Christchurch Things to Do

  • An impressive display of paua shells.
    An impressive display of paua shells.
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  • Shark feeding time.
    Shark feeding time.
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  • Bandmen's memorial
    Bandmen's memorial
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Christchurch

  • 1. City Center

    A good way of seeing Christchurch is to use the classic 1960's open top bus.You have a choice of a 1 hour or a 3 hour tour.The tour comes with an excellent commentary. We found the tour quite...

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  • 2. International Antarctic Centre

    The Snow Storm room at the International Antarctic Centre is a well sealed safe environment with real snow. The temperature is set at -4C but at pre-determined times during the day a 'storm' occurs...

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  • 3. Christchurch Gondola

    The Gondola had been closed after the earthquake on 22 February 2011 - not because of structural damage but because of flooding at the summit station. Now everything is ok again, some pillars have...

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  • 4. The Christchurch botanical gardens

    Hagley Park, created in 1855, is the largest open space in Christchurch. It was named after the country estate of Lord Lyttleton and is famous for its open spaces. It is the home of the Christchurch...

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  • 5. Canterbury Museum

    Update 02 July 2012 - Museum reopened Parts of Canterbury Museum have reopened. See below why it was closed in April. The Museum has reopened areas of the building that are well above the new...

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  • 6. Punting the Avon River

    The tours from the Antigua Boatsheds – called Punting in the Park – are not the only option for such guided boat trips on the Avon. Other tours start at the Worcester Boulevard bridge (beside the...

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  • 7. Sumner

    Earthquake update June 2010 Sumner has been hard hit by the February earthquake, and again on 13 June. The areas on top and at the bottom of the cliffs have either crumbled, with a house finally...

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  • 8. ARTS CENTER

    Update May 2011 Some of the crafts and food stalls of the Arts Centre Market have shifted to the Ferrymead Heritage Park after the 22 February 2011 earthquake, as the Arts Centre remains cordoned...

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  • 9. Port Hills

    Treat yourself to a rewarding day of sightseeing! The Port Hills is one of Christchurch's most revered landscapes, with tussock slopes and rocky outcrops rising in stark contrast to the flat...

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  • 10. Banks Peninsula

    Akaroa is 84km by road from Christchurch and is at the end of State Highway 75. It has a population of about 600 but in peak tourist time this can rise to about 7,000. The town sits on a large...

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  • 11. Orana Wildlife Park

    Orana Park gives more a zoo feeling than the cosy and more intimate wildlife park The Willowbank. This is not only due to the many exotic animals like lions, zebras, rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs and...

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  • 12. Sign of the Takahe

    The Sign of the Takahe is a roadhouse that was built to provide a rest stop to travellers crossing the Cashmere Hills in the early twentieth century. The building is a fabulous looking structure both...

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  • 13. New Art Gallery

    The new Art Gallery was opened in 2003 and is a great addition to Christchurch. It has wonderful curving glass facades and spectacular outdoor sculpture. The Gallery has one of the largest permanent...

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  • 14. New Brighton Library

    The library itself is really small, but it's right on the beach and has a great view of the sea with comfy chairs where you can read and listen to music. The Children's section has interactive games...

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  • 15. Ferrymead Heritage Park

    This museum was located a little out of town. We took a bus I think to get there. It was like an old transport and technology museum. We got a glimpse of what colonial Christchurch may have been like.

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  • 16. Rugby

    RUGBY: Rugby is the unofficial religion of New Zealand, and you will not find a more passionate crowd than at Jade Stadium in Christchurch. The season begins in late February with the Super 12 (a...

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  • 17. CHRISTCHURCH after the earthquakes

    NOT MANY MORE CHRISTCHURCH UPDATES ON THIS PAGE - SORRY!THIS INFORMATION IS ONLY CURRENT AS MARCH 2013.AFTER THE BIG EARTHQUAKESMore than two and half years...

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  • 18. visit Mt Hutt and learn how to skii or snowboard

    Mt Hutt is a majestic place. The drive from Methven to Mt Hutt is truly amazing. The road is surrounded with beautiful snowy mountains. When you arrive at Mt...

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  • 19. The new after-quake double-decker city tours

    Christchurch has changed, and so have the city tours.The red London double-decker buses permanently catch my eye when I walk or drive in the city and its...

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  • 20. Lewis Pass from Christchurch

    This is the most northern of the three passes across the Southern Alps and probably the least used by tourists. It follows State Highway to Greymouth or joins...

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  • 21. The Road over Arthur's Pass

    State Highway 73 goes from Christchurch over Arthur's Pass to Kumara Junction where it meets State Highway 6 along the West Coast. It follows the Waimakariri...

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  • 22. Unobtrusive earthquake tour (1): Lost heritage

    Earthquake tours are a sensitive issue. But I do not think every earthquake tour is disaster tourism that automatically has to upset residents. I have made the...

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  • 23. After the quake - Visit the weekend markets

    Despite the devastating earthquake on 22 February 2011, the weekend market scene in and around Christchurch is thriving.There are four permanent markets, and a...

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  • 24. Have a Chat with the Birds at The Willowbank

    Set in the Northern outskirts of Christchurch, just 15 minutes from the city centre and 5 minutes from the airport, The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve does not...

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  • 25. Unobtrusive earthquake tour (2): Liquefaction

    Most people had not even heard the word liquefaction until it happened in all three major earthquakes that struck Christchurch.It happens when the ground shakes...

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