The largest city in the South Island (and New Zealand's second largest), Christchurch is affectionately known as The Garden City.  Originally modelled on a 'little England', Christchurch's grid-like streets, ambling Avon River and sprawling Hagley Park welcome visitors year round.

Christchurch Destinations


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Whilst many Christchurch accommodation providers were forced to close following the earthquakes there are still many top quality hotels, motels, backpackers and B&Bs operating in central and suburban Christchurch.

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A large number of Christchurch activities and attractions are still fully operational and welcoming visitors! Parks, zoos, bus tours, day trips, family activities... browse our listings and discover the numerous choices on offer.

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About Christchurch

Christchurch is recovering well from the major earthquakes that struck the region in September 2010 and February 2011. Hundreds of visitors have returned to the city and numerous activities, accommodation providers and eateries have reopened, so come and join the excitement as Christchurch gets back on its feet!

Known as 'The Garden City', Christchurch's moniker is immediately apparent - particularly in spring. Take a tour of the Christchurch Botanical Gardens, or stroll around the 161 hectare Hagley Park - the world's third largest inner city park. Blooming all year round, many private gardens are also open for public viewing.

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How do you get to Christchurch?

  • Travel by Plane
    • Christchurch International Airport is one of New Zealand's largest arrival hubs, servicing flights from around the world. Nearly all domestic destinations can also be accessed from Christchurch airport.
  • Travel by Train
    • The TranzAlpine and Coastal Pacific scenic trains arrive and depart daily from Christchurch railway station in Addington.
  • Travel by Bus
    • Most major bus networks, shuttle bus companies and tour bus companies include Christchurch as a pick-up or drop-off point. Christchurch public transport consists of a comprehensive bus network.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • Numerous international car rental brands and motorhome or campervan hire companies are available at Christchurch Airport.