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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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activities

events

New Zealand International Film Festival
New Zealand International Film Festival

When: Aug 8 to Aug 25, 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Where: 145 Gloucester St, Christchurch
Venue: Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Requiem
Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Requiem

When: Aug 31, 07:30 PM to 08:45 PM
Where: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

Aldous Harding
Aldous Harding

When: Aug 28, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Venue: James Hay Theatre, Christchurch

Synthony 2019
Synthony 2019

When: Sep 6 to Sep 7, 08:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Where: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

Miss Saigon
Miss Saigon

When: Sep 27 to Oct 6, 07:30 PM to 10:20 PM
Where: 145 Gloucester St, Christchurch
Venue: Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Ellesmere College Colour Run
Ellesmere College Colour Run

When: Sep 1, 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Leeston road, Leeston, Selwyn
Venue: Ellesmere A&P Showgrounds, Leeston, Selwyn

Sculpture. North Canterbury Exclusive Launch Party
Sculpture. North Canterbury Exclusive Launch Party

When: Oct 18, 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: 263 Stockgrove Road, Waipara, Hurunui
Venue: Pegasus Bay Winery, Waipara, Hurunui

A Doris Day Special
A Doris Day Special

When: Aug 24, 02:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 156 Armagh Street , Christchurch
Venue: The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch

Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper

When: Feb 22, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Jack Hinton Dve, Addington, Christchurch
Venue: Horncastle Arena, Christchurch

NZ Biodiversity Strategy - Christchurch Workshop
NZ Biodiversity Strategy - Christchurch Workshop

When: Aug 29, 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: 200 Tuam St, Christchurch
Venue: Environment Canterbury, 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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