Tourism and visitors

Tourism is a key component of the Christchurch City and Canterbury's economy.

Visitor numbers to the region were affected by the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence but are showing strong signs of recovery. The 2016  Christchurch Visitor Strategy  sets the direction for local tourism growth over the next decade.

Christchurch City is the gateway to Canterbury and the South Island, and one of only five Antarctic gateway cities(external link) in the world.