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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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activities

events

Buble, You Bastard
Buble, You Bastard

When: Jul 3, 07:30 PM to 08:45 PM
Where: 156 Armagh Street , Christchurch
Venue: The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch

Nightlife Lantern Walk
Nightlife Lantern Walk

When: Jul 4 to Jul 19, 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: Fendalton, Christchurch
Venue: Riccarton Bush, Christchurch

Ben Hurley & Friends
Ben Hurley & Friends

When: Aug 15, 08:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: High St, Rangiora, Waimakariri
Venue: Rangiora Town Hall Small Theatre, Rangiora, Waimakariri

The Cat In The Hat
The Cat In The Hat

When: Jul 11, 10:30 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: 145 Gloucester St, Christchurch
Venue: Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Blindspott
Blindspott

When: Oct 2 to Oct 3, 07:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: Caroline Bay, Timaru, South Canterbury
Venue: Caroline Bay Hall, Timaru, South Canterbury

Friends! The Musical Parody
Friends! The Musical Parody

When: Sep 12, 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

School Holiday Printmaking with Alexia Martin
School Holiday Printmaking with Alexia Martin

When: Jul 6 to Jul 15, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: 1013/ D Ferry Road, Christchurch
Venue: Visions and Vino Art Studio, Christchurch

Timaru Tease
Timaru Tease

When: Jul 17, 08:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 198 Church St, Timaru, South Canterbury
Venue: The Playhouse Drama League Inc, Timaru, South Canterbury

Christchurch Symphonic Brass Presents: Celebrating Equality
Christchurch Symphonic Brass Presents: Celebrating Equality

When: Jul 4, 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where: 86 Kilmore Street, Christchurch
Venue: Ron Ball Studio, Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

Looking Back, Moving Forward
Looking Back, Moving Forward

When: Jul 25, 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: Latimer Square, Christchurch
Venue: The Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch

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