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Christchurch - Regenerating city, gateway to the South Island

The ultimate mix of old and new, this city will charm you with it's heritage architecture next to edgy new bars and restaurants. All set between the ocean and the mountains, what more could you want?

Christchurch has an excellent mix of beautiful scenic outdoor pursuits and a vibrant inner city to explore.

Discover the dynamism of a city rediscovering and rebuilding itself following the 2010/2011 earthquakes. Explore quirky music venues that have popped up around the city, enjoy local musicians, and Christchurch's unique craft beer scene.

at a glance

Best known for

it's perfect location, right in the middle of the mountains, plains and the ocean

Did you know

Christchurch is the gateway to Antarctica

Don't leave without

a trip up the Port Hills

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events

Notenoughlights Christmas Light Show
Notenoughlights Christmas Light Show

When: Nov 28 to Dec 25, 08:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 8 Dunluce Place, Christchurch
Venue: Notenoughlights Light Show, Christchurch

Shands Rd Christmas Lightshow
Shands Rd Christmas Lightshow

When: Nov 28 to Dec 30, 08:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: 650 Shands RD, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Christmas Lightshow, Christchurch

'As You Like It' by William Shakespeare
'As You Like It' by William Shakespeare

When: Dec 9 to Dec 20, 06:30 PM to 08:45 PM
Where: 40 Mona Vale Avenue, Christchurch
Venue: Mona Vale, Christchurch

Van Gogh Alive
Van Gogh Alive

When: Feb 19 to Mar 11, 07:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch
Venue: Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Christchurch

Xmas Night Market
Xmas Night Market

When: Dec 4, 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 9 Eveleyn Couzins Avenue, Richmond, Christchurch
Venue: Avebury House, Christchurch

Th' Dudes - Th' Bliss Tour
Th' Dudes - Th' Bliss Tour

When: Dec 4, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

The Great Cholmondeley Penguin Expedition
The Great Cholmondeley Penguin Expedition

When: Dec 6, 10:30 AM to 02:30 PM
Where: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

Santa's Mega Grotto
Santa's Mega Grotto

When: Dec 10 to Dec 22, 10:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 193 Travis Road, New Brighton, Christchurch
Venue: QEII Leisure Centre, Christchurch

CSO Presents: Jurassic Park - Film with Live Orchestra
CSO Presents: Jurassic Park - Film with Live Orchestra

When: Dec 19, 07:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

Bridge to Bridge
Bridge to Bridge

When: Dec 6, 07:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where: Coutts Island Road, Christchurch
Venue: Whites Crossing, Christchurch

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