Ōtautahi Christchuch is the country’s newest city and a thriving hub of urban culture and activity. Explore the booming hospitality scene, amazing street art, and state-of-the-art architecture that has shaped this new city, and experience the open spaces and greenery that give the city life.
Ōtautahi Christchurch is well known for its hospitality, from spectacular riverfront locales to cosy restaurants and pubs, the city’s food scene has the sophistication of a global city, combined with the warmth and atmosphere of small-town New Zealand.
Hit up local favourites Little High for a sharing unique experience, or Riverside Market, a seven-day-a-week farmers’ market and foodie heaven. The Terrace is your nightlife destination with quality restaurants and even better bars all overlooking the Ōtākaro Avon River.
Keen for some post-show revelry? The central city is home to an exciting mix of bars and speakeasies.
Head to The Terrace, Ōtautahi Christchurch’s most popular hospitality area, for a great mix of chilled craft beer bars, intimate cocktail lounges, and nightclubs. New Regent St is emerging as a cocktail and whisky promised land, so be sure to spend some time there too.
A TRULY URBAN EXPERIENCE
Once you’ve eaten and drank your fill, make the most of the huge range of retail Ōtautahi Christchurch has on offer while you’re in town.
Explore City Mall and The Crossing, Ballantynes and a wide range of boutiques and contemporary retail spaces. From local shops to global chains, the city is humming. High-end fashion mixed with well-loved favourites; homewares to cosmetics, the latest eco wares to beautifully handcrafted jewellery.
For a night of excitement visit Christchurch Casino or one of the many others bars and restaurants along Victoria Street.
RELAX & TAKE IT ALL IN
Head to the famous Christchurch Adventure Park and hit one of the many mountain biking tracks, or take in the epic city views from the longest zipline in New Zealand.
Hit the surf at Sumner Beach and take it all in with a cold one along the waterfront. Or for stunning 360° views from 500 metres above sea level visit the Gondola where you can gaze across the sparkling cityscape of Christchurch, over the Canterbury Plains to the high peaks of the Southern Alps.
GET OUTTA TOWN
The Canterbury region has the most diverse range of experiences in New Zealand. All only a short distance from Christchurch – these are the perfect ways to spend that extra day.
Kaikoura is a nature-lovers’ paradise, from the mountains to the sea. Encounter whales, dolphins, fur seals and giant albatross. This is also the best place in New Zealand to enjoy seafood!
Thermal pools and wine tasting sound like a bit of you? Hanmer Springs and the Waipara Valley are a great place to relax. Need more adrenalin? You can also bungy jump or satisfy your need for speed with Alpine Jet Thrills jet boat. Pay homage to the kings of speed in the birthplace of the jetboat!
Pop over to New Zealand’s beautiful French village, Akaroa. This picturesque seaside town is only a short drive away over the epic Banks Peninsula, itself an epic landform with more than 40 bays.