Christchurch and Canterbury

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  • 1. Canterbury Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 2. Christchurch Art Gallery—Te Puna O Waiwhetu

    Museum/Gallery

    The city's stunning art gallery wows visitors as much for its architecture as for its artwork. Its tall, wavy glass facade was inspired by...Read More

  • 3. Aigantighe Art Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

    Pronounced "egg and tie," (Scottish Gaelic for "at home"), this is one of the largest, most intriguing public art museums in the South Island...Read More

  • 4. Air Force Museum of New Zealand

    Wigram | Educational Institution

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

  • 5. Akaroa Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The focus of historic interest is the Akaroa Museum, which has a display of Māori pounamu (greenstone) as well as alternating exhibits on...Read More

  • 6. Ferrymead Heritage Park

    Harewood | Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 7. Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    At the Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, there's some good rural stuff with more than 100 tractors (some dating back to 1912) and...Read More

  • 8. International Antarctic Centre

    Harewood | Educational Institution

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

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  • 9. New Zealand Alpine and Agriculture Encounter

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 10. Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This collection of buildings contains 20,000 Māori and 19th-century colonial artifacts, including waka (canoes) used in Waitangi Day celebrations...Read More

  • 11. South Canterbury Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Anything to do with South Canterbury's past gets covered here, from fossils to fashions, Māori artifacts to 19th-century shipwrecks, and Richard...Read More

  • 12. Te Ana – Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    This interpretative walk-through experience explains the significant Māori limestone rock art found in the Timaru region. More than 80% of the...Read More

  • 13. Timeball Station

    Museum/Gallery

    The New Zealand Historic Places Trust is committed to rebuilding the Timeball Station tower (but not a full rebuild of the station) in stages...Read More

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