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Lovely city of trees and gardens, but recovering from a devastating earthquake. Historical Akaroa is a one and a half hour drive and well worth visiting.
Rex G. 10 May 2015
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After the devastating earthquakes that hit Christchurch in September 2010 and February 2011, the New Zealand city was quite literally shaken. Its confidence, landmarks and spirit all took a hit, but while the aftershocks continue and the repair efforts are still in progress, Christchurch is a city more determined than ever to show you its beauty.

The once-grand Christchurch Anglican Cathedralnow serves a sadder historical purpose, although its pre-earthquake history remains fascinating. The nearby Avon Riverwith its quaint punts floating by is a nod to the city’s strong British roots, while Lichfield Street with its boutiques and cafés is a gaze forward to a funkier, trendier Christchurch that is shedding its conservative roots.

Just outside the city, the rubble gives way to lush greenery and breathtaking natural beauty, and it’s possible to forget – for at least a while – that tragedy occurred here.

Christchurch’s Top 10

10. Mona Vale Set outside the city, this elegant country manor is a step back in time to a more genteel era.

5. Canterbury Museum This grand old museum has a rather one-sided focus on British Colonisation, but the Brits are nothing if not selective with their history…

9. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Spot a kiwi at the largest viewing centre in NZ.

4. Punting on the Avon They say you can tell the difference between an Oxford boy and a Cambridge boy by the technique they use to punt. Check this place out to see how they punt in Christchurch!

8. Adrenalin Forest New Zealanders love to raise their adrenaline. Put your heart rate to the test in this obstacle course of extreme sports.

3. The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Although damaged in the earthquake and set to be partially demolished in the near future, it’s still worth a look.

7. Christchurch Botanic Gardens For a change of pace, immerse yourself in the English charm of these spectacular gardens.

2. Lake Pukaki Pinch yourself – yep, it really is that beautiful!

6. Pegasus Bay Winery A little way out of the city centre, the trek is worth it for the divine Sauv Blanc. Sniff, swill… don’t spit!

1. Waimairi Beach Heathcliff and Cathy would have been happy on this ruggedly beautiful stretch of sand.

Christchurch History

  • Christchurch Cathedral - The famous cathedral where Anglicans have worshipped for 180 years.
  • Heritage Buildings - Located at the Arts Centre of Christchurch. Gothic-style buildings.
  • Air Force Museum - Displays of aircraft, medals and collection of vintage, parachute-silk wedding gowns.
  • Punting on the Avon - A historic tradition. Ride the river and enjoy the lovely gardens and scenic parks.
  • Floral Clock - Gift to the city in 1953; more than 7,000 plants are used every spring and fall to create the spectacular designs.

Christchurch Art & Culture

  • Canterbury Museum - Collections from the Classic Maori Period and Antarctica expeditions. Museum cafe and gift shop inside the museum.
  • Arts Centre Of Christchurch - Seasonal festivals. Theatres, galleries and cinemas are housed in the complex.
  • Cathedral Square - Home to the Arts Centre and close to attractions including Christchurch Art Gallery and Hagley Park.
  • Akaroa Tour - Historic area with guided walks to learn about the French heritage of Christchurch.
  • Christchurch Art Gallery - Historic and contemporary art collections featuring New Zealand and international art.

Christchurch Shopping

  • The Arts Centre - Over 40 shops and boutiques. Buy local handcrafts and enjoy the Friday Farmers' Market.
  • Merivale Mall - Located in Merivale Village, with 40 shops, restaurants to sample local cuisine.
  • New Regent Street - Between Armagh and Gloucester Streets, this cobblestone street features a wide variety of designer boutique shops.
  • Victoria Street - By the Parkroyal Hotel, antique dealers from the Christchurch & Canterbury Visitor Centre.
  • Primary Shopping Streets - Cashel, Colombo, Gloucester and Armagh, Hereford; and High Street.

Gay & Lesbian Christchurch

  • All Stars Bowling League - At the Garden City Bowling Centre. Bowl and socialize with friends.
  • Christchurch Gay Social Group - Social events including barbeques, bowling, rock climbing, skating, movie nights and evening coffee.
  • Dykes Dining Out - Group dines at different restaurants. Open to singles and couples.
  • Crave - Social activism group at the former All Saints Metropolitan Community Church.
  • Gayline/Lesbianline - Information about the gay community and phone support. Ph: (03)379-4796.

Christchurch Outdoor

  • Hagley Park - One the biggest of the world's inner city parks, covering an area of approximately 160 hectares.
  • New Brighton Pier - Popular outdoor recreation spot offering an array of events, including an annual fireworks display.
  • Botanic Gardens - Gardens, displays and playgrounds. Close to museums and galleries.
  • Orana Park - Wild animals in natural habitat settings. Farmyard area with domesticated animals local to New Zealand.
  • Ski Fields - Mt Dobson, Mt Hutt and Porter Heights are close to Christchurch.

Christchurch Sport

  • Fish the Rakaia or Waimakariri rivers.
  • Take a thrilling jet boat tour of the Waimak Gorge.
  • Ride horses through scenic countryside, view spectacular mountains and enjoy thermal hot springs at Hammer Springs.
  • Go for a quad bike ride around Kaikoura.
  • Ski the Southern Alps at Mount Hutt.

Christchurch Events

Get your gold coins ready for the World Busker’s Festival each January.

While a lot has happened in the past few years to change the face of Christchurch, the Biennial Christchurch Arts Festival from August to October has more reasons than ever to celebrate the strength of the city.

Rugby is pretty much a religion in New Zealand. Catch a game while you’re in town – you’ll have plenty to choose from!

When To Go

  • Christchurch enjoys relatively mild winters and pleasant summers.
  • In winter (June-August), temperatures hover around 10ºC (50ºF) during the day, falling to freezing overnight.
  • Summer temperatures average around 22ºC (72ºF).

Getting Around

Much of the inner city is still strictly limited due to quake damage, so check your accommodation in relation to the damaged areas

The Christchurch Shuttle operates around parts of the city. It’s free and sustainable (a hybrid vehicle). Hooray!

For trips outside the city, renting a car is your best option. NZ is best viewed through a windscreen as you pass some of the most breathtaking attractions simply getting from A to B.

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1 Southwark Apartments

4 stars
4.0 / 5 16 reviews

25 Southwark Street Map

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Featuring upscale self-contained units and modern amenities in the heart of Christchurch, Southwark Apartments makes for an ideal base for travellers on short or extended trips in this side of New... More

Awesome location and big room!
We checked in late (after midnight), but the signage and notes made it so easy! The room was spacious, and facilities useful. The reception service was great too! Reasonable rates - highly...
15 Nov 2015
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2 BreakFree on Cashel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 9 reviews

165 Cashel Street Map

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Featuring well-appointed accommodations set in the heart of the city, BreakFree on Cashel makes for a suitable base for Christchurch travellers. Visitors at this cosy hotel can first have fun at... More

Great for budget travelers
I stayed in the previous hotel before the earthquake, and was ok. The new place in much better, and ideal for the budget traveler, being right in the centre of the city. It's close to the new bus...
7 Feb 2016
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3 Garden City Motel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews

242 Main North Road Map

Travellers exploring this part of New Zealand find ideal base at the modern accommodations of Garden City Motel. Visitors at this Christchurch motel can first have a ride at International Antarctic... More

Good for a quick stay!
Internet was fast and room was clean - what more do you need!? It's about 6km from the airport which is 12 minutes drive to the airport.
5 Nov 2015
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4 Christchurch Motel

3 stars
3.4 / 5 7 reviews

252 Riccarton Road Map

Offering contemporary service and traditional hospitality, the modern style Christchurch Motel makes you to enjoy all the privileges for an unforgettable stay. GeneralDuring leisure, you can... More

soaps and shampoo empty in Bathroom continental bf minimal bed uncomfortable wouldn't book there again no coffee shop within walking distance Take aways nearby were closed fitments in bathroom...
17 Apr 2014
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5 Bealey Avenue Motel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 46 reviews

229 Bealey Avenue Map

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Bealey Avenue Motel Christchurch offers modern and luxurious accommodation for corporates and family group travellers for a relaxing night's stay. This property is within easy walk to the Square,... More

While this motel has a lot of good reviews, I cannot recommend it - I booked a unit here a month beforehand, but on arriving to check in was told the motel had made an error and that I needed to do...
8 Feb 2016
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6 Pavilions Hotel Christchurch

4 stars
4.0 / 5 13 reviews

42 Papanui Road Map

Providing exceptional value, courteous service and comfortable accommodation, Pavilions Hotel Christchurch is an ideal place to take in the view and venture out the exciting attractions of the... More

Business trip
Comfortable room and clean . Some what noisey from other hotel guests movement echo through. Ground floor room is in full view of all outside pedestrian traffic so curtains had to be pulled just to...
10 Oct 2015
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7 City Central Motel Apartments

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

252 Barbados Street Map

City Central Motel Apartments Christchurch is the right place to visit whether you are in Christchurch for business, pleasure, nature, culture or adventure. GeneralThe hotel also offers a tour... More

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8 Camelot Motor Lodge

4 stars
3.9 / 5 9 reviews

25 Papanui Rd Map

Camelot Motor Lodge invites travellers to affordable self-contained accommodations set within a castle-like complex in the heart of this heritage-rich and vibrant New Zealand city. Vacationers at... More

Average Stay
For the price, we were expecting to at least have a sofa provided. The bed was comfortable and kitchen facilities were good. The shower/bathroom definitely need upgrading.
26 Nov 2014
From US$105

9 ibis Christchurch

3 stars
4.3 / 5 75 reviews

107 Hereford Street Map

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Hotel Ibis Christchurch is set amidst the central business district and surrounded by many art galleries, museums and popular tourist attractions such as SOL Square and Cave Rock Gallery. The hotel... More

Expecting more...
The king size bed option, I would have expected a larger room. Though modern, the rooms lacked any real zing or wow, in fact kind of cheap. The fridge had been turned off, so it was wet inside when...
11 May 2015
From US$126

10 Ramada Suites Christchurch City

4 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

264-266 Tuam Street Map

Ramada Suites Christchurch City in the heart of Christchurch welcomes travellers to modern living spaces close to must-visit attractions and transport hubs in the vicinity. This hotel is near to... More

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The Ramada Suites are well set up without being luxurious. The building is fairly new and rooms are spotlessly clean. The staff are friendly and helpful. It is about a ten minute walk to the old...
20 Oct 2015
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