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

By Julian Apse

Punting on the Avon in Christchurch
Christchurch
Christchurch, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Canterbury Tourism

The green heart of Christchurch

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.

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123 Motel - Accommodation in Christchurch New Zealand
8.20 59 Reviews
Riccarton, Christchurch
0800133123
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
0800500283
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
0508162162
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
039828162
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
0800463876
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
0800200371
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
0800304306
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
0800338808
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
0800655345
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
Christchurch
0800240122
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
0800422586
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
0800101928
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
0800422235
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
Christchurch
0508700777
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
0800184718
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
033799689
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
033389770
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
0800687776
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
0800782978
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
0800182922
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
0800335560
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
08003793554
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
0800236742
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
0508342333
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
0800800631
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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  • Addington Raceway & Events Centre , Christchurch
    Fri 15 Nov 2019 10:30AM / Horse Racing
    Show Day Races is truly a fun cost-effective day out for everyone. There will be no public surcharges, and entry will be by gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation. #letscelebrate #showdayraces Please ... more
  • Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch
    Fri 15 Nov 2019 7:30PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    The World's No1 Beatles Show is coming to the brand new Town Hall in Christchurch. Don’t miss this incredible musical and visual experience! The act you've known for all those years... Direct from London. The ... more
  • The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch
    Sat 16 Nov 2019 7:30PM / Choir, Vocal Music
    Your 2019 Barbershop National Quartet Champions presents the 4th Voices in the Community event. This will be another fantastic concert featuring some of the best local, vocal talent in Christchurch! Our guest ... more
  • SevaLight Retreat Centre, Christchurch
    Thu 2 May 2019 6:30PM / Mind & Body
    Our Hatha Yoga Classes are for all ages, conditions and abilities, including complete beginners. Classes are taught by experienced teachers. Individual attention and variations are given to suit personal ... more
  • West End Car Park, Christchurch
    Fri 7 Jun 2019 9:00AM / Conservation, Environment
    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
  • Blue Smoke, Christchurch
    Sat 16 Nov 2019 8:00PM / Singer-Songwriter
    California-based Kiwi singer-songwriter Greg Johnson hits the road in late November bringing great songs and festive cheer to music fans across the country. Johnson and his superb band (Ben King, Wayne Bell and Josh ... more
  • Carlton Bar & Eatery, Christchurch
    Sat 16 Nov 2019 8:00AM / Horse Racing
    Take your race day to the next level... this is the ONLY way you should be arriving at the Riccarton Park Racecourse. As well as our wonderful Lanson Champagne Breakfast, you can arrive in style, directly into ... more
  • Visions and Vino Art Studio, Christchurch
    Sat 19 Oct 2019 7:00PM / Business & Professional
    Book your 2019 Christmas Party @ Visions Art Studio & Gallery Try one of our amazing painting artworks, choose from the website or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/visionsandvino.co.nz/?modal=admin_todo_tour Or ... more
  • Ken Bimler Ltd, Christchurch
    Sat 12 Oct 2019 9:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    Importers Clearance Sale for NZ leading curtain brand Ken Bimler of high quality soft furnishings. Includes curtain fabric at a fraction of the wholesale price! *Saturdays we will have an open door policy from ... more
  • Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch
    Sat 30 Nov 2019 7:30PM / Rock
    The Rock are proud to Present; The Feelers & Stellar* All The Hits, Summer Tour Pioneers of the kiwi music industry THE FEELERS are thrilled to announce a comprehensive NZ tour this summer; joined at select locations ... more
  • The Addington Haven, Christchurch
    Sun 17 Nov 2019 4:45PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Speaker - Shingo Nakano, the founder of Conscious Eating. I will talk about how I developed Conscious Eating from 9 years of experience and experimenting around food and eating. I will explain what is the right food ... more
  • South Christchurch Library, Christchurch
    Sun 21 Jul 2019 11:00AM / Mind & Body
    Divine Spirit expresses Itself in the world as Light and Sound. Would you like to experience these twin aspects of God’s love in your life? They bring wisdom, awareness, and new ways to handle life’s challenges. ... more
  • Darkroom, Christchurch
    Sat 7 Dec 2019 7:30PM / Comedy
    Guy Williams “Some places in the central North Island and most of the South Island" Tour 2019 Billy T Award-Winning Comedian Guy Williams is Back! Some of you might not have even noticed that he was gone, or even ... more
  • Charles Luney Auditorium, Christchurch
    Sat 30 Nov 2019 2:00PM / Variety Concerts
    Come along to a variety of Christmas Allsorts, perfect for all ages from toddlers to grannies. The video clip is from our previous Christmas show at Nut Point Centre, Join the international award winning Christchurch ... more
  • St Michael & All Angels Church, Christchurch
    Thu 5 Dec 2019 7:30PM / R&B, Soul
    Join us for a night of unmeasured talent, live music, incredible vocals and featuring some of this countries legends of Gospel. The Anthem Album and its music transcend genre/religion and stereotypes. Come not just to be ... more
  • Energise Health and Fitness, Christchurch
    Sun 17 Nov 2019 4:00PM / Mind & Body
    Come join us for an afternoon chatting all things wedding & wellness. Kicking off the afternoon with a workshop on tips & tricks to keep you sane, fit & healthy on the run up to the big day. Talking nutrition hacks to ... more
  • SevaLight Retreat Centre, Christchurch
    Sun 10 Mar 2019 2:00PM / Mind & Body
    This is the ultimate course for your whole being - body, mind, and spirit. All can benefit from this powerful course, which is for everyone, no matter their backgrounds or beliefs. About the Pure Meditation ... more
  • Papa Hou, Christchurch
    Sat 23 Nov 2019 7:00PM / Literary
    The New Zealand National Poetry Slam Finals is back to Ōtautahi for the second year in a row. Established in 2011, the NZ National Poetry Slam in an annual event where the nation's best poets will compete in a ... more
  • Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch
    Mon 2 Dec 2019 7:00PM / Film
    Award-winning documentary In the Name of Confucius is the first film exposing the growing global controversies surrounding the Chinese government’s multi-billion dollar Confucius Institute (CI)— Featuring the ... more
  • A Rolling Stone, Christchurch
    Fri 6 Dec 2019 8:00PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
    'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring … obviously. They were all at The Big Gay Christmas Variety Show! Looking for something a little sparkly this silly season? ... more
  • Charles Luney Auditorium, Christchurch
    Sun 24 Nov 2019 3:00PM / Dance
    TM Dance World and Malvern Ballet students join together to show off their talents with their annual end of year show performance. This year they are excited to present to you “This Is Us” Students are showcased ... more
  • The Crossing Car Park, Level 4, Christchurch
    Sun 8 Dec 2019 9:30AM / 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
  • 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
  • La Vida Centre, Christchurch
    Wed 20 Nov 2019 7:00PM / Quiz, Karaoke
    Special guest Shaun Wallace "The Dark Destroyer" from The Chase game show comperes and competes against renowned local celebrities representing five local charities for prize money. We will have a performance from ... more
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