Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity. Set against a majestic alp to ocean backdrop, Christchurch offers visitors one of the world’s most unique destinations. Urban regeneration, creativity and innovation flow through the city with new restaurants & bars, street art and vibrant new retail areas. At the same time, the city stays true to its heritage, offering a traditional English feel. Stunning gardens and parks, the serene Avon River, beautiful beaches and the Port Hills all embrace the city. Within a short drive, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, play golf, bungee jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, windsurf, whale watch and visit internationally-acclaimed wineries.
Described by Lonely Planet as a "vibrant city in transition, coping resiliently and creatively,” Christchurch's energy is evident wherever you go. The city has bounced back after the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 with innovative new attractions, as well as some old favourites. Visit the transitional Cardboard Cathedral and some of the many pop-up restaurants and bars. Contemporary art galleries, boutique shops and open-air markets add to Christchurch’s creative vibe. Travelling to New Zealand would not be complete without a visit to the South Island's biggest city - Christchurch.