Christchurch is a smart, connected city with a compact inner-city and a fascinating mix of expansive parks, stunning heritage venues and contemporary architecture.

The central city is filled with cutting-edge architecture alongside some of the oldest buildings in New Zealand. The Avon River intersects the city, bringing a natural landscape to the urban environment. Christchurch is the basecamp for South Island exploration, with the Banks Peninsula within reach, as well as the stunning Southern Alps and famed Canterbury Plains.

Check out things to do below, whilst you plan your stay in Christchurch:

Check out the Street Art

After the devastating earthquakes in 2011, Christchurch was rebuilt as a more creative and funky urban centre. Wander through the streets admiring the colourful murals that tell stories of the city's resilience and indomitable spirit. 

Punt on the Avon

An iconic Christchurch activity not to be missed. Admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the changing face of the city centre as you are expertly guided gently along the Avon River. Punting on the Avon is an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective.

Experience the Gondola

The gondola offers stunning views of the city, Lyttleton Harbour and beyond. When you reach the summit there are many walking tracks; learn about the history of the area on the Christchurch Discovery ride.

Stroll through the Botanic Gardens

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens’ six conservatories are impressive indoor spaces to explore. Cunningham House is a tropical oasis, boasting plants from around the world including banana palms. Its second-storey balcony offers amazing canopy views. Check out the cactus house for desert vibes.

Visit Canterbury Museum

Sitting proudly at the heritage hotspot of Rolleston Ave and Worcester Boulevard, Canterbury Museum is a must-visit while in Christchurch. Interactive exhibits, taxidermy animals, contemporary and iconic art, and an incredible Antarctic collection.