Christchurch has a host of attractions to offer. From the history-rich inner city, with its Cathedral, Art Centre, Museum and Botanic Gardens, to Banks Peninsula, a unique volcanic area with its distinctive French colonial village, Akaroa, there will be something to intrigue, delight and excite anyone!
The Cultural Precinct in the central city includes the Art Centre, featuring galleries, shops, cafes and working artist studios, as well as the boutique Court Theatre, all housed in the historic stone University buildings. Weekend markets showcase local crafts, foods and busking.
Not far from the Arts Centre are the world-class Christchurch City Art Gallery, the Centre for Contemporary Art, the Botanic Gardens, the Christchurch Museum and Cathedral Square. Climb the steeple of the 19th century neo-gothic style Christchurch Cathedral for magnificent views of the city and Port hills.
Cathedral Square is the hub of the shopping district; from here you can take a guided tram ride through the central city, or catch a bus to the suburbs.
Explore the city’s many parks and the Avon river, which winds through the centre of the city. You can rent a kayak, or take a tour in one of the Edwardian–style punts.
Christchurch offers indoor family fun to suit all ages: the Antarctic Centre, Science Alive, Supa Karts Indoor Raceway, the QEII Aquatic centre and the YMCA Climbing Wall, are just a few of many to visit.
Outside the centre city in the Port Hills you will find the Gondola, while the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and the Antarctic Centre are near the Airport and the Air Force Museum is at Wigram.
Alternatively, take a scenic cruise with Black Cat Cruises in Lyttleton or Akaroa Harbour, and maybe even swim with the dolphins!
Up Up And Away’s hot air balloons give wonderful
views over the city and plains on still mornings.