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Things to do in Christchurch

Stroll through South Island's colorful plant life at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, sheltering both native and exotic species. Sprawled over 2
Tours from $19
TranzAlpine Train , Christchurch
TranzAlpine Train takes you on the reportedly best scenic train tour in New Zealand. Ride through tunnels and viaducts, along fertile plains
Tours from $105
History Museum
Canterbury Museum , Christchurch
Take a journey through the history, cultural heritage, and natural environment of Christchurch and its surrounding regions at Canterbury Muse
Tours from $12
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Duration: 2 hours
At the core, we’re a family business with our management team being 5th & 6th generation Banks Peninsula locals. Alongside our family members, we have a passionate team who are committed to you having a once-in-a-lifetime experience!We keep our passenger groups small so that you have more room to move around the boat, and enjoy your cruise without overcrowding or missing dolphin sightings due to a shortage of viewing space. Our boat has a low-lying profile which means you get closer to the wildlife!When you board our boat you’ll be offered a complimentary drink. Choose from beer, award-winning local wine or non-alcoholic options. You’ll also enjoy our famous home-baked treats made from our family recipe and served to you by our delightful onboard crew.We are committed to the conservation of our harbour's environment and wildlife. After all, it’s the centre point of our business.*Check-in is 30 minutes prior to the departure, with boarding 15 minutes beforehand.
Book on Viator from $62
Specialty Museum
Experience the excitement of Antarctica without the risk of frostbite at International Antarctic Centre, dedicated to hands-on learning about
Tours from $117
Observation Deck
Christchurch Gondola , Christchurch
Christchurch Gondola takes you across the sparkling cityscape and up to the top of the hill, which offers panoramic views over the ocean shor
Tours from $22

Recommended Christchurch tours


Gardens · Specialty Museums · History Museums
There are plenty of things to do in Christchurch for visitors looking to discover urban green spaces, cozy cafes, and surrounding natural beauty. Jump aboard a punt--a flat-bottomed wooden boat--and sail along the winding Avon River to see the city's attractions from a slightly different angle. Catch a glimpse of 250 varieties of roses and other plants at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, where you'll also find a gift shop, cafe, and interactive gardening exhibits.

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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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