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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Air Force Museum of New Zealand

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Starting in 1916, New Zealand pilots learned how to fly at Wigram airfield. The Air Force's old hangars now hold exhibits on aviation...

Antigua Boat Sheds & Cafe

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Built for the Christchurch Boating Club in 1882, this green-and-white wooden structure is the last shed standing of a half dozen that...

Arts Centre

  • Historic District/Site

For the most part, the historic Arts Centre (which used to be a popular arts, studios, theaters, shopping, and dining complex) remains...

Bridge of Remembrance

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Arching over Cashel Street, this Oamaru, limestone, memorial arch was built in memory of the soldiers who crossed the river here from...

Canterbury Museum

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When this museum was founded in 1867, its trading power with national and international museums was in moa bones. These Jurassic birds...

Cardboard Cathedral

  • Building/Architectural Site

As far as interim measures go, this one is right up there. Built largely from 98 cardboard tubes, covered in plastic, the Transitional...

Christchurch Art Gallery—Te Puna O Waiwhetu

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The city's stunning art gallery wows visitors as much for its architecture as for its artwork. Its tall, wavy glass facade was inspired...

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

One of the largest city parks in the world, these superb gardens are known for the magnificent trees planted here in the 19th century.

Christchurch Cathedral

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Sadly, this dominating landmark at the heart of the city faces demolition after being severely damaged in the 2010 earthquakes. Building...

Christchurch Gondola

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For one of the best vantage points to view Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains, and Lyttelton Harbour head to Christchurch Gondola. At...