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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Aigantighe Art Gallery

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Pronounced "egg and tie," (Scottish Gaelic for "at home"), this is one of the largest, most intriguing public art museums in the South...

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 plus a brand-new state-of-the-art...

Akaroa Museum

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The focus of historic interest is the Akaroa Museum, which has a display of Māori pounamu (greenstone) as well as alternating exhibits...

Akaroa Walks

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Take the village walk, where you amble along the narrow streets past old-fashioned little cottages and historic buildings that reflect...

Antigua Boat Sheds & Cafe

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

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

Arthur's Pass National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

This spectacular alpine region is a favorite hiking destination. Initially hacked through as a direct route to the West Coast gold fields...

Arts Centre

  • Building/Architectural Site

After major restoration, a large section of the historic Arts Centre (which was a popular arts, studios, theaters, shopping, and dining...

Black Estate

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

With its distinctive black barn tasting room and restaurant on the warm, sunny slopes of the Omihi Hills, this family-run vineyard has...

Bridge of Remembrance and Triumphal Arch

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Arching over Cashel Street, this Oamaru limestone memorial arch and Avon River bridge was built in memory of the soldiers who crossed...

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...


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