Exploring Ōtautahi Christchurch

Why not extend your stay and make the most of the fabulous attractions and activities that Ōtautahi Christchurch has to offer?  Below are a few recommendations from our local Organising Committee.

Dine

Victoria St/Square

Victoria Square is located in the heart of the city and is home to many of cities notable landmarks including the Captain James Cook statue, Queen Victoria statue, H. L. Bowker Fountain, and Victoria Square Poupou and the Hamish Hay Bridge. Due to this Victoria Square is a natural gathering point in the central city and home to a vibrant selection of restaurants, bars and cafes.

Riverside Market

An exciting new development consisting of a 7-day-trading, indoor market, linked to a vibrant network of boutique retail, restaurants, cafes & bars - Riverside is a unique inner-city shopping experience for the local community and visitors to enjoy.

Dinner on the Tram

The only Tramway Restaurant in New Zealand. Experience the luxury of our 36-seater air-conditioned, colonial-style dining tram and be treated to the finest service, cuisine and beverages New Zealand has to offer. Incorporate fabulous dining with a sightseeing tour showcasing Christchurch’s inner-city vibrancy and heritage – truly a mix of the old and the new.

Activate

Mountain Biking

Get hooked on mountain biking at Christchurch Adventure Park. From flowy bike trails for beginners, sweeping intermediate trails, for the next step up, epic world-class jump tracks for those who crave air and hand-built technical, trails for the experts among us. The Adventure Park has it all!

Surfing

Christchurch is blessed, with numerous surf breaks, many of which are located right in the suburbs. Sumner is a great spot to venture into the water, coupled with the amenities of Sumner Village. The Learn to Surf surf school is located at the end of Stoke St, which has a gentle beach break.

New Brighton Pools

Only 15 minutes from Christchurch CBD, you can enjoy stunning ocean views while soaking in our five luxurious hot pools. Plus, relax and recover in our plunge pool, steam room and experience beachside views from the sauna. Four sessions are available daily between 10 am - 5.30 pm. Online booking is advisable.

Family Time

Margaret Mahy Playground

Alongside the Avon River, just a couple of blocks from Cathedral Square, lies the most fun to have come out of the post-quake Rebuild. In the biggest playground south of the equator, more than two hectares are devoted to supplying the means for play and adventure of all sorts, appealing to a wide range of ages. If you're in the mood for a physical callenge, a race, climbing, digging, squirting, bouncing, sliding, spinning or skimming, this is the place to lose time. Big, colourful and full of variety, its clean lines are pleasing to the eye at the same time as providing many kinds of play equipment.

Botanic Gardens

Located just 15 minutes from the city centre, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens is at the heart of the city's reputation as the Garden City. Our impressive collection of plants provide a tranquil oasis. From the spring drifts of daffodils, spectacular summer roses and herbaceous border, stunning autumn leaf display and cosy conservatories to warm up in over winter, there's something to delight in every season. The New Zealand Garden also offers an accessible glimpse into the country’s unique wilderness to lose yourself in throughout the year. Entrance to the Botanic Gardens is free.

Christchurch Gondola

An unmissable Christchurch experience, the Gondola offers stunning unique views of the city, Lyttelton Harbour and beyond from our summit station situated atop the Port Hills. Take in the spectacular 360-degree views and see Christchurch from a different perspective: gaze at the snow-capped Southern Alps, sprawling Canterbury Plains and the sparkling waters of Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Well-Being / Shopping

The Welder

The Welder is New Zealand’s largest and most authentic Health & Wellbeing complex. We are all about creating a meaningful experience that makes us think, feel, remember and understand. Why Health & Wellbeing? Because we think Christchurch is the most liveable city in the world and deserves nothing less than the best. We as a city look after our people. Here at The Welder, we emphasise making people’s lives better through producing healthy products and services and creating enjoyable and memorable experiences.

Farmers Market

The Christchurch Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 9am - 1pm and is set in the idyllic open air grounds of the historic Riccarton House & Bush. Situated under 100-year-old trees the weekly market winds itself beside the Avon River and follows past the 1856 Homestead and gardens towards the 1.8 hectare protected native bush ‘Puringamatou’.

The Tannery

The Tannery boutique shopping centre has a range of exciting and unique shops, housed in an amazing architectural shopping destination. The Tannery is the place for individuals to shop, people who love quality, like to make ethical purchases, and want to support local crafts and artisans. It is a hub of creativity and hospitality, retail, craft and entertainment. Covering fashion, gifts, homewares, crafts, dining, and health & beauty, there is something for everyone.

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