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Last reviewed: Mon, 12 Mar 2012


Visitors can arrive in Christchurch through our international airport, by rail from the Inter Island Ferry at Picton, or by road on State Highway 1.

Getting here is easy. You may find leaving a little more difficult ...

Shoppers in Cashel Mall

Visit Christchurch - New Zealand’s ‘Garden City’, home to over 740 parks, gardens and reserves. Experience the four seasons and contrasting colours of Christchurch and be inspired by the heart of the South Island. Enjoy the true tranquillity of a punt down the Avon River, take a leisurely stroll through the Botanic Gardens or explore the city’s green heart, Hagley Park where many of Christchurch’s major festivals and events are held.

Head into central Christchurch to visit the city’s uber cool shipping container retail precinct, Re:START.  Uncover open air markets and indulge in the eclectic atmosphere of busy cafes, bars and restaurants dotted around the city. 

So make sure you explore Christchurch and its amazing Canterbury backyard; this vibrant and picturesque city is surrounded by natural wonders – the sparkling Pacific Ocean, majestic Southern Alps, and an ancient volcanic peninsula.

Discover Canterbury’s lush vineyards, pristine glacial lakes, worldclass natural wildlife experiences and Mount Cook National Park – all part of this region of remarkable contrasts.

If you are wanting to visit, live, study or do business in Christchurch visit for more information.
To discover things to see and do in Christchurch find your way around this new interactive map.

Please note: Some parts of Christchurch’s central business district remains cordoned off from public access after a series of earthquakes in 2011 and 2012, however this area will re-open in stages as remedial work is completed.


Authorising Unit: Marketing

Last reviewed: Monday, 12 March 2012

Next review: Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Keywords: visitors