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City Info & Parking

Christchurch is easy to navigate with the CBD centrally located right in the heart of the city. The flat grid like structure of the city, means you are generally only a 20 minute drive away from most suburban areas. 

Accessing the CBD

It's never been easier to access the central city with 6 inner city Christchurch City Council carparks offering the first hour of parking free. Find a car park.

It's also very quick to park in the city, with paperless parking meters. Simply enter your licence plate number into the meter, select how long you want to park for (up to the maximum available), pay and okay. Simple! Discover more about parking meters in Christchurch.

The perfect way to explore the city of Christchurch is by bike, with more people biking in Christchurch than any other city in New Zealand. There are 13 main cycle routes, connecting the suburbs with the CBD. 

If sitting back relaxing is more your style of travel, then jump on one of the many local buses. The Christchurch Bus Exchange is location on the corner of Colombo and Lichfield Street. Buses come and go regularly with a variety of travel routes, so you can get out there and explore the CBD and suburbs of Christchurch. See bus network map.

If you're exploring further afield Intercity buses depart outside the bus exchange on Lichfield Street and Newmans Coachline buses to Tekapo and Queenstown depart from Rolleston Avenue, outside the museum.

Exploring the CBD

Before you head out exploring, be sure to talk to the team at the Christchurch I-SITE Visitors Centre. They offer a free booking service, exclusive deals and provide expert advice on how to maximise your time in and around the city, as well as being able to book onward travel. 

Christchurch Airport

All flights in and out of Christchurch depart from Christchurch Airport, which is approximately a 20min (allow longer at rush hour) drive from the CBD. 

Emergency Contacts

Unfortunately emergencies can happen anywhere at anytime. Here's a list of useful contacts when visiting the city.

Christchurch Central City Police Station

Christchurch Hospital

Pegasus Health 24 Hour Surgery

Fire Emergency

  • Dial 111 and ask for the Fire Department, giving your name and location details.

Find out more about what to do in the event of an emergency.


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