Christchurch, the Garden City of New Zealand, is a great place to visit. With spectacular mountains, kilometres of beaches and rugged coastline the landscape is as diverse as it is beautiful.
With parks to explore, cathedrals to marvel, mountains to conquer and art to absorb, you will never be bored in Christchurch.
Christchurch is home to a magnificently diverse landscape, from the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps to the kilometres of silvery beaches. Home to over 350 000 residents, Christchurch offers visitors towering mountains, fresh ocean waters and acres of green pastures.
The world-renown 'Garden City' is alive with colour, atmosphere and attractions galore. Christchurch is the oldest established city in the country after being named by Royal Charter in 1856. However, Maori oral history suggests that the area was first inhabited in the 16th Century by the Waitaha tribe from the East Coast of the North Island.
The gardens are a major attraction in Christchurch, there are numerous parks and gardens scattered throughout the inner city. The Botanic Gardens, Mona Vale and Victoria Square are among the many beautiful sites. There is also a Floral Festival held every year in February when you will find the city simply bursting with colour.
The region is home to the spectacular Aoraki/Mount Cook which stands at over 3700 metres high. The highest mountain in New Zealand, Mount Cook is part of the Southern Alps Range which stretches the length of the West Coast. The mountain is located in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park which also contains over 140 other peaks and over 70 glaciers. Popular activities on the mountain include mountaineering, mountain biking and skiing. There are also a number of different scenic flights around the mountain daily.
There is a lot to do in Christchurch and the surrounding areas. You can explore the rocky coastline, visit a local winery, indulge in some retail therapy, witness the spectacular Christchurch Cathedral, see the whales at nearby Kaikoura, please your taste buds at one of the many eateries, attempt to conquer Aoraki/Mount Cook or simply take a stroll around the town and absorb the classic architecture and stunning parklands
The arts are also big in Christchurch with museums, contemporary and classic art galleries and a variety of markets. Film, theatre and dance is also celebrated in this city.
There is a great range of accommodation in Christchurch including backpackers, luxury and budget hotels, apartments, motels and more.
You can get to Christchurch by car, plane or bus. A number of international airlines fly direct into Christchurch or you can fly domestic from other major New Zealand cities. Ferries travel regularly from the North Island to the South Island.
Main Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region
Other Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region