Things to do
Tram city Tour- Our Christchurch Tram Loop is open and ready to take you on an amazing ride filled with history and the best sightseeing in the city!
Christchurch Gondola- The Gondola allows visitors to experience a truly unique and unforgettable view of Christchurch. As you glide your way over the valleys and see the birds flying below you, the views will take your breath away! From the city itself and the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps and Banks Peninsula, the Christchurch Gondola Ride is an experience everyone enjoys in New Zealand’s South Island.
Punting on the River Avon- An iconic Christchurch activity not to be missed. Admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the changing face of the city centre as you are expertly guided gently along the Avon River on our authentic Edwardian Punting tours.
Botanic garden- Explore one of the world’s most historic Botanic Gardens.
The grand tour- Fully guided by our knowledgeable host, our Grand Tour shows off the best things to do in Christchurch in the most comfortable and convenient way on board our luxury coach. If you’re on a tight schedule, get the flavour of our city without fuss on this one-day tour.
Quake City – Quake City tells stories of heroism, hope and loss from the Canterbury earthquakes. It explains the science and the phenomenon of liquefaction – when the shaking liquefied the ground and it bubbled up burying streets and sinking buildings.www.canterburymuseum.com/whats-on/quake-city
Christchurch Parks & Reserves
Tours and Sightseeing
Double decker bus tours
HIGHLIGHTS Hagley Park, Avon River, Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, Arts Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery, Provincial Chambers, Friendship Corner, Catholic Basilica, Bridge of Remembrance, ReStart Shipping Container Mall in Cashel St and much, much more!
International Antarctic Centre www.iceberg.co.nz
It’s the ultimate Antarctic adventure! Experience the dramatic seasonal lighting in the four seasons of Antarctica show where it ‘snows’ every 6 minutes. Venture out on to ‘the ice’ from Scott Base to play in ‘Antarctica’ the snow & ice experience and survive an Antarctic storm! How long can you hold your hand in the icy Antarctic water? Hang out with Little Blue Penguins, buckle up for the famously exciting Hagglund ride, take an awesome simulated 4D Antarctic cruise, watch Happy Feet 4D, then watch a stunning movie on a MASSIVE screen! It’s the closest you’ll get to Antarctica without mounting your own expedition! next to Christchurch International Airport,
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Day Entry & Guided Kiwi Tour www.willowbank.co.nz
Waipara Wine Trail Tour from Christchurch https://www.leisuretours.co.nz/day_tour/waipara-wine-trail/
Airforce Museum www.airforcemuseum.co.nz
Discover New Zealand’s military aviation story at the place where it all began. Engage with stories of the men and women who have helped shape New Zealand’s military aviation journey, and reflect on their service and sacrifice through years of war and peace. Explore the diverse collection at your own pace through immersive exhibitions, or join a free, guided ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour. View the historic aircraft on display, embark on a museum hunt with the kids, or test your flying skills in the ‘Mosquito Mission’ flight simulator! Price: FREE Admission – activity charges may apply Opening Hours: Daily (except Christmas Day), 10.00am – 5.00pm.
Visit the beautiful unspoilt old French whaling depot of Akaroa from Christchurch. Travel to Akaroa via Sign of Takahe, Sign of Kiwi, Governers bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Forsyth and Little River, Stop at the Hill Top to experience panoramic views of Akaroa Harbour, Visit the cheese factory at Barry’s Bay and sample some fine New Zealand cheese, Lunch in the naturally picturesque setting of Akaroa Village at the popular Bully Hayes Restaurant. In the afternoon enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Canterbury Cat exploring the delights of Akaroa Harbour and sighting dolphins, penguins and seals.
The small town of Hanmer Springs is built around a hot spring that was first discovered in the 19th century. Today it’s a bustling alpine spa village with a range of activities to suit everyone, whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure. The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa is one of the top attractions in Hanmer Springs, with relaxing rock pools, soothing sulphur pools, bubbles and water jets and plenty of temperature options. Its luxurious day spa offers relaxing treatments, private pools, sauna and steam rooms.
Food, Wine and Nightlife
Points of Interest & Landmarks