Punting(opens in new window) on the Avon River is a truly iconic Christchurch activity. Glide past the historic Antigua Boat Sheds and through the lush Botanic Gardens, or choose a city departure to see the changing face of central Christchurch. You will be gently and expertly guided along the river on an authentic Edwardian punt - so you can relax and enjoy the ride.
For a relaxing half day adventure, take a boat trip on Lyttelton Harbour, just 15 minutes from Christchurch. Stop at Quail Island and experience a piece of Canterbury's past. On the island's walkway, you'll see shipwrecks, a former leper colony and a quarantine station used by European settlers. Spot native birds like the fantail, kingfisher and silvereye. Black Cat Cruises(opens in new window) operate daily trips to Quail Island from October to April. Also enjoy the lively café scene and a home to award winning restaurants and fantastic Saturday morning market.
Street art to fine art
The Christchurch Art Gallery(opens in new window) (Te Puna O Waiwhetu) in Christchurch has always been inspiring, but the city's post-quake rebuild has provided new and giant canvases for artists, bringing fresh creativity outdoors. Wander the central city and immerse yourself in its ever-growing, ever-changing street art. Once you're ready to step inside, visit Christchurch Art Gallery and the Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA)(opens in new window) for diverse artworks, films, talks and live performances.
Discover Christchurch's Botanic Gardens, the centrepiece of the 'Garden City'. Take an edible tour, or wander at your own pace among diverse plants, flowers and sculptures. Little ones will love the children's playground and paddling pool, and grown-ups will appreciate the coffee at Ilex Cafe or The Curator's House. Entry is free.
Explore the stunning Port Hills on foot or by bike, only 10 minutes drive from Christchurch and offering panoramic views of Christchurch City and the Southern Alps. The Port Hills are home to native wildlife, the Castle Rock formation and have a rich Māori and European history all ready to be discovered.