Christchurch is not the city you remember. New landmarks, buildings and public spaces have changed the shape of the city.

The message to visitors is clear – get ready to experience the new Christchurch, a city at the heart of the Canterbury region, ripe for exploration. Locals and visitors alike are discovering the region’s varied offerings.

A dedicated business and resident population have created a city of change and innovation, of art and culture – an exceptional place to live, and a vibrant place to visit.

Those in the know feel like they’re in on a little southern secret – Christchurch is the obvious but understated place to be!


Explore our central city

Christchurch is New Zealand’s oldest city, and a place of exploration for Ngāi Tahu and European settlers alike. From far-reaching waka to the first four settler ships, the city embraces its title as a city of exploration.

The city centre is buzzing with funky street art, world-class eateries, stunning public spaces and uplifting green spaces. It also plays host to the most significant collection of heritage buildings in the country, many now housing retail and hospitality offerings.

Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct includes the two-kilometre City Promenade running along the Avon River. Start at the Botanic Gardens and meander through to Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

Take in the heritage and natural beauty on offer, combining the best of new and old. Galleries, shops and suave cocktail bars, trams, and world-class restaurants – Christchurch is ripe for fresh exploration.

A region of diverse offerings

Christchurch sits at the heart of the diverse Canterbury region, where visitors can experience all New Zealand has to offer in a compact environment. You don’t have to go far to ski or surf, hike or bike.

The Port Hills dominate the city skyline, boasting endless walking and biking options. The Christchurch Adventure Park is the world’s only all-season downhill mountain bike park and zipline paradise.

Within a few hours’ drive are Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula, Kaikoura and the rugged east coast, Hanmer Springs, and the Mackenzie Region with stunning turquoise lakes and starry nights.

Whatever experience you are looking for, it’s available in Canterbury. From mountain peak to sandy beach, lush farmland to city centre, this is New Zealand at its best.

Explore Ōtautahi Christchurch

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