Top things to do

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 Pub in Christchurch

Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn

For fans of great beer, there's no better place than Pomeroy's for supping a drop or two alongside a plate of proper pork crackling. Among this British-style pub's many other endearing features are regular live musi…
Top Choice Shopping Centre in Christchurch


In a city mourning the loss of its heritage, this postearthquake conversion of a 19th-century tannery couldn't be more welcome. The Victorian buildings have been jooshed up in period style, and filled with boutique …
Top Choice Bar in Christchurch

Smash Palace

Epitomising the spirit of transience, tenacity and number-eight wire that Christchurch is now known for, this deliberately downcycled and ramshackle beer garden is an intoxicating mix of grease-monkey garage, traile…
Top Choice Cafe in Christchurch

Supreme Supreme

With so much to love, where to start? Perhaps with a kimchi Bloody Mary, a chocolate-fish milkshake, or maybe just an exceptional espresso alongside ancient-grain muesli or pulled corn-beef hash. One of NZ's origina…
Top Choice Burmese in Christchurch

Bodhi Tree

Bodhi Tree has been wowing locals with the nuanced flavours of Burmese cuisine for more than a decade. Its feel-good food comes in sharing-sized dishes and sings with zing. Standouts include le pet thoke (pickled te…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Christchurch

Twenty Seven Steps

Upstairs on the Edwardian New Regent St strip, the pared-back interior of this elegant restaurant puts the focus firmly on a menu showcasing local produce. Mainstays include modern renditions of lamb, beef, venison …
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.
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 and the legendary house br…
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…