Christchurch and Canterbury Sights

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Taylor's Mistake

  • Beach–Sight

Experienced surfers prefer Taylor's Mistake to Sumner Beach because the waves are often higher. You can drive here over the Scarborough...

Te Ana – Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre

  • Museum/Gallery

This interpretative walk-through experience explains the significant Māori limestone rock art found in the Timaru region. More than...

Timeball Station

  • Museum/Gallery

The New Zealand Historic Places Trust is committed to rebuilding the Timeball Station tower (but not a full rebuild of the station) in...

Torlesse Wines

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Kym and Ben Rayner are consummate winemakers, and Kym is one of the pioneers of Waipara winemaking. At Torlesse Wines they use grapes...

Transitional "Cardboard" Cathedral

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Locals call it the Cardboard Cathedral because it is built largely from 98 cardboard tubes, covered in plastic. The Anglican church's...

Victoria Square

  • Historic District/Site

This square was named for Queen Victoria in her jubilee year. On its north side sits the damaged Town Hall, which is undergoing a restoration...

Waipara Hills

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

The huge, cathedral-like European castle rock-and-timber building at Waipara Hills, although less than 20 years old, looks somewhat medieval...

Waipara Springs Winery and Cafe

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

One of the valley's oldest wineries, Waipara Springs offers lunch or just a wine tasting (NZ$5). The café, in converted farm buildings,...

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

  • Zoo/Aquarium

In addition to familiar farm animals and other zoo regulars, Willowbank has a section devoted to New Zealand's unique wildlife, from...

Women's Suffrage Memorial

  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

This bronze memorial wall, unveiled in 1993, commemorates 100 years of votes for women. New Zealand was the first country in the world...