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Christchurch, New ZealandChristchurch Activity Highlights

Christchurch | Regional Information | Activity Highlights | Scenic Highlights | History

Christchurch, New Zealand is an elegant, rather English-feeling city with a refined sense of fun. Known for its beautiful gardens and parks, Christchurch is vibrant with colour and culture.

Christchurch Activity Highlights Overview

The large number of public parks and well-developed residential gardens in Christchurch has given the city the name of 'The Garden City'.

Hagley Park and the 75 acre Christchurch Botanic Gardens, founded in 1863, are located in the central city. Hagley Park is often used for sports such as golf, cricket, netball, and rugby, and for open air concerts by local bands and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

Aside from the many beautiful parks and gardens, Christchurch has a huge variety of activities and attractions for the adventurous and tame, young and old alike.

Activities in Christchurch

Christchurch has a huge range of activities and adventures, with something to suit everyone. You'll find plenty to do.

  • Skydive from an aircraft
  • Paraglide over Christchurch's Port Hills
  • Take a dawn balloon flight over Christchurch or the patchwork fields of the Canterbury plains
  • Go punting on the Avon River

Attractions in Christchurch

Gather some amazing memories while you enjoy the unique attractions of Christchurch.

Riccarton Bush - Join a guided tour and visit Deans Cottage and enjoy a tranquil walk through the bush or stroll in the park grounds.

Christchurch Casino - If you're feeling lucky, head for Christchurch Casino.

Air Force World - Brings you face to face with 28 classic aircraft, thousands of artifacts, artworks and stories of famous aviators.

Canterbury Museum - Explore the museum, including the Hall of Antarctic Discovery.

Getting Close to Nature

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Kiwi Encounter, New Zealand
Kiwi Encounter
New Zealand
Photographer: Chris McLennan
(www.cmphoto.co.nz)

Beautifully presented gardens and wildlife parks are a Christchurch specialty.

International Antarctic Centre - Features a real snow and ice experience and a 45 minute behind the scenes tour of the Antarctic Campus on the Hägglund Ride.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve - A kiwi breeding programme and native New Zealand bird life.

Orana Wildlife Park - Experience the diverse splendour of the animal kingdom in tranquil, spacious surroundings.

Parks - Saunter through Hagley Park, then admire Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Useful Christchurch Links

To help plan your Christchurch holiday choose from the main categories below:


Christchurch Region Information


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