Things to do in Christchurch

Top Things to Do in Christchurch

Things to Do in Christchurch

Top Attractions in Christchurch

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  • Perry B
    Hong Kong, China2,351 contributions
    I went promenading here with a close friend last March and it was fabulous. The day was balmy which,of course, it will not be NOW in Christchurch. The paths were strewn with leaves and a gentle breeze sighed. This was all able to afford me such a good catch up with such a dear friend.
    Written 24 June 2022
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  • Alys847
    Dunedin, New Zealand143 contributions
    Done the trip 3 times now and this was the best one yet. What made it so good was the personal sound system with a documentary. For the first time we were able to understand all the details of the scenery and the building of the line and viaducts. The carriage we were in was smooth riding and there was virtually no rail noise. The cafe was adequate and I had some excellent coffee. The food, while somewhat limited, was enjoyable. We also had an icecream. The trip could've been made safer for us as 80-year olds, if we could have had some service at our seat rather than a wobbly walk down the train to the cafe.
    Written 23 April 2022
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  • Amanda Pope
    Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
    Good half day christchruch museum
    Good exhibitions ,and Christchruch town very good. Shelton exhibition is very good
    Written 4 May 2022
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  • SD2606
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,741 contributions
    Willowbank
    Great for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
    Nicely maintained, good paths, safe environment, the animals look happy and healthy and well looked after, enclosures look homely.
    Expensive but a nice special outing for the family.
    Written 26 May 2022
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  • lynn e
    Dunedin, New Zealand132 contributions
    We arrived in Christchurch for the caravan show but decided to look around the city as well, the Gondola was great and great for a view over Lyttelton harbour.
    Written 27 May 2022
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  • AraleMelbourne
    Melbourne, Australia362 contributions
    As our hotel is within walking distance, we came to this playground twice. The first was on a Sunday afternoon and it was very busy with lots and lots of families. There were still enough space for everyone to play. On a Wednesday afternoon we came back and it was relative empty and our children were able to spend 2+ hours enjoying the grounds. The playground equipment are relatively new and clean.

    It is also located along the creek so you can have a nice walk along the bank and what the punting boats travel by.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Graham H
    Auckland, New Zealand31 contributions
    Have you ever wanted to go South and experience the ice but can't afford the time or cost, well then visit the Centre! You'll get an excellent taste of what it's like without leaving town, experience a blizzard, perhaps feed the penguins and ride in a real overland vehicle complete with bumps and ridges just like the Antarctic.
    Written 12 June 2022
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  • Todd B
    Lexington, MA57 contributions
    Okay, this is a small single level museum focused on the 2011-2012 quakes that struck Christchurch, so you probably think, well maybe spend an hour at most in there, right? Wrong. This museum’s displays and videos are captivating, informative and extremely moving. We spent three hours there, and when we came out we realized it was two hours passed when we would normally have had lunch. You will not only understand quakes better, but the meaning of community, New Zealandersthemselves, and be viscerally reminded about the precious nature of life and what’s truly important after you visit. Our innkeeper recommended this and while I was a bit hesitant at first, I now see why this is a must see along with grandeur of all that is New Zealand
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Sandra M
    Reading, UK4 contributions
    Very poignant tinged in sadness ,but also reflecting on those who will never see the sun again ,a place for rememberence and quiet reflection
    Written 12 May 2022
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  • SD2606
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,741 contributions
    Banks Peninsula
    Amazing views.
    Great trip to make when in CHC for a few days if you have time for a look.
    
Would be best to have an over night there to enjoy it that little bit more.
     
    You could camp or stay in an Air B&B etc.
    
It is a short drive in terms of kilometres to get there but the roads are very winding so takes a bit of time to get there. For example takes about 1.5 hours to go 90km.
    The main township there is Akaroa, which is stunning.

There is a dolphin cruise from Akaroa, plus plenty of cafes, day walks, a cheese factory, winery, golf course and animal parks there to enjoy.
    Highly recommend.
    Written 25 May 2022
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  • SD2606
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,741 contributions
    Hagley Park
    There are two sides to Hagley Park, north and south, as Riccarton Avenue runs through the middle of it.
     
    Also in the middle of it is the Botanical Gardens.
    
The Avon River also travels through.
    
Hagley Park is a great park with paths perfect for runners, walkers, kids on bike and scooters and dog walkers.
     
    Beautiful colours through all the seasons. If you are keen on those Instagram seasonal photos then this is your place.
    
Small golf course there.
     
    Couple of toilets on the south side.
     
    Highly recommend.
    Written 25 May 2022
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  • Andrew L
    10 contributions
    Had a lovely conversation with Richard, he talked us through the history of of and around the building. The old cathedral, the use of the land prior to the construction of this one, the architectural designs their importance. Very knowledgeable host.
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • Graham H
    Auckland, New Zealand31 contributions
    This is an excellent collection of NZ's military aviation history, with aircraft operations spanning the globe from the South Pole to Afghanistan and Vietnam. When you've completed the guided tour, you'll need to refuel at the cafe with food and beverage.
    Written 12 June 2022
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  • SD2606
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,741 contributions
    Avon River
    Main river that runs through Christchurch, but it really is more of a small canal or stream! In parts there are places where you can hire kayaks or go punting.
     
    Ducks and swans are familiar visitors to the river too.
     
    Lots of lovely places for those Instagram photos.
     
    Many walking paths follow the river so you can enjoy a walk along side.

In parts there are bars (Oxford Terrace) where you can enjoy looking at the river whilst enjoying a refreshment.
    Written 25 May 2022
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  • SD2606
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,741 contributions
    Sumner Beach
    Probably the nicest beach in Christchurch.
     
    Just not great if there is an Easterly wind as then really cold.
     
    The beach itself is quite long and wide at low tide. The sand is nice and quite often really clean.
    
It is a bit of a surf beach at time and operates Surf Life Saving flags in the season as can be quite rough.
    
There is a lovely esplanade footpath for people to enjoy the seaside stroll on. 

Sumner beach has a restaurant right over the sand, an ice cream shop and café close by to enjoy.
     
    Lots of parking street side, but it does fill up on sunny warm days.
     
    Worth the trip for some sea breeze and pretty ocean views.
    Written 26 May 2022
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