Christchurch, The Garden City

Christchurch is the gateway to New Zealand's South Island. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps.

Within two hours of the international airport, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch and visit internationally-acclaimed wineries and gardens.

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Find Chch Interactive Map

Find things to see, eat and do in Christchurch with the Find Chch interactive map.

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Guide for Migrants

Useful information for migrants and newcomers has all the key information you need to help you get settled, from transport to banking, and tax to medical care.

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BeThere - Christchurch Events

Find out what's on in Christchurch with BeThere. Your essential event guide for Christchurch and Canterbury.

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Photo and Video Gallery

Browse through photos and videos of Christchurch.

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Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism

Explore & book your Canterbury holiday. Christchurch is no. 2 on The New York Times's 52 Places to Go in 2014 and the gateway to New Zealand's South Island.

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Education in Christchurch

We welcome enquiries for international partnerships, study tours, teacher professional development and individual student enrolments.

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CDC provides business growth services, facilitates sector development projects, supports innovation and helps business start-ups.

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Publications and Downloads

Download brochures and information sheets about Christchurch.

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Christchurch Heritage

Learn about and explore Christchurch's heritage, buildings, public art, Council history and archives.


Cruise Ship visits

Akaroa Harbour is still the primary destination for cruise ships visiting Canterbury during the 2015/16 season, due to earthquake damage in Lyttelton Harbour.