Reasons to visit

There’s so many fantastic activities and experiences in the city to suit a wide range of story angles. Have a look through what’s on offer and be inspired by the variety of different things to see and do in Christchurch. Here's our top 20 in random order.

  1. Spend a day marvelling at amazing artworks on display at the Christchurch Art Gallery 
  2. Peddle your way around town on a SPARK Bike and see the city up close 
  3. Get inspired by huge Street Art murals around the city
  4. See incredible new architecture, both completed and on the rise 
  5. Head down the historical New Regent Street for a spot of shopping amongst the Spanish mission style buildings 
  6. Take in a show at the beautifully restored Isaac Theatre Royal 
  7. Wander around the Botanic Gardens and take in the amazing flora and fauna 
  8. Check out the view from the upstairs open air deck at Dux Central, and enjoy a delicious craft beer 
  9. Step back in time and shop at the beautifully restored Tannery arcade in Woolston 
  10. Take your bike or explore by foot around the Port Hills tracks, and get stunning views over the city, mountains and sea 
  11. Drive to the beautiful French settled town of Akaroa for a day trip and eat cheese along the way at Barry’s Bay 
  12. Have a feast for the senses at the Riccarton House farmers market on Saturday mornings 
  13. Swimming with the Hector's dolphin – Akaroa
  14. Hire a surf board, or join a learn to surf lesson at Sumner beach – followed by ice cream of course 
  15. Tap in to your childhood, and have a play at The Commons. Jump rope, walk the balance beam and build a tower with the building blocks
  16. Shop up a storm at Re:START, and have a bite to eat at one of the many food trucks 
  17. Load up the car and head to Kaikoura for the day, and take in an eco-experience such as whale watching, swimming with the dolphins, or exploring the seal colony along the peninsula
  18. Take a trip to the stunning Waipara region, and take in some of the country’s best wine and food 
  19. Have an traditional Christchurch experience, with a punt down the Avon, a tram around the city, and a double decker city bus tour 
  20. Have a night out on the town with dinner, drinks and dancing on St Asaph or Victoria Streets