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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.

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Regenerating city in a perfect location

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

Easter Weekend Community Events
Easter Weekend Community Events

When: Apr 19 to Apr 21, 12:00 PM to 08:00 AM
Where: Cathedral Square, Christchurch
Venue: Cathedral Square, Christchurch

Friday Street Food Market
Friday Street Food Market

When: Mar 15 to Sep 27, 11:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Where: Cathedral Square, Christchurch
Venue: Cathedral Square, Christchurch

The Museum Egg Hunt
The Museum Egg Hunt

When: Mar 30 to Apr 28, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch
Venue: Canterbury Museum, Christchurch

Quail Island Easter Egg Hunt
Quail Island Easter Egg Hunt

When: Apr 19 to Apr 22, 10:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: Quail Island, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Venue: Quail Island, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District

Hot Rod Show
Hot Rod Show

When: Apr 20, 09:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: Racecourse Road, Sockburn, Christchurch
Venue: Riccarton Racecourse, Christchurch

Easter Egg Hunt & High Tea
Easter Egg Hunt & High Tea

When: Apr 21, 11:15 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 50 Park Tce, Christchurch
Venue: The George, Christchurch

Mitch James - Bright Blue Skies Tour
Mitch James - Bright Blue Skies Tour

When: Jul 19, 07:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 90 Ilam Road, Christchurch
Venue: Ngaio Marsh Theatre, Christchurch

Mackenzie Highland A&P Show
Mackenzie Highland A&P Show

When: Apr 22, 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: Gillingham Street, Fairlie, Mackenzie
Venue: Mackenzie A&P Showgrounds, Fairlie, Mackenzie

Prison Escape
Prison Escape

When: Apr 16 to Apr 22, 11:30 AM to 07:00 PM
Where: 196 Armagh Street, Christchurch
Venue: Crate Escape, Christchurch

Easter Carnival: CANCELLED
Easter Carnival: CANCELLED

When: Apr 19 to Apr 22, 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Marine Parade, South Brighton, Christchurch
Venue: Te Karoro Karoro Reserve , Christchurch

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YHA Christchurch

YHA Christchurch is a homely heritage building with a modern atmosphere. Located near the town centre, this backpacker hostel is a perfect home base to see everything Christchurch has to offer!

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YHA Christchurch Rolleston House

This heritage building turned backpacker hostel sits between The Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. The perfect accommodation spot to get your culture and heritage fix.

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YHA Springfield

One of Springfield's oldest homes, this backpacker hostel has charm and history as well as quality accommodation options and added extras like home-cooked meals available.

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