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Things to do in Christchurch

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“The modern gallery houses many New Zealand famous artists as well as collections of foreign art. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Park
“If you driving there, you can park in the botanic gardens for free, then walk the perimeter of the park. The paths are wide and suitable for prams, scooters and bikes. Great place to take the kids for a bike ride. Hagley park features the Christchurch Botanical Gardens, a café, an ice-cream shop, paddling pools (summer only), toilets, kids playground, information centre, the Avon river which you can kayak or punt on (via Antigua Boat Shed), a golf course, sports grounds, cricket oval and netball courts. Christchurch Hospital is located on the edge of the gardens, as is the museum, a lovely restaurant, The Curator's House. ”
  • 98 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“2. Visit The Canterbury Museum Boasting a fine collection of artefacts that span New Zealand’s natural and cultural history, Canterbury Museum is a great spot to visit if you’re wanting to learn more about the region’s heritage and the people and events that have helped to shape it over time. Featuring a wide selection of permanent exhibitions focusing on subjects as broad as Antarctic exploration, Asian arts, geology, and early European settlement, as well as an ever changing lineup of special exhibitions. ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Park
“The Botanic Gardens are a must visit. There are gracious old trees set alongside the Avon river, a renowned Rose garden and a native plant area dedicated to plants from New Zealand . The gardens are located near the city centre and provide a refuge for city workers and joggers . ”
  • 67 locals recommend
Health & Beauty Service
“The Tannery is a gorgeous place to shop! If you are looking for boutique New Zealand made stores set on a historic site with Victorian Architecture to die for this is the place for you! Shops I recommend include - Happa... for New Zealand gifts The Recycle Boutique.... preloved quality designer clothes... my favourite!”
  • 123 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“The museum is constantly changing. It houses collections particularly relevant to Canterbury's history. A replica Victorian Street, and Antarctic displays among many others.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Food Court
“Social vibe with a great variety of food choices. Indoor and outdoor eating options in a central location.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great place to see kiwi, eels and up get up close and personal with farmyard animals. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Playground
“Amazing playground for big kids and little kids plus check out New Regent Street and the ice cream shop called Rollicking Gelato!”
  • 47 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The heart of Riccarton commerce, Westfield Mall is a hubbub of activity. A great place to shop, meet with friends, go grocery shopping, go to the movies, or grab a fast meal. Very busy with foot traffic.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Casino
“New Zealand's first casino, there's No Better Place To Be! Christchurch Casino is an R20 all-inclusive entertainment venue with great value dining, exciting ways to play, live entertainment, awesome events, promotions, and giveaways.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Beach
“Christchurch has lovely beaches. Redcliffs is on the harbour and has a safe place for children to play. Sumner is a popular surf beach. There is also a great coastal walk and many cafes and restaurants to explore.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Café
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“C1 is more than a cafe, it truly is an amazing experience. I have taken people here and years later they still talk about it. An iconic Christchurch cafe in the old High Street Post Office. Utilising the pneumatic tubes, get your food delivered to your table through the pneumatic tubes. The coffee and food is great here, it is always busy so be prepared to wait a short while for a table. c1espresso.co.nz ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Asian fusian, so delicious, make sure you get the spinach starter and the fresh tuna salad, sooooo good. You won’t regret it, hv to book. 10 min walk from here on Victoria street”
  • 35 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“New Zealand’s largest collection of Category 1 heritage buildings. Once the University of Canterbury, the Arts Centre is now a place to eat, drink, and visit galleries. The Centre was significantly damaged in the 2010/11 earthquakes but its rebuild is now past the halfway point. There’s a Rollickin’ Gelato outlet there and also Lumiere, an amazing boutique cinema with a lovely cocktail bar. Sir Ernest Rutherford (the man who first split the atom) went to university there, and one of the Centre’s many attractions include a visit to his ‘den’ – a must-do for science/physics/astronomy fans. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Bus no: 28 on Cranford Street, 2 min walk opposite superliquor will take you into central city”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Asian Restaurant
“Asian fusian, so delicious, make sure you get the spinach starter and the fresh tuna salad, sooooo good. You won’t regret it, hv to book. 10 min walk from here on Victoria street”
  • 35 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“They have the  most amazing soft tacos. The staff are  friendly and the food is simple yet  packed full of flavour. 20 minutes away in  the CBD.  ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Pub
“Gastro Pub with a cafe - Little Poms with the best eggs benedict in Christchurch”
  • 41 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“I love the vibe in this bustling restaurant plus the great food . If the weather is cooperative there are tables outside beside the stream.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful Thai food. Highly recommend, there is a bar attached to the restaurant also and you can have tasting/sharing platters there also. Book the restaurant online. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Live bands, big screen watching for sports, outdoor seating as well as indoor. A great place to catch up with a few friends or enjoy live music when it's scheduled. Good restaurant and also bar snacks.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A good Christchurch Restaurant if planning on spending a day there sightseeing”
  • 16 locals recommend
Cafe
“This is a restaurant and bar and has a nice fireplace inside and a great wine selection.”
  • 18 locals recommend

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