The vibrant city of Christchurch has so much to explore. Here’s a list of things to do while visiting this stunning region.
See how the “Garden City” lives up to its name with a visit to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. It is walking distance from the CBD, and contains a variety of garden displays including rose gardens, interactive water features and native bush.
Location: Rolleston Avenue, City Centre.
A great free indoor activity option. The Canterbury Museum contains displays detailing the fascinating history of Christchurch and surrounding areas, covering a range of topics from wildlife to the lives of the early settlers.
Location: Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch City Centre
An interactive and educational experience for all ages. The International Antarctic Centre provides an insight into the world’s most isolated continent, with a range of activities and attractions including little blue penguins, a storm simulation room, and the opportunity to ride in the Hägglund vehicle.
Location: 38 Orchard Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8052
Featuring over 50 different animal species, the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is a perfect escape into nature. Take part in the Ko Tane experience to learn more about Maori culture and the lives of Maori before European settlement. Open 9.30-5.30pm daily.
Location: 60 Hussey Road, Harewood Christchurch 8051
Enjoy the substantial public art collection found at the Christchurch Art Gallery. Various national and international exhibitions are displayed throughout the year. Explore it yourself or join one of the free guided tours. Open 10am-5pm daily.
Location: Cnr Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street, Christchurch 8140
This museum opened in 1987, during the RNZAF’s 50th Anniversary, and aims to preserve and showcase New Zealand’s military and aviation history. 6 buildings make up the museum, and are home to historic military equipment, educational displays, and items obtained from enemy forces. Open 10am-5pm daily
Location: 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch
15 minutes from Christchurch Airport is internationally recognised Orana Wildlife Park. Take a visit to experience some native and exotic wildlife, and learn about the focus on conservation of endangered species at the park. This is perfect for all ages. Open 10-5pm daily.
Location: 793 McLeans Island Road, Christchurch
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Christchurch on a restored heritage tram. The tour takes you to the several other Christchurch attractions, such as the Botanic Gardens and the Canterbury Museu. An all-day pass will allow you to get on and off the Tram as much as you like throughout the day at 17 stops around the city.Open 10am-5pm daily in winter.
A trip on the gondola will take you up the Port Hills to a great views of Banks Peninsula and the Southern Alps. At the top of the gondola, experience some Canterbury history on the Time Tunnel ride, or enjoy a break at the café.
Location: 10 Bridle Path Rd, Heathcote Valley, Christchurch 8022
Get on board a handcrafted boat and enjoy Christchurch from the Avon River. The Avon River Punting tour is a perfect activity for a group or family, providing a unique way to experience the city.
Two hours drive from Christchurch, the small town of Hanmer Springs offers a wide range of activities for visitors. Visit for the day or stay a night, and enjoy the village and wide range of available activities, from relaxing in the hot pools quad biking and horseback riding.