What to see in Christchurch

Christchurch Attractions

Christchurch is ideally situated for outdoorsy holidays, with countless beautiful scenic areas on the city's doorstep. The best adventure activities on a Christchurch holiday include kayaking, deep sea fishing, whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, quad biking, 4x4 trails, skydiving, paragliding, hot air ballooning, and much more. Mount Cook National Park, Akaroa, Lake Pukaki, and the Banks Peninsula are all popular areas to explore. Those wanting to meet the local wildlife and some exotic beasties from further afield should visit the Orana Wildlife Park or the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

There are also some worthwhile cultural attractions in and around Christchurch: the Canterbury Museum gives good background on the history of the city and the region; the Ko Täne Living Maori Village, in Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, offers an exciting insight into the traditions of the indigenous Maori people; art fanatics will be impressed by Timaru's Aigantighe Art Gallery, and the Little River Gallery at the gateway to the Banks Peninsula; the Court Theatre entertains visitors with a fabulous schedule of shows; and because sport is integral to Christchurch culture, watching a rugby game at the famous Christchurch Stadium is a must.


Situated on a peninsula just 45 miles (75km) south of Christchurch, Akaroa is a historic colonial settlement nestled…

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Christchurch Gondola

The spectacular ride takes visitors to the top of the crater rim of Christchurch's extinct volcano on the outskirts of…

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Christchurch Tramway

Trams were part of the city's transport system until 1954 and today these heritage trams have been beautifully restored,…

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Mount Cook National Park

Mount Cook National Park is known for its exquisite alpine beauty and is home to the highest mountain in New Zealand,…

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