Flights to Christchurch (CHC)

Flights to Christchurch are the gateway to New Zealand’s breath-taking South Island. Stop and smell the flowers in the botanical gardens.
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Christchurch, New Zealand

What to do in Christchurch

Visit the Orana Wildlife Park

The city's only open-range zoo features creatures and critters of all sorts, from tall giraffes to magical white rhinos, kiwis and lions. This is exotic animal watching at its best, augmented by a knowledgeable staff who can answer any questions.

743 Mcleans Island Road
Mcleans Island
+64 33 597 109

Visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Here you'll find an almost overwhelming array of flowers: rhododendrons, azaleas, daffodils, and so much more. Hop on the Caterpillar Garden Tour to get a quick tour or simply stroll the seemingly endless paths around the most relaxing spot right in the centre of Christchurch. Hagley Golf Course is just a bit north, for when you're done.

Christchurch Central
+64 3 941 8999 christchurchbotanicgardens

Take a chopper flight

For the most impressive view of the city, nothing beats taking to the skies. A 20-minute ride in a whirly bird will be plenty to get your bearings and blow your mind. If you're feeling adventurous, check out the tour options that go into the mountains or over the water.

Garden City Helicopters
515 Memorial Avenue
+64 3 358 4360

Meet The Bone Dude

John, better known as The Bone Dude, will teach you to carve a bone pendant, which is just about the most 'New Zealand' souvenir you could possibly imagine. He's a real character, so you'll have a good time chatting while making something you can take back home and show off to your friends.

153 Marshland Road
+64 3 385 4509

Go punting on the Avon River

Explore the Garden City from the tranquillity of the meandering Avon River. Your cheerful punter, dressed in Edwardian garb, will pole you around on a flat-bottomed boat while you and a loved one sit back and enjoy the view.

2 Cambridge Terrace
Christchurch Central
+64 3 366 0337

Explore the Banks Peninsula Track

About a 90-minute drive southeast of the city lies this spectacular 35km stretch of path, which provides some of the most stunning views in the southern hemisphere. Witness the volcanic coastline up close along with waterfalls, beaches, and greenery. Many tours start near Onuku Farm Hostel in Akaroa.

Onuku Farm Hostel
89 Hamiltons Road
+64 3 304 7066

Where to eat in Christchurch

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The Lotus-Heart Vegetarian Restaurant (Vegetarian)

Perhaps the most peaceful dining experience in the city can be found at this hidden gem of a restaurant operated by students of the Sri Chinmoy. There's a spirituality about the surroundings that's mirrored in the high-quality vegetarian food, made with obvious love.

363 St Asaph Street
Christchurch Central
+64 3 377 2727

Smash Palace (American)

This is the best burger spot in Christchurch, serving up tasty patties made from New Zealand grass-fed beef. It's a chilled out environment too; one where you can hang out with friends and relax, or mingle and chat with in-the-know locals.

Corner Victoria Street and Bealey Avenue
+64 21 353 759

Saggio di vino (European)

There's an old-world flair to this smart restaurant that's been a fixture in Christchurch for more than two decades. In a city that's constantly refreshing and re-inventing itself, Saggio di vino has a timeless element. Having said that, the contemporary dining room is thoroughly modern.

Carlton Butchery Building
179 Victoria Street
Christchurch Central
+64 3 379 4006

King of Snake (Southeast Asian)

Asian influence runs through a lot of New Zealand restaurants, and few places do this as well as King of Snake. Tony Astle's high-end eatery effortlessly mixes Southeast Asian cuisine with some of the region's finest produce and poultry. A great date night venue for a quiet evening.

145 Victoria Street
Christchurch Central
+64 3 365 7363

Addington Coffee Co-op (Cafe)

The relaxed yet energetic spirit of Christchurch pulses through the Addington Coffee Co-op, just down the street from South Hagley Park. It's a casual cafe that's perfect for a mid-afternoon pit stop to check out the non-stop action; alternatively, head over first thing in the morning for an excellent breakfast to set you up for a day of adventure.

297 Lincoln Road
+64 3 943 1662

Places to stay in Christchurch

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The George Christchurch

Regularly rated as one of the best boutique hotels in the country, The George is the epitome of classy accommodation in Christchurch. The rooms are opulent and elegant, the location perfectly situated to provide easy access to downtown, and the staff are friendly and helpful.

50 Park Terrace
Christchurch Central
+64 3 379 4560

The Classic Villa

You'll know you're in the right place when you arrive at The Classic thanks to the hotel's distinctive pink paint job. The former historic home has been repurposed into a five-star hotel that's cosy, quiet, and close to all of Christchurch's attractions.

17 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch Arts Centre
Christchurch Central
+64 3 377 7905

Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

For a great mid-range hotel in Christchurch, head for the Novetel Christchurch Cathedral Square. It’s perfect for families, with babysitting services available on request and leafy Hagley Park just a short distance away. As you'd expect from the name, the views of the nearby Christchurch Cathederal are striking.

52 Cathedral Square
+64 3 372 2111

Jailhouse Accommodation Backpacker Hostel

You're sure to make good memories if you stay at Jailhouse, a quirky accommodation option that’s popular with travellers on a budget. The location, just south of Hagley Park, is perfect for getting around the city and the attractive prices – for dorm beds or family rooms – work, too.

338 Lincoln Road
+64 800 524 546

Eliza's Manor Boutique Hotel

You won't get a better location than this cute hotel right near Hagley Park. The rooms are a mix of historic ambiance with modern amenities. Kiwis Ann and Harold operate the luxury bed and breakfast, and they'll be happy to share their travel tips and local knowledge.

82 Bealey Avenue
Christchurch Central
+64 3 366 8584

Colombo In The City

For a unique experience that's somewhere between five-star hotel and backpacker hostel, head to Colombo, where modern, comfortable rooms in an apartment style await. This is a good choice if you're a group of travellers looking for plenty of space.

863 Colombo Street
Christchurch Central
+64 3 366 8775

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