Christchurch, popularly known as the ‘Garden City’, is the largest city of the South Island and also the oldest city in New Zealand. The high percentage of green areas in Christchurch is among the biggest attractions. Christchurch is the gateway for exploration of the South Island as a whole, including the Southern Alps.
Best Places to Visit
Christchurch has a large number of world-class attractions. Browse our Christchurch City Guide to explore its famous attractions including the International Antarctic Centre, Botanic Gardens, Orana Park and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.
Best Time to Visit
Weather conditions are usually good making Christchurch a year-round destination to visit. The best time however to visit Christchurch is from December through February, particularly during the annual SummerTimes, a series of free concerts and cultural events at 400-plus-acre Hagley Park.
Best Dining Places
Christchurch has plenty of restaurants, bars and eateries. For fine dining options consider visiting Saggio di vino, Pescatore Restaurant, Rotherhams of Riccarton and Cook'n with Gas. For savoring Asian cuisines, visit the fabulously-named and well-cooked King of Snake.
Best Places to Stay
Christchurch, being an important gateway to the South Island, is a major destination for visitors to New Zealand. Accommodations options are plentiful here. You’ll find a large number of cheap hotels in Christchurch. These are mostly found in the suburbs and surrounding towns.
Best Airlines to Reach
There are several international airlines that operate direct flights to Christchurch from USA and other places across the world. Some of these airlines include Air New Zealand, Delta Air Lines, Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and more.