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ChristchurchNew Zealand

The Garden City delights visitors with native parklands, Māori culture and adrenaline-charged adventures through the countryside.

Take your time unlocking Christchurch, a dynamic adventure destination that acts as the gateway to New Zealand's South Island. Founded in 1856, the Garden City, in the Canterbury region, has become the country's largest metropolis.

In town, stroll the inner city parks and spot photogenic urban designs interspersed between the greenery. Admire manicured gardens alongside historic buildings at Riccarton Bush & Ilam Homestead. Browse native species in the visually stunning Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Be sure to visit attractions that tell the stories of the city, the surrounding region and the country. One remarkable landmark is the Cardboard Cathedral, a “transitional” church that was built after the original Anglican cathedral was damaged in the 2011 earthquake. It's the world’s only cathedral built mostly of cardboard. The Canterbury Museum building suffered only minor damage in the earthquake so you can still appreciate its original Gothic Revival architecture. Inside, browse some of the museum’s millions of items, including Māori artefacts from before their contact with Europeans.

Discover more Māori culture at Ko Tane Māori Village. Learn about the fierce Māori warriors and watch powerful traditional dancing. Stay for an authentic Māori dinner cooked in a stone-heated pit.

Explore the scenic high trails of the surrounding Canterbury region via mountain bike or four-wheel drive. Spend a day in the Selwyn district trying the area's distinct wine flavours, playing a round of golf or hiking through the scenic environment. You can also see lions being fed at the Orana Wildlife Park.

Pump up the adrenaline with a skydiving or paragliding experience over the countryside. Tour the Adrenalin Forest and test your skills on high wires, flying foxes and challenging obstacle courses. For a calmer adventure with a view, take a helicopter tour.

Escape the summer heat with a kayak tour around the coast or a white-water rafting trip. Spot whales at Kaikoura, just north of Christchurch, and try delicious crayfish at Nin's Bin, nearby.

In winter, clamp on your skis and carve down the Tasman Glacier. Guided mountaineering also offers some of Canterbury's most satisfying and sweeping views.

Get to Christchurch via its international airport or board a train from Wellington. Get around town on foot, public bus or by taxi.For a great daytrip, cruise into Akaroa Harbour. This seaside village is just 90 minutes by boat from Christchurch and features coastal vistas, fishing opportunities and cuisine with French flair.

Top hotels in Christchurch

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
166 Gloucester Street, Christchurch
The price is AU$135 per night from 22 Nov. to 23 Nov.

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! (991 reviews)

"The room was modern and bathroom very clean. Plunger coffee was provided which is always a bonus. Had to ask for our VIP amenity but hotel staff were very busy when we checked in."…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2020

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is AU$94 per night from 3 Nov. to 4 Nov.

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

4.2/5Very Good! (1,520 reviews)

"Everything was perfect, except our room which is right next to the entrance access. A bit annoying hearing people in and out the whole night and early in the morning"…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct. 2020

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Crowne Plaza Christchurch
Crowne Plaza Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
764 Colombo Street, Christchurch

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! (582 reviews)

"Great service as always, friendly staff, quick check in & so easy. Staff very helpful"…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2020

Crowne Plaza 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.

Holiday Rentals in Christchurch

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is AU$94 per night from 3 Nov. to 4 Nov.

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

4.2/5Very Good! (1,520 reviews)

"Everything was perfect, except our room which is right next to the entrance access. A bit annoying hearing people in and out the whole night and early in the morning"…"

Reviewed on 27 Oct. 2020

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Quest on Manchester
Quest on Manchester
4 out of 5
54 Manchester Street, Christchurch
The price is AU$130 per night from 13 Nov. to 14 Nov.

Located in Christchurch City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theatre Royal and Canterbury Museum. University of Canterbury and Christchurch ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (208 reviews)

"Great place to stay, would definitely stay here again"…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2020

Quest on Manchester
Fino Hotel and Suites
Fino Hotel and Suites
5 out of 5
87 Kilmore Street, Christchurch
The price is AU$141 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

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! (556 reviews)

"Great location Front desk on check in and especially out was non existant no thank you dor staying or have a safe trip just grunted and took our room cards such a shame for a hotel"…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2020

Fino Hotel and Suites
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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Reviews of Christchurch

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 37.3029772329247%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 51.17338003502627%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.577933450087565%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Jun. 2020

Christchurch has a huge amount to offer, all within a very walkable area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 May 2020

Any easy city to get around, nice people

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

25 May 2020

Awful.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 May 2020

Busy

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Apr. 2020

A great city now.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Mar. 2020

Christchurch is such a beautiful city and the people are very friendly

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