Top Choice Gardens in Christchurch

Botanic Gardens

Strolling through these blissful 30 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 wh…
Top Choice Gallery in Christchurch

Christchurch Art Gallery

Damaged in the earthquakes, Christchurch's fantastic art gallery has reopened brighter and bolder, presenting a stimulating mix of primarily NZ exhibitions.
Museum in Christchurch

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 atmo…
Museum in Christchurch

International Antarctic Centre

Part of a huge complex built for the administration of the NZ, US and Italian Antarctic programs, this centre gives visitors the opportunity to see penguins and learn about the icy continent. Attractions include the…
Zoo in Christchurch

Orana Wildlife Park

Orana describes itself as an 'open range zoo' and you'll know what they mean if you opt to jump in the cage for the lion encounter (an additional $45). There's an excellent, walk-through native-bird aviary, a noctur…
Cable Car in Christchurch


Take a ride to the top of Mt Cavendish (500m) on this 945m 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 Tunn…
Zoo in Christchurch

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

About 10km north of the central city, Willowbank focuses on native NZ critters (including kiwi), heritage farmyard animals and hands-on enclosures with wallabies, deer and lemurs. There's also a recreated Māori vill…
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. Designed…
Museum in Christchurch

Quake City

A must-visit for anyone interested in the Canterbury earthquakes and conveniently located in the Re:START Mall, this compact museum tells stories through photography, video footage and various artefacts, including b…
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 college's most famous alumnus was the father of nuclear physics Lord Ernest …