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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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The Ultimate Christchurch Walking Tour

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activities

events

DinoFest Christchurch
DinoFest Christchurch

When: Jan 9 to Jan 19, 10:30 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Kennedys Bush Rd, Kennedys Bush, Christchurch
Venue: Halswell Quarry Park, Christchurch

Christmas Lightshow
Christmas Lightshow

When: Nov 29 to Dec 30, 08:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: 650 Shands Road, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Christmas Lightshow, Christchurch

So Pop!
So Pop!

When: May 3, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Jack Hinton Dve, Addington, Christchurch
Venue: Horncastle Arena, Christchurch

CSO Presents: Festive Christmas 2019
CSO Presents: Festive Christmas 2019

When: Dec 21, 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema
Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema

When: Dec 13 to Feb 8, 05:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch
Venue: The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, Christchurch

Christmas Parade and Market
Christmas Parade and Market

When: Dec 14 to Dec 15, 09:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: Gerald Street
Venue: Lincoln Township, Lincoln, Canterbury

The Edge NYE19
The Edge NYE19

When: Dec 31 to Jan 1, 06:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: 14 Riccarton Ave, Christchurch
Venue: North Hagley Park, Christchurch

Christmas Day Buffet
Christmas Day Buffet

When: Dec 25, 12:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 764 Colombo St, Christchurch
Venue: Market Place Restaurant & Bar, Christchurch

ONE NIGHT ONLY: Joshua Henry, Andréa Burns & Hayden Tee
ONE NIGHT ONLY: Joshua Henry, Andréa Burns & Hayden Tee

When: Jan 18, 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: St Margaret's College, 12 Winchester Street, Christchurch
Venue: Charles Luney Auditorium, Christchurch

Fat Freddy's Drop
Fat Freddy's Drop

When: Feb 6, 03:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Cnr Harper Ave and Park Tce, Christchurch
Venue: North Hagley Park, Christchurch

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