Christchurch and Canterbury Travel Guide

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

Plan Your Christchurch and Canterbury Vacation

John Robert Godley, whose memorial statue until the recent earthquake stood in Christchurch's Cathedral Square, would have seen the spectacular views of the Southern Alps at the top of the Port Hills in 1850. The Canterbury Association, a British organization, had sent him to New Zealand to prepare for the arrival of settlers for a planned Church of England community. That year, four settler ships arrived bearing roughly 800 pioneers, and their new town was named for Godley's college at Oxford.

Hotels

Christchurch and Canterbury Hotels

At this writing the central city is off-limits and inside a cordon, meaning many of the city's hotels are inaccessible. But... read more

Restaurants

Christchurch and Canterbury Restaurants

Central Christchurch lost over 200 restaurants and bars in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Although some are reopening or... 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.

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Christchurch and Canterbury Experiences

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