Christchurch is a vibrant, energetic city where urban regeneration and creativity thrive.

New regent Street in ChristchurchPicture amazing street art, innovative projects, award-winning gardens(external link) and state-of-the-art architecture that is changing the way the city looks, feels and functions – all the while staying true to its heritage and traditional English feel.

Explore the city by double-decker bus, vintage bicycle, gondola, tram or classic Edwardian punt – or grab your walking shoes and discover a booming hospitality scene(external link) and an eclectic mix of boutique shops by foot.

Find the city’s green heart in Hagley Park, where many of Christchurch’s major festivals and events are held.

The award-winning Christchurch Botanic Gardens offer a relaxing inner-city escape and are found near The Arts Centre(external link), one of the most significant collections of heritage buildings in New Zealand.

Christchurch is not only an amazing place to live and play(external link), it is also the gateway to the rest of the South Island, with an international airport on its doorstep.

You’ll find the sparkling Pacific Ocean, the majestic Southern Alps and an ancient volcanic peninsula all within driving distance.

The wider Canterbury region is a haven for those seeking unique destinations(external link) and incredible scenery and adventure, from lush vineyards and wild coastlines to sky-piercing mountains and pristine glacial lakes.

Want to visit?

Visit link) for more information about visiting, living, studying and doing business in Christchurch.

You can also check out Find:ChCh for a map of interesting things to see and do(external link).

Getting around

There are so many ways to travel around Christchurch and the heart of the South Island – from hiring a vehicle to journeying by tram, bike, ferry or on foot.

Whatever your preference, check out ChristchurchNZ(external link) to get the details.

Visitor publications

Download brochures and information sheets about Christchurch:

Cruise ship visits

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

Depending on the size of the vessel, each cruise ship could have up to 2000 passengers on board. Occasionally, more than one cruise ship will visit Akaroa Harbour at the same time, resulting in a higher number of visitors in the town.

For more information about what cruise ships will be visiting Akaroa and when, go to the Cruise New Zealand website(external link).

Parking restrictions

The map highlights the parking restrictions that will be in place in the township, between 5am and 6pm only on the days when a cruise ship is berthed.

A Site Traffic Management Supervisor (STMS) will be located on the main Wharf from 6am until 6pm on the days that the cruise ships will be berthed in Akaroa Harbour. They will be able to assist with any issues with access to your home or business. They are not contactable via phone.

For further information, please contact us.

Tourism operators

If you would like to operate as an approved transport operator you will need to apply [PDF, 19 KB] to the Council and meet certain conditions [PDF, 42 KB].

Note: Permits are valid only on those days when a cruise ship is visiting Akaroa harbour.