Christchurch is the gateway to New Zealand’s South Island and is well known for its spectacular scenery, food scene, and art scene.

While most people tend to use Christchurch as a starting point for exploring South Island New Zealand, we urge you to stop and explore this city a little more.

Best Things to Do in Christchurch

To help you decide what to do in Christchurch, Bethaney Davies, a local from Christchurch, has shared with us her insider tips on the best places to see, eat, stay, drink, and explore.

Go Punting on Avon River

Punting on the Avon River is one of the most unique things to do in Christchurch. The city was modelled after the garden cities of England, like Oxford and Cambridge, where punting is an iconic activity.

Walk Around Hagley Park & Botanic Gardens

A great past time is to stretch your legs and get some fresh air after a long flight with a walk around Hagley Park, a public park in the city center, and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Ride the Christchurch Gondola

The gondola takes about 15 minutes to reach the summit and provides unrivaled views of Lyttelton Harbour, the city and the mountain.

Dine at Christchurch Tramway Restaurant

For a unique experience, consider dining on an operational tram! The Christchurch Tramway Restaurant is the only dining tramcar in the country and serves a seasonal, changing menu.

Take the Arthur’s Pass Tranzalpine Train to Greymouth

As you travel, you’ll witness incredible mountain vistas, with glistening glaciers and tranquil glacier lakes.

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