Christchurch and Canterbury Travel Guide
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.
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
Central Christchurch lost over 200 restaurants and bars in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Although some are reopening or... read more
Things To Do in Christchurch and Canterbury
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
The Arts: Christchurch has a solid collection of galleries, museums, heritage buildings, and cultural activities. Fantastic... Read more
The journey is the thing. Nowhere in New Zealand does this Homeric phrase resound more than at Arthur's Pass, where the way... Read more
Enterprising local tourist offices have sketched out thematically linked, self-guided sightseeing routes throughout the region. You can... Read more
Although officially part of New Zealand, the Chatham Islands, 800 km (500 mi) east of the South Island, are a land apart. Bearing the full... Read more
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