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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  • South Hagley Park, Christchurch
    Sun 27 Jan 2019 11:00AM / Equestrian
    The Hagley Park Polo Classic returns to Christchurch for the 2nd year on Sunday 27th January 2019. The social and sporting event of the south islands summer, showcasing the best players and ponies from around the world. ... more
  • Paint 'n' Sip Studio, Christchurch, Christchurch
    Wed 9 Jan 2019 6:30PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Paint 'n' Sip Studio is a night out like no other! What's not to love about wine and art? They go so well together! Start with a blank canvas and sip your way to a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! Our artist guides you ... more
  • darkroom, Christchurch
    Fri 25 Jan 2019 7:00PM / Comedy
    An hour of stand-up starring L.A. based comedian Camille Solari, and featuring local comic Shen Mansell. Camille has written and produced over ten features for television and film. She was the comedian at the 2011 Los ... more
  • West End Car Park, Christchurch
    Fri 11 Jan 2019 9:00AM / Public Talks & Tours
    Car sharing with Yoogo Share gives you all of the freedom of owning a car, with none of the hassles. With great overnight and weekend rates, Yoogo Share members drive the latest EVs for everything from commuting to ... more
  • Bealey's Speight's Ale House, Christchurch
    Wed 26 Oct 2016 5:30PM / Business & Professional
    Hi, I’m Danny de Hek the facilitator of the Elite6 Central group, which has been running since January 2017. Elite6 Central is different to other Elite6 Groups, not limited to just one member of each industry. It is ... more
  • Arcadia Retro Arcade and Pinball Emporia, Christchurch
    Sat 26 Jan 2019 8:00PM / Bar DJs
    Calling all the dead, the grateful dead, shape-shifters, zombies, witches and those that would otherwise be found in the enchanted forest. You are hereby invited to The Twilight Zone. The space created when the sun ... more
  • darkroom, Christchurch
    Sat 26 Jan 2019 8:00PM / Electronica
    The critically acclaimed Drab Majesty are headed to our darkened shores for the very first time. Drab Majesty is a Los Angeles-based musical project founded by musician Deb Demure (Andrew Clinco) whose music blends ... more
  • Elmwood Auditorium, Christchurch
    Sat 19 Jan 2019 11:00AM / Theatre
    Elmwood Players’ Kidz Theatre returns with Rapunzel our locally written, loose adaptation of the classic children’s tale of a gallant but slightly pompous Prince and his quest to rescue a fiery young girl with ... more
  • Arcadia Retro Arcade & Pinball Emporia , Christchurch
    Sun 6 Jan 2019 5:00PM / Games, Hobbies
    $20 per person, free play - beers, burgers, pool, 80s and 90s tunes. Chill out with Arcadia for your Sunday night. If you have a group that is fundraising, ask us how to make $800 by hosting a free play ... more
  • Blue Smoke, Christchurch
    Sat 26 Jan 2019 9:00PM / R&B, Soul
    Aotearoa's first and finest New Orleans brass band, Richter City Rebels are hitting the road again for their annual summer tour around the beautiful South Island! Returning to the one and only Blue Smoke to deliver their ... more
  • The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch
    Mon 28 Jan 2019 12:10PM / Singer-Songwriter
    Come down to The Piano for 40 minutes of Smiths and Beatles inspired originals from James Constable, a promising young singer/songwriter from North Canterbury! James is only 15, but he is already becoming the talk of his ... more
  • Te Hapua Halswell Centre, Christchurch
    Sat 26 Jan 2019 11:30AM / Mind & Body
    Hay Fever? Eczema? Food Allergies? Do you know Gut's Health does link to our Immune System? Poor Gut's Health - Poor Overall Health! Come join us to understand how gut's health links to our immune system, and how ... more
  • Hagley Park North, Christchurch
    Wed 6 Feb 2019 3:30PM / Reggae
    The ultimate summer band returns to New Zealand in 2019 with a series of shows to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. That’s right – it’s a UB40TH! UB40 ft. Ali Campbell & Astro will play this very special ... more
  • North Hagley Park Events Village, Christchurch
    Sat 2 Feb 2019 10:00AM / Family Entertainment
    Holi is all about celebrating the people of New Zealand. Cultural-fusion performances will showcase the many different cultures in our community, joining together for one big party. Entry to this festival is free*! Watch ... more
  • Cathedral Square, Christchurch
    Sun 17 Feb 2019 3:00PM / Ethnic, Multicultural
    Come and welcome in the Year of the Pig with a colorful parade and cultural performances! Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Chinese New Year with lions, dragon, dancers, drummers and more! Parade starts at 3pm from ... more
  • The Russley Golf Club, Christchurch
    Sun 27 Jan 2019 1:00PM / Mind & Body
    Are you wanting to eat healthier? For better health, improved weight control, more energy, or greater emotional well-being? Learn proven strategies for starting and sticking to a healthy lifestyle diet of your ... more
  • The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch
    Mon 18 Feb 2019 7:30PM / Classical Music
    The Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand presents an international Baroque ensemble performing on period instruments in authentic interpretation. Featuring Brandon Labadie on oboe and oboe ... more
  • Micky Finn's, Christchurch
    Fri 22 Feb 2019 8:00PM / Rock
    These Four Walls are returning to NZ for 2 shows only in Christchurch and Auckland. The homegrown hard-rock exports have had a huge year abroad, opening for touring international acts including Seether, P.O.D., ... more
  • Canterbury Workers' Educational Association, Christchurch
    Mon 11 Feb 2019 7:00PM / Education
    The MeToo movement has been instrumental worldwide in exposing just how insidious sexual harassment and assault is in our society, but the challenge now is to move beyond it and begin creating a culture of consent for ... more
  • A Rolling Stone, Christchurch
    Sat 19 Jan 2019 7:30PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
    Ready to get freaky? After a completely sold-out debut in 2018, KAMP is back. Join us for a night of raucous and risqué drag, sickening music, and the cutest crowd of queers in town. It’s a big gay party held in ... more
  • A Rolling Stone, Christchurch
    Sun 10 Feb 2019 2:00PM / Country
    A great lineup of local artists - kickstarting with all-original music in a Songwriters in the Round session, followed by multi award-winning artists Gina and Shane Keating, K4 (the Keating brothers) and Sharon Russell. ... more
  • Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch
    Mon 4 Feb 2019 7:00PM / Classic Rock
    Global music legend Phil Collins is set to make his long-anticipated return to New Zealand with his Not Dead Yet: Live! tour, presented by TEG Dainty. The 2-date tour kicks off in Christchurch on Monday 4 February at ... more
  • Club Tavern, Christchurch
    Fri 1 Feb 2019 8:00PM / Metal
    Berlin-based musician group The Ocean Collective return to New Zealand after a sell out NZ show in 2015. Since 2001, The Ocean have released 7 critically acclaimed studio albums, and a split EP with Japanese post-rock ... more
  • Arcadia Retro Arcade and Pinball Emporia, Christchurch
    Thu 21 Feb 2019 8:00PM / Comedy
    A rad night of comedy hosted by Dan Brader and headlined by Simon Kingsley Holmes. Full line-up announced soon. "Simon Kingsley-Holmes, takes to the stage and it's not long before he wins my pick for favourite ... more
  • Carlton Bar & Eatery, Christchurch
    Sun 3 Feb 2019 2:30PM / Quiz, Karaoke
    Gee Quiz is coming back to Christchurch to test that Harry Potter knowledge once more, this time with the "Hardcore" Harry Potter quiz. This "Best of the Rest" quiz kicks off at 2:30pm and is the curtain-raiser for the ... more
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