Housed in an exquisite historic building, are outstanding Maori exhibits, a Victorian Christchurch Street, an extensive Antarctic collection and fun for the children in Discovery. Browse the Museum Store or relax in the Café overlooking the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
Experience life the way it should be – relaxed, tranquil and thoroughly enjoyable! Sink back into the velvet cushions of your boat as the Edwardian punter gently glides you down the Avon River, passing the trailing willows and leafy banks of the stunning Christchurch Botanic Gardens. This is an iconic Christchurch experience and an attraction not to be missed!
One of New Zealand's best tourist attractions, the International Antarctic Centre based at Christchurch airport provides visitors of all ages with an interactive, fun and exciting experience of Antarctica. The centre includes; a hagglund ride, ice voyage 4D Show, a snow and ice experience, penguin encounter and an informative, hands on display.
Suspended above the suburbs of Christchurch, the Gondola (otherwise known as a cable car) whisks you nearly a kilometer to the Crater Rim of the Port Hills. See in the extinct volcano which exploded six million years ago, sheltering Lyttelton’s sparkling harbor and to the west, the Southern Alps seem close in the clear pure air and to the East, the ocean and the sky stretch as far as the eye can see. Experience the Time Tunnel, a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the Port Hills and Christchurch and revive your spirits with a snack at the new Red Rock Café.
From the historic French Village of Akaroa, 90 minutes from Christchurch, daily harbour cruises show the fascinating landscape with volcanic craters and exciting wildlife. The cruise is packed with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin - the Hector's Dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. Each cruise is fully narrated by the skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and history of the harbour. There are several different operators offering transfer between Christchuch and Akaroa.
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens showcase some of the flora of New Zealand and other parts of the world. Founded in 1863 with the planting of an English Oak tree, the Gardens now feature one of the finest collections of exotic and native plants found in New Zealand. Take time to explore the gardens, which are considered to be an oasis in the city of Christchurch with 21 hectares of horticultural displays, several conservatories, memorials, garden art and walking tracks.
Live on the edge and set yourself free. Realise your potential and get your blood pumping at Adrenalin Forest’s multi-level aerial obstacle course. Adrenalin Forest is a great confidence builder and adrenalin rush. With 6 increasing pathways, 102 challenges how far are you prepared to go?
The Port Hills shows the contrasts between rocky Crater Rims and the green scenery of Canterbury Plains below. All sorts of outdoor activities are performed in this unique area and hiking is one of them. The Port Hills truly offers breath-taking views, so be ready with the camera.
Discover one of the world’s premier military aviation collections at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Activities include a flight simulator, guided tours and a replica 1940's home. The museum is based at the Wigram Airfield, approximately 15 minutes from the International airport and approximately 20 minutes from the city centre.
The Willowbank experience includes unique native wildlife, farm animals and the country's natural history. Dining is available in the award-winning restaurant, acclaimed for its architecture and construction which allows magnificent views of the surrounding wildlife and gardens.
Set on 80 hectares of park-like grounds, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. The Park has been developed as an open range sanctuary for endangered animals, providing them with enclosures as close to their natural habitat as possible. Streams, moats and banks are used as barriers to allow visitors the opportunity to see the animals in a natural manner. Over 400 animals from 70 different species are displayed and there are various daily encounters allowing up close experiences with the animals.
Step on board to the classic 1960’s London Open Top Double Decker buses for a fun and informative tour of Christchurch. Learn about Christchurch’s fascinating history from the pioneering days through to modern day times and learn how Christchurch is recovering from the Canterbury earthquakes which has now become a major event in New Zealand’s history. The experience includes a 1 hour Tour around central Christchurch on New Zealand’s only Open Top Double Decker and a 2 hour Tour on a closed top Double Decker visiting places of interest in greater Christchurch. A Hop-on, Hop-off option is available at Sumner Beach and The Tannery Retail Emporium.
Re:START is a shopping experience like no other, the unique shipping container retail area is brightly coloured and stunningly landscaped and is the heart of the “Pop Up City” concept. Re:START provides a range of quality retailers located in a cool funky city environment. Anchored by Ballantynes department store, Re:START house many businesses previously located in the central city including Johnson's Grocery Store, Scorpio Bookstore, Cosmic, Hunters & Collectors and many others, it also has great cafés, a range of specialty gifts stores and a selection of fashion boutiques not found elsewhere.
Quake City is an attraction that uses large-scale imagery, sound and film among other features to tell the stories of the Canterbury earthquakes with a strong emphasis on the future. At Quake City people can see the events through large-scale imagery, view iconic objects like the top of the Christ Church Cathedral Spire and learn about the science of earthquakes.
The Tour begins with tuition on riding a Segaway before gliding through the Cultural Precinct which includes the Art Gallery, the Arts Centre, the Botanic Gardens and the Museum. Continue through Hagley Park, in use year around for Rugby, Tennis, Cricket, Golf, Netball & Jogging before heading out to the suberb of Fendalton and the historic Mona Vale Homestead and then onto Riccarton House & The Deans Cottage. This is a fun and active way of seeing the city!
Established in 1863, the Botanic Gardens 75 acres host without doubt the finest collection of exotic and indigenous plants to be found anywhere in New Zealand. Operating a continuous daily service, Caterpillar Garden Tours allows visitors to discover the natural beauty, history and culture of this central city oasis while at the same time being taken around the gardens in all weather, comfort and style. The tours are fully guided on an environmentally friendly electric shuttle.
After the February quake caused damage to the iconic Christchurch Cathedral, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed one of his famous “Emergency Architecture” buildings, and now the transitional 'Cardboard' Cathedral project is welcoming visitors. Constructed from a series of 96 cardboard tubes and framing, this is an exciting symbol of innovation, hope and inspiration for the city for the next 50 or so years.
Snow-capped Southern Alps, rich agricultural pastures and breathtaking braided rivers make Mid Canterbury an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. From skiing or snowboarding to rafting, skydiving, fishing, touring stately gardens, uncovering relics of aviation and transport history, mountain biking or hiking there is definitely plenty to see and do!
A picturesque 90‐minute drive from Christchurch lies Akaroa, a charming French inspired port cradled in the arms of an ancient volcano. Take in sweeping harbour views and see the outer bays from a hilltop vantage point. In the village itself, spend a leisurely day exploring boutique shops, galleries and gourmet eateries, or swim with the rare Hector’s dolphin.
Enjoy ever changing scenery, from the patchwork quilt of the Canterbury Plains to the mighty Southern Alps. The Selwyn district is home to distinctive limestone formations, intriguing alpine flora and fauna and a vast range of walking tracks in Arthurs Pass National Park. Savour a glass of Riesling at one of the boutique wineries, stop en-route for some white-knuckled jet boating on the Waimakariri Gorge or explore the depths of the cave at Cave Stream Scenic Reserve.
Just 90 minutes from Christchurch, the alpine spa village of Hanmer Springs is the perfect setting for indulgence, rejuvenation or adventure. Soak in natural hot pools, explore 50 kms of mountain bike and nature trails, enjoy gourmet dining or try your hand at a round of golf. Take an idyllic road trip and tour the flavours of the North Canterbury Food and Wine Trail or sample fine vintages from the Waipara Valley vineyards.
Discover an area rich in Maori culture & history, where majestic mountains plunge into the Pacific Ocean and whales, dolphins, seals and sea birds flourish. Kaikoura is an internationally renowned whale watching hot spot, and one of the only places in the world where Sperm whales can be seen almost every day. Feast on fresh local crayfish at a roadside stall to top off a truly world class nature experience.
Rich golden landscapes, powder blue canals and bright turquoise glacial lakes form the tapestry of the Mackenzie Country. At the heart of it all towers New Zealand’s highest mountain peak, Aoraki Mount Cook at 3754 meters. Travel the well-worn paths of New Zealand’s mountain climbing pioneers, explore the Tasman Glacier by air or boat and in the evening count the stars in the clearest of night skies.
Combine an evening tour around the city with a three-course meal onboard the unique and historic setting of a Christchurch tram. The only restaurant tram in New Zealand, this will for sure be a unique dining experience. Enjoy fine service, cuisine and beverages while sightseeing around the inner city. This is a very popular tour so reservations are needed.
Part of the luxury hotel, The George, Pescatore translated ´fisherman´ in Italian serves equally luxurious seafood and Pacific-rim cuisine in modern, chic surroundings. The menu is prepared according to season and with sustainable sourced ingredients by a passionate team who have gained outstanding recognition.
The Leinster Rd. Bistro in the middle of Merivale offers a dining experience of high standard for the whole family. Here, you dine on typical New Zealand food in elegant leather booths with a soothing music in the background. Just relax and enjoy the well-presented food, which is served by a friendly staff.
Friendly staff and delicious dishes made from the freshest local ingredients has made this restaurant to one of the most popular Japanese restaurants in Christchurch. On the menu, you will find dishes such as sushi, sashimi, oysters, chicken and tempura dishes. To be safe to get a seat, make a reservation in advance.
For a feeling of France and the culinary delicacies, head to St Germain. Since 2008, three French brothers have served the locals of Christchurch perfect cuisine in an elegant and cosy atmosphere. A perfect place where to enjoy authentic French cuisine and wine with friends or family. Don´t forget the dessert, like the chocolate and caramel fondant.
Since four generations, the Lakakis family, have had the passion for cooking unforgettable food. At Costas Taverna you can order their Greek traditional dishes made to perfection prepared only with the freshest local and imported ingredients. Don't forget to wash it all down with one of their many Ouzos.
Spice Paragon gives you a culinary experience in Thai cuisine. The chefs use modern cooking procedures to give the traditional dishes a funky edge. The wooden decorated dining room and the friendly staff makes the experience complete. Spicy fresh tuna salad, pad Thai, Thai red curry tofu and wok fried spicy jungle pork are some of the dishes served here.
A perfect hang-out for sharing a gourmet pizza with your friends. There are 21 different creative pizzas to choose from so everyone should be able to find one to suit their flavours. If pizza isn't your favourite you will find an array of pastas and salads on the menu too.
The bistro serves European inspired dishes including contemporary New Zealand dishes such as sirloin steak, lamb burger, Greek meatballs, slow cooked lamb shoulders and its decor makes it perfect for both a romantic dinner or a relaxing brunch. The friendly service gives a welcoming feel to any visit.
This gem with a sensual dark red coloured dining room serves a fusion of Asian and New Zealand dishes. The atmosphere is trendy but yet casual and the whole restaurant is thoughtfully well-designed. It can get quite busy but the service is quick and friendly. When here, try the deep fried ice cream!
Looking for the most sought after chips in town? Scoop a seat at Christchurch’s most popular burger bar, Burgers & Beers, where you will be well looked after by the run-off-their-feet (but cheery) staff. At Burgers & Beers they use local ingredients to create “bloody good” burgers!
"Simple and elegant cuisine" is the perfect way to describe the combination of European fare with a hint of the modern at Saggio di Vino. While the wine list is extensive in range and quality, the menu is compact, featuring a small number of entrees and mains - illustrating the chef's confidence in brilliant choices.
Fiddlesticks is a stylish, sociable and relaxed bar and restaurant. Take to the sheltered courtyard on a sunny day or warm up in front of a roaring outdoor fire. Fiddlesticks provides in-season, sensational local fare and they serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
Situated in Christchurch's central city this charming weatherboard villa has been transformed into a special place to meet with friends. Enjoy the sunshine in their outdoor courtyard as your recharge yourself while wandering around the city. Pop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just for a coffee.
Picturesque riverside café serving breakfast, lunch, BBQ and picnic menus. Seating can be found both indoors and outdoors and you can sit back and relax while watching the beautiful banks of the Avon river. When in the area, why not rent a kayak or row boat after regaining some energy after the coffee break.
What use to be an old mechanics workshop was transformed into the much loved Addington Coffee Co-op in 2008. A big point of difference is their commitment to using Fair Trade products. While you are having your coffee, why not wash some clothes, they offer coin-operated laundromat.
Founded by Carl Sara, four times New Zealand barista winner, Crafted Coffee Company really knows how to make quality coffee. They sources their tasty coffee from around the world, from farmers, small Co-ops and friends. If hungry, they have a breakfast and lunch menu too.
Local at Riccarton House is set in the tranquil garden setting of the original Deans homestead. Open for lunch and afternoon teas with fresh produce sourced from Christchurch Farmers' Market held on the grounds every Saturday. Great food, great wine, great service in a beautiful setting!
Untouched World's Native Garden Café is one of the country's leading organic eateries. The food is prepared with the freshest seasonal produce and organic when possible. Besides the outstanding food, diners can enjoy the courtyard garden, which is inspired by the New Zealand countryside with running water, ferns and native trees.
Located 25 minutes drive south of Christchurch this is the place to satisfy your sweet tooth. With a brilliant local reputation this is the perfect place to relax, have a leisurely lunch and in the summer time you can pick raspberries, strawberries and blueberries from the fields behind the café.
The perfect place to stop on your way south of Christchurch. Situated 40k south on Main South Road is a must stop. It combines an old-fashioned country store with a much acclaimed and loved café. The deli counter is loaded with house-made savoury food, cakes and slices while the seasonal café menu features simple yet sophisticated food.
Nestled in the stunning surrounds of Governors Bay. SHE offers an impressive selections Chocolate desserts and drinks and was listed in the Lonely Planet Top 10 culinary guide. Visitors can watch the Chocolate Alchemists at work creating onsite or book on the popular weekly Chocolate and Culinary Tour.
The multi award winning Nor' Wester - restaurant, wine bar & café, situated in the heart of rural town Amberley, creates an opportunity to indulge all your senses. Less than an hour drive from Christchurch it has been serving beautiful food, fine wine and good coffee since 1997.
Finding its home in Christchurch's "old post office building" built in the 1930's, this café has become a Christchurch institution. If hungry, try one of the mouth-watering dishes such as pan fried prawns or chicken Caesar salad. A place full of character, excellent coffee, friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere.
The Last Word is a small, cosy bar where you can sit down for a drink in a mellow atmosphere. Located in New Regent Street it offers a delicious selection of whiskeys and cocktails, all served by the passionate and knowledgeable staff. Pop by with some friends and enjoy a quiet drink.
It's in a brand new spot, but the Belgian Beer Café Torenhof is bringing back great things! The owners have managed to create a lovely atmosphere inside, thanks to wood panelling recovered from the original bar, along with glasses and the odd fixture. The Torenhof's selection of beers is impressive, with two dozen varieties on offer. There is also a good selection of Kiwi wines, but with this much beer on offer, you don't need wine.
Take a journey to nearby Lyttleton to view the eccentric decor of the Wunderbar and soak in the atmosphere of this unique venue. The Wunderbar prides itself on oddity and is one of the most unique bars in New Zealand. People come from afar to see the infamous dolls heads and other strange items and antiques scattered throughout.
36 game table, 500 slot machines, beautiful lounge areas and friendly, service minded staff, these are just a few of the things you can look forward to when visiting the Christchurch Casino. When you get tired of playing games, you can sit down and have a fancy cocktail at the Diamond Bar, under the glow of 3,500 overhead shimmering crystals. When hunger and the need for sport strike, head upstairs to the Monza Sports bar! Filled with dark wood, leather booths, giant flat screens including a 140+” LCD Wall, enormous 1/2 metre pizzas, tasty BBQ ribs and a full bar, it's no surprise that this is Christchurch’s hottest sports venue!
No4 is a bar located in a 1920’s villa in a friendly neighbourhood with a lively ambience. This friendly neighbourhood gastropub boasts a lively atmosphere throughout the week and into the weekend. They offer great indoor/outdoor areas for catching up with friends and family, or groups will enjoy one of our many function areas. A fantastic venue for both summer and winter, you can relax in a candlelit corner of the restaurant, pull up the couch in the snug library or celebrate with friends in one of our outdoor heated courtyards.
Carlton is one of the most popular bars in Christchurch. Carlton Bar and Eatery is the place to go for great food, great entertainment and live music. With a rich history that goes back 150 years, the Carlton of today will remind you of the early days of Canterbury; the farmers, stock men and characters that were the early pioneers of the Christchurch and Canterbury region.
Cool, dark interior, interesting wallpaper, various seating options, great bar and terrific food, King of Snake is pumping most nights! King of Snake titillates Christchurch’s Victoria Street precinct with a timeless paean to Southeast Asian sensuality. Mirrors frame the walls to create an illusion of space, with skulls featuring heavily in the form of wallpaper and business card holders. The owners have also made excellent use of texture and colour in both the restaurant and bar. Best you go see for yourself!
Previously called Revival, the Little Neighbourhood Garden Bar & Eatery have recently undergone a bit of a face-lift. A great place where to catch up with family and friends in a casual atmosphere. Not only serving local and international beers or other beverages but also serving hand crafted pizza if the hunger kicks in. Pop in on a Wednesday when they have pub quiz, or catch a live band. For a more detailed event program, see the site below.
Yet another new addition to the Christchurch nightlife, Baretta is sure to satisfy! From the moment you walk through the door you will feel like you have stepped back to another time and place. From the exquisite interior and moody appearance, to the inviting terracotta paved courtyard – Baretta is our interpretation of a classic Italian trattoria with a Kiwi influence.
One of the hottest spots in Christchurch, Aikman’s is a local favourite and is the ideal venue elaxed catch up with friends at the bar. Seamless indoor outoor flow makes this a great year round venue, with cosy outdoor fire and courtyard seating to complement the plush interiors.
Looking for a big night out? Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights regularly feature live entertainment and events. If like to sing then pop in on a Thursday when they have karaoke nights. During the week, The Fox is a great chill out bar with delicious food and a great place to watch the rugby.
A modern gastro pub, located at The Palms shopping mall, The Fox Palms proudly serves hearty pub food including a range of fine local and international ales. Providing live music every Friday and Saturday so pop in by 10pm and dance the night away. If sport is your thing, then don´t worry they have live sport on the TV.
Even as you step in the door you can already tell that there is a story to be told. Vases of fresh flowers and the smell of home cooking add to the atmosphere of a cosy lounge that keeps you coming back for more. Recently declared a No.1 heritage site, inner city history is alive and well and living at Pomeroy’s. Pomeroys takes joy from presenting patrons with over 31 taps of prize-winning beers and wines of local and international suppliers.
It all started with a childhood love of homemade meatballs – a Friday night favourite on the farm. Fast forward a few years and the passion for meatballs teamed up with a fairly healthy obsession with cold beer, and a good yarn with mates. This simple trifecta became the essence of Morrell & Co “Cold beer, hot food, good times”. Morrell and Co is a great, chilled out place to get a beer. It is also conveniently located near the Court Theatre and Rugby Stadium.
Sullivans Irish Pub is not like every other Irish pub...They are the home of the World's Largest Glass of Beer. After being situated in Manchester Street, they are now in Addington in an awesome tin building. If dancing is your thing, then this where you need to be. If not, chill out on the mezzanine floor instead!
The Craic Irish Bar is a great little niche for you to make yourself comfortable and have a big night out. The Greatest little Pub in Christchurch, inspired by the Irish tradition of live music and a warm friendly atmosphere. The Craic will root itself in your mind as a great little place to come and relax with entertainment five nights a week.
Christchurch’s cool crowd is flocking to the Darkroom. Its incognito location makes you feel like you’re part of a secret society and, as the name suggests, the place is a little on the dark side. The owners have made good use of the small space with free gigs happening every weekend. There is a great selection of New Zealand craft beers, wine and cocktails.
The Last Word is an intimate whiskey and cocktail lounge in historic New Regent Street, a beautiful 1930s street of Spanish Mission-style buildings. This is the perfect place for a really, really good drink and the most chilled atmosphere in Chrsitchurch. Notes, that they are strictly seated service only and can't accommodate large groups in their limited space.
Zip Me Up Offers the most sought after New Zealand and International designers in the forefront of the industry, each showcasing a range of unique collections. Designers such as Alice McCall, Maurie & Eve, Finders Keepers and Keepsake fill this luxury boutique store. Walk away with quality pieces that you will love for a lifetime!
Located at the container mall, The Colombo, Stencil boats fine apparel, footwear and design classics. Stocking the best of national and international brands in Christchurch for as long as one can remember. Brands such as Nudie, Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Puma, Vans, Converse and Happy Socks to name a few, are all here.
With a large variety of quality European, Californian and Australian footwear, you will for sure find a favourite pair. Andrea Biani is always ahead when it comes to fashion for both women and men. Brands you will here are Django & Juliette, Diesel, Rollie, Senso, Superga, Mollini, Jeffrey Campbell to name a few.
HAPA is a Design store in a container, offering a range of carefully selected unique products, mostly handmade and locally produced in New Zealand. Here you will find everything from gifts, jewellery to homewares, accessories, baby gear, men's gifts, watches and stationery - everything you need for any occasion (birthdays, weddings, baby showers, anniversaries, farewells, and more....).
Hunters and Collectors has retailed in the Christchurch CBD for over 20 years. In this time it has seen and survived many changes in fashion and its city retail environment. They hunt and collect the world’s leading street wear labels such as G-Star, Wrangler, Lee, Diesel, Converse, Federation, Seduce, and Wish too name a few. Starring the city’s most impressive wall of jeans.
Operating in the heart of Christchurch in the city's fashion quarter. Stocking the best designers from New Zealand and across the globe for both men and women. Here you will find a mix of hand sourced fashion, footwear and accessories. Fashion lovers can expect brands such as Twenty Seven Names, Meadowlark, Beau Coops, Kowtow, Wood Wood and much more.
Established 32 years ago, this independent bookshop is a Christchurch institution. It is the place to go to browse and buy books. With old-fashioned leather library chairs strategically placed around the shop, it is easy to spend hours here. Scorpio Books' collection ranges from quality fiction and crime to comprehensive and diverse topics
Simply New Zealand has a wide range of products catering for both locals and visitors, regional and international, to Christchurch and this exciting store will offer a comprehensive selection of New Zealand giftware, jewellery, knitwear, T- shirts,clothing accessories and memorabilia.
The Contemporary Lounge combines all that is great about fashion for both men and women! This international fashion concept is a unique mix of retail elements offering a shopping experience like no other, for those among us who demand the latest, hottest looks. Shop for high fashion, streetwear, the latest in footwear and accessories.
Stocking international brands, at Sergios you will find the latest men's suits, clothing, footwear, wedding suits, suit hire and accessories for men in Christchurch. They offer a full made to measure service along with an expert tailoring service for clothing repairs and adjustments.
Located at Merivale Mall, Photo & Video International stock and sell new and used photographic and video equipment to both amateurs and professionals. They also stock a complete range of accessories and consumable items such as filters, film, paper and chemistry, etc.
One of Christchurch's best post quake achievements the The Tannery boasts world-class beer and food, entertainment and boutique shops on a unique and atmospheric location. They cater everyone's needs by providing more than 50 shops, restaurants, bars and a cinema and here you will find everything from fashion, homeware to jewellery and crafts.
Well known for being the place to go for leading brands and labels, Ballantynes has a long association in the Canterbury region as a retailer of ‘quality products’ for both women and men. At the department store you will basically find everything, they have clothes, accessories, lingerie, footwear, jewellery, beauty products, home items, including gifts and children wear.
Christchurch International Airport is New Zealand's second largest airport. Christchurch city is a short 15 minutes' drive (9.4 km) from the airport and several transport options are available from outside the terminal including rental cars, taxis, shuttles and buses. Regular Metro Red Bus services connect the airport to the city centre such as the Purple Line and the number 29 buses. You can buy tickets from the driver when boarding the bus. You can catch the bus from the northern end of the International Arrivals Hall (between the terminal and the long-term car park). The Purple Line and number 29 runs seven day a week. Taxis and rental cars are also available at the airport. The major rental car brands are all situated within the International Arrivals Hall (close to the domestic baggage reclaim).
Citizens of Australia and the UK, as well as visa waiver countries, do not need to apply for a visa for short visitor stays, but may need to produce documented proof of onward travel. Visa waiver countries include the USA and multiple countries across Europe and Asia, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Vatican City. Citizens of other countries will need to apply for a visa in advance, which can be done online for solo travelers and in paper format for those travelling with a partner or as a group. The applicant’s passport validity in this case will need to last 3 months after the planned departure date.
Christchurch is an all-year destination. During the summer season, December to February, Christchurch can get high temperatures with an average temperature of 21°C – 23°C. The daylight can last up until 9:30pm during this period. December, February and March is the peak season, it is also in December and January many domestic travellers have their holiday since the schools are closed. If you decide to visit Christchurch during this season, you probably need to book in advance since it is not easy to find accommodation. If you prefer the winter season, then June to August are good months to visit. Winter in Canterbury is beautiful and it becomes a true winter wonderland. With good ski areas and a wide range of après activities, you will find yourself busy during this season.
Public buses are a great way to get around while staying in Christchurch, the 3 Airport/ Sumner and 29 Airport / City bus services provide transport to the city centre from the Airport every hour and the bus stop is right outside the international arrivals terminal. The Orbiter service travels past all the major suburban shopping centres in Christchurch and other services can take you to the city arriving at Central Station and onto the sea side village of Sumner, surf beach at New Brighton, Sign of the Takahe in Cashmere and into the country to Lincoln and Rangiora as well as many other areas around Christchurch city. If you need help planning your travel on the Metro public bus services once you have arrived give their friendly team a call. Most hotels in the city also offer free hire of bicycles for guests.