Christchurch / Otautahi Today

Following the 2010-2011 earthquakes, Christchurch / Ōtautahi has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city. Lonely Planet listed it as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2013 and on The New York Times's 52 Places to Go in 2014, Christchurch ranked no. 2. Get a taste of what the city has to offer.

What's new in the transitional city

Central city shopping

Re:START is an outdoor retail and café precinct built in fashionably presented shipping containers. Opened in October 2011, Re:START has grown to approximately 40 retailers, a number of food caravans and a market on the weekend.

Eating & drinking

Whether you're after a five-star dining experience, a great coffee or sliders served to you via a pneumatic tube, Jetsons or Futurama style! Christchurch City can cater to your needs. Check out our top picks for each of the key surburban areas for dining in Christchurch.

Where to stay

Currently, there are 289 accommodation providers in Christchurch with 8 new hotels and apartments opening or completing refurbishments in 2013. However, there are some hotels and backpackers that are no longer operating in the CBD area.

It can be more difficult to find accommodation at peak holiday times or during major events. We recommend you book your Christchurch City accommodation well in advance of travel. There is generally plenty of accommodation available on the outskirts of Christchurch City and across the Canterbury region.

What to see & do

Most of our visitor attractions and activities are back in operation. The final "red zone" cordon around Christchurch's city centre was officially lifted on 30 June 2013.

You can explore the city by foot, on an open top bus, tram or even relax in a punt. Vibrant and ever-evolving, each day offers new things to see and do.

Please note, the Christchurch Art Gallery and the Christchurch Arts Centre remain closed while repairs are completed.

Getting to and around Christchurch

Christchurch is well serviced by air, rail, bus, shuttle and sea services. Christchurch International Airport is New Zealand's second largest airport and boasts all new terminals as of mid-2013. As the gateway to the South Island, the airport services 7 different airlines connecting Christchurch with domestic centres and 10 international airports.

Useful links

  • Find Chch - interactive Christchurch map highlighting accommodation, activities and attractions, restaurants and transport
  • Transport for Christchurch - find the quickest and safest route around the city