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ChristchurchNew Zealand

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!(344 area reviews)

Christchurch City Centre is a destination visitors seek out for is abundant dining options, interesting museums, and colorful gardens. You might want to check out attractions like Christchurch Casino or New Regent Street while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Christchurch City Centre
Mona Vale which includes a park

Riccarton

4.5/5Wonderful!(72 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Riccarton is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Riccarton Road and Westfield Riccarton Mall.

Riccarton
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

Merivale

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

Merivale is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Bealey Avenue or Merivale Mall.

Merivale
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!

Addington

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area 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
New Zealand Air Force Museum, located in Christchurch

Hornby

Visitors to Hornby like its museums and shopping, and Air Force Museum of New Zealand is a sight worth a stop.

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.

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 Rawhiti Domain.

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
The price is ¥4,359 per night

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

4/5Very Good! (1,437 reviews)

"Handy location in city centre. Clean and tidy rooms with parking available at good rateable"…"

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

BreakFree on Cashel
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
30 Latimer Square, Christchurch
The price is ¥7,781 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! (975 reviews)

"Very nice atmosphere. Friendly staff and good service."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is ¥4,161 per night

Located in Christchurch City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Christchurch Public Hospital, ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,458 reviews)

"It was quite modern for the price I pay and it was noisy"…"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

Southwark Hotel & Apartments

Popular places to visit in Christchurch

Sumner Beach
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Sumner Beach

4.5/5(36 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(55 reviews)

Cruise past shimmering blue lakes and snow-capped mountains on your way to the top of Mount Cavendish.

International Antarctic Centre
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International Antarctic Centre

4.5/5(53 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(46 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.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens

5/5(132 reviews)

With miles of open lawns and vibrant flower beds, this serene area of parkland ensures Christchurch’s reputation as a garden city.

Mona Vale
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Mona Vale

4/5(18 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.

Top things to do in Christchurch

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

96% of travellers recommend
¥2,445
Per adult
Waipara Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch
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Waipara Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

100% of travellers recommend
¥8,863
Per adult
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch City Sightseeing Tour
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch City Sightseeing Tour

¥5,683
Per adult
Bungee Jumping
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Bungee Jumping

84% of travellers recommend
¥11,300
Per adult
Full-Day Mount Cook National Park & Lake Tekapo Tour
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Full-Day Mount Cook National Park & Lake Tekapo Tour

¥25,743
Per adult
Mount Cook & Lake Tekapo Day Tour from Christchurch
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Mount Cook & Lake Tekapo Day Tour from Christchurch

100% of travellers recommend
¥23,336
Per adult

Reviews of Christchurch

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
192
5 - Excellent 45.497630331753555%
4 - Good
187
4 - Good 44.312796208530806%
3 - Okay
41
3 - Okay 9.71563981042654%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.47393364928909953%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 24, 2020

Christchurch is a beautiful, diverse and resilient community.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 29, 2020

Under the circumstances difficult to make many comments but from driving around it looked a pleasant place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

A beautiful city that is incredibly resilient.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

We weren't there nearly long enough. We enjoyed riding the trolley, the Botanical Gardens, and the Earthquake Museum. It's a lovely city for strolling.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Great!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

Downtown Christchurch, while still recovering from earthquake damage, is clean and filled with great restaurants and boutique shopping.

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