Local Christchurch Attractions
Wide open spaces, floral and architectural beauty coupled with a range of activities to suit all tastes make a visit to Christchurch a special experience.
Commonly known as the Garden City or a slice of England in the Antipodes, a punt ride down the Avon River is the perfect way to see where these labels came from and why Christchurch has a character all of its own. Tram rides have resumed, a good way to get around the inner city and view the restoration of the Arts Centre - the old Canterbury University campus.
This historic theme is continued over the road at the Canterbury Museum, renowned for having some of the finest cultural and natural collections in New Zealand.
While a visit to these attractions leaves no doubt as to why Christchurch is likened to an English city, without the crowds or lack of space, a visit to the Museum’s neighbour, the Botanic Gardens, reinforces the Garden City label. The Gardens are home to New Zealand’s finest collection of exotic and indigenous plants, and are one of the reasons Christchurch was voted the top Garden City in the world at the Nations in Bloom competition of 1997.
As well as these central city attractions, Christchurch offers a wide variety of others that are located minutes from the CBD. Out by the International Airport is the International Antarctic Centre - a must to visit. Twice voted New Zealand’s best visitor attraction, the centre is home to the United States, Italian and New Zealand Antarctic programmes and offers an unforgettable interactive experience for all age-groups.
In spite of a series of ravaging earthquakes in 2011-2012, visitors are offered a unique opportunity to witness a new innovative city emerge from the ruins.