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Travel Guide of Christchurch in New Zealand by Influencers and Travelers


Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region. The Christchurch urban area lies on the South Island's east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula.


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1 - New Brighton

   8 km away

New Brighton is a coastal suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand, 8 kilometres east of the city centre. At the 2013 census, it had a population of 2,442. The 2011 Christchurch earthquakes caused significant damage in the area.

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2 - Lyttelton

   10 km away

Lyttelton is a port town on the north shore of Lyttelton Harbour, at the northwestern end of Banks Peninsula and close to Christchurch, on the eastern coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

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3 - Shore Excursions in Christchurch

Guided walking tour on Banks Peninsula, a spectacular extinct volcano within 30 minutes of Christchurch. Experience world class views and see some of New Zealand's most stunning coastlines with our experienced local guides.  Transport and catering included, magnificent photo opportunities and a day to remember forever.

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4 - Avon River

   8 km away

The Avon River / Ōtākaro flows through the centre of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, and out to an estuary, which it shares with the Heathcote River, the Avon Heathcote Estuary.

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5 - ChristChurch Cathedral

ChristChurch Cathedral, also called Christ Church Cathedral and Cathedral Church of Christ, is a deconsecrated Anglican cathedral in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

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6 - Helicopter Tours in Christchurch

Ōtautahi, Christchurch, a city of exploration, where urban regeneration, culture and heritage thrives. Constantly evolving, giving visitors something new to explore. Take in views of the newest city in New Zealand. See the lush greenery of the “Garden City” . Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens & Deans Bush/ Pūtaringamotu, home to native bush forest featuring kahikatea trees that are up to 600 years old. The central city a mixture of new urban precincts & old historic buildings that have been restored after the earthquakes. View the Christchurch Cathedral as it is rebuilt. The red zone of Christchurch, once filled with homes now a holistic project to connect people, river and land, now known as the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor project. Onto the Port Hills, Banks Peninsula to view extinct volcanoes making up Akaroa and Diamond Harbours. A coastline view north of Pegasus Bay as you travel over Sumner and New Brighton Beaches towards the stunning Southern Alps and farmed Canterbury Plains.

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7 - Christchurch Botanic Gardens

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens, located in the central city of Christchurch, New Zealand, were founded in 1863 when an English oak was planted to commemorate the solemnisation of the marriage of Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra of Denmark.

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8 - Christchurch Gondola

   9 km away

The Christchurch Gondola is a tourist attraction service offered by Christchurch Attractions in Christchurch, New Zealand. The gondola base is located in Heathcote Valley, and it traverses the slopes of Mount Cavendish in the Port Hills.

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9 - Swim with Dolphins in Christchurch

Explore the coastal town of Akaroa and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with dolphins on this full day tour from Christchurch. Travel through the breathtaking New Zealand countryside to Akaroa and admire sights of interest such as Governor’s Bay and Lake Ellesmere on route. Cruise into the harbour with your guide and watch the waves for marine life. Strap on your snorkel and flippers and swim with elegant Hector’s dolphins in the wild. Enjoy free time to explore Akaroa, then visit a local cheese factory for a tasting session.

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10 - Port Hills

   9 km away

The Port Hills are a range of hills in Canterbury, New Zealand, so named because they lie between the city of Christchurch and its port at Lyttelton. They are an eroded remnant of the Lyttelton volcano, which erupted millions of years ago.

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11 - Cathedral Square

Cathedral Square, locally known simply as the Square, is the geographical centre and heart of Christchurch, New Zealand, where the city's Anglican cathedral, ChristChurch Cathedral is located.

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12 - Sightseeing Cruises in Christchurch

Enjoy a Sightseeing tour to Akaroa through the spectacular scenery surrounding Banks Peninsula, formed following violent eruptions of two ancient volcanoes.  The Akaroa crater nurses the picturesque harbor and Akaroa village. Experience a Nature Cruise with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin - the Hector's Dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. And you'll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa's fascinating past. The Tour also includes a delightful lunch at Bully Hayes Restaurant.

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13 - Sumner

   11 km away

Sumner is a coastal seaside suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand and was surveyed and named in 1849 in honour of John Bird Sumner, the then newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury and president of the Canterbury Association.

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14 - State Highway 73

   11 km away
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15 - Wildlife Watching in Christchurch

Experience the natural treasures of New Zealand on a whale-watching cruise from the picturesque town of Kaikoura. Look for the mighty Sperm Whales that live in these waters along with Dusky Dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals and Seabirds. Admire breathtaking views of the snow-capped Kaikoura Ranges during your free time in Kaikoura's township and visit a seal colony on land. Wrap up the day with a scenic drive back to Christchurch and a wine tasting at a vineyard in North Canterbury (time permitting). Your experienced guide shares informative commentary throughout the day on this fun and fascinating tour.

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16 - Godley Head Road

   13 km away

Scarborough is a hillside suburb above Sumner in Christchurch, New Zealand. Scarborough is located between Sumner and Te Onepoto / Taylors Mistake. It was named for the seaside resort in North Yorkshire, England.

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17 - Godley Head

   16 km away

Godley Head, known to Māori as Awaroa or Otokitoki for the wider area, and called Cachalot Head by early French explorers, is a prominent headland in Christchurch, New Zealand, located at the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour.

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18 - Akaroa

   40 km away

Akaroa is a small town on Banks Peninsula in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand, situated within a harbour of the same name. The name Akaroa is Kāi Tahu Māori for "Long Harbour", which would be spelled "Whangaroa" in standard Māori.

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Why should you visit Christchurch ?


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Located in Canterbury, in the middle of the east coast of the South Island Christchurch is the 2nd largest city in New Zealand.
Crossed by the Avon River, it's a river in South West England that flows through Bath and Bristol two cities.

Canterbury, is a mountainous and green region where there are many activities to do :
Less than two hours from an international airport, you can ski, golf, bungee jump, raft, mountain bike or windsurf, watch whales, visit world-class wineries and gardens.
You can also Stargazing into International Dark Sky Reserve, hiking, underwater diving, visit and do some shopping...

Christchurch is known as the "Garden City" thanks to the many splendid gardens that the city has to offer.
The city is a mix of historical story and contemporary culture.
Thanks to art galleries, museum of history and beautiful street art...

That's why, Christchurch is a mix of differents cultures, it makes this city so charming and it can be visited by everyone.







Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Christchurch

What is the better moment to go to Christchurch ?

The better moment to go to Christchurch is in Spring, the weather is mild, and it is a little cooler than in summer.

The best place to stay in Christchurch is in the downtown city, because it's more simple to visit when everything is close to you.













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