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
- The Christchurch City Council provides eight car parks within the city - two of which have FREE first-hour parking!
- The Crossing car park building offers $2 parking for the first 2 hours.
- Wilson Parking offers over 30 car parks within the central city with a handy app to manage your payments.
And for something a little bit different, Gap Filler provides a socially conscious car park on the corner of Manchester and Lichfield streets, all proceeds of this are fed back into central-Christchurch projects.
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 and the regional buses depart outside the bus exchange on Lichfield Street.
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.
- Phone: (03) 379 9629
- 28 Worcester Blvd, Central Christchurch
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.
Unfortunately, emergencies can happen anywhere at any time. Here's a list of useful contacts when visiting the city.
Christchurch Central City Police Station
- Phone: (03) 363 7400
- In an emergency dial 111
- 62-74 St Asaph Street, Christchurch
- General enquiries phone: (03) 364 0640
- In an emergency dial 111 for an ambulance
- Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch
Pegasus Health 24 Hour Surgery
- Phone: (03) 365 7777
- 401 Madras Street, Christchurch
- 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.