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.

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

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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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  • Zirka Big Top, Christchurch
    Thu 21 Mar 2019 7:00PM / Family Entertainment
    Zirka Circus, New Zealand's premium circus, is proud to bring you its 5th tour "La Unica" and it's more spectacular than ever. Zirka Circus has successfully been entertaining families in NZ for more than ten years and ... more
  • The Common Room , Christchurch
    Fri 22 Mar 2019 12:00AM / Music Festivals
    We want sole artist! Sing sing sing! Entertain and capture the audience with your voice, tell a story with your voice, make us listen to your voice. Move us, move emotionally, physically mentally. Come register and make ... more
  • darkroom, Christchurch
    Sat 23 Mar 2019 7:30PM / Comedy
    *Fridays show has been cancelled* Saturday's show is still going ahead - it will be a fundraiser with all profits from the show being donated to the relief fund for the victims of the Christchurch attack. The ... more
  • Halo Bar & Lounge, Christchurch
    Sat 23 Mar 2019 7:30PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
    Altearoa Presents: The Madhouse! For the fourth time The Altearoa Asylum opens its doors and invites you in to view the delightful skills and talents of its patients. Hosted once again by our resident physician Dr. ... more
  • Carlton Bar & Eatery, Christchurch
    Sun 24 Mar 2019 6:30PM / Quiz, Karaoke
    Gather your bannermen, for you will need to call on all loyalties if your team is to successfully sit on the Iron Throne of Game of Thrones knowledge in the vast lands of Christchurch. Gee Quiz is bringing two and a ... more
  • ACG Yoobee School of Design Christchurch, Christchurch
    Sat 23 Mar 2019 9:00AM / Business & Professional
    Whether you want to learn how to create your own website or just want to know how to update your existing website. This introductory course will teach you entry level WordPress skills. Basic HTML and CSS skills are ... more
  • Avice Hill Art & Craft Centre, Christchurch
    Sat 2 Feb 2019 10:00AM / Education
    These classes will covers a wide-range of techniques and materials in drawing and painting for beginners to intermediate level. For all information on our classes, please visit www.mehrdadtahan.com/teaching, or simply ... more
  • The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch
    Mon 25 Mar 2019 12:10PM / Singer-Songwriter
    Come and Reward Yourself with this Beautiful Piano Collection of Unforgettable Melodies and Wonderful Songs. Feel the Healing Power of Music Igniting in Your Heart. Make this lunch break the best food for your soul! ... 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
  • Blue Smoke, Christchurch
    Sun 24 Mar 2019 7:00PM / Folk
    Wallis Bird's expressive vocals and driving guitar rhythms have been taking audiences by storm in the UK, Australia, Japan and across Europe. Every performance is characterised by a startling passion and presentness; one ... more
  • The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch
    Thu 28 Mar 2019 7:30PM / Classical Music
    Blackbird Ensemble, New Zealand's most inventive and theatrical chamber orchestra, presents an awe-inspiring homage to the inimitable Icelandic pop artist Björk. In 'All is Full of Love', Blackbird Ensemble serves up ... more
  • Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch
    Sat 30 Mar 2019 7:30PM / Classical Music
    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this iconic film and winner of ten Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra plays Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying score and memorable songs with ... 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
  • West End Car Park, Christchurch
    Fri 22 Mar 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
  • The Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch
    Sat 30 Mar 2019 7:00PM / Variety Concerts
    Join Fiona Pears, Graham Wardrop and the incredible New Zealand Army Band in a sensational night of music at the Transitional Cathedral on March 30th 2019. Backed by some of New Zealand’s finest musicians; Tom Rainey, ... more
  • Majestic Transitional Church, Christchurch
    Sat 30 Mar 2019 7:00PM / R&B, Soul
    Nathan Phillips Vocals presents a one night vocal feast. Featuring some of the biggest voices in Christchurch, singing some of the biggest songs. This is the shows 2nd time on stage and it is shaping up to be bigger and ... more
  • Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
    Sun 21 Apr 2019 8:00PM / Alternative, Indie
    Due to huge demand, Matt Corby has announced a show for Christchurch fans as part of his Rainbow Valley nationwide tour at the Isaac Theatre Royal on April 21. After ringing in the New Year at Rhythm & Alps Wanaka, ... more
  • Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
    Sat 20 Apr 2019 7:30PM / Dance
    Ireland's most celebrated show, The Rhythms of Ireland, returns to NZ in 2019, for the first time since their sell-out tour in 2010. Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, New Zealand is privileged to welcome back ... more
  • The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch
    Thu 4 Apr 2019 7:30PM / Classical Music
    Julien Van Mellaerts and James Baillieu PROGRAMME: Schubert; Schumann ~‘Dichterliebe’; Britten and other Songs. New Zealand baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts, is the only person to have ever won first prize in both ... 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
  • Hagley Park Netball Courts, Christchurch
    Sun 7 Apr 2019 7:00AM / Fitness
    The 2019 McDonald's Duathlon to be held at Hagley Park on Sunday, 7 April 2019. This event is run by volunteers from Garden City Rotary Club. Entrants can look forward to receiving a Competition Medal, Gift Pack of ... more
  • darkroom, Christchurch
    Wed 3 Apr 2019 7:30PM / Comedy
    6th Annual Stand Up Comedy Competition. 27 stand up comedians vie for a chance to represent the South Island at NZ international comedy festival up in Auckland in May. The freshest comedy. The future is now! Heat ... more
  • Lichfield Courtyard, Christchurch
    Sat 6 Apr 2019 8:00PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
    Important Information: This is the new date for our March show, All tickets purchased for the March date are still valid, so you don't need to exchange these or purchase new tickets. Drag it Out is the newest of Drag ... more
  • A Rolling Stone, Christchurch
    Sun 21 Apr 2019 8:00PM / Music Festivals
    Ghana Grooves – Easter Weekend Take the time out for yourself this weekend and enjoy the electrifying rhythms and dance of West Africa. Koffie Fugah (Ghana/NZ), a well known ambassador of West African music, ... more
  • A Rolling Stone, Christchurch
    Wed 3 Apr 2019 7:30PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
    Starring the glamorous boylesque crooner, cunning conjurer and professional show-off Mr Lola Illusion, Lola’s Grave Mistake is a macabre show of woe that is dead funny Finding himself trapped in the purgatory of a ... more
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