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Christchurch

Travel Guide
Christchurch

Known for its green spaces, New Zealand’s “Garden City” also offers plenty of restaurants, bars, boutiques and outdoor adventure sports.

One of New Zealand’s largest cities and the gateway to the South Island, Christchurch is known as the “Garden City” for good reason. Its parks and gardens, including the expansive Hagley Park and Mona Vale on the banks of the River Avon, are a point of pride for locals.

The city has transformed itself following the 2011 earthquake, when much of the center and its classical neo-Gothic architecture was destroyed. Old buildings are being rebuilt and repaired and new complexes are cropping up. Visitors will find an ever-changing city with an innovative edge as residents make the most of the opportunities presented following the disaster. Look out for plenty of new restaurants, cafés and boutiques to explore.

It’s easy to get around Christchurch by tram, ferry and bicycle, or on foot. Cycle along the riverbank, enjoy an array of shopping and dining options and take a stroll around lively markets. Christchurch Farmers' Market is on each Saturday and offers local produce and great coffee. In summer, cool off at the beautiful New Brighton beach nearby or take a trip to scenic Lyttelton Harbour.

The city comes alive with color twice a year when it hosts two popular festivals. The annual Festival of Flowers is held in February and the Ellerslie International Flower Show is every March.

Christchurch is popular with adventure seekers looking to explore the surrounding countryside. It’s one of a few cities in the world where just 15 minutes from downtown you can hike up mountain trails or surf a wave at the beach. Other activities offered close to Christchurch include hot air ballooning, mountain biking, rafting and whale watching. There are several internationally acclaimed wineries nearby, as well as a world-class ski resort. Book tours and rent a car and equipment in town, then grab a map and hit the highway.

Where to stay in Christchurch

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is CA $62 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Christchurch Public Hospital, ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,607 reviews)
"The room was very small but spotlessly clean and had good kitchen facilities including a microwave, toaster, kettle, along with plates and cutlery. The only down side was that the walls were quite thin and we had neighbours who talked until 2am."

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2021

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
166 Gloucester Street, Christchurch
The price is CA $140 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Regent Street and Christchurch Casino. Christchurch Botanic Gardens ...
4.4/5Excellent! (987 reviews)
"Friendly and polite, accommodated me despite my having arrived well before check in time."

Reviewed on Jul. 23, 2021

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
30 Latimer Square, Christchurch
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $140 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside Market and Christchurch Casino. Christchurch Public Hospital and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (974 reviews)
"Excellent service. Large rooms with comfortable beds."

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2021

Rydges Latimer Christchurch
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Port Watch - Akaroa Holiday Home
Port Watch - Akaroa Holiday Home
Akaroa, Canterbury
Situated in Akaroa, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Patrick's Catholic Church and Akaroa Wharf. Artisans Gallery and Akaroa Museum are also within ...
Port Watch - Akaroa Holiday Home
The Grandstand - French Farm Holiday Home
The Grandstand - French Farm Holiday Home
French Farm, Canterbury
Situated in French Farm, this vacation home is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Wainui Banks Peninsula and within 12 mi (20 km) of Akaroa Wharf and St Patrick's Catholic ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Fabulous views
"This was a fabulously, peaceful place to stay. Wonderful views, not too far to drive to Akaroa and equipped with all we needed for out short stay. The birdsong in the evening was amazing as we sat out on the deck. Would book again!"

Reviewed on Jan. 22, 2021

The Grandstand - French Farm Holiday Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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