Discover Christchurch

The South Island’s largest city brims with confidence and culture.

Situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains, Christchurch offers easy access to the South Island’s most celebrated assets for adventurers, wine lovers and foodies alike.

Christchurch was named by Lonely Planet as one of its top 10 cities to visit in 2013, largely as a result of the resilient and innovative re-imagination of the city which took place after devastating earthquakes leveled it in 2010 and 2011. Since then, the Garden City has continued to thrive, establishing itself as a must-do location on the itineraries of New Zealand’s most discerning visitors.

Adventure awaits within two hours of the city. World-class alpine resorts, golf, rafting and mountain biking courses, bungy jumping facilities, hot-air ballooning, wind surfing and whale watching opportunities keep the region abuzz with activity and energy.

For those keen to jump on the food-and-wine trail, an abundance of celebrated cellar doors combined with unique dining experiences and plenty of local artisan producers make for exciting day trips or short stays amongst the region’s vineyards.

Unique cultural experiences for visitors both within the city and on its outskirts evidence the region’s diverse social and geological heritage. Visit a traditional Maori village and learn about the country’s ancient past, take an authentic Edwardian Punting tour on the Avon River or visit the Christchurch Art Gallery and Centre for Contemporary Art. Take a ride on the city’s historic tram, visit the gothic-inspired Arts Centre or walk the streets to admire the thriving street art culture.  If it’s nature you love, stroll around the award winning Botanic Gardens or for something a little more adventurous, take the 10 minute drive to Port Hills and be regaled by spectacular views, native wildlife and the stunning Castle Rock formation.

A thriving city teeming with cultural and historical significance, Christchurch is not to be missed. Plan your adventure today and discover Christchurch.

Plan Your Christchurch Crusade

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Rebecca Walker - Published 3 October 2018
Quick Facts 
Population Approx 381,000
Area 452 km2
Time Zone GMT +12
Languages English (official)
Currency New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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