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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

Wu-Tang Clan New Zealand Tour
Wu-Tang Clan New Zealand Tour

When: Dec 13, 06:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: Jack Hinton Dve, Addington, Christchurch
Venue: Horncastle Arena, Christchurch

Christchurch Christmas Lightshow
Christchurch Christmas Lightshow

When: Nov 30 to Dec 31, 08:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: 650 Shands Road, Christchurch
Venue: 650 Shands Road, Christchurch

Change Your Brain! Change Your Life!
Change Your Brain! Change Your Life!

When: Jan 17, 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 34a Hansons Lane, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch
Venue: La Vida Centre, Christchurch

Fat Freddy's Drop & Special Guests
Fat Freddy's Drop & Special Guests

When: Jan 12, 02:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch
Venue: Hagley Park North, Christchurch

New Year's Eve 2018/19
New Year's Eve 2018/19

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

A Summer's Day - TOTO, Dragon and Jefferson Starship
A Summer's Day - TOTO, Dragon and Jefferson Starship

When: Jan 13, 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch
Venue: Hagley Park North, Christchurch

The Night Market
The Night Market

When: Nov 10 to Dec 15, 05:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Moorhouse Avenue
Venue: The Night Market, Christchurch

Christmas Day Buffet
Christmas Day Buffet

When: Dec 25, 11:30 AM to 08:00 PM
Where: 764 Colombo St, Christchurch
Venue: Market Place Restaurant & Bar, Christchurch

Brickman Wonders of the World LEGO Exhibition
Brickman Wonders of the World LEGO Exhibition

When: Dec 15 to Jan 20, 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch
Venue: Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Christchurch

Slayer With Special Guests - Anthrax
Slayer With Special Guests - Anthrax

When: Mar 17, 08:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Jack Hinton Dve, Addington, Christchurch
Venue: Horncastle Arena, Christchurch

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YHA Christchurch

Stay in our comfortable modernised heritage building, complete with 5 Star Gold Qualmark rating. This hostel is second-to-none for location, a stone's throw from art galleries, museums, gardens, and a full array of venues to enjoy food, drink, and live music.

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YHA Christchurch Rolleston House

This historic character home turned comfortable hostel sits between the Arts Centre, Botanic Gardens, and Canterbury - perfect for exploring Christchurch's heritage and culture.

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YHA Springfield

YHA Springfield, Smylies is one of Springfield's oldest homes starting its history back in the 1870s as a guesthouse for the Bullock trains passing through. Set on just over one acre of grounds it offers plenty of space for rest and enjoyment and been extensively renovated with all modern backpacking facilities.

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