Christchurch is strategically located on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. It's an unforgettable city with exceptional cafés, bars, shopping centres and restaurants around every corner. Retail outlets aside however, the city is full of natural beauty and wonder. There are botanic gardens, parks and reserves abound, plus the Avon River meandering through the centre. Christchurch is also home to many historic buildings and an ancient native forest. Although Christchurch is still undergoing a massive rebuild due to the recent earthquakes, you'll still come across many pleasant things to do during your visit here.
Things to do in Christchurch
Once you've booked your air tickets to Christchurch, take the time to look up the city's most popular attractions and guaranteed crowd pleasers. The CBD is a chaotic mix of construction sites, modern buildings, pocket gardens and world-class restaurants. If you have the energy, you'll love all the heart-racing entertainment options Christchurch has to offer.
Pack your bags and hold on to our list of the top 10 things to do in this beautiful city:
Take a stroll along the sprawling Hagley Park–considered to be the third largest city park in the world
Check out the heritage buildings located in the Christchurch Arts Centre
Wander about the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch and marvel at its interactive displays
Spend the day exploring the International Antarctic Centre and find out more about life in Antarctica
Visit the Court Theatre–known for its large musicals and extravagant productions
Step aboard a beautiful punt boat and glide down the Avon River
Soar above the valleys of the city and enjoy breathtaking views from a cable car or gondola
Spend the day at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and try to spot endangered wildlife in their natural habitat
Board the tram at New Regent Street and go sightseeing around the city
Spend time sunbathing, swimming or enjoying coastal views at Sumner, New Brighton or Taylors Mistake
Airports in Christchurch
The primary airport that serves passengers to this city is the Christchurch International Airport. There's one terminal that handles both domestic and international flights, plus a regional wing located towards the southwest of the terminal. This regional terminal serves all Air New Zealand Link turboprop air charter flights.
Christchurch airport is approximately 10 km from the city centre.
Metro Red Buses connect passengers from the airport to the city centre via three bus routes. Travellers can use the free Airport Hopper bus service to travel from the car park area (EconoPark) to the terminal and back. Several private transport companies offer coach services between the airport and other towns on the South Island. Car rental offices are located within the international arrivals hall, close to the domestic baggage claim area. There are also many rental car operators located in the city that offer pick-up and drop-off services from and to the airport.