Christchurch and Canterbury

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

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  • 1. Arts Centre

    After major restoration, a large section of the historic Arts Centre, once a popular cultural venue, has reopened with galleries, theaters, boutique shopping, and dining....Read More

  • 2. Black Estate

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

  • 3. Canterbury Museum

    When this museum was founded in 1867, its trading power with national and international museums was in moa bones (these Jurassic birds roamed the plains...Read More

  • 4. Christchurch Art Gallery—Te Puna O Waiwhetu

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

  • 5. Christchurch Gondola


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

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  • 6. Christchurch Tram

    There's something nostalgic and reassuring about the ding-ding of these heritage trams. All-day tickets allow you to hop on and off and explore the inner...Read More

  • 7. Christchurch Transitional (Cardboard) Cathedral

    After the famed Christchurch Cathedral was severely damaged from the 2010–11 earthquakes, the Anglican church's Transitional Cathedral opened to help fill a little of the...Read More

  • 8. CoCA—Centre of Contemporary Art

    Christchurch's leading contemporary art home was built in 1968 and has since been restored and remodeled as a modern and stylish gallery space. Formed in...Read More

  • 9. Mona Vale Homestead and Gardens


    Visit this beautifully restored Arts & Crafts movement home, enjoy tea or lunch in the Mona Vale Pantry, and stroll or punt along the Avon...Read More

  • 10. Ohinetahi

    Sir Miles Warren is one of New Zealand's foremost architects with a pedigree as large as his garden. Ohinetahi, which is also the Māori name...Read More

  • 11. Riccarton House and Bush


    The Deans, a Scottish family, beat even the Canterbury Association settlers to this region. Riccarton Bush, their home, is now run by a trust. You...Read More

  • 12. Air Force Museum of New Zealand


    Starting in 1916, New Zealand pilots learned how to fly at Wigram Airfield. The Air Force's old hangars plus a state-of-the-art aircraft hall now hold...Read More

  • 13. Akaroa Museum

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

  • 14. Akaroa Walks

    Take the village walk, where you amble along the narrow streets past old-fashioned little cottages and historic buildings that reflect the area's multicultural background. If...Read More

  • 15. Antigua Boat Sheds & Cafe

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

  • 16. Arthur's Pass National Park

    This spectacular alpine region is a favorite hiking destination. Initially hacked through as a direct route to the West Coast gold fields in 1865, the...Read More

  • 17. Bridge of Remembrance and Triumphal Arch

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

  • 18. Captain Robert Falcon Scott Statue

    The captain known as Scott of the Antarctic (1868–1912), who stayed in Christchurch while preparing for his two Antarctic expeditions, is memorialized by this unfinished...Read More

  • 19. Chalice

    An artwork created by internationally acclaimed Christchurch sculptor Neil Dawson, this giant steel vessel was installed in Cathedral Square in 2001 to celebrate the 150th...Read More

  • 20. Christ's College

    Founded in 1850, Christ's College is New Zealand's most well-known private school for boys. It is housed in a magnificent precinct of buildings designed by...Read More

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