Christchurch is a Lonely Planet top 10 city to visit in 2013 and the gateway to New Zealand's South Island. Vibrant and ever-evolving it is surrounded by a region of natural wonders.
Christchurch is the gateway to the Canterbury region and the spectacular experiences you will have within the South Island of New Zealand. Explore the range of activities and attractions we have on offer.
Choose from a diverse range of accommodation. There is something for every level of comfort and budget.
Hire a vehicle, journey by tram, bike, ferry or on foot. Explore the options here.
Explore Canterbury cuisine. Our culturally diverse region has something to satisfy all tastes and budgets.
A comprehensive Canterbury touring map. Highlighting key touring routes and hidden gems found throughout the region.
Picturesque Akaroa, Canterbury's main cruise port.
There are so many ways to travel around Christchurch and the heart of the South Island - from hiring a vehicle to journeying by tram, bike, ferry or on foot. Whatever your preference, search here to find the quickest, best value or simply the most interesting way to get around.
In Canterbury, cruise ships can dock in 4 ports - Akaroa, Lyttelton, Kaikoura and Timaru. Each port offers stunning scenery and unique shore excursions. Akaroa, just 83km from Christchurch, is a French inspired seaside village known for its picturesque scenery, plentiful wildlife, crafts and cafés.
Transport for Christchurch has been developed to assist road users in Christchurch find the quickest and safest route around the city. Navigate around the map to identify where traffic incidents and delays are located and how they may affect your journey around the city.
A comprehensive Canterbury touring map. Highlighting key touring routes and hidden gems found throughout the region. Download map (PDF, 2.27MB)
Christchurch City Council's mobile-friendly Find:Chch site maps places to go, things to do and locations of restaurants, cafés and retail stores.