Christchurch and Canterbury Travel Guide


Photo of Christchurch and Canterbury Photo: David Wall/Tourism New Zealand

Plan Your Christchurch and Canterbury Vacation

Captain Cook sailed right past the Canterbury coast in 1770 and thought Banks Peninsula was an island. The Māori knew better, they were already well established (by some 500 years) around Te Waihora and Waiwera—Lakes Ellesmere and Forsyth.


Christchurch and Canterbury Hotels

There’s an extraordinary array of lodging in Christchurch to suit all tastes and budgets—from backpackers lodges to... read more


Christchurch and Canterbury Restaurants

Central Christchurch lost hundreds of restaurants and bars in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, but the city is already almost... read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Christchurch and Canterbury

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


Christchurch and Canterbury Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    The Arts: Christchurch’s galleries, museums, and cultural activities have had to be innovative and have risen to the challenge;... Read more

  • Arthur's Pass National Park

    The journey is the thing. This Homeric phrase rings so true for the drive along Highway 73 to Arthur’s Pass. In the heart of the... Read more

  • Christchurch Earthquakes

    It’s hard to imagine there’s a way to use a shipping container that Christchurch hasn’t thought of. They’re in use as an art... Read more

  • Scenic Drives in Christchurch

    Enterprising local tourist offices have sketched out thematically linked, self-guided sightseeing routes throughout the region. You can... Read more

  • The Chatham Islands

    Although officially part of New Zealand, the Chatham Islands, 800 km (500 miles) east of the South Island, are a land apart. Bearing the... Read more


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