Earthquake Update

Following the 2010-2011 earthquakes, Christchurch /Atautahi has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city. Lonely Planet has listed it as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2013.

If you have visited Christchurch before, your experience will be different but you will realise that the city still has a lot to offer with many visitor services – including bus services, the airport, accommodation, visitor attractions and visitor information services are open.

Christchurch remains the gateway to the amazing experiences that are on offer in the Canterbury region and the wider South Island.

What to see and do in Christchurch

Many of the major tourism attractions in the city are open for business, including the International Antarctic Centre, Tranz-Alpine rail experience, Airforce Museum, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Tanks for Everything and Up, Up, Up and Away ballooning adventures. However, some activities and attractions in the central city and on the Port Hills to the east of the city are not operating. For example, there is no access to buildings and activities in Cathedral Square. Other key tourism attractions that are not currently operating include the Christchurch Tram, Christchurch Art Gallery and the Christchurch Arts Centre.

Get Close to Nature

  • Stroll through and admire our beautiful Botanical Gardens
  • Enjoy the wide open spaces of our expansive Hagley Park
  • Visit picturesque Mona Vale and it’s five hectares of immaculate gardens
  • Go punting on the Avon River
  • Experience snow, ice, Blue Penguins and the exhilarating Hagglund ride at the International Antartic Centre

Take a Day Trip

There is something different to see and do within one or two hours drive of
Christchurch, in any direction.

  • Akaroa and Banks Peninsula – Visit the picturesque harbourside French Settlement, swim with endangered Hectors Dolphins and visit the dramatic outer Bays
  • Hanmer Springs – soak in the world famous hot springs, enjoy walking tracks or for the adventurous jet boat rides and bungy
  • Discover stunning Kaikoura’s wild coast, seals, sperm whales & more
  • Travel to the West Coast on the tranz alpine train – rated one of the world’s greatest scenic railway journeys
  • Ski fields – 120 minutes
  • Not to mention world class fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, jet boating, horse riding, a round of golf and much much, more…