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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

Twizel Salmon & Wine Festival
Twizel Salmon & Wine Festival

When: Feb 29, 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: 200 Freda du Faur Avenue, Twizel 7901, Twizel, Mackenzie
Venue: Rowing Complex, Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel, Mackenzie

Blindspott
Blindspott

When: Apr 9 to Apr 10, 07:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: 2a Waterman Place, Ferrymead, Christchurch
Venue: The Good Home , Christchurch

Christchurch Holi Festival of Colours
Christchurch Holi Festival of Colours

When: Feb 29, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch
Venue: North Hagley Park Events Village, Christchurch

2020 TMC Trailers Trucking Industry Show
2020 TMC Trailers Trucking Industry Show

When: Mar 21, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: 102 Curletts Road, Sockburn, Christchurch
Venue: Canterbury A & P Showgrounds, Christchurch

International Women's Day Breakfast
International Women's Day Breakfast

When: Mar 6, 07:30 AM to 09:00 AM
Where: 148 Victoria St, Christchurch
Venue: Duncan Cotterill, Christchurch

a-ha – Hunting High And Low
a-ha – Hunting High And Low

When: Mar 5 to Mar 7, 07:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Jack Hinton Dve, Addington, Christchurch
Venue: Horncastle Arena, Christchurch

Selwyn Sounds 2020
Selwyn Sounds 2020

When: Mar 7, 11:00 AM to 08:30 PM
Where: 15 Meijer Dr, Lincoln, Selwyn
Venue: Lincoln Event Centre, Lincoln, Selwyn

Faith No More
Faith No More

When: May 10, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Jack Hinton Dve, Addington, Christchurch
Venue: Horncastle Arena, Christchurch

FIH Pro League - Black Sticks v Argentina Men & Women
FIH Pro League - Black Sticks v Argentina Men & Women

When: Feb 28 to Mar 1, 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: Augustine Dr, Christchurch
Venue: Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub, Christchurch

Zirka Circus
Zirka Circus

When: Feb 28 to Mar 1, 07:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where: Jones Road, Rolleston, Selwyn
Venue: Zirka Big Top, Rolleston, Selwyn

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