Christchurch Travel

Attractions You Will Adore

After the devastating Canterbury earthquakes, New Zealand’s largest city is currently reinventing itself in an effort to recover and reinvent itself from its aftermath. A great way to witness this rebuild process first-hand is with a visit to Quake City – an insightful museum exhibit detailing their aftermath.
Join Christchurch-based small group wine tours of Waipara wine region or head out into the countryside on day trips to French-style Akaroa on Banks Peninsula or Hanmer Springs resort hot pools spa town for guided wine tasting tours and winery visits. Cathay Pacific flights are now available on several routes, including Hong Kong to Christchurch.

Quake City

Quake City is a must-see attraction in Christchurch, recounting the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes through stories of heroism and hope. You’ll hear directly from those affected as well as those who came to help, plus learn about science behind it all such as liquefaction that caused streets and buildings to sink beneath it all. Attractively located at 299 Durham Street North with free admission daily opening times this moving, informative attraction offers something for all ages – located at 299 Durham Street North it offers something informative attraction suitable for all ages located here! Located at 299 Durham Street North it offers moving informative attractions perfect for all ages alike! Free entry. Open daily at 299 Durham Street North 299 Durham Street North; daily.

Riccarton Sunday Market

Riccarton Sunday Market is one of the country’s premier markets and an ideal spot for browsing fresh fruit & vegetables, art, furniture, clothing crafts and plants. Attracting over 10,000 visitors weekly, it provides an enjoyable shopping experience while providing opportunities to relax with lunch at its food court alongside live local entertainment.
An experience in Christchurch would not be complete without visiting the historic city centre and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Home to exotic plants from all around the world, this botanical garden is one of New Zealand’s most stunning spots, situated near Avon River with numerous walking trails for exploring its beauty.

History lovers will want to make time for a visit to Christchurch’s Canterbury Museum, which holds a wealth of New Zealand and Maori culture and history collections, interactive displays, and cinema screenings.

Sumner Beach is an absolute must during summer! Boasting 400 metres of white sand, this picturesque beach offers the ideal place to unwind while taking advantage of the warm temperatures. Hike up Cave Rock (Tuawera) to take in breathtaking views over this peaceful spot!
Visit Christchurch is incomplete without experiencing the iconic tram ride! This unforgettable experience covers 2.5 kilometers through its most beloved attractions and is led by an expert guide, offering commentary and insight into its landmarks and history. Operated by Christchurch Tramway Trust and tickets can be purchased through Christchurch Visitor Information Centre.
International Antarctic Centre

The International Antarctic Centre in New Zealand offers visitors a unique way to experience Antarctica without traveling there themselves. As an Antarctic discovery center, this fun and engaging attraction gives visitors a fun yet educational way to learn more about this icy continent and its effects. You will brave an Antarctic storm chamber, ride off-road in a Hagglund, and interact with penguins throughout your visit!

Antarctic Centre at 38 Orchard Rd in Christchurch is just minutes from Christchurch International Airport, making it an excellent indoor activity for kids and adults alike. Many choose to time their visit accordingly when arriving or departing the airport, making this attraction one of the top Christchurch indoor activities for all age groups.

One of the many amazing aspects of the Antarctic Centre is their variety of activities for kids. There’s a Kids Only area where young visitors can play with penguin toys, read about Antarctica-related books and watch films – perfect for young ones and totally free. In addition, they offer a Penguin Backstage Tour that takes guests behind-the-scenes of their penguin enclosure – although this tour isn’t suitable for those under 6.

Hagglund rides are my favorite part of any attraction. They give an immersive ride experience and it is remarkable to witness these vehicles maneuver across snow and ice with such ease.
My children especially loved the Husky Zone at this attraction, created through a partnership with Husky Rescue New Zealand and offering visitors the chance to interact with and pet these adorable dogs while taking photos with them. Additionally, there was the 4D theatre which my kids found highly amusing – they could barely contain themselves with all its fun features! They kept asking to see it again!

Air Force Museum of New Zealand

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand serves as a national repository of Royal New Zealand Air Force history, commemoration, inspiration and learning experiences related to New Zealand military aviation. Located at 45 Harvard Avenue in Wigram it can be reached in 15 minutes from either Christchurch CBD or International Airport.

Discover one of the world’s premier military aviation collections at this world-class museum. Ranging from aircraft and engines to assorted displays and medals – medals that commemorate New Zealand military aviation history to pin-ups worn during parachute silk wedding dresses! – its collection covers nearly every aspect of New Zealand military aviation history.

Kids of all ages will love this museum, offering exhibitions designed for those 5+ but even young visitors will have fun exploring. Additionally, there’s also an affordable scavenger hunt available that costs $6 per child.

The museum features several historic aircraft such as an Aermacchi MB-339CB, Hawker Siddeley Andover C1 and Airspeed Oxford. Visitors can take part in a half-hour guided tour through behind-the-scenes areas including its Reserve Collection hangar.

Other attractions at the museum include a Mosquito Flight Simulator and an opportunity to try on an RNZAF flight suit. It is open daily from 10am-5pm (Closed Christmas Day).
The museum is an excellent way to spend an afternoon, offering excellent cafe service and plenty of free parking. Nearby lies Supa Karts Indoor Go Karting Track which offers an exhilarating racing experience suitable for all ages and fitness levels; book your session for at least an hour and compete against your friends and family!

Port Hills Gondola

Christchurch, known as the Garden City, is an attractive cultural destination with museums, historic buildings and picturesque gardens. You can experience cycling on the Alps to Ocean Trail with Cycle Journeys who offer bike hire, accommodation bookings, itinerary creation and daily shuttle movements – plus they provide daily shuttle movements!
Within and beyond Christchurch city limits lies an array of outdoor activities, ranging from hiking Arthur’s Pass National Park and climbing at Mount Cook to whale watching in Kaikoura. Or take a ride on the Christchurch Gondola to take in stunning 360-degree views over Christchurch city and in the distance, the Southern Alps; visit Time Tunnel, Shop at the Top or Red Rock Cafe as you ride; ticket valid all day allowing frequent hop-on/hop-off access!