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Best Spots To Snap A Pic This Spring

Top Spring Photo Spots

There’s no shortage of picture-perfect locations around Ōtautahi Christchurch during spring. The city really shows off at this time of year.

From vibrant street art and epic views from the Port Hills, to our many gardens and charming city centre, there are stunning spots to snap a few pics all over. Here are our top picks for your content capture dreams!

Pictures Amongst The Spring Flowers

Christchurch is spoilt with lush green spaces and pretty spring colours in every direction. If you're looking for tranquil nature backdrops, we’ve got you covered with the best of the bunch.

  • The Christchurch Botanic Gardens boasts massive trees and epic flower gardens, conservatories, and riverside scenes. Snap a pic by the Peacock Fountain or get down amongst the daffodils. 
  • Riccarton and Harper Aves become a hot spot for blossom in early Spring. Cherry blossom trees and daffodils in full bloom are a photographer's dream! This place is guaranteed to deliver that perfect shot.
  • The peaceful gardens of Mona Vale are home to heritage buildings and lush gardens. Get your rose garden fix here or come back at golden hour for riverside vistas and garden charm.
  • Nestled at the edge of Lyttelton Harbour, Ohinetahi, Governors Bay is a private garden open to the public most days. Get lost in a maze of perfect hedges, beautiful roses and native planting. The gazebos and serene settings create dreamy fairy-tale vibes.

Read more about top spots to catch the spring flowers in Christchurch.

Snap The Street Art In Christchurch

Christchurch’s street art scene brings vibrancy to every corner of the city. Ranked as a global street art capital, there’s plenty of choice for that perfect funky backdrop.

  • Check out the mind-bending mural behind Riverside Market, telling the story of central city heritage and the global women’s suffrage movement which started right here in Christchurch.
  • The larger-than-life Antarctic scene beside the Novotel Hotel in Cathedral Square shows penguins underwater framed by ice and is one of the city's largest murals.
  • Down in Rauora Park, the 8 ever-changing oversized spray cans are a canvas for street artists to test their wares. Three cans are intended for long-term works that are refreshed sporadically.
  • View Wāhine Toa, a powerful and impressive mural next to Shands Lane Hereford Street, that pays tribute to a group of pioneering wāhine toa from Ōtautahi Christchurch's history.

Check out this map to hunt down the city’s best. Or read more about the epic street art in the city

Shoot From The Port Hills

We all know the best view of Christchurch is from the Port Hills. But you may not know all of the best spots for an epic wide-angle landscape shot

  • The Mount Vernon Farm Lookout on the Summit Road is one of the most famous vantage points of the city. From here you can take in the whole city, or cross the road to look over Lyttelton Harbour.
  • A little further south down the Summit Road is Kennedy's Bush Car Park, where you can get an unobstructed view of the harbour heads and watch the storm clouds roll in if you time it right.
  • Head up the back of Sumner to the Captain Thomas Track for epic views down the valley and over Sumner Village. Wear comfortable shoes as you'll need to hike up a bit, but the view is worth it!
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Framed With Urban Architecture

Christchurch is the country’s newest city, with modern architecture alongside our prized heritage buildings. Get into the four avenues to fill your feed with urban splendour.

  • The Bridge of Remembrance bookends city mall on Cashel Street in epic fashion. A hot spot for city scenery, the bridge spans the Avon River, surrounded by streetscapes and lush planting.
  • The City Promenade is an epic urban landscape that winds through the city along the Ōtākaro Avon River. Starting from the hospital, past The Terrace and ending at Margaret Mahy Playground. Take in parks, food establishments, and playgrounds, and revel in those sweet city vibes.
  • New Regent Street is dubbed New Zealand’s most beautiful street, so get creative with its pastel colours then reward yourself at one of their cafes or bars. Picture perfect themselves, check out Gin Gin for cocktails, the Last Word for a dram of whisky, or a luscious cold treat from Rollickin Gelato.

Foodie Spots To Snap Up

Food really is the greatest muse. Delicious treats and decadent menus make for the very best photos. You are spoilt for choice at these epic foodie spots around Christchurch.

  • The definition of aesthetic, C1 Espresso comes complete with pneumatic tubes, quirky decorations, and moving bookcases. Print your face on coffee or grab an unexpectedly entertaining cup of tea. Corner of Tuam and High streets in Christchurch CBD.
  • This place is dripping in décor. Amazonita is a staple of The Terrace’s food offering, with greenery and taxidermy from all angles. You’re sure to get a sweet shot within these walls. Plus, they serve Frosé! Yes, that’s frozen rosé. On The Terrace, in Christchurch's CBD.
  • Get up high and enjoy the best cocktails the city has to offer from one of the rooftop bars where you can snap a picture with views of the city as your backdrop.
  • Head to the Welder where you'll find various bars, restaurants, cafes and open spaces to take an aesthetic picture. You have to go to Kokomo to try their viral crookie (a croissant and a cookie all in one) – make sure you post a review on your TikTok!