Things to do in Christchurch
Christchurch Information - Hotels
Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand. Christchurch had a major earthquake in 2011. Many buildings were heavily damaged, including the cathedral. The tram line through the center of the city is not currently in operation.
Christchurch is the beginning point of most Antarctic exploration cruises. The International Antarctic Centre won the New Zealand Tourism Board's award for 'Best Visitor Attraction'. The Centre recreates the atmosphere of Antarctica providing an interactive experience of the Southern Continent.
Other sights include the Air Force Museum at Wigram, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and the Christchurch Gondola for a cable-car ride to the summit, with breathtaking 360-degree views of the city, Canterbury Plains and Banks Peninsula.
Christchurch is a beautiful Garden City. Visit the Sanitarium Gardens, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens or Mona Vale.
Many excursions to the natural wonders of the South Island begin in Christchurch. Two different are available here.
Seven Day Tour from Christchurch with stops at Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Franz Josef Glacier and a trip on the Taieri Gorge train.
Six Day Tour from Christchurch with stops at Mount Cook, Queenstown, Dunedin, Milford Sound and a trip on the Taieri Gorge train.
A five day tour leaving Christchurch and ending in Auckland is also available. The Five Day Tour includes the TranzCoastal train and whale watching before taking the Inter Islander Ferry across Cook Strait to Wellington on the North Island. Stop in Wellington, Waitomo Caves to see the glowworms and Rotorua before ending in Auckland.