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24 Hours in Christchurch

Christchurch has plenty to see and do in the space of 24 hours! Below is just a taste of what can be squeezed into one day, although we recommend staying for longer to give you more time to explore.


Christchurch's cafe scene is booming, with a huge variety of establishments serving up quality food and coffee around the city. Try out the legendary C1 Espresso, full of character and friendly staff, or the modern and trendy Unknown Chapter, serving up some of the best brunches in town.

To familiarise yourself with the city, jump on board a London-style double-decker bus for an informative hop-on, hop-off tour with Soaring Kiwi Tours or check out the city on a unique two-wheeler with Chill - Explore With Us bike tours.

After finishing up your city tour, take a leisurely stroll through the spectacular Christchurch Botanic Gardens, featuring one of the finest collections of exotic and indigenous plants to be found anywhere in New Zealand.


Wander down to the picturesque Curator's House to enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine, or for a more casual affair, try out the ever popular Little High Eatery, a quirky and vibrant spot to experience eight different local offerings in one setting.


A visit to Christchurch wouldn't be complete without experiencing the iconic Avon River Punting. Sit back, relax and let a punter dressed in Edwardian attire show you why Christchurch has a reputation as the Garden City.

Enjoy the rest of your afternoon exploring the masterpieces of colour and creativity that adorn building walls with an inspiring street art tour from Watch This Space. If your legs need a rest from walking the streets, visit the Canterbury Museum or the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu for unique exhibits and a taste of history.


With so many new and funky restaurants now open, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to have dinner! Try out the stylish and sociable Terrace Tavern, the rustic European-inspired cuisine at Twenty Seven Steps, or enjoy the flavours, aromas and hospitality of Italy with a Kiwi twist at Francesca's Italian Kitchen.

Finish off your day with a visit to one of the many bars in Christchurch offering a chance to wind down and reflect on the day's activities.