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Christchurch
Travel Guide

Christchurch

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.

Where to stay in Christchurch

BreakFree on Cashel
BreakFree on Cashel
3 out of 5
165 Cashel Street, Christchurch
The price is AU$78 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Re:START Mall and Christchurch Casino. Christchurch Public Hospital and Christchurch ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,162 reviews)
"Staff is great and the rooms are mint."

Reviewed on 3 Jun. 2021

BreakFree on Cashel
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
30 Latimer Square, Christchurch
The price is AU$163 per night from 5 Jul. to 5 Jul.
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! (971 reviews)
"Excellent stay, comfortable and quite. Staff were excellent too. Definitely recommended a drink at bar too."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is AU$83 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
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! (1,581 reviews)
"Great hotel in a great location. Close to cafes and restaurants. Street parking real easy if you have visitors coming to see you."

Reviewed on 10 Jun. 2021

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
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Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is AU$83 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
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! (1,581 reviews)
"Great hotel in a great location. Close to cafes and restaurants. Street parking real easy if you have visitors coming to see you."

Reviewed on 10 Jun. 2021

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Quest Christchurch Serviced Apartments
Quest Christchurch Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
113 Worcester Street, Christchurch
The price is AU$128 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from New Regent Street and Theatre Royal. Margaret Mahy Playground and The Crossing ...
4.3/5Excellent! (843 reviews)
"Lovely spacious rooms. clean and tidy"

Reviewed on 29 Apr. 2021

Quest Christchurch Serviced Apartments
Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments
Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments
4 out of 5
175 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch
The price is AU$125 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bealey Avenue and Christchurch Casino. Christchurch Botanic Gardens ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (409 reviews)
"Lovely modern clean luxury suite. Even warmed the room up for us pre arrival. I highly recommend this property."

Reviewed on 19 May 2021

Terra Vive Luxury Suites & 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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