Christchurch

Travel Guide
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.

Where to stay in Christchurch

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is ¥6,094 per night from Sep 17 to Sep 17
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Christchurch Public Hospital, ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,618 reviews)
"Close to city centre. Professional."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
MCM Motel
MCM Motel
4 out of 5
241 Bealey Ave, Christchurch
The price is ¥6,565 per night from Sep 17 to Sep 17
Situated in Christchurch, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bealey Avenue and Christchurch Casino. Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Christchurch Public Hospital ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (758 reviews)
"Excellent customer service, instructions were clear as we checked in late. Comfortable king size bed, Netflix and chill for me very convenient for my relaxation away from home. Room was warm and cosy. Close to everything, and would recommend it to friends and family. Excellent experience."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

MCM Motel
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
30 Latimer Square, Christchurch
The price is ¥11,516 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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! (984 reviews)
"Beautiful Hotel, well maintained. Breakfast was great. My kids loved this Hotel n the location"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

Rydges Latimer Christchurch
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 ¥6,094 per night from Sep 17 to Sep 17
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Christchurch Public Hospital, ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,618 reviews)
"Close to city centre. Professional."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Fino Hotel and Suites
Fino Hotel and Suites
5 out of 5
87 Kilmore Street, Christchurch
The price is ¥10,155 per night from Sep 17 to Sep 17
This family-friendly Christchurch apartment building is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Christchurch Casino and Theatre Royal. Hagley ...
4.2/5Excellent! (605 reviews)
"Intown easy walk to Casino and restaurants. Spacious unit, looking a little tired, would stay again but windows need a good clean, which I did to enjoy the view."

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2021

Fino Hotel and Suites
Whitewood Suites Inner City Luxury Apartments
Whitewood Suites Inner City Luxury Apartments
4 out of 5
207 Kilmore Street, Christchurch
The price is ¥11,375 per night from Sep 17 to Sep 17
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! (111 reviews)
"Clean, well kept and friendly staff"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Whitewood Suites Inner City Luxury 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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