Places To Visit In Christchurch

Here are the top 49 tourist attractions to see in Christchurch:

1. Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

9 km
from city center
1 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Located at the heart of Christchurch and cementing its reputation as the ‘Garden City’, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens extends over an area of 21 hectares. The Botanic Gardens has a wide array of plants endemic to New Zealand and exotic flora. The Botanic Gardens are home to many gardens within it, such as the Heritage Rose Garden and the Herb Garden, which contain specific species of flora. Large open spaces, with benches overlooking ponds make the Botanical Gardens an ideal picnic spot.

2. Avon River

Avon River

3 km
from city center
2 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Central to the identity of Christchurch, the Avon River originates in the suburb of Avonhead and snakes its way through Christchurch’s CBD. The Otakaru, the river’s original Maori name, eventually flows out into the Pacific Ocean. Skirting Christchurch, the Avon river is popular amongst locals and tourists for its many fishing and punting opportunities. The earthquakes in February and June of 2011 rocked Christchurch and the areas surrounding the river were adversely affected and has been part of an extensive restoration project since.

3. Christchurch Gondola

Christchurch Gondola

8 km
from city center
3 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Opened up in 1992, the Christchurch Gondola is a 15 minutes ride that starts at the base at Heathcote Valley and carries passengers to the summit Mount Cavendish over a kilometre. The cable-car allows passengers to take in the sweeping panoramic views of Christchurch, the Southern Alps, and the Canterbury Plains in the distance.

4. The International Antarctic Centre

The International Antarctic Centre

9 km
from city center
4 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Established in 1922, the International Antarctic Centre is one of the most unique tourist attractions in New Zealand. Tucked away a quick 15-minute drive away from central Christchurch, the International Antarctic Centre is located right across Christchurch International Airport. The International Antarctic Centre is also a vital centre for awareness and information regarding the Antarctic continent.

5. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

8 km
from city center
5 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Located right outside of central Christchurch, the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is a conservation and wildlife park that hosts exotic animal species and animals endemic to New Zealand. The Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is also known for its kiwi, New Zealand’s famous endangered national bird, breeding program. It is also the only facility outside a government-operated conservatory to have a pair of the rare takahe bird on display.

6. Riccarton House

Riccarton House

3 km
from city center
6 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

The Riccarton House is an elegant homestead built back in the Victorian days, surrounded by lush greenery with well-kept lawns and bushes and the River Avon flowing nearby. A picturesque abode, the Riccarton House is furnished with objects and showpieces from the long-gone era of the nineteenth century, giving the visitors a highly authentic experience to take back home.

7. Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park

767 km
from city center
7 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand's only open-range zoo spanning across 80 hectares of land. It is located on the outskirts of Christchurch. It opened in 1976 and is owned and operated by the Orana Wildlife Trust, a registered charity. The aims of the Trust are to provide quality recreational opportunities for local people and visitors to Christchurch; conserve endangered native and exotic wildlife; educate visitors (especially children) about environmental and conservation issues, and support research relating to endangered animals.

8. Adrenalin Forest

Adrenalin Forest

51 km
from city center
8 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Adrenalin forest, located in the Canterbury region, offers one the chance to experience over 100 fun, yet challenging tasks that are suitable for all ages. It includes a series of rope bridges, barrels, swings, and flying foxes from platforms in the tree canopy. The participants are first made to wear safety harnesses, followed by a visual demo and instructions from a well-informed guide. The participants perform these tasks under the supervision of the guides. All participants have ensured safety and are detailed about the course.

9. Punting in Christchurch

Punting in Christchurch

3 km
from city center
9 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

The Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand is known for punting and is one of the city’s major tourist attractions. It allows one to appreciate and admire the glorious beauty of the garden city of New Zealand. The park branch is the main departure point which is located at the Antigua Boat-sheds and passes through the colourful flowers in the Botanic gardens, whereas the city rides pass through the heart of the city centre and offer a view of the city from a different perspective.

10. Tamaki Drive

Tamaki Drive

765 km
from city center
10 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Tamaki Drive is a coastal road in Auckland, New Zealand which follows the contours of the Waitemata Harbour. The road links the suburbs Orakei, Mission Bay, and Kohimarama ending in Saint Heliers and this provides easy access to the local beaches.

11. Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial

Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial

77 km
from city center
11 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial is located on Montreal Street, Christchurch. It is a tribute to the victims of the 2011 earthquakes that rocked the city. Even before the actual National Memorial was built, 185 empty white chairs were released as an unofficial memorial service by a local artist called Peter Majendie in February 2012, on the day of the earthquake’s first memorial.

12. Godley Head (Awaroa)

Godley Head (Awaroa)

15 km
from city center
12 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Christchurch has always been careful of their environment and history alike, and the Godley Head campsite is something clearly borne out of that concern. This area was built up in 1939 to be used as a fort during World War Two. Although once boasting a staff of over 400, the Godley Head coastal defence battery closed as a military site in 1963. Many of the buildings have been removed but three gun emplacements and several military buildings remain, though the emplacements are waiting on earthquake repairs.

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13. TranzAlpine Train

TranzAlpine Train

2 km
from city center
13 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

The TranzAlpine train is an inter-city rail service that runs across New Zealand from the East coast to the West coast. This passenger train is known to be one of the most scenic and iconic train journeys in the world. The journey starts from Christchurch and ends at Greymouth, cutting across the South Island in New Zealand. It is operated by the Great Journeys of New Zealand, a project under Kiwirail, and covers around 223 kilometres. The TranzAlpine train is definitely one journey that visitors should take if they have a number of places on their list and not enough time.

14. Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Air Force Museum of New Zealand

305 km
from city center
14 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

What represents a country’s military aviation better than an Air Force Museum? The Air Force Museum of New Zealand, also known as The Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum (RNZAF) is the former curator of the national artefacts involved in the history of military aviation in New Zealand. It not only displays the collection of antiques but also treasures the different stories of men and women who put in their efforts to shape the country’s aviation journey.

15. Quake City

Quake City

9,679 km
from city center
15 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Quake City is a museum in Christchurch, New Zealand that tells stories of the Canterbury earthquakes through the medium of photography and videography. Quake City primarily focuses on the events and aftermath of the September 2010 and February 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, laying emphasis on the combined efforts of the rescue teams, volunteers, emergency services and the Canterbury communities.

16. Hagley Park

Hagley Park

1 km
from city center
16 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Nestled in the middle of Christchurch, Hagley Park is a perfect place for a relaxing afternoon stroll or a midday picnic with family and friends. It is a sprawling 165 hectare green space - the largest in the city - and is divided into two parts – north and south Hagley. It also houses the beautiful Rose Garden, the Christchurch Botanical gardens and the Lakes Victoria and Albert. Locals frequent this place to relax during the weekend, or for sport activities such as walking, running and cycling. It is a nature and sport lover’s delight, with over eight kilometres of walking and running track lined with trees and shrubs surrounding the perimeter. Moreover, it houses the Hagley Oval Cricket Ground, which has seen some top-quality international cricket.

17. Markets in Christchurch

Markets in Christchurch

9,678 km
from city center
17 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

New Zealand is known for the markets that open mostly on weekends for the locals as well as tourists who frequently shop at these events. Most of these are farmers’ markets or produce markets where growers and farmers and sell their own fresh produce to the customers. These markets are widely popular for the quality of fruits, vegetables, dairy, etc. that are found. Apart from the items sold, the markets usually have stalls that serve breakfast and freshly brewed coffee too.

18. Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum

9,679 km
from city center
18 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

The Canterbury Museum is the go-to place for anybody who wants to experience the cultural, human and natural history of New Zealand. It is a striking Gothic Revival that was opened in 1870 as a single-storeyed building, which now stands as a beautiful foundation after the various additions made to its architecture over the years. With its 2.3 million and more artefacts, the museum offers not only historically alluring exhibits but also assorted galleries, each with a unique timeline, place, and history to show. The popular tourist attraction is not only known for the variety of exhibitions it has to offer, but also the activities and tours specially designed to cater to children. Hence, the venue is perfect to be visited with family as people of all age groups will enjoy the museum and be entertained through the different sets of activities.

19. Christchurch Tramway

Christchurch Tramway

1 km
from city center
19 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Christchurch tramway is one of the oldest trams that run across the urban streets of Christchurch, touring the city. Also known as the Heritage Tram, this one of the few tours that combine history with sightseeing. For visitors, it provides a comfortable journey across Christchurch along with a set of combos and meals.

20. Mount Somers

Mount Somers

101 km
from city center
20 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Tucked away at the foothills of the Southern Alps, exactly halfway between Christchurch and the Mackenzie Basin on the Inland Scenic Route 72, Mount Somers is an idyllic countryside town in Canterbury, New Zealand. Boasting of utter tranquility, open sub-alpine tussock lands, historic coal-mines, impressive volcanic formations, deep canyons and gorges, the town is home to a scanty population of just around 3000 people.

21. Waimakariri River

Waimakariri River

17 km
from city center
21 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Waimakariri River flows in New Zealand. It is also known as the Courtenay River and is one of the largest rivers in North Canterbury. Waimakariri in the language of the Maoris means a river of cold rushing water. The Waimakariri River is very wide and shallow which makes it easy and safe for the tourists to explore. The beauty lies in its ecology. Its interesting topography beckons the nature lovers and adventure seekers to unearth the thrill that the river offers. The Waimakariri River is rich in vegetation and supports a variety of aquatic life which is indicative of its clean and healthy water. Owing to its water quality, Chinook salmon was introduced here in the 1900s from California. Trout can also be found in the Waimakariri River. A wide variety of mosses, large alpine plants such as the Matagouri can be found near the river. The Waimakariri River is a preferred location for picnics too because of its picturesque view. Plenty of water sports are also played here that are thoroughly enjoyed by all age groups. For the wanderers, there are so many walks and trails to choose from to discover the expanse and uniqueness of the river and areas around it.

22. Christchurch Art Gallery

Christchurch Art Gallery

0 km
from city center
22 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, also called Christchurch Art Gallery is a public art gallery located in the city of Christchurch. It boasts a huge art collection of local and international artwork. In the language of the Maoris, Te Puna refers to Waipuna, a spring beneath the gallery. Waiwhetu refers to the small tributaries that flow in the area to join the Avon River. Waiwhetu also means water in which stars are reflected.

23. Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs

113 km
from city center
23 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Hanmer Springs is a small town in Canterbury, New Zealand which is famous for its hot pools complex and the range of outdoor activities offered to the tourists and the locals who often visit the town for a weekend off or during holidays. Activities like skiing and snowboarding are most popular during the winter season. The Alpine village is very scenic, and the natural beauty of the town can be observed and enjoyed via the airline services offered for the very same purpose.

24. Christchurch Arts Centre

Christchurch Arts Centre

1 km
from city center
24 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

The Christchurch Arts Centre or The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora is a national landmark of New Zealand, which has been undergoing restoration since the devastating Christchurch earthquake in 2011. The centre has various famous museums within its boundaries, like the Rutherford’s Den and the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities; apart from those, it also has many eateries, boutique art galleries, offices, retailers, etc.

25. Isaac Theatre Royal

Isaac Theatre Royal

0 km
from city center
25 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

The Isaac Theatre Royal is the heart of Canterbury’s art history. It is one of New Zealand’s most famous theatrical venues and is an iconic part of Canterbury’s heritage. It is a huge hall with a seating capacity for approximately 1300 people and is divided into three levels. The theatre is a masterpiece of two great architects- Sidney and Alfred Luttrell who designed this glorious platform.

26. Sumner Beach

Sumner Beach

11 km
from city center
26 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

A visit to the city of Christchurch would be incomplete without soaking up a little sun and working on that beautiful tan at the gorgeous Sumner Beach, away from the hustle and bustle of Christchurch city. It is the perfect getaway for both – the solo traveller and the family on vacation. It offers a brilliant view of the area and is only 12 kilometres away from central Christchurch. An ideal day trip from the city – one can spend the day having a few drinks with friends and relaxing next to the ocean. Sports enthusiasts can also rent a bicycle and ride along the coast to the beach.

27. Cardboard Cathedral

Cardboard Cathedral

1 km
from city center
27 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Cardboard Cathedral is also known as transitional Cathedral, located in Christchurch New Zealand. It is one of the most famous cathedrals of New Zealand, known for its spectacular architecture. Cardboard Cathedral was designed by Shigeru Ban of Japan and was opened in 2013 as the replacement of Christchurch Cathedral after the 2011 earthquake. The Cathedral is one of the largest Paper Tube structures amongst Ban's creations.

28. Black Cat Cruises

Black Cat Cruises

40 km
from city center
28 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Black Cat Cruises offer the enchanting experience of swimming with dolphins and harbour cruises from Akaroa to Island Adventures to Lyttelton. It is only Black Cat Cruises that offer fully sheltered swim vessels with onboard toilets and other significant facilities.

29. Pegasus Bay Winery

Pegasus Bay Winery

54 km
from city center
29 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Pegasus winery is a pleasing family owned and operated Vineyard, located in Waipara, New Zealand. It is one of the largest wineries in Canterbury that practices viticulture in a very unique manner. The vineyard was established in 1985 by the Donaldson family who were pioneers of the Canterbury wine industry. It is one of the best places in Canterbury to have boutique winery experiences and indulge in the beauty of nature.

30. Mona Vale

Mona Vale

765 km
from city center
30 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Mona Vale is a public park located in Fendalton, New Zealand. Fendalton lies on the outskirts of Christchurch. Therefore, Mona Vale is often visited by people of Christchurch who want a quick getaway. The park expands over an area of 4 hectares and, along with its homestead, was once recognized as Karewa. At present, the place is perfect for those who want to get closer to nature. So, those looking for a great place to go on a picnic with the family or on a date or just to catch up with friends away from the city buzz can definitely head to Mona Vale.

31. Cathedral Square

Cathedral Square

59 km
from city center
31 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Cathedral Square is located in the centre of Christchurch in New Zealand. Locally recognized as “The Square”, the attraction is famous for Christchurch Cathedral, an Anglican cathedral. Two main streets of the city, Worcester Street and Colombo Street theoretically go through the centre of the square. But, in reality, detours have been constructed so that the streets run around the square. Some parts of these roads have also been blocked but foot traffic is very much welcome.

32. The Terrace

The Terrace

1 km
from city center
32 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

The Terrace is the perfect place at Christchurch to forget all your worries at work and home, and unwind with a selection of craft beers and fine wine, accompanied by great live music and dance. Wide steps lead right down to The Terrace, situated on the banks of the River Avon, where visitors can grab food and relax on a sunny afternoon. As the night progresses, The Terrace gets livelier and more crowded, as people make their way to the riverside restaurants and bars to groove to the music.

33. New Regent Street

New Regent Street

0 km
from city center
33 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Go back in time by taking a short stroll down the pedestrian-only New Regent Street, Christchurch. This quaint old-timey street, lined with colourful shops and cafes will take you back by at least a few decades. The Spanish Mission style of architecture, with tiled shop fronts make it and ideal place for an afternoon coffee or a few drinks in the evening. Adding to the charm of the street is the tram, which slowly trudges past the pastel-coloured stores. Unlike the fast-paced city, New Regent Street is the historical slice of Christchurch.

34. Port Hills

Port Hills

9,687 km
from city center
34 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Port Hills are a magnificent range of Hills, located somewhere in Canterbury, New Zealand. These hills originated from the eroded remnant of the Lyttelton Volcano, which erupted millions of years ago. It is a paradise for bikers. It provides amazing panoramic views while riding and a wonderful path for short walks and little adventures. Port Hills is a splendid natural establishment that runs through Godly Head and ends up dividing the city from the harbour.

35. Christchurch Adventure Park

Christchurch Adventure Park

1 km
from city center
35 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

The Christchurch Adventure Park is situated in Port Hills, Christchurch. It was built by a Canadian Company Select Evolution and opened its doors to the public on December 21, 2016, by Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel. This park is the largest adventure park in the Southern Hemisphere as it is a 358 hectares (880 acres) park with a 1.8 kilometres chairlift and initially 50 kilometres of downhill tracks and has the capacity to fit 1200 bike riders every hour. A visit to this adventure is a must for those who seek more than just thrills. 

36. Beaches

Beaches

9 km
from city center
36 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Unofficially known as New Zealand's beach-going capital, the Bay of Plenty is abundant of beautiful beaches and vast waters which line the glorious coastline of the island. This coastline is a hundred kilometre stretch from the Waihi Beach in the north end to the southernmost point of the region.

37. Clearwater Golf Club

Clearwater Golf Club

10 km
from city center
37 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

The Clearwater Golf Club is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious golf courses in New Zealand. Established in 1908, the golf course was given a makeover by renowned golf course architect Graham Marsh and its 18 holes have played host to Christchurch’s biggest and most famous championships. It has been the venue for the New Zealand Open and has offered the chance for pros and amateurs alike and is a firm favourite amongst the Kiwi public. The clubhouse is regularly touted as being among the best golf courses in New Zealand. The Clearwater Golf Club is also notable for being one of the premier venues to host functions like weddings, anniversary parties, and other social gatherings.

38. Russley Golf Club

Russley Golf Club

8 km
from city center
38 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

The Russley Golf Club is among the premier golf courses in New Zealand and is a firm favourite to play a few holes among the public in the city. It is notable for being the only golf course in New Zealand that was designed by the world-famous golf course architect Dr Alister Mackenzie. Designed in 1927, the course prides itself on how each hole offers golfers a vastly different golfing experience than the one that precedes it, making for a truly memorable afternoon out. It is regularly voted as being the top golf course in Christchurch and it is no wonder that since 1927, Kiwis and visitors from across the world come here to enjoy the stunning greens of Russley Golf Club.

39. Christchurch Golf Club

Christchurch Golf Club

4 km
from city center
39 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

The Christchurch Golf Club is among the most beautiful golf courses in New Zealand. A 15-hole course that offers golfers some of the best views one could ever hope for on a golf course, with 6 of those holes directly overlooking the Pacific ocean, this is a truly remarkable golfing experience. Ranked 37th amongst the best golf courses in the world, it is no wonder that the Christchurch Golf Club is one of the favourite weekend getaway destinations for Kiwis.

40. Harewood Golf Club

Harewood Golf Club

11 km
from city center
40 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Located in Harewood Christchurch is one of the best golf courses in New Zealand and is one of the country’s best-kept golfing secrets. The Harewood Golf Club was ranked 6th on Golf Digest’s top 100 golf courses in the world and it comes as no surprise for those in the know. The Harewood Golf Club is a relatively new golf course and was established in 2015 and membership is kept private and members are hand-selected by the club. The rugged mountains in the backdrop serve to be one of the most stunning places anybody could hope to tee off from. The Harewood Golf Club is notable for being decidedly low-key and disavows the uptight rules that golf clubs around the world have become known for.

41. Ferrymead Golf Club

Ferrymead Golf Club

6 km
from city center
41 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

One of the most exclusive golf courses in New Zealand, the Ferrymead Golf Club is located in Ferrymead Park Drive. Sprawling over 500 acres of pristine greens the Hills Golf Club evolved from a modest 3-hole course into a majestic world-class championship course. Overlooking a glacial valley and set amidst the dramatic scenery that the region is known for, the Ferrymead Golf Club is surely one of the finest golf courses in New Zealand. It hosted the New Zealand Open in 2007 and is a favourite amongst pros but is a hugely enjoyable experience for those that are just testing the waters and want to enjoy a few casual rounds with their mates too! Undulating greens and the challenging elevation changes also entice even the most ardent golfers and a day out in the greens here is sure to be a thoroughly challenging yet rewarding day for seasoned vets too!

42. Pegasus Golf & Sports Club

Pegasus Golf & Sports Club

25 km
from city center
42 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Notable for being one of the few public 18-hole golf courses in New Zealand, the Pegasus Golf & Sports Club aims to make golf a sport more accessible to the general public. Located on Mapleham Drive Street, Pegasus, on the edges of the city centre of Christchurch, the Pegasus Golf & Sports Club is among the most accessible golf courses in New Zealand. Its very affordable green fees and equally affordable golf clubs rental fees ensure that the sport does not remain in the lofty echelons that golf has come to signify.

43. Arthur’s Pass

Arthur’s Pass

109 km
from city center
43 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

The township of Arthur’s Pass is located a two hour drive from Christchurch. Situated on the west coast of the South Island, the roads leading to the township from Canterbury are nothing short of an engineering marvel and provide great views of the landscape. Arthur’s Pass National Park, one of the townships major tourist attractions, can be considered as two halves divided by a historic railway and highway. Along the eastern half of the divide lies sprawling expanses of beech forests and riverbeds while the western half comprises rivers flowing through deep canyons and gorges, flanked by imposing forested mountains. One of the best ways to take in the pure and natural scenery is through the renowned TranzAlpine Service railroad that carves through the region. One of the most popular activities among travellers in the region is mountaineering and hiking into the national park. Skiers and snowboarders can head to the Temple Basin Ski Area and ride some of the freshest snow in the country. The area is also known for being the native habitat of the famous flightless kea bird, one of the only species of alpine parrots.

44. Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum

1 km
from city center
44 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

The Canterbury Museum is the go-to place for anybody who wants to experience the cultural, human and natural history of New Zealand. It is a striking Gothic Revival that was opened in 1870 as a single-storeyed building, which now stands as a beautiful foundation after the various additions made to its architecture over the years. With its 2.3 million and more artefacts, the museum offers not only historically alluring exhibits but also assorted galleries, each with a unique timeline, place, and history to show. The popular tourist attraction is not only known for the variety of exhibitions it has to offer, but also the activities and tours specially designed to cater to children. Hence, the venue is perfect to be visited with family as people of all age groups will enjoy the museum and be entertained through the different sets of activities.

45. Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs

113 km
from city center
45 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Hanmer Springs is a small town in Canterbury, New Zealand which is famous for its hot pools complex and the range of outdoor activities offered to the tourists and the locals who often visit the town for a weekend off or during holidays. Activities like skiing and snowboarding are most popular during the winter season. The Alpine village is very scenic, and the natural beauty of the town can be observed and enjoyed via the airline services offered for the very same purpose.

46. Akaroa

Akaroa

40 km
from city center
46 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Akaroa, a town in South Island, New Zealand is one of the most historic and bi-cultural places to visit. This town is located on the banks of the peninsula and is Southeast of Christchurch. The main employer industry in Akaroa is tourism, with tourists from across the world working here seasonally, giving this town an exotic vibe.

47. Kaikoura

Kaikoura

8 km
from city center
47 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Kaikoura, which lies on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand, is the perfect place for a weekend getaway from the cities of Picton or Christchurch. It boasts of having the most successful whale and dolphin spotting tours, with an almost hundred per cent spotting rate. One can see various kinds of whales, including sperm whales, orcas, humpback whales and even the mighty blue whale! You could also book a tour to go swimming in the ocean with these gentle, harmless giants. There are multiple whale and dolphin spotting tours that operate here, both on boats and on choppers!

48. Waipara

Waipara

5 km
from city center
48 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Located just 60 kilometres north of the city of Christchurch, the small valley town of Waipara boasts of having the most flavourful and well-made wines in this part of the country. With vineyards that stretch into the distance, surrounded by gentle hills, Waipara is great for a weekend trip, away from the hustle and bustle of Christchurch.

49. Port Hills

Port Hills

7 km
from city center
49 out of 49
places to visit in Christchurch

Port Hills are a magnificent range of Hills, located somewhere in Canterbury, New Zealand. These hills originated from the eroded remnant of the Lyttelton Volcano, which erupted millions of years ago. It provides amazing panoramic views while riding and a wonderful path for short walks and little adventures. Port Hills is a splendid natural establishment that runs through Godly Head and ends up dividing the city from the harbour.

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