Christchurch and Canterbury Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Christchurch and Canterbury - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The bell in this church's belfry came out with the Canterbury Pilgrims on one of the first Four Ships and was rung hourly to indicate...

State Highway 75

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

State Highway 75 leads from Christchurch out onto the peninsula, curving along the southern portion past Lake Ellesmere. There are interesting...

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...

Te Ana – Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre

  • Museum/Gallery

This interpretative walk-through experience explains the significant Maori limestone rock art found in the Timaru region. Over 80% of...

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 Rayner is a consummate winemaker, and one of the modern-day pioneers of Waipara winemaking. At Torlesse Wines he uses grapes from...

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 four-year...

Waipara Hills

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

The huge, cathedral-like European castle rock-and-timber building at Waipara Hills, although only 16 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 ($5). The café, in converted farm buildings,...


  • Zoo/Aquarium

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