Global Peace Index. As a carbon-neutral organisation, Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism is committed to assisting conference organisers in managing carbon-neutral events.
10. Free Professional Assistance
The professional team at Christchurch & Canterbury Convention Bureau offers a wide range of free resources and free planning advice. This includes an informative website and the latest Meeting and Incentive Planner: a comprehensive directory of the region’s capabilities including programme enhancers, venues, accommodation, dining, entertainment, activities, tours and transport. Seed funding and event loan options are also available in Christchurch, through Christchurch & Canterbury Convention Bureau.
Accommodation suitable for conference attendees
Bellagio Motel Suites
Fyffe On Riccarton Motor Lodge
Lorenzo Motor Lodge
Milano Motor Lodge
Riccarton Mall & Deans Bush Motel
Roma on Riccarton
Police, Fire and Ambulance - phone 111.The 24 Hour SurgeryEmergency and general practice care
Christchurch Central Police Station is located at the corner of Cambridge Terrace and Hereford Streets, phone 03 363 7400.
Corner Bealey Avenue and Colombo Street, phone 365 7777.Christchurch Hospital
Riccarton Avenue, phone 364 0640 or the Emergency Dept
, phone 364 0270.Urgent/After Hours Dental Care
The NZ Dental Association, phone 366 6644 then 3002 for the rostered after hours dentist.Urgent Pharmacy (Open to 11pm)
931 Colombo St, phone 366 4439.
Banks & ATMS
Trading banks are normally open Monday-Friday, from 9am-4.30pm. There are ATMs (money machines) and exchange facilities at most banks.
Embassies/ConsulatesBritish High CommissionAuckland
, phone (09) 303 2973Wellington
, phone (04) 924 2888Royal Danish Consulate-GeneralAuckland
, phone (09) 537 3099Wellington
, phone (04) 471 0520Consulate-General of FinlandAuckland
, phone (09) 368 5711Wellington
, phone (04) 924 3416Embassy of the Federal Republic of GermanyAuckland
, phone (09) 375 8718Wellington
, phone (04) 473 6063Consulate-General of JapanAuckland
, phone (09) 303 4106Christchurch
, phone 03) 366 5680 / (03) 366 9030Embassy of the Kingdom of the NetherlandsWellington
, phone (04) 471 6390, (04) 4716395 (Consular)Consulate of the NetherlandsAuckland
, phone (09) 379 5399Christchurch
, phone (03) 963 1485
Consulate of Spain
Hastings, phone (06) 870 3313Auckland
, phone (09) 923 7144 / (09) 373 7599 ext 87144Christchurch
, phone (03) 365 2700Consulate-General of SwedenAuckland
, phone (09) 378 1277Wellington
, phone (04) 499 9895
There are a number of foreign exchange bureaux around the city as well as the major banks.
A Goods & Services Tax (GST) of 15% is applied to the cost of all goods and services in New Zealand, except for purchases at duty-free shops.
- When phoning Christchurch numbers from out of town, dial 03 first.
- Local calls from a Telecom payphone cost 70c a call.
- You can use a Telecom PhoneCard or any major credit card on any payphone. Many also take coins and 500 payphones have a modem port for internet access.
- AT&T direct 000 911 National directory 018
- International directory 0172 National tolls 010
- International tolls 0170
Postal ServicesNew Zealand Post
phone: 0800 501 501
Open Monday to Friday 8.30am-5.30pm, Saturday 10am-2pm.
Public Transport & RentalsChristchurch
Bus Exchange can be found on two temporary sites - one in Bealey Avenue and the other is near the hospital.
For bus information contact Christchurch
Bus Services, phone 359 0083.
Visitor InformationInternational and Domestic Terminal Christchurch International Airport
Phone 353 7774