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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Victoria Square

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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

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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

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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...

Annies Wine Bar

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Annies Wine Bar is the most refined option, a pleasant place to taste New Zealand wine alongside bistro fare. At this writing Annies...

Captain Robert Falcon Scott statue

  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

Scott of the Antarctic (1868–1912), who stayed in Christchurch while preparing for his two Antarctic expeditions, is memorialized...


Petrini has a strong following and is a perfect place to stop on your way to Sumner Beach for some snacks. In deference to the founder...

Waipara Wine Tours

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Although Waipara's vineyards are reasonably close together, they can be hard to find. Waipara Wine Tours offers a four-hour tour for...

Daniel Schuster

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Daniel Schuster is one of Canterbury's pioneering winemakers. His vines are grown in a traditional manner, without irrigation, and his...


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