Welcome to a vibrant city in transition, coping resiliently and creatively with the aftermath of NZ’s second-biggest natural disaster (especially as tremors can still be felt regularly). Traditionally the most English of NZ cities, Christchurch is now adding a modern and innovative layer to its damaged heritage heart. Punts still glide gently down the Avon River, and the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park are still among NZ’s finest public spaces, but an energetic entrepreneurial edge is also evident, harnessing the opportunities emerging from the city’s recent seismic heartache.
Best places to stay in Christchurch
New Zealand - Christchurch & Canterbury (Chapter)
Visiting the country’s second-largest city as it’s being rebuilt and reborn is both interesting and inspiring, while just a short drive from Christchurch’s dynamic re-emergence, Banks Peninsula conceals hidden bays and beaches – a backdrop for...
Christchurch revival: why New Zealand's comeback city is a must-see for 2013
What a difference a year makes. Late last year, Lonely Planet was on the ground in Christchurch uncovering new restaurants, cafes, bars and attractions in the quake-damaged city. (See the resulting chapter here, free for one more month...
New Zealand's South Island - Christchurch & Canterbury (Chapter)
Visiting the country's second-largest city as it's being rebuilt and reborn is both interesting and inspiring, while just a short drive from Christchurch's dynamic re-emergence, Banks Peninsula conceals hidden bays and beaches - a backdrop for...
Christchurch destination guides
Free download: Lonely Planet's new Christchurch chapter
Since the quake of February last year, central Christchurch has changed drastically. And in the year since, as LP author Brett Atkinson wrote in his recent article and this May 2012 update, Christchurch has become New Zealand’s fastest-changing city...
Alps to Ocean Cycle
Spectacular cycling from Mt Cook towards the vibrant coastal town of Oamaru
Otago Rail Trail Classic
Ride New Zealand's most iconic cycling path along the old Central Otago branch railway line
Return to Christchurch
More than a year after the devastating Christchurch earthquake of February 2011, the return of two Canterbury icons is again reinforcing the city as a New Zealand destination definitely worth visiting...