As the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch is hard to miss if you are travelling in the Canterbury region. Known as the ‘Garden’ city of New Zealand, Christchurch is a beautiful location with an endless list of entertainment options and tourist sights.
In the city of Christchurch itself, you can enjoy more traditional cultural activities such as the Christchurch museum and neighbouring Arts Centre, the Botanical Gardens, tram rides, the Air force museum in Sockburn, and the old railway station cinema complex (with interactive Science Alive experience). Don’t forget to check out the vast array of shopping centres, bars, restaurants and art galleries throughout the city.
Within fifteen minutes of Christchurch the you can choose to visit the Antarctic Centre on the way to the airport, the Port Hills that surround part of Christchurch (boasting a gondola ride or a tunnel trip through to the Lyttelton Harbor), or Sumner Beach. You can also visit the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve or Orana Wildlife Park.
If you are prepared to do a bit of exploring there is a fantastic range of adventure activities on the outskirts of the city and beyond. Anything from 4×4 tours, fishing, hunting and horse riding to canoeing trips, bungy jumps, skiing and more. There are many guided adventure tours around the region if you do your research beforehand.
The Canterbury region around Christchurch is full of noteworthy towns and scenic locations to visit if you are keen to travel around. You could take a bus, the inter-island train or hire a car and drive it yourself. Indeed from the coast to the mountain range, you have an ever-growing list of things to do and see, whether you prefer the more traditional activities or an adventure-filled trip. Christchurch and its surroundings are a must-see for interested tourists.