Four Itineraries to Experience Christchurch
Time to Act Like a Tourist
If you were heading to Copenhagen or Melbourne, the first thing you’d do is Google the coolest attractions and cafes to see, right?
Just because you’re not travelling doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore your city in the same way. Treat Christchurch like you would a Europe mini city break – and support our local businesses while you’re at it. There’s a reason thousands of visitors flock here every year.
We’ve given you a hand with some itineraries below. What is your ideal day out in Christchurch? Share it with us and inspire others.
Time to get out of your trackpants and back into some culture.
Our creative city isn’t afraid to push the boundaries – think of popular exhibitions like Ron Mueck’s lifelike sculptures or Ronnie van Hout’s giant hand.
Whether you’re after inspiration or some quiet contemplation, our galleries are first class.
1. First things first. Set the mood with coffee and lunch at the aesthetically pleasing (and delicious) Lux Expresso on a weekday, Universo, or City Social on the weekend.
2. Wander over to the Christchurch Art Gallery – reacquaint yourself with the collection and new exhibitions including Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys.
3. Head up the road to The Arts Centre – soak up the atmosphere of the stone buildings. Pick up some goods and art supplies at Frances Nation or Pepa Stationary, get a new look at Indigo and Provisions.
4. Catch a film at the gorgeous Lumiere Cinema.
5. Finish the night at with fine wines and dinner at Cellar Door.
These past months have shown the importance of getting outdoors. Christchurch boasts some of the most spectacular scenery to do it in, as well as some of the best activities.
1. Grab an early coffee from Joe’s Garage in Sumner.
2. Drive over to Taylor’s Mistake and catch some epic sun-rise and sea views on the Godley Head track – about 2 hours return.
3. Head back over the hill and up Sumner Road to Lyttelton for brunch at Lyttelton Coffee Company or The Shroom Room.
4. Drive the bays and over the Port Hills to the Christchurch Adventure Park where you can find adrenaline on a downhill mountain bike or the country’s longest zipline. Hire bikes if you need. Cool off with craft beer and fine wines at the on-site café.
5. Top off the day at Birdwood Eatery – some of the best Italian in town, in nearby Beckenham.
Urbanista: Vintage, Street Art Hunt and Cocktails
One of the best things about our newfound freedom? Feeling the city vibe again.
It’s time to rediscover those city feels.
1. Fuel up on lunch at Grater Goods – the KFT (T is for tofu) burger is 10/10. Get inspired next door at vintage store Junk & Disorderly.
2. Take the camera on a walk to the SALT district – snap some street art and urban-chic settings in and around Little High and Lichfield Courtyard.
3. Coffee or snack time? Hit up local favourite C1 , wander up to the Square for some crafty inspiration at Tūranga – did you know they have sewing machines?
4. The Danceomat is just around the corner. Bring a coin and your best moves – an outdoor boogie is guaranteed to make you feel good. Cruise down New Regent St for a pre-dinner craft beer or wine at Institution, followed by dinner at Story or Twenty-Seven Steps.
5. Rollickin' Gelato is waiting just down the street for desert – or carry on and sample the best whiskey and cocktails at The Last Word. The perfect finish.
Animal-lovers Day Out
Are you a true Cantab explorer if you haven’t even been to the International Antarctic Centre? Given Christchurch an international Gateway City, we think not. There are penguins, huskies and a Hagglund Field Trip.
Check out this day trip suggestion for more tips.
1. Start off at the International Antarctic Centre – check out this handy guide to plan a schedule that fits in all you want to see
2. After all that excitement, you’ll be starving. Terra Viva Café and Deli, just around the corner, never disappoints for lunch.
3. Make a day of it and head to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Get up close with what makes New Zealand, and Christchurch, unique – kiwi and tuatara included!