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ChristchurchNew Zealand

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

Top hotels in Christchurch

Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
30 Latimer Square, Christchurch
The price is SG$144 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (978 reviews)

"Rooms were great. Close to everything as well. We walked around the city and big playground just across the road for the kids"…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan,2021

Rydges Latimer Christchurch
BreakFree on Cashel
BreakFree on Cashel
3 out of 5
165 Cashel Street, Christchurch
The price is SG$73 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (1,370 reviews)

"Quiet location easy access to the surrounding area."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan,2021

BreakFree on Cashel
Pavilions Hotel
Pavilions Hotel
4 out of 5
42 Papanui Road, Christchurch
The price is SG$125 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Merivale, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Canterbury Museum and Hagley Park.

4.2/5Very Good! (825 reviews)

"Clean,quiet, comfortable bed,easy parking, very kind staff"…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan,2021

Pavilions Hotel
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Holiday Rentals in Christchurch

Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments
Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments
4 out of 5
175 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch
The price is SG$107 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (374 reviews)

"Close to city centre, easy to get ubers from as it on a main road."…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov,2020

Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments
Ramada Suites Christchurch City
Ramada Suites Christchurch City
4 out of 5
264 - 266 Tuam Street, Christchurch
The price is SG$114 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Christchurch City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Cardboard Cathedral and Theatre Royal. Canterbury Museum and Christchurch ...

4.4/5Excellent! (538 reviews)

"It’s got all facilities. Didn’t get a good room. Room was nice but located in the middle and asked the receptionist to give us a top floor or the one below. But didn’t get it."…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec,2020

Ramada Suites Christchurch City
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is SG$85 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (1,553 reviews)

"Compact, functional studio. Clever layout. Great location and excellent value."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan,2021

Southwark Hotel & 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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