With so much to see and do in Christchurch and the Canterbury region, we've put together our 'Top 10 Things To Do In Canterbury' list to offer inspiration when planning your next trip. more »
The Canterbury region is a contrast of natural beauty and vibrant city life. Two national parks, sandy beaches, pretty coastal villages, whale watching, and the 'garden city' of Christchurch.
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Our suggestions on what to do when it's raining
As the biggest city on the South Island, Christchurch has many amenities and attractions that some of the other smaller cities don't. This means that, should the heavens open during your Christchurch visit, you shouldn't be short of things to do. more »
Our guide to the southern hemisphere's first 'dark sky reserve'
If you were to arrive at Canterbury's Lake Tekapo at certain times of the year you could be forgiven for thinking you had just stumbled across a movie set. The backdrop of lilac-hued and snow-capped mountains, the vibrant and changing blue of sparkling lake waters, tree-fringed shores and... more »
Rattling through the Garden City on a piece of history
Since the destructive earthquakes of 2011 the iconic red and yellow trams of Christchurch have been noticeably absent from the city centre. However, November 2014 saw the full return of this metropolitan staple, and today travellers can once again opt to hop aboard the quaint carriages and rattle... more »
Sweeping Panoramas & Family Fun At The Top of Mount Cavendish
Ever wondered what New Zealand's 'Garden City' of Christchurch looks like from above? Well, you’re not alone. Today thousands of visitors a year are taking the dramatic journey to the top of Mount Cavendish on the Christchurch Gondola, where they enjoy bird’s-eye views of the city’s central... more »
A guide to the best activities in the 'Garden City'
Too often the laid-back centre of Christchurch is written off as New Zealand’s most conservative and prosaic city, for it’s a misnomer like no other. Today, rising from the ashes of the 2011 quakes, there’s an energy and action about its bustling downtown that never fails to reward the... more »
One of the world's great railway journeys
The nostalgia and romance of the golden age of rail is attractive to many people who want to experience a journey as something more than simply getting from point A to B. In the first half of the twentieth century, trains were the easiest, most reliable and stylish way to get around New Zealand.... more »
Local Tip Caterpillar Garden Tours provide insightful and fun electric shuttle guided tours throughout the beautiful Botanic Gardens. There are four shuttles with a single fare valid for two consecutive days.
Local Tip Services include full catering, seating and marquee hire.
Many will know him as the reluctant crime solver Jonathan Creek while others will enjoy his regular performances on high-brow quiz show QI, but in this show Alan Davies returns to his roots as a stand-up comedian. Following the success of his return to stand-up in 2013, Davies is returning to New Zealand with an all new show called Little... more »
The Grand National Carnival is one of the highlights of the Christchurch racing calendar with a mix of flat and jump racing over three days with New Zealand's best horses on show. The feature race is the Grand National Steeplechase which includes 21 jumps over 5600 metres. There will also be plenty of non-racing activities and... more »
Set in the grounds of Riccarton House, the Christchurch Farmers' Market is now the city's largest authentic farmers' market which runs each Saturday morning. With the best of Canterbury's produce the CFM is the perfect opportunity to meet the growers, bakers, wine makers, brewers, butchers and farmers, sample their products, ask them... more »
The Mt Pleasant Farmer’s market sprang into life only a few weeks after the February 2011 quake. With no supermarkets or local shops to buy food, Farmer’s Market organiser Tom Davies quickly filled the gap by establishing the market on the grounds of the Mt Pleasant Memorial Community Centre, 3 McCormacks Bay Road. This market has been... more »
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