Explore Christchurch

Top 10 Things to Do

1. Riverside Market

Experience Christchurch’s bustling food scene with a visit to the Riverside Market in the heart of the city. Fresh produce, artisan bakeries, bars and bustling eateries are only an example of what’s on offer. Grab some lunch and sit outside where you can listen to the buskers and look out onto the Ōtākaro Avon river.

2. Christchurch Art Gallery

No trip to Christchurch is complete without a stop at the Christchurch Art Gallery. Showcasing pieces from both New Zealand and international artists, the everchanging exhibitions ensure that each visit will be unique.

3. Explore Christchurch’s Dining Scene

Christchurch’s dining scene is nothing short of extraordinary. There are options galore at Little High, which comprises of eight eateries under one roof in an alternative modern-style food court. If you are after a meal with a view, head along to the Terrace – take your pick of the spectacular restaurants – and watch the sun set over the river.

4. Christchurch Adventure Park

For the thrill seekers, the Christchurch Adventure Park is the place to be. Located in Christchurch’s Port Hills, the city proves to be a breathtaking backdrop to those wanting to try out one of the four ziplines or one of the best mountain biking trails in New Zealand. If you are feeling peckish, stop in at the café on site before heading back down the hill.

5. Central City Shopping

The central city is home to Christchurch’s most coveted shops. Any trip is incomplete without a visit to Ballantynes – Christchurch’s iconic department store. For those wanting something special, be sure to stop by New Zealand’s own Ruby, or Infinite Definite – a local favourite – which is home to over 70 New Zealand and International designers.

6. Canterbury Museum

Home to a collection spanning more than 2.3 million objects, the historic Canterbury Museum is must-do for visitors to Christchurch. Discover the story of the Canterbury region and the natural history of New Zealand, including the remarkable Bird Hall. Over 10 exhibitions are staged at the museum throughout the year.

7. Botanic Gardens

Located in Hagley Park, the Botanic Gardens receive over 500,000 visitors each year. Sprawling over 21 hectares and housing some of the largest trees in the country and only the finest native and exotic flora, the gardens are an unforgettable experience.

8. Margaret Mahy Playground

The Margaret Mahy playground – named after one of the city’s most famous children’s authors – is a must do for families. With attractions for children of all ages – including a flying fox, water playground and multiple giant slides – the kids will be begging to stay.

9. The Arts Centre

Originally built in 1877, the recently restored Arts Centre is a hub for those interested in the Arts. To experience some local history, visit Rutherford’s Den, the original workplace of Nobel Prize winning scientist Ernest Rutherford or stop by the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities. Wander around the 23 separate buildings on site - 21 of which are listed by Heritage New Zealand as Historic Place Category 1.

10. Walk Christchurch

For those seeking exercise – there is no better place to get the blood pumping than the Port Hills. With numerous tracks to choose from, every skill level is catered for. Walk up the locals favourite – Rapaki Track – for views of the city on one side and Banks Peninsula on the other. If you are seeking something closer to the city, Hagley Park is a great option.