Punting in the river Avon

Top 10 attractions in Christchurch

Known as the ‘Gateway to the South’ there’s a wide range of things to do in Christchurch. Well into a billion-dollar makeover following the destructive 2010/2011 earthquakes.  Christchurch is located in the middle of the Canterbury Plains, on the edge of the pacific ocean.

Whether you're here for one day or three, there’s plenty to keep you entertained - here are our top things to do in Christchurch:

  1. Punting on the Avon River - A leisurely boat ride on the Avon River in a punt propelled by a punter dressed in Edwardian style.
  2. Historic Christchurch Tramway - Tour the city centre on a restored heritage tram.
  3. Cardboard Cathedral - A transitional cathedral made largely of cardboard to stand-in for the Christchurch Cathedral - destroyed in the February 2011 earthquake.
  4. Christchurch Gondola - Travel to the rim of an extinct volcano in a cable car traveling 862 metres above ground level.
  5. International Antarctic Centre - An authentic Antarctic experience including real little blue penguins.
  6. Orana Wildlife Park - New Zealand’s only open-range zoo featuring giraffes, white rhino and a lion enclosure.
  7. Akaroa - Visit this charming french settlement, known for its heritage and wildlife.
  8. Waipara Valley - Sample some of the best New Zealand Pinot Noir in this sprawling wine region.
  9. Quake City - An interesting and detailed insight into the devastating 2010/2011 earthquakes.
  10. Christchurch Botanic Gardens - A tranquil inner-city sanctuary featuring many different species of exotic flowers and native plants.

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