In the heart of the CBD, overlooking the Avon River take a visit to Riverside Market, a seven-day indoor farmers' market selling local produce, meat, seafood, baked goods, coffee and more. Alongside the market is Riverside Lanes, a destination boutique shopping experience with an abundance of dining options!
Wine & Dine
From relaxed cafés to cosy cocktail bars and fine dining - Christchurch is a haven for foodie lovers! Local favourites include: C1 espresso | OGB | Little Poms | Hello Sunday | Little High | 5th Street | Inati | King of Snake | Amazonita
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū is a catalyst for ambitious creativity in Ōtautahi Christchurch, collaborating with artists, and extending the Gallery’s influence beyond its walls. Check out their current events and exhibitions here.
Visit Canterbury Museum and explore New Zealand's rich cultural and natural heritage. Learn about the past, present and future of Canterbury. There's always lots to see and do at the Museum - you can check out current exhibitions here.
The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora is a hub for diverse creative expression in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch. The beautiful heritage buildings are home to local artists, boutique stores and eateries. Every Sunday, the weekly Arts Centre Market is on from 10am to 3pm which features artisan-made goods and local treasures.
From the spring drifts of daffodils, spectacular summer roses, stunning autumn leaf displays and cosy conservatories to explore, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are located in Hagley Park - a short stroll from the city centre. Admire the beautiful Botanic Gardens by punting along the Avon River which flows through the tranquil gardens.
Located in Christchurch's Port Hills, Christchurch Adventure Park is home to Zealand’s longest and highest zipline dual ride, where you can race each other while enjoying the views of the city and the spectacular Southern Alps. The park also has a chairlift ride, hand-built mountain bike trails and an abundance of walking tracks. There is also a cafe to relax in after your post-ride adventures.
Margaret Mahy Family Playground is an all-ages, all-abilities playground. Located in Christchurch CBD the playground features a water play area, picnic areas and is home to a range of onsite coffee and food vendors. A short stroll from Margaret Mahy you will find New Regent Street - a heritage streetscape with beautiful Spanish Mission architecture. There you will find Rollickin Gelato - full of delicious gelato scoops, sweet bakes, desserts, and coffee.
Only 15 minutes from Christchurch city, you can enjoy stunning ocean views while soaking in the luxurious hot pools of He Puna Taimoana. In addition to their five hot pools, you can also relax and recover in the plunge pool, steam room and experience beachside views from their sauna. Book your experience here.
From professional golf courses to golf simulators - you'll find a golf course around every corner in Christchurch. With its glistening lakes and magnificent 18-hole course, walk in the footsteps of Jimmy Walker and Lydia Ko at Clearwater Golf Club. Or play a round of golf at Canterbury's oldest golf course - Hagley Golf Club. You can also experience the best international golf courses from around the world without leaving Christchurch at X Golf Avonhead - a golf simulator brand that prides itself on accuracy, experience and realism!
Located next to Christchurch International Airport, the International Antarctic Centre has a range of experiences guaranteed to entertain all ages! Experience an Antarctic storm, take an all-terrain vehicle tour on a Hägglund, get up close and personal with penguins and huskies, and learn about the first expeditions, modern-day life on Scott Base and the future of humanity on the ice.
Christchurch is a bustling urban basecamp for exploration and adventure. Bikes are a popular way to explore the city and Canterbury region. Christchurch's flat grid-like structure positioned next to the vast network of scenic road and off-road trails up and around the Port Hills is a drawcard for many cycling enthusiasts. Be sure to check out a wide variety of Christchurch cycling trails here.
45 minutes north of Christchurch you'll find fields of lavender, olive groves, and over 90 vineyards, with dozens of cellar doors open for wine tasting. The region is well known for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Reisling. If you prefer to let someone else do the driving, book a winery tour from Christchurch. Enjoy a glass of wine in the beautiful surroundings of Pegasus Bay.
A two-hour drive from Christchurch brings you to Arthurs Pass National Park, a natural wilderness of beech forests and rivers in the heart of the South Alpes/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana. You can enjoy a range of short walks that start from the village nearby; including The Devil's Punchbowl Falls, Bridal Veil Track, Historic Village Walk, Temple Basin and the Dobson Nature Walk. Beginning in Christchurch you can also take the TranzAlpine where you'll travel through the patchwork Canterbury Plains up into the striking landscape of Arthur's Pass National Park. Book your journey here.
90 minutes north of Christchurch you will find the beautiful alpine village of Hanmer Springs. Sit back and relax in the calming waters of the pools or choose from a range of indulgent body therapies on offer at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. Or if action is more your style, there's an abundance of walking and cycling tracks to explore.
Breathe in the ocean air and explore Akaroa and the Bays just 90 minutes from Christchurch. Uncover Akaroa - a historical French settlement located in the heart of an ancient volcano filled with an oasis of turquoise waters. Admire the town’s history and architecture as you explore the township’s vibrant gardens, boutique shops and restaurants. For an unforgettable experience visit Pohatu Marine Reserve - home to the largest Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. You can also head out with Black Cat Cruises for your chance to get up close and personal with Hector's dolphins.