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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

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

Deep South Lazy Sundays 2020
Deep South Lazy Sundays 2020

When: Jan 19 to Feb 16, 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

Go To Glow Makeup Workshop
Go To Glow Makeup Workshop

When: Feb 3, 04:30 PM to 09:45 PM
Where: 29 Cossars Road, Tai Tapu, Christchurch
Venue: Cossars Wineshed, Christchurch

Friday Night Frights
Friday Night Frights

When: Jan 17 to Feb 21, 09:30 PM to 11:55 PM
Where: 50 Ferrymead Park Drive, Ferrymead, Christchurch
Venue: Ferrymead Heritage Park, 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

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

Tavendale & Partners' National Show Jumping Show
Tavendale & Partners' National Show Jumping Show

When: Jan 16 to Jan 19, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: McLeans Island Rd, Mcleans Island, Christchurch
Venue: National Equestrian Centre, Christchurch

Gish!
Gish!

When: Jan 18, 09:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 579 Colombo St, Christchurch
Venue: A Rolling Stone, Christchurch

Live at the Point – Sunday Sessions
Live at the Point – Sunday Sessions

When: Dec 29 to Feb 16, 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where: 2 Waipapa Ave, Diamond Harbour, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Venue: Godley House Site, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District

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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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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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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