Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Christchurch

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 wh…
Top Choice Museum 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 Chr…
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 local and international exhibitions. Collection items range from the traditional to …
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 can …
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 slowly reopening to the public after extensive restoration wor…
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…
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, the 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 great…
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 earthqua…
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 for the lion encounter (per person $45). There's an excellent, walk-through native bird aviary, a nocturnal kiwi h…