CBD Experiences To Tick Off
It's a new city with space to play, splurge, relax and indulge. That’s right... Ōtautahi’s CBD is buzzing and full of fun experiences waiting to be had. Here are some top experiences to tick off when you hit the central streets.
Explore The Avon River
The Avon River winds its way through Ōtautahi and is a unique element of the city that brings the natural word into our modern centre. Go for a punt with Punting on the Avon and see the city from a different perspective. Admire the picturesque Botanic Gardens or glide through the central city as your classically attired punter guides you quietly along the river. Another way to enjoy the river is with the views available from many of the eateries on The Terrace. There's nothing like a relaxing lunch while admiring this peaceful setting! Alternatively, get some steps in with a walk along the City Promenade and follow your way along the winding river.
Hit The Shops
Christchurch city has become a retail dream with the array of high end, mainstream and boutique shops to explore. Ballantynes Department Store is a must visit, the location has been in Cashel Street since 1854! The store has a curated selection of new season fashion, beauty and cosmetics, footwear, homewares and so much more. Head into The Crossing and you’ll find a number of New Zealand designers and unique pieces to add to your wardrobe. Dotted around the City Mall area are powerhouse brands including Mecca, Nike, lululemon, H&M and more so all fashion bases will be covered.
Catch A Tram
It's as true to Ōtautahi as it gets and a great way to see the city from a new perspective. This unique experience combines history with sightseeing and is perfect for visitors or locals who want a different way of moving around the city. The beautifully restored heritage trams are family friendly and even better... kids go free! The hop-on-hop-off tickets allow you to visit the sights at your leisure, with the friendly drivers sharing all the knowledge of the city with you.
Taste The Flavours Of Riverside Market
An indoor market set in the centre of the city, Riverside Market is one of Ōtautahi’s most loved foodie spots. With an array of passionate, local businesses calling the market home, wander the stalls and soak up all the delicious delights. If the sun is shining, park up at one of the outdoor tables and dig into the delicious eats on offer. Did we mention that The Australian recently named Riverside Market as one of the best indoor food markets in the world?! Definitely a must visit.
Visit The Arts Centre
For the art lovers or those who appreciate a little heritage, a wander around The Arts Centre is definitely one to add to your list. A hub for creativity and arts, the centre is set in the strengthened and beautifully restored buildings that date back to 1877. The centre is home to boutique stores with local goods, a number of different museums and galleries, a perfume studio where you can make your very own scent, as well some delicious food and beverage stops. Check out The Fudge Cottage for a sweet treat, Bunsen for a coffee, or The Cellar Door for wine tasting and lunch.
Find A Favourite Gin
Discover the world of New Zealand gin at The Juniper Collective. Located in the heart of the city, this boutique offers a carefully curated selection of the finest gins on the market. The boutique is a place for exploration and discovery, for the gin lovers and those not so familiar with the spirit who are keen to learn. The knowledgeable staff will be on hand to help you find a new favourite bottle to take away and enjoy.
Discover Delicious Dining
Christchurch is a foodie haven, there is no doubt about it. In the CBD there are endless options for brunch, lunch, afternoon nibbles, drinks and dinner. Check out the bars and restaurants along The Terrace, the fabulous vendors at Little High or the tasty treats at The Crossing for easy central dining. There are a number of great cafes and coffee spots too. Discover more wine and dine inspiration.
Explore New Regent Street
With its colourful, Spanish Mission style architecture, New Regent Street is a great foodie location that boasts an abundance of unique restaurants, vibrant bars and indulgent dessert spots. Go for fine dining or more casual eats, sip away at whiskey lounge The Last Word or head straight for something sweet at Rollickin Gelato. If you nab a table outside you might even catch the tram running down the middle of the street. It's as iconic to Christchurch as it gets!
Explore The History
The Christ Church Cathedral is synonymous with the city and while the damage from the earthquake is still being worked on today, you can check out the progress and read about the project at the site. Be sure to also head over to the transitional cathedral, the site that was built as a temporary home while the Christ Church Cathedral is repaired. Did we mention that it is the only cathedral in the world that is made of cardboard? When exploring Cashel Street, the Bridge of Remembrance is another one to check out. A memorial for two world wars, the impressive structure is hard to miss.
Unwind In Christchurch Botanic Gardens
An inner-city sanctuary, The Botanic Gardens need to be on every nature-lovers list when exploring Christchurch. Just a 15-minute walk from the central city, the gardens offer a tranquil setting to walk, sit, watch and relax. For a proper tour of the area there is the option of Christchurch Attractions electric shuttle, with live commentary for a comfortable and informative overview of this beautiful space!