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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

Matariki 2019
Matariki 2019

When: Jun 25 to Jul 7, 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch
Venue: The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 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

Living with a Creative Mind Symposium
Living with a Creative Mind Symposium

When: Jul 19 to Jul 20, 07:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: 156 Armagh Street , Christchurch
Venue: The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch

Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers
Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers

When: Oct 9, 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

Katchafire
Katchafire

When: Jul 5 to Jul 6, 08:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: Caroline Bay, Timaru, South Canterbury
Venue: Caroline Bay Hall, Timaru, South Canterbury

Matariki Night Walk at the Styx
Matariki Night Walk at the Styx

When: Jun 29, 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 303 Radcliffe Road, Christchurch
Venue: Styx River, Christchurch

Grimm Tales
Grimm Tales

When: Jul 1 to Jul 3, 07:00 PM to 08:45 PM
Where: St Margaret's College, 12 Winchester Street, Christchurch
Venue: Charles Luney Auditorium, Christchurch

Katchafire
Katchafire

When: Jul 6 to Jul 7, 08:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: 2A Waterman Way, Ferrymead, Christchurch
Venue: The Bedford, Christchurch

Katchafire
Katchafire

When: Jul 7, 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 2A Waterman Way, Ferrymead, Christchurch
Venue: The Bedford, Christchurch

Winter Encraftment Market
Winter Encraftment Market

When: Jul 6 to Jul 7, 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 75 Lyttelton St, Somerfield, Christchurch
Venue: Pioneer Leisure Centre, 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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