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

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