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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

its perfect location - right near mountains, plains, and the sea

Did you know:

Christchurch is the gateway to Antarctica

Don't leave without

A trip up the Port Hills

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stories

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activities

events

Diwali 2019
Diwali 2019

When: Oct 26, 02:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Cathedral Square, Christchurch
Venue: Cathedral Square, Christchurch

Rangiora Show 2019
Rangiora Show 2019

When: Oct 25 to Oct 26, 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Ashley St, Rangiora, Waimakariri
Venue: Rangiora A&P Showgrounds, Rangiora, Waimakariri

01 Kaitorete Spit
01 Kaitorete Spit

When: Nov 2, 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Banks Peninsula
Venue: Birdlings Flat, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury

Patti Smith and Her Band
Patti Smith and Her Band

When: Apr 25, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

Hororata Highland Games
Hororata Highland Games

When: Nov 9, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Hororata Road, Hororata, Selwyn
Venue: Hororata Domain, Hororata, Selwyn

CSO Presents: Last Night of the Proms
CSO Presents: Last Night of the Proms

When: Nov 2, 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day
Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day

When: Nov 12, 10:30 AM to 07:00 PM
Where: 75 Jack Hinton Drive, Christchurch
Venue: Addington Raceway & Events Centre , Christchurch

Gladys Knight
Gladys Knight

When: Feb 15, 07:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

The Christmas Country Fete
The Christmas Country Fete

When: Oct 31, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 891 Mount Thomas Road, Fernside
Venue: Lyddington Farm, Oxford, Canterbury

Hanmer Springs Fete
Hanmer Springs Fete

When: Nov 1, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 1 Jacks Pass Road
Venue: Queen Mary Hospital Grounds, Hanmer Springs, Canterbury

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