Christchurch (CHC) New Zealand

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What to do in Christchurch

Christchurch is a vibrant city fondly called New Zealand’s “Garden City” for having lots of full-grown trees spread out across its suburbs. It’s also South Island’s biggest city and is one of the hippest places to go in the country.

There are many great public spaces for you to visit like the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens which has a huge collection of exotic and local plants. Don’t miss the Avon River nearby that flows through the city. Try punting and cruise the river from the city centre, Hagley Park, or Mona Vale.                                                           

Riccarton House and Bush is also a top heritage attraction in Christchurch, and it’s made up of two historic buildings lined by beautiful open parkland and rich gardens, and is surrounded by the Avon River.

Surfies can enjoy the city’s waters by heading to the beach. Popular Taylor’s Mistake Beach will give you the strongest waves, or you can check out Sumner and Waikuku beaches.

Are you a culture vulture? Stop by Christchurch Art Gallery, Canterbury Museum, and Ferrymead Heritage Park. Other interesting places in the city include Orana Park, the International Antarctic Centre, and Willowbank Wildlife Park.

Christchurch also has different shopping districts for all types of shoppers. Find specialty boutiques in the New Regent Street. For bargains, browse more than 60 shops in Dress Smart. Get a unique shopping experience at Re:Start where you’ll be shopping in buildings made of colourful shipping containers.

Another classic Christchurch attraction you should give a go is the Christchurch Gondola ride where you reach the summit of Port Hills by riding a cable car above the valleys. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Christchurch cityscape, over the Canterbury Plains and on to the Southern Alps.

When to visit Christchurch

You can visit Christchurch year-round because every season offers a different city experience. Enjoy the beaches in summer (December-March), or have a ski holiday during winter (June-August). Autumn (March-May) is the best time for fresh produce, and you’ll see beautiful blooms and lush greeneries during spring (September-November). If you want to travel during shoulder season, visit from April, October, and November.

As an Aussie, you don’t need a visa to fly to New Zealand and visit Christchurch, just a valid passport on your arrival date.

Travelling to and around Christchurch

You’ll be landing at Christchurch International airport, and from there you can reach the city by shuttle bus, public bus, and taxi. Start wandering Christchurch by tramway, bus, or hired car.

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Today's currency rate

AUD 1.00 = NZD 1.093

Temperature average in January

11.4 - 23.8°C

Rainfall average in January

30.4 mm

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