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 ChoiceShopping Centre in Christchurch

Tannery

In a city mourning the loss of its heritage, this post-earthquake conversion of a 19th-century tannery couldn't be more welcome. The Victorian buildings have been beautifully restored, and are crammed with all...

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...

Top ChoicePub in Christchurch

Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn

With more than 30 taps featuring the best of NZ craft beers, Pomeroy’s is an essential Christchurch destination. Among this cosy British-style pub's other endearing features are regular live music, a snug and...

Top ChoiceMarket in Christchurch

Riverside Market

Central Christchurch's new essential destination for travelling foodies is this superb multi-level market combining fresh produce stalls with opportunities for eating and drinking. Many of Christchurch's most...

Top ChoiceBar in Christchurch

Smash Palace

Epitomising the spirit of transience, tenacity and resourcefulness that Christchurch is now known for, this deliberately downcycled and ramshackle beer garden is an intoxicating mix of grease-monkey garage,...

Top ChoiceBistro in Christchurch

5th Street

Global influences punctuate the shared plates menu at this recent opening south of the city centre. The honey- and chipotle-fired chicken goes well with beers from Christchurch's Three Boys Brewery, while the...

Top ChoiceBistro in Christchurch

Earl

Mediterranean flavours are presented with flair in Earl's spacious dining room. Combine slow-cooked lamb and smoked yoghurt with a quinoa salad or mix it up from the shared plates menu including charcuterie,...

Top ChoiceCafe in Christchurch

Supreme Supreme

With so much to love, where to start? Perhaps with a cherry and pomegranate smoothie, a chocolate-fish milkshake or maybe just an exceptional espresso, alongside a fresh bagel, a goji bowl or even pulled...

Top ChoiceBistro in Christchurch

Inati

Shared plates enjoyed around an elegantly curved bar are divided into Earth, Land and Sea and include innovative and playful dishes harnessing ingredients like smoked mutton tartare, citrus-cured fish with...

Top ChoiceModern NZ in Christchurch

Twenty Seven Steps

Overlooking the pastel-coloured New Regent St strip, this elegant restaurant showcases locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Mainstays include modern renditions of lamb, beef, venison and seafood, as well as...

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...

Cafe in Christchurch

C1 Espresso

C1 sits pretty in a grand former post office that somehow escaped the cataclysm. Recycled materials fill the interior (Victorian oak panelling, bulbous 1970s light fixtures) and tables spill onto a little square....

Cafe in Christchurch

Addington Coffee Co-op

You will find one of Christchurch's biggest and best cafes packed to the rafters most days. A compact shop selling fair-trade gifts jostles for attention with delicious cakes, gourmet pies, legendary breakfasts...

Modern NZ in Christchurch

Gatherings

Thoughtful, seasonal vegetarian dishes are the focus at this petite restaurant on the edge of the Papanui Rd dining strip. The set five-course tasting menu changes regularly, with a focus on sustainable, local...

Theatre in Christchurch

Isaac Theatre Royal

This century-old dear survived the quakes and emerged restored to full glory in 2014. Its heritage features are enjoyed by patrons venturing inside for everything from opera and ballet to contemporary theatre and...

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)...