Ride the historic Christchurch tram and take in the central city's sights
Tram, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Julian Apse

Punting on the Avon in Christchurch
Christchurch, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Canterbury Tourism

The green heart of Christchurch


Christchurch city promises an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. As the gateway to the South Island, it's a must on any itinerary.

Described by Lonely Planet as a "vibrant city in transition, coping resiliently and creatively,” Christchurch's energy is evident wherever you go. The city has bounced back after the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 with innovative new attractions, as well as some old favourites.

Visit the Re:START container mall, the transitional Cardboard Cathedral, and some of the many popup restaurants and bars. Contemporary art galleries, boutique shops and open-air markets add to Christchurch’s creative vibe.

Traditionally known as the Garden City, Christchurch’s award winning Botanic Gardens are over 150 years old and boast an enviable collection of exotic and native plants.

The Avon River flows gently through the city centre, making Edwardian punt rides an iconic way to sightsee. Alternatively, catch a ride aboard the Historic Tram or take a bicycle tour to learn about Christchurch's history.

Other popular activities include the International Antarctic Centre, Orana Wildlife Park and walking, mountain biking or driving through the Port Hills for stunning views of the city and coast.

Lonely Planet listed Christchurch as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2013 and the New York Times ranked Christchurch second on its list of 52 Places to Go in 2014.

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

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123 Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
8.20 59 Reviews
Riccarton, Christchurch
Just an 8-minute drive from Christchurch city centre, 123 Motel offers free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast. All guest rooms feature a satellite flat-screen TV and a kitchenette. Free parking is on offer. One Two Three Motel is a 2-minute drive from Westfield Riccarton Mall and a 3... (more)
136 On Bealey - Avenue Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
7.50 376 Reviews
Christchurch Central, Christchurch
In Christchurch, this lodge offers free parking and a free shuttle to Christchurch Train Station. A refrigerator and microwave are standard in all rooms. Victoria Street shopping venues are half a mile away. Avenue Motor Lodge’s rooms have Wi-Fi access, flat-screen cable TV and a work d... (more)
162 Kings Of Riccarton Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
8.50 205 Reviews
Riccarton, Christchurch
162 Kings of Riccarton Motel offers self-contained studios and apartments in Christchurch, most with a private patio or balcony overlooking Deans Bush. A garden with barbecue facilities, a free DVD library, 2 guest laundries and free private parking are some of the things on offer at 16... (more)
166 Majestic Court Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
9.00 125 Reviews
Riccarton, Christchurch
Just 3 minutes' walk from Riccarton Mall, 166 Majestic Court Motel offers accommodation with a kitchenette and flat-screen satellite TV. Guests enjoy on-site BBQ facilities, free WiFi and free parking. It is 4 minutes' drive from the University of Canterbury, 5 minutes' from AMI Stadium... (more)
175 Metropolitan Executive Motel on Riccarton - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
8.90 298 Reviews
Riccarton, Christchurch
Just a 5-minute walk from Westfield Riccarton Mall, Metropolitan Executive Motel offers modern apartments with flat-screen satellite TV and a CD player. Free parking is available on site. The elegant apartments include a kitchenette or kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator and tea and ... (more)
298 Westside Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
8.60 226 Reviews
Upper Riccarton, Christchurch
Located in the Christchurch suburb of Riccarton and only 10 minutes from Christchurch Airport is 298 Westside Motor Lodge. The stylish property has 18 quality and well appointed, self contained units all of which are serviced daily. Guests have a choice of accommodation option from: 8 s... (more)
306 Aspire on Riccarton Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
9.00 203 Reviews
Upper Riccarton, Christchurch
306 On Riccarton Motel is a Qualmark 4-star plus Motel in Christchurch. It has 15 self-contained luxury units, serviced daily: 10 studios sleep 2-3; 3x1brm sleep 2-4; 2x2brm sleep 4-6; all units designated non-smoking; 2 with access facilities. Room amenities include a fully equipped ki... (more)
315 Motel Riccarton - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
8.50 368 Reviews
Upper Riccarton, Christchurch
Offering unlimited free WiFi and free transfers to and from Christchurch Airport, 315 Riccarton Motel is just 10 minutes' drive from AMI Stadium and CBS Canterbury Arena. All accommodation cooking facilities and a flat-screen TV with over 50 satellite channels. 315 Riccarton Motel Chris... (more)
53 Southern Comfort Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
Christchurch Central, Christchurch
Featuring an outdoor pool and a sunny terrace, 53 Southern Comfort Motel is just 10 minutes’ walk from Christchurch Casino. A private patio and flat-screen satellite TV are standard in all rooms. Free parking is available on site. 53 Southern Comfort Motel Christchurch is 2 km from cent... (more)
AAA Northlands Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
7.20 117 Reviews
AAA Northlands Motel offers motel accommodation in Papanui, Christchurch. Accommodation consists of 17 spacious studio units and 1&2 bedroom units that are serviced daily. Interconnecting rooms available and 2 units with access facilities.Each unit has microwave (some with cooktop or full ... (more)
Aalton Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
8.50 185 Reviews
Riccarton, Christchurch
Aalton Motel offers comfortable and spacious accommodation in Christchurch.It has 10 spacious well-appointed groundfloor units, serviced daily: 4x2brm sleep 2-6; 2x1brm sleep 1-5; 4 studio sleep 2-3; all designated non-smoking, 1 studio with access facilities. All units are self-contained ... (more)
Aarburg Airport Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
7.50 139 Reviews
Burnside, Christchurch
Just a 3-minute drive from Christchurch International Airport, Aarburg Airport Motel offers a free airport shuttle, free WiFi and free on-site parking. All studios have a patio with garden views, air-conditioning and heat pumps. The motel is an 11-minute drive from Victoria Street and a... (more)
Abbella Luxury Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
8.60 150 Reviews
Redwood, Christchurch
Located 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Christchurch, Abbella Luxury Motel offers comfortable garden view rooms with a kitchenette. Free on-site parking is provided. Each room has flat-screen satellite TV and a DVD player. There is a refrigerator, a microwave, a toaster and an elec... (more)
Abbey Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
7.30 267 Reviews
This fully-equipped motel offers warm and friendly service in the heart of Christchurch, Abbey Motor Lodge’s 14 self-contained units, including studio units, deluxe one-bedroom units and 2-bedroom units sleeping from 2 to 7 people, are located within easy walking distance of the center of ... (more)
Academy Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
8.30 277 Reviews
Ilam, Christchurch
Located opposite the University of Canterbury, Academy Motor Lodge offers a free parking and accommodation with a satellite TV. Academy Motel is a 10-minute drive from Christchurch Airport and Hagley Golf Course. It is 15 minutes’ drive from the Christchurch city centre. There is a s... (more)
Achilles Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
7.10 274 Reviews
Saint Albans, Christchurch
Achilles Motel is within a 10-minute drive of the Re:START Container Mall and the Hagley Park and Golf Course. This modern accommodation offers free on-site parking. Guests enjoy 100 MB of free Wi-Fi per stay. Heated guest rooms feature a seating area with a TV set. The apartment-style ... (more)
Addington Accommodation Park - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
6.10 4 Reviews
Addington, Christchurch
Accommodation: clean and affordable. 3km to city, 2km to Christchurch Public Hospital. Orbiter bus at gate. Walking or driving distance to Tranzalpine Train Station, Westfield Mall Riccarton, CBS Canterbury Arena, Tower Junction/Addington Shopping Centre, Addington Raceway, AMI Stadium (al... (more)
Addington City Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
8.60 106 Reviews
Addington, Christchurch
Addington City Motel is 800 metres from the CBS Canterbury Arena and 1.1 km from Christchurch Train Station. The cosy accommodation offers a free 2-way shuttle from the railway station, free parking on site and free Wi-Fi access. All accommodation comes with a 32-inch flat-screen TV wit... (more)
Addington Court Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
9.30 105 Reviews
Addington, Christchurch
Just 5 minutes’ walk from Addington Raceway, Addington Court Motel offers self-contained accommodation with free Wi-Fi and free transfers to and from Christchurch Railway Station. It features BBQ facilities and free onsite parking. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is standard in... (more)
Addington Stadium Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
8.70 117 Reviews
Spreydon, Christchurch
Located close to the railway station (free shuttle). Addington Stadium Motel provides modern accommodation 7 minuets drive from the city centre. Your hosts pride themselves on providing guests with spacious quality accommodation and unsurpassed hospitality. ... (more)
Adelphi Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
5.70 5 Reviews
Merivale, Christchurch
Only 5 minutes’ drive from Cathedral Square, Adelphi Motel offers comfortable accommodation with flat-screen satellite TV and free parking. Free BBQ facilities are available on site. Motel Adelphi is a 5-minute drive from Christchurch Botanic Gardens and a 10-minute drive from AMI Stadi... (more)
Admiral Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
7.30 184 Reviews
Christchurch Central, Christchurch
Admiral Motel offers self-contained accommodation with a private balcony, flat-screen satellite TV and a DVD player. Located in the heart of Christchurch, it features free Wi-Fi and free parking. Admiral Motel Christchurch is 5 minutes’ drive from Hagley Golf Course and Canterbury Museu... (more)
Adorian Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
7.10 27 Reviews
Linwood, Christchurch
Located on the edge of Christchurch city, Adorian Motel offers accommodation with a fully equipped kitchen and free on-site parking. It is 6 minutes' drive from Cowles Stadium. Christchurch Adorian Motel is 5 minutes' walk from shops and restaurants. It is 10 minutes' drive from Hagley ... (more)
Airport Birches Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
8.60 180 Reviews
Russley, Christchurch
Located in Christchurch, Airport Birches Motel offers self-contained accommodations along with free parking. It is a 5-minute drive to the Christchurch International Airport. Airport Birches offers modern first floor units which are equipped with electric blankets, satellite TV and a we... (more)
Airport Christchurch Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
9.20 351 Reviews
Burnside, Christchurch
Just a 5-minute drive from Christchurch International Airport, this hotel has modern rooms with double-glazed windows, under-floor heating and flat-screen TVs. The center of the city is a 15-minute drive away. The Airport Christchurch Motel provides rooms with modern décor, all of which... (more)
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  • Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch
    Sat 25 Jan 2020 7:00PM / Singer-Songwriter
    Two-time Grammy Award winner Lauren Daigle, who has sold out every one of her shows to date, will open 2020 with her first headlining arena tour, the Lauren Daigle World Tour. It follows nearly 70 sold out performances ... more
  • Visions and Vino Art Studio, Christchurch
    Wed 18 Dec 2019 11:00AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Visions is an Art Studio working with Children and Youth Art Classes Significance of Creativity - Helps your child grow in many ways - Drawing develops a child’s fine motor skills - Enhances a child’s ... more
  • Kensington Fun House, Christchurch
    Sat 25 Jan 2020 8:00PM / Comedy
    Join award winning comedian Corey Humm and his straight BFF Ben Kent for a night of laughs as they preview their 2020 show “This is not a date” before it hits the national and international festival circuit. All ... more
  • Club Tavern, Christchurch
    Sat 25 Jan 2020 8:00PM / Metal
    It is with tremendous excitement that Chop Suey, the ultimate UK System of a Down tribute, announces its first down under tour! Beginning under the name Victims of a Down in 2015, their debut tour made serious waves ... more
  • Back Door Spa Retreat Centre, Christchurch
    Thu 23 Jan 2020 3:00PM / Mind & Body
    Join us for a 4 night 3 day wellness retreat in the heart of Sumner Christchurch for 4 to maximum 6 people. The core retreat is founded on fasting, colon hydrotherapy (high enemas), bodywork, yoga and meditation. In ... more
  • Elmwood Auditorium, Christchurch
    Sat 18 Jan 2020 11:00AM / Theatre
    Elmwood Players’ Kidz Theatre returns with Johnny Appleseed – the boy who saved the world. Join us this January when we meet up with young Johnny Appleseed and his talking, Elvis-impersonating dog Barkley as they ... more
  • CWEA, Christchurch
    Tue 28 Jan 2020 9:00AM / Business & Professional
    Make 2020 the year you leave work on time. Wouldn't it be amazing if you could leave work on time, having completed everything you set out to achieve that day. Instead of rushing to make the class at the gym, you walk ... more
  • Kensington Fun House, Christchurch
    Sat 1 Feb 2020 8:00PM / Comedy
    It’s time for another Saturday Stand-up Showcase! Whether you’re a seasoned comedy fan or a first time viewer this show is a great way to spend your Saturday night! This showcase features 4 fantastic comedians ... more
  • The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch
    Mon 10 Feb 2020 7:30PM / Classical Music
    Baroque music concert performed by Southern Baroque Ensemble, professional period-instrument specialists from New Zealand and abroad. This year we will be featuring world renowned harpsichord soloist, Edita Keglerova ... more
  • Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch
    Thu 13 Feb 2020 8:00PM / Rock
    UK hellraisers The Stranglers return to New Zealand in February 2020, for concerts in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Joining the tour is Aussie-based, Kiwi legends Mi-Sex for what promises to be three ... more
  • Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch
    Tue 18 Feb 2020 8:00PM / Comedy
    TEG Dainty and Nice Events are excited to announce that Emmy-nominated television personality, podcaster and hairstylist to the stars, Jonathan Van Ness, will bring his Road to Beijing world tour to New Zealand in ... more
  • Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch
    Wed 12 Feb 2020 8:00PM / Literary
    FANE presents In Conversation with Margaret Atwood live on stage across New Zealand in collaboration with Andrew Kay, Phil Bathols and BBC Studios Australia. The dates are a celebration of the global publication of The ... more
  • BodyFix, Christchurch
    Thu 30 Jan 2020 7:00PM / Mind & Body
    A night of intentional goal setting and a reflective look at where we are now and where we going. New intentions for 2020 what are they? Di Foster is one of the best in the business. A talk not to be missed! $10 per ... more
  • Atlas Quarter, Christchurch
    Sat 1 Feb 2020 10:00AM / Public Talks & Tours
    Discover & discuss inner city life: join a free guided walk led by a local resident in south central inner city Christchurch. This central city neighbourhood has a network of laneways, new public spaces and ... more
  • CWEA, Christchurch
    Tue 4 Feb 2020 5:30PM / Dance
    Our goal is to share our joy and enthusiasm for Tribal belly dance, so we'd like to invite you to join us for free belly dance classes! These classes are chances for you to try belly dancing yourself in a safe and ... more
  • A Rolling Stone, Christchurch
    Thu 6 Feb 2020 7:30PM / Folk
    Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as “a tradition in himself.” Musician, singer and songwriter, ... more
  • Good Times Comedy Club, Christchurch
    Fri 14 Feb 2020 8:00PM / Comedy
    It's the most romantic night of the year, so what better time to let loose and roast your heart out? Christchurch's longest running pro comedy show Roast Battle brings you a night of stand up comedy, crowd work and of ... more
  • Papa Hou, Christchurch
    Fri 7 Feb 2020 8:30PM / Singer-Songwriter
    Join world-class flamenco musicians as they explore the limits of flamenco dance, composition and improvisation. Tierra y Mar; flamenco Danza y Guitarra; contrasts tradition and innovation, expression and discipline. ... more
  • Salsa Latina Dance Centre, Christchurch
    Mon 28 Oct 2019 6:15PM / Latin
    Salsa is a very modern style of Latin dance and considered the most popular partner dance world wide. This is the best place to start Salsa from. Beginners Salsa classes are for absolute beginners, with a first free ... more
  • Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch
    Sat 8 Feb 2020 8:00PM / Jazz
    A special concert from an exciting young European jazz piano trio. Alex Ventling, a Swiss/New Zealander and emerging pianist, brings home his trio after six years living and studying abroad. This is the first ... more
  • Darkroom, Christchurch
    Fri 21 Feb 2020 7:30PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
    In early 2015 the Lads on Tour Cabaret series started with a bang in Ōtepoti Dunedin, showcasing a wealth of alternative local talent - from dancers, magicians, and circus performers, to musicians, drag queens, and ... more
  • Showbiz Christchurch, Christchurch
    Wed 5 Feb 2020 6:30PM / Dance
    Firefly Belly Dance will be offering a free 'taster' class for Term 1 on Wed 5 Feb 6.30pm - 7.30pm at Showbiz Studios (369 St Asaph St) for new dancers to try a belly dance class, meet the teachers and pick up class ... more
  • Darkroom, Christchurch
    Thu 20 Feb 2020 7:30PM / Folk
    Good Habits are an eclectic indie-folk band from Manchester, UK creating immersive, multimedia gigs and projects. Formed of Singer-Cellist and Songwriter Bonnie Schwarz & international Klezmer accordionist, Pete Shaw, ... more
  • Hagley Oval, Christchurch
    Fri 21 Feb 2020 8:30AM / Business & Professional
    The Agile Christchurch Conference will be held in Christchurch 2019. It is part of the Agile Alliance New Zealand initiative to expose IT centers outside Auckland and Wellington to Agile. Why Us? We have people ... more
  • Avebury House, Christchurch
    Sun 7 Apr 2019 10:30AM / Mind & Body
    HU is a sacred sound and ancient mantra, that can uplift your life. Singing HU provides a sense of calm, strength, and centeredness. Come and experience chanting HU and enjoy spiritual conversation with others of ... more
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