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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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stories

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activities

events

Blindspott: POSTPONED
Blindspott: POSTPONED

When: Jun 6, 07:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: 2a Waterman Place, Ferrymead, Christchurch
Venue: The Good Home , Christchurch

Patti Smith and Her Band: POSTPONED
Patti Smith and Her Band: POSTPONED

When: Apr 25, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

Th' Dudes - Th' Bliss Tour: POSTPONED
Th' Dudes - Th' Bliss Tour: POSTPONED

When: Apr 16, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

Introduction to Māori Healing: POSTPONED
Introduction to Māori Healing: POSTPONED

When: May 24, 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: 157 Poranui Beach Rd, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Venue: Birdlings Flat Community Centre, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District

Radioraps | Lang Storie Kort | Christchurch
Radioraps | Lang Storie Kort | Christchurch

When: May 29, 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Straven Rd, Fendalton, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Boys' High School, Christchurch

My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady

When: Apr 3 to Apr 18, 07:30 PM to 10:25 PM
Where: 145 Gloucester St, Christchurch
Venue: Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

Kaikoura Adventure Race
Kaikoura Adventure Race

When: Apr 25 to Apr 27, 05:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 1 Rorrisons Road, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Venue: Kaikoura High School, Kaikoura, Canterbury

So Pop!: CANCELLED
So Pop!: CANCELLED

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

Opawa Famers' Market
Opawa Famers' Market

When: Jan 5 to Dec 27, 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: 275 Fifield Terrace, Christchurch
Venue: Opawa Farmers' Market, Christchurch

Crusty Demons - Rise of the Demons NZ Tour: POSTPONED
Crusty Demons - Rise of the Demons NZ Tour: POSTPONED

When: May 2, 06:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Wigram Road, Wigram, Christchurch
Venue: Canterbury Agricultural Park, Christchurch

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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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