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A Long Winter Weekend In Ōtautahi Itinerary

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If you're looking for ways to make the most of your long winter weekend, you've come to the right place. Whether you're an adventurous soul who loves a bit of competition, someone who admires the beauty of a city, or enjoys grabbing a bite with a stunning view, this itinerary has something for everyone. Get ready to experience something fresh, exciting, and unexpected during your long weekend in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Day One

Start off your long weekend by spicing up your life – well for a night or two that is. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a few luxurious nights in the heart of Christchurch in one of the city’s fabulous hotels. A staycation is the perfect way to get a little dose of holiday bliss without traveling far from home. Explore the incredible restaurants and bars, indulge in some retail therapy while hoping on-and-off the tram, or simply unwind in the inner city.

Start your morning off right by rugging up in your warmest jacket and exploring Christchurch's vibrant street art scene on foot. The city centre boasts a stunning collection of vibrant artworks, each crafted with a unique style and palette by immensely talented artists. Take a self-guided tour following a map or book a guided tour from Watch This Space, local street art champions.

For lunch, head over to The Crossing or Riverside Market, both of which are excellent hubs for restaurants and cafes featuring local and global eats. Take some time to browse the laneways for shopping and soak up the good vibes of the city!

In the evening, treat yourself to some delicious cocktails and small plates at the Pink Lady rooftop bar. With stunning mountain views, neon lighting, and cosy blankets to wrap yourself in on the balcony, this spot is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a drink.

Day Two

Make the most of your winter weekend by heading up to the Port Hills for stunning views of the snowcapped alps. Take a refreshing early morning walk or ride the gondola to the top of the hill to start your day right!

After working up an appetite, escape to Tussock Hill for a few hours of wining and dining. This hidden gem of a restaurant and cellar door, nestled in the Port Hills, is one of the best places to indulge in seasonal sharing plates and in-house organic wines while enjoying breathtaking views of the vineyard. Tussock Hill celebrates the best of local Canterbury produce and offers exceptional hospitality in a peaceful setting.

Once you've had your fill, head to the other side of the Port Hills to Lyttleton, a quirky and beautiful township with stunning harbour views, great cafes and boutique shopping. Treat yourself to an exceptional dining experience at one of their top-notch restaurants, such as Civil and Naval for an elevated pub meal, SUPER for innovative and delicious Japanese Māori fusion, and Arbour Woodfired Pizza and Bar for Italian cuisine with a twist

Day Three

Start your day off with a visit to The Tannery, a must-visit destination in Christchurch, where the perfect blend of old-time charm and modern attractions awaits you. With over 60 boutique shops, restaurants, bars, and a boutique cinema, this unique shopping emporium offers endless options for entertainment. Whether you're in the mood for a cheeky sushi breakfast, live music and a cup of coffee, a cosy movie, or some retail therapy, The Tannery has got your morning covered.

It's time to take your experience to the next level and see Ōtautahi Christchurch from a whole new perspective! Add some excitement to your day and book a scenic flight with Garden City Helicopters. Experience breathtaking city sights, the picturesque harbour of Lyttelton, and stunning bays with this ultimate scenic tour. Your expert pilot will inform you during the flight and point out all of Christchurch’s best views.

Finish off your long weekend right by indulging in some exquisite dining and drink options on New Regent Street in Christchurch. This charming street boasts a variety of restaurants and bars with cosy and inviting atmospheres, perfect for savoring a beer or fruity cocktail. For a memorable evening, head straight to The Last Word, a trendy whisky and cocktail lounge that offers an extensive selection of over 320 different types of whisky. You can also enjoy classic cocktails and delicious bites while reveling in some of the finest drinks around. If you're in the mood for something different, try Downstairs, which offers a chic and welcoming atmosphere, an ever-changing menu, and an impressive wine selection. You can always count on Downstairs for a perfect wine and food pairing, making every visit as special as the first.