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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.

Top hotels in Christchurch

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$112 per night from 1 Nov to 2 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! (987 reviews)

"Near to the city. Hotel may not look impressive from the road but the house keeping staff does an amazing job with keeping the place clean. Nothing is too troublesome for the reception staff. They microwave some leftover curry for us, see us off when we drove off the hotel, they make it clear that ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct,2020

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
The price is SG$78 per night from 29 Oct to 30 Oct

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! (1,513 reviews)

"The bed was not very comfortable but apart from that everything was great, location is excellent!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep,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! (578 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
The price is SG$78 per night from 29 Oct to 30 Oct

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! (1,513 reviews)

"The bed was not very comfortable but apart from that everything was great, location is excellent!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep,2020

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Quest on Manchester
Quest on Manchester
4 out of 5
54 Manchester Street, Christchurch
The price is SG$108 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

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 SG$118 per night from 23 Nov to 24 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.

Popular places to visit in Christchurch

Sumner Beach
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Sumner Beach

4.5/5(23 reviews)

The main beach in the seaside retreat of Sumner is an idyllic place to spend a day in the sun away from the centre of Christchurch.

Christchurch Gondola
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Christchurch Gondola

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Cruise past shimmering blue lakes and snow-capped mountains on your way to the top of Mount Cavendish.

Mona Vale
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Mona Vale

4/5(5 reviews)

Stroll around idyllic riverside gardens filled with roses, irises and other plantings and take a break on the lush green lawns at this public park.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens

4.5/5(78 reviews)

With miles of open lawns and vibrant flower beds, this serene area of parkland ensures Christchurch’s reputation as a garden city.

New Brighton Beach
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New Brighton Beach

4/5(11 reviews)

Surf, spot birdlife, walk across wild sand dunes and shop for handmade goods at a weekly market at this sandy beach and coastal suburb.

International Antarctic Centre
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International Antarctic Centre

4/5(17 reviews)

Take a trip to Antarctica to see the animals that live there and hear tales of the intrepid travellers who risked their lives to explore it.

Top things to do in Christchurch

International Antarctic Centre General Admission Tickets
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International Antarctic Centre General Admission Tickets

SG$44
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Mount Cook National Park & Lake Tekapo Tour
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Full-Day Mount Cook National Park & Lake Tekapo Tour

SG$346
Per adult
Waipara Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch
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Waipara Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

SG$121
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Hanmer Springs Hot Pools & Jet Boat Full-Day Tour
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Hanmer Springs Hot Pools & Jet Boat Full-Day Tour

SG$265
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Kaikoura Whale-Watching Tour
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Full-Day Kaikoura Whale-Watching Tour

SG$296
Per adult
Christchurch to Franz Josef or Fox Glacier One-Way Transfer
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Christchurch to Franz Josef or Fox Glacier One-Way Transfer

SG$1,469
Per adult

Reviews of Christchurch

4.3

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 11.18421052631579%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Mar 2020

The tram tour was extremely informative and, in places, amusing. The tram drivers are all really keen to get their passengers involved with the regeneration of the city centre.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Feb 2020

We loved the city... laid back and friendly

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Feb 2020

Beautiful coastal area . Nice smallish city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Feb 2020

Christchurch is trying hard to come back after the earthquake. Lots of construction going on but there were activities around and a bout to see.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Feb 2020

The views from the gondola are stunning. Also went to the Antarctic centre - well worth doing for adults and children - you get to ride over an assault course in Antarctic tracked vehicle

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

1 Feb 2020

Why are they not repairing the old buildings since the earthquake

Lyttelton

Lyttelton

Little River

Little River

Cave Rock featuring caves

Sumner