Top ChoiceGardens in Christchurch

Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens

Strolling through these 30 blissful riverside hectares of arboreal and floral splendour is a consummate Christchurch experience. Gorgeous at any time of the year, the gardens are particularly impressive in spring...

Top ChoiceGallery in Christchurch

Christchurch Art Gallery

Damaged in the earthquakes, Christchurch's fantastic art gallery has reopened brighter and bolder, presenting a stimulating mix of local and international exhibitions. Collection items range from the traditional...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Christchurch

Quake City

A must-visit for anyone interested in understanding the impact of the Canterbury earthquakes, this compact museum tells stories through photography, video footage and various artefacts, including the remnants of...

Historic Building in Christchurch

Arts Centre

Dating from 1877, this enclave of Gothic Revival buildings was originally Canterbury College, the forerunner of Canterbury University. The buildings are now reopening to the public after extensive restoration...

Historic Building in Christchurch

Riccarton House & Bush

Historic Riccarton House (1856) sits proudly amid 12 hectares of pretty parkland and forest beside the Avon River. The grounds host the popular Christchurch Farmers Market on Saturdays; the rest of the week you...

Museum in Christchurch

Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum

Yes, there's a mummy and dinosaur bones, but the highlights of this museum are more local and more recent. The Māori galleries contain some beautiful pounamu (greenstone) pieces, while Christchurch Street is an...

Public Art in Christchurch

Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct

One of the city's key post-earthquake redevelopment projects is reinvigorating the area around the Avon (Ōtākaro) River. Running along the river as a self-guided walk, Ngā Whāriki Manaaki (Woven Mats of Welcome)...

Cable Car in Christchurch

Christchurch Gondola

Take a ride to the top of Mt Cavendish (500m) on this 862m cable car for wonderful views over the city, Lyttelton, Banks Peninsula and the Canterbury Plains. At the top there's a cafe and the child-focused Time...

Park in Christchurch

Hagley Park

Wrapped around the Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park is Christchurch's biggest green space, stretching for 165 hectares. Riccarton Ave splits it in two, while the Avon River snakes through the northern half. It's a...

Zoo in Christchurch

Orana Wildlife Park

Orana is an 'open range' zoo, and you'll know exactly what that means if you opt to jump in the cage on wheels for the lion encounter ($52.50 per person). There's an excellent walk-through native bird aviary, a...

Memorial in Christchurch

Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial

Unveiled in 2017, this moving monument comprises a 100m-long memorial wall, curved along the south bank of the Avon and engraved with the names of the 185 people who died as a result of the 22 February 2011...

Church in Christchurch

Transitional Cathedral

Universally known as the Cardboard Cathedral due to the 98 cardboard tubes used in its construction, this interesting structure serves as both the city's temporary Anglican cathedral and as a concert venue....

Zoo in Christchurch

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Willowbank focuses on native NZ critters (including kiwi), heritage farmyard animals and hands-on enclosures with wallabies, deer and lemurs. There's also a re-created Māori village, the setting for the evening...

Square in Christchurch

Cathedral Square

Christchurch's city square stands at the heart of the rebuilding efforts, with the remains of ChristChurch Cathedral emblematic of what has been lost. The February 2011 earthquake brought down the 63m-high spire,...

Museum in Christchurch

International Antarctic Centre

As one of only five 'gateway cities' to Antarctica, Christchurch has played a special role in Antarctic exploration since expeditionary ships to the icy continent began departing from Lyttelton in the early...

Museum in Christchurch

Rutherford's Den

Canterbury College's most famous alumnus was the father of nuclear physics, Lord Ernest Rutherford, the NZ physicist who first split the atom in 1917 (that's him on the $100 bill). The rooms where Rutherford...

Bridge in Christchurch

Bridge of Remembrance

This majestic bridge and archway spanning the Avon River is a memorial to those who lost their lives in two world wars and conflicts in Vietnam, Borneo, Korea and Malaya.

Gallery in Christchurch

Central Art Gallery

Housed in the Arts Centre's beautifully restored 1916 Library building, the Central Art Gallery exhibits contemporary works by established and emerging NZ artists.

Monument in Christchurch

Pioneer Women's Memorial

At the top of the Bridle Path, overlooking Lyttelton, this stone shelter commemorates the courage and hard work of the region's pioneering women.