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. 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...Read More

  • 2. 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...Read More

  • 3. Aigantighe Art Gallery


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

  • 4. 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...Read More

  • 5. Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum


    At the Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, there's some good rural stuff with more than 100 tractors (some dating back to 1912) and...Read More

  • 6. New Zealand Alpine and Agriculture Encounter


    This purpose-built new attraction brings to life the stories of the mountains, plains, and people who live there with multimedia and interactive...Read More

  • 7. Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum


    This collection of buildings contains 20,000 Māori and 19th-century colonial artifacts, including waka (canoes) used in Waitangi Day celebrations...Read More

  • 8. South Canterbury Museum


    Anything to do with South Canterbury's past gets covered here, from fossils to fashions, Māori artifacts to 19th-century shipwrecks, and Richard...Read More

  • 9. Te Ana – Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre


    This interpretative walk-through experience explains the significant Māori limestone rock art found in the Timaru region. More than 80% of the...Read More

  • 10. Timeball Station


    The New Zealand Historic Places Trust is committed to rebuilding the Timeball Station tower (but not a full rebuild of the station) in stages...Read More

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