Christchurch is the South Island’s largest city. It’s a vibrant, cosmopolitan place with exciting festivals, theatre, modern art galleries, great shopping and award-winning attractions. Known as the ‘Garden City’, Christchurch has many beautiful parks and gardens throughout the city.
Christchurch has a population of just under 360,000.

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 Trans 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…