Ōtautahi Christchurch

Ōtautahi Christchurch is New Zealand’s second largest city, and the main urban centre of Te Waipounamu, our beautiful South Island. It is a city of transformation and exploration, a place where change and innovation are embraced, where people challenge the status quo. The city’s approach to lifestyle and business have created a sustainable and strong economy, a vibrant visitor destination and an exceptional place to live.

Christchurch Town Hall

The Christchurch Town Hall, designed by Sir Miles Warren and Maurice Mahoney, is a significant part of the urban fabric and vitality of Christchurch that has served as a gathering place for performances, cultural events and meetings since 1972.

The full refurbished and restored venue, is an iconic Christchurch building in a beautiful riverside setting.  The Town Hall is an ideal location from which to explore the new heart of Christchurch.

Quarantine Free Travel

Correct to the best of our knowledge, as at 3 May 2021.  Please check relevant Australian (or State) and New Zealand COVID-19 government advice for the most up to date information.

From 19 April 2021, you can travel between Australia and New Zealand without having to go into a managed isolation facility. Airlines between the two countries will be increasing flights between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown and the Australian ports, with a new Air New Zealand Hobart to Auckland direct flight starting on 22 April 2021.

What to do before you travel

  • ‘Know before you go’ and read all the information on Unite Against Covid-19 HERE.
  • Download the NZ COVID Tracer app HERE.
  • Complete an online travel declaration before you depart from Australia. This declaration mainly asks you about your travel plans and contact details. 
  • See HERE for more on Travel from Australia to New Zealand. 
  • See HERE for more on Travel from New Zealand to Australia.
Getting There

Christchurch International Airport is New Zealand’s second largest airport, with 12 partner airlines and connections to 25 destinations. The airport has direct international connections to Singapore, China, Australia and Fiji, and from October 2020 will have direct flights to Los Angeles. The airport is ten kilometres from the CBD, with reliable roading and public transport in place to get visitors where they need to go. State Highway 1 is less than a kilometre from the airport, and driving to the CBD takes 15 minutes, catered by taxis, hire cars, shuttles, rideshares and electric car shares – all readily available to transport delegates to their accommodation.

Getting Around

Often referred to as the 20-minute city, Ōtautahi Christchurch’s compact layout means within easy walking distance are conference facilities, riverside retail and hospitality venues, the Botanic Gardens, art galleries, health retreats and stylish accommodation. A short car ride can have you at the beach looking out at the vast Pacific Ocean, ziplining down the Port Hills at the Christchurch Adventure Park, sampling the best locally produced wines or taking in the wild beauty of Banks Peninsula.


The opportunity to book accommodation at the preferential conference rate will become available when registration opens on 1 June 2021.

Further Information

For further local and regional information, and things to do in Christchurch and Canterbury, please visit www.christchurchnz.com

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