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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  • Fat Eddie's, Christchurch
    Sun 21 Oct 2018 7:00PM / Music Festivals
    It's time for the grand final! Fat Eddie’s presents his first ever Bourbon Street Jazz Brawl! Watch Christchurch’s best Jazz bands battle it out for bragging rights and a share of $5000K cash! Heats Wednesday ... more
  • The Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch
    Sun 21 Oct 2018 2:00PM / Charity, Fundraisers
    Join us at the Transitional Cathedral to hear the choristers of the Cathedral Choir, and enjoy a light afternoon tea. Then you will be taken over the road to the refurbished Christchurch Club for a tour of this ... more
  • darkroom, Christchurch
    Sun 21 Oct 2018 7:00PM / Comedy
    The only comedy show with nothing off limits. Roast Battle is back for another Sunday night slam in Christchurch after our last sell out. And it's hot. It's sizzling. It's succulent. You better believe it's another ... more
  • Rudolf Steiner School, Christchurch
    Sun 2 Sep 2018 9:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    The Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School Community Market - Arts, Crafts, Produce, Food Stalls, Entertainment and more. A great community event. All stalls represent predominantly local artisans/growers/producers and ... more
  • The Arts Centre of Christchurch, Christchurch
    Sat 20 Oct 2018 2:00PM / Festivals
    A two-hour tour by bike through Central Christchurch. Guided by two Spokes Bike Guides and using a route and information developed by Heritage New Zealand, this two-hour tour will include many of the iconic heritage ... more
  • Ferrymead Heritage Park, Christchurch
    Sun 21 Oct 2018 10:00AM / Family Entertainment
    Vintage Curios and Collectables Event on Labour Weekend Sunday and Monday at Ferrymead Heritage Park. This Labour Weekend brings you a variety of activities with our Vintage Curios and Collectables Display. On both ... more
  • Sugarhorse Bar & Eatery, Christchurch
    Tue 28 Jul 2015 9:30AM / Business & Professional
    Hi, I’m Danny de Hek the facilitator of the Elite6 Sydenham group, which has been running since April 2013. Ideally suited to Business owners who don’t like early starts, work afternoon-evening hours, have greater ... more
  • Bealey's Speight's Ale House, Christchurch
    Fri 6 Mar 2015 7:30AM / Business & Professional
    Hi, I’m Danny de Hek the facilitator of the Elite6 Papanui group, which has been running since October 2015. Ideally suited to Business owners who don’t like early starts, work afternoon-evening hours, have ... more
  • Ten27, Christchurch
    Tue 21 Apr 2015 7:30AM / Business & Professional
    Hi, I’m Danny de Hek the facilitator of the Ferrymead Elite6 group, which has been running since March 2016. Elite6 Ferrymead is an exciting, innovative group which brings local business people together once a week ... more
  • Spectators Bar & Bistro, Christchurch
    Thu 30 Apr 2015 9:30AM / Business & Professional
    Hi, I’m Danny de Hek the facilitator of the Elite6 Addington group, which has been running since April 2014. Elite6 Addington is an exciting, innovative group which brings local business people together once a week ... more
  • The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch
    Fri 26 Oct 2018 8:30AM / Business & Professional
    Special One-Day Event: Changing Lenses: “Creating Positive Change from Within”. Changing Lenses is a unique workshop that challenges the ‘all-for-one and one-for-none’ mentality permeating our society. It ... more
  • A Rolling Stone, Christchurch
    Fri 26 Oct 2018 8:00PM / Folk
    Jeremy Brownbrooke, Mary Dunne and Phil Doublet are Bottlelake Junction. With a total of ten instruments between them; a bunch of original songs and tunes; throw in some top notch arrangements and tight three-part ... more
  • A Rolling Stone, Christchurch
    Sat 27 Oct 2018 8:00PM / Hip Hop, Rap
    King Cass Movement and A Rolling Stone bring you a night of hip-hop spreading #suicide awareness and prevention, #aroha and #change through the power of music. more
  • Action Bicycle Club, Christchurch
    Sat 27 Oct 2018 9:30AM / Orienteering
    A reason to cycle the city like never before! Can you visit all the Passport Destinations in one day? The cyclist who can tag each destination in the fastest time will win a luxury weekend break in North Canterbury ... more
  • Mary Potter Community Centre, Christchurch
    Sun 14 Oct 2018 5:30PM / Mind & Body
    Starting 14th October and ending 11th November, this 4-session course is for anyone who wants to learn about mindfulness or deepen their practice. The emphasis is on understanding how to practice mindfulness while also ... more
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Chateau on the Park, Christchurch
    Sat 27 Oct 2018 9:00AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Join Dr. Julie Bhosale for her massive Baby & Toddler Tour in Christchurch. These are bigger and better than ever with a full day event! An internationally-renowned family wellbeing and nutrition expert, published ... more
  • Mary Potter Community Centre, Christchurch
    Sun 14 Oct 2018 4:00PM / Mind & Body
    In offering the MindWise Mindful Eating Intro course Neave Ross-Wallace is delighted to bring together her experience as a Gestalt therapist and mindfulness practitioner of 25 years. Neave believes that the challenges ... more
  • Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
    Sun 4 Nov 2018 7:30PM / Dub, Roots
    Note: Christchurch show added by popular demand. Celebrating 20 years as one of NZ’s most influential musical groups, TrinityRoots are set to play two very special concerts. These not-to-be-repeated shows will see ... more
  • Christchurch Girls' High School, Christchurch
    Sat 27 Oct 2018 7:00PM / Classical Music
    You are all invited to enter, if you dare, the Auditorium to hear some beautiful and haunting melodies. With music by Mussorgsky, Whitacre, Piazolla, Saint-Saens and Grieg there will be something to tickle your fancy (or ... more
  • The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch
    Fri 2 Nov 2018 7:30PM / World
    Māori music trailblazers RIA HALL and ROB RUHA pool their artistic might to tour BEHIND THE LINES, their first dual national tour of Aotearoa. BEHIND THE LINES is an explosive sonic and sensory experience, merging ... more
  • The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch
    Sat 17 Nov 2018 7:30PM / Opera
    Atlas Voices presents an evening of music for the whole family. Starting with Giancarlo Menotti’s one act children’s opera 'Amahl and the Night Visitors', presented with orchestra, lights, costumes, and fully staged. ... more
  • The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch
    Sat 17 Nov 2018 2:00PM / Opera
    Atlas Voices presents a special family friendly matinee performance of Giancarlo Menotti’s one act opera 'Amahl and the Night Visitors'. This child friendly opera tells the story of a Amahl, a poor young disabled ... more
  • The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch
    Sat 10 Nov 2018 7:30PM / Classical Music
    This celebrated partnership of “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (Roots) with “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (Scotland On Sunday) and sole harper recipient to date of Irish ... more
  • Canterbury Workers' Educational Association, Christchurch
    Wed 7 Nov 2018 1:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Starts 7 November, 1 – 2.30 pm, 4 Wednesdays, $26 This year marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. Join some of Canterbury's prominent historians as they show us people’s experiences from some quite ... more
  • Hartnell’s Cafe & Bar, Prebbleton, Selwyn
    Tue 1 Jul 2014 7:20AM / Business & Professional
    Hi, I’m Julia Roberts the facilitator of the Elite6 Selwyn group, which has been running since 14th August 2018. Elite6 Selwyn is an exciting, innovative group which brings local business people together once a week ... more
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