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Christchurch

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Gardens · Specialty Museums · Churches
Garden City
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb. Employing wit, humor, and a modern perspective, the "Garden City" has reformed itself into a cultural center of the country, placing great emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendly development. Your tour of Christchurch will yield its traditional character as well, with vast gardens, peaceful rivers, and gorgeous views of the coast. A vibrant city filled with pop-up bars and restaurants, wildlife parks, and sports activities, Christchurch has retained its elegance and added a contemporary flair. Find what you're looking for from your Christchurch holiday, by planning the whole thing with us using our handy New Zealand trip itinerary builder site.
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Popular things to do in Christchurch

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TranzAlpine Train ©
Tramway
TranzAlpine Train
4.3
Duration: 8 hours
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Garden
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Canterbury Museum ©
History Museum
Canterbury Museum
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
International Antarctic Centre ©
Specialty Museum
International Antarctic Centre
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Christchurch

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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching Akaroa
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Swim with Dolphins
Swim with Dolphins Akaroa
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
Ohinetahi Garden ©
Garden
Ohinetahi Garden Lyttelton
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Geraldine Observatory ©
Observatory
Geraldine Observatory Geraldine
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Christchurch

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Cardboard Cathedral ©
Church
Cardboard Cathedral
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
Christchurch Cathedral ©
Church
Christchurch Cathedral
3.6
Duration: 2 hours
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Historic Site
Riccarton House & Bush
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Crater Rim Walkway ©
Historic Walking Area
Crater Rim Walkway
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Christchurch

Hagley Park ©
Park
Hagley Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Margaret Mahy Family Playground ©
Playground
Margaret Mahy Family Playground
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Frensham Gardens ©
Garden
Frensham Gardens
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Imagination Station ©
Playground
Imagination Station
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Christchurch

Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu) ©
Art Museum
Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu)
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Pegasus Bay Winery ©
Winery / Vineyard
Pegasus Bay Winery
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Mona Vale ©
Historic Site
Mona Vale
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Ferrymead Heritage Park ©
Historic Site
Ferrymead Heritage Park
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Christchurch

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The Arts Centre
Civic Center
The Arts Centre
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Re:START ©
Shopping Mall
Re:START
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Cashel Street ©
Shopping
Cashel Street
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Christchurch Farmers' Market ©
Farmers Market
Christchurch Farmers' Market
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Rent A Classic ©
Day Trip
Rent A Classic
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Exchange Christchurch (XCHC) ©
Civic Center
Exchange Christchurch (XCHC)
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Maossie Tours ©
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Maossie Tours
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
Orana Wildlife Park ©
Zoo
Orana Wildlife Park
4.1
Duration: 3 hours

Where to stay in Christchurch

Offering an extensive range of hotels, hostels, motels with kitchens, and campsites, Christchurch makes a great place to set up camp as you explore the city and beyond. The greatest diversity of accommodations clusters in the city center next to North and South Hagley parks. You'll find apartments, boutique and luxury hotels, and backpacker hostels in the central district and towards the coast, while cheaper places to stay--such as motels, RV parks, and economy hotels--dot the outskirts and the area surrounding the airport.
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