An insider's guide to Christchurch

Christchurch is truly a “City of Inspiration.” Visitors from around the world are inspired by the “ocean to alps” views and amazing experiences on offer.

Christchurch for Families

From little blue penguins to Hector’s dolphins, and New Zealand’s most important kiwi breeding centre, Christchurch is one on every families “must do” list. The World’s Best Antarctic Attraction is based here – take a Hagglund ride or pick up a penguin backstage pass.

Christchurch for Footy Fans

Christchurch and the Canterbury region has a rich rugby heritage and visitors will spend days or even weeks getting to know the local footy culture and folklore. In New Zealand’s proudest rugby province, countless All Black legends have been born. Visit country rugby fields, such as Southbridge, where their first matches were played.

Christchurch in a Glass

Christchurch is part of New Zealand’s wine capital – follow the local Food & Wine Trails to discover the very best this special region has to offer, from the Waipara Valley to Selwyn and South Canterbury.

Christchurch for Cyclists

There are few better places to explore on two wheels. The Port Hill have countless kilometres of mountain biking tracks, as does McLeans Island and Bottle Lake Forest Reserve. Only 20 minutes from Christchurch, the Waimakariri district is another mountain bikers’ favourite. On Banks Peninsula, the historic Little River Rail Trail is a great family ride. The city centre has cycle-friendly lanes and is only 10 minutes drive from the Port Hills, where the Summit Road, “Short Bays” and “Long Bays” are popular after-work and weekend circuits.

Christchurch for Lovers

Whether it’s punting on the Avon or a picnic in the hills, Christchurch city has a romantic spirit that’s not difficult to find. For a memorable occasion take a drive up the Port hills, overlooking Lyttelton Harbour, the spectacular crater of an ancient volcano. You'll find many choices, and so many gorgeous gardens and uncrowded beaches for a weekend walk or special proposal.

Christchurch for Brits

Christchurch is often called the most English city outside of England – from the River Avon to the Court Theatre, to neo-Gothic architecture and award-winning gardens. Expats can indulge in feeling “right at home” (until the All Blacks take the field against their national team).

Whether you have a day or a week to spend in Christchurch, we can help with suggested itineraries and insiders' tips on the best things to see and do - simply visit