The largest city in the South Island and known as the "Garden City", Christchurch has many beautiful parks and gardens.
Visit the International Antarctic Centre for a taste of cool! Take a Hagglund ride around and experience the numerous exhibits, gallery, snow storm room, immersive 3D theatre and especially the little blue penguins at the NZ Penguin Encounter.
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Unwind with the warmth of thermal pools. Relax in the rock pools, be soothed in the sulphur pools, and refresh with an array of water jets and bubbles.
Get along to the Addington Raceway to watch the harness racing or attend one of the many events held there. With the first race held in 1899, this is an historic entertainment site and venue for all.
Did you know?
Christchurch was named by the Canterbury Association in 1848 and it was officially established on July 31, 1856, making it the oldest city in New Zealand. The official Maori name for the city is Otautahi.
Whatever the season, you'll find a non-stop programme of entertainment.
Attend the big events of the Festival of Romance, the International Buskers Festival, Winter Carnival, and Showtime Canterbury.
Visitors can expect a high standard of cuisine wherever they go – restaurants and cafes make the most of the region's delicacies and local wines.
Get a buzz in Adrenalin Forest, explore the International Antartic Centre or visit Orana Wildlife Park.
Known internationally for the beautiful parks and gardens.
Take a city tour, hop and off the tram, stroll along the beach or check out one of the many museums. Punt the Avon for a leisurely journey.
Wander the streets for incredible public and street art while you soak up the architecture and history.
A photographer's paradise with natural landscapes, meandering rivers and eclectic galleries and street fashion.