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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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events

Botanical Expo
Botanical Expo

When: Sep 26 to Sep 27, 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where: 15 Meijer Dr, Lincoln, Selwyn
Venue: Lincoln Event Centre, Lincoln, Selwyn

Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Houstoun Plays Brahms
Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Houstoun Plays Brahms

When: Oct 3, 07:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
Venue: Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch

Pandemonium Circus
Pandemonium Circus

When: Oct 9 to Oct 11, 07:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where: 146 Seaview Rd, New Brighton, Christchurch
Venue: Roy Stokes Community Hall, Christchurch

The Works Market
The Works Market

When: Jul 26 to Mar 28, 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where: 400 Waterloo Road, Christchurch
Venue: The Works Market, Christchurch

Kaiapoi Spring Festival 'Party in the Park'
Kaiapoi Spring Festival 'Party in the Park'

When: Sep 27, 11:30 AM to 02:30 PM
Where: Charles St, Kaiapoi, Waimakariri
Venue: Trousselot Park, Kaiapoi, Waimakariri

Days of Ice - Explore Antarctica Family Day
Days of Ice - Explore Antarctica Family Day

When: Oct 10, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch
Venue: The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, Christchurch

BIG Laughs - Pro Comedy Night
BIG Laughs - Pro Comedy Night

When: Jul 11 to Dec 19, 07:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 224 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch
Venue: Good Times Comedy Club, Christchurch

Agents of Discovery
Agents of Discovery

When: Sep 12 to Oct 11, 08:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Where: Johns Rd, Northwood, Christchurch
Venue: The Groynes, Christchurch

Rangiora Festival of Colour
Rangiora Festival of Colour

When: Sep 27, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Percival St, Rangiora, Waimakariri
Venue: Victoria Park, Rangiora, Waimakariri

Spring Challenge Christchurch
Spring Challenge Christchurch

When: Sep 25 to Sep 27, 02:00 PM to 11:00 AM
Where: 210 Pages Rd, Wainoni, Christchurch
Venue: Cowles Stadium, Christchurch

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