Christchurch and Canterbury

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Christchurch and Canterbury - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Canterbury Museum

    When this museum was founded in 1867, its trading power with national and international museums was in moa bones (these Jurassic birds roamed the plains...Read More

  • 2. Christchurch Gondola


    For one of the best vantage points to view Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains, and Lyttelton Harbour head to Christchurch Gondola. At the top, you can...Read More

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  • 3. Christchurch Tram

    There's something nostalgic and reassuring about the ding-ding of these heritage trams. All-day tickets allow you to hop on and off and explore the inner...Read More

  • 4. Air Force Museum of New Zealand


    Starting in 1916, New Zealand pilots learned how to fly at Wigram Airfield. The Air Force's old hangars plus a state-of-the-art aircraft hall now hold...Read More

  • 5. Antigua Boat Sheds & Cafe

    Built for the Christchurch Boating Club in 1882, this green-and-white wooden structure is the last shed standing of a half dozen that once lined the...Read More

  • 6. Chalice

    An artwork created by internationally acclaimed Christchurch sculptor Neil Dawson, this giant steel vessel was installed in Cathedral Square in 2001 to celebrate the 150th...Read More

  • 7. Christ's College

    Founded in 1850, Christ's College is New Zealand's most well-known private school for boys. It is housed in a magnificent precinct of buildings designed by...Read More

  • 8. Christchurch Botanic Gardens

    One of the largest city parks in the world, these superb gardens are known for the magnificent trees planted here in the 19th century. Pick...Read More

  • 9. Ferrymead Heritage Park


    Ferrymead is the site of the country's first railway (built in 1863) and is now home to a replica Edwardian township and museum area. While...Read More

  • 10. Hagley Park

    Hagley Park was developed by European settlers in the mid-1800s with imported plants given trial runs in what would become the Botanic Gardens. Now the...Read More

  • 11. Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

    The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa consists of 22 outdoor thermal pools of varying temperatures, including a heated freshwater pool with lazy river, a...Read More

  • 12. International Antarctic Centre


    Ever since Captain Robert Falcon Scott wintered his dogs at nearby Quail Island in preparation for his ill-fated South Pole expedition of 1912, Christchurch has...Read More

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  • 13. New Zealand Alpine and Agriculture Encounter

    This purpose-built attraction brings to life the stories of the mountains, plains, and people who live there with multimedia and interactive displays. Get on board...Read More

  • 14. Orana Wildlife Park


    New Zealand's only open-range zoo is now home to its only Great Ape Center for gorillas and orangutans, making it the place to come to...Read More

  • 15. Victoria Square

    This central square was named for Queen Victoria in her jubilee year and has recently been restored, keeping its character and heritage. A poupou, a...Read More

  • 16. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve


    In addition to familiar farm animals and other zoo regulars, Willowbank has a section devoted to New Zealand's unique wildlife, from the national symbol, the...Read More

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  • 17. Science Alive

    Sorry kids, but Science Alive and the movie theatres were badly damaged in the earthquakes, so check the websites for a reopening date. You (and...Read More

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