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Handpicked by a Christchurch Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Bucket List Christchurch'.

As the largest city on the South Island,  the picturesque setting of Christchurch has a wide range of sights and activities to enjoy.  Our 'Christchurch Bucket List' highlights those must try experiences that are such a drawcard for visitors coming to the 'garden city'.

Bucket List Christchurch

Punting on the Avon is an iconic experience in Christchurch.  From the comfort of cushioned seats in your punt, enjoy a relaxing and peaceful tour along the River Avon to see Christchurch from a different perspective. Admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the changing face of the city centre as you are gently guided along the Avon River from one of two sites on the Edwardian...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

  Highlights Explore the sights of Christchurch by vintage tram Hop off at highlights such as the Canterbury Museum and Botanic Gardens Get 360-degree views of Christchurch from a gondola Ride the cable car to the top of Port Hills for a hike in the alpine scenery Climb aboard an Edwardian flat-bottomed boat for a punt down the River Avon Travel through beautiful Hagley Par...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

  Highlights Enjoy 360-degree views of Christchurch from the Christchurch Gondola cable car Climb aboard an Edwardian flat-bottomed boat for a punt down the Avon River Travel through beautiful Hagley Park or Christchurch city center   Description See Christchurch from a different perspective with a combined Punt along the Avon River aboard a classic flat-bottomed bo...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

  Highlights See the sights of Christchurch by antique tram Ride the Christchurch Gondola cable car Use your combo ticket to take walks on Mount Cavendish or visit the Botanic Gardens   Description Climb aboard the Christchurch Gondola cable car and enjoy spectacular 360-degree views across the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps as you glide across the sl...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

  Highlights Embark on the incredible train journey from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass Enjoy a walk with crisp alpine air, unforgettable mountain vistas, and waterfalls Encounter chatty alpine parrots at Otira Viaduct lookout Capture mirror images at Lake Pearson Admire the majestic limestone boulders at Castle Hill   Description Experience the South Island's re...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

  Highlights Enjoy a 45 minute scenic helicopter flight from Christchurch to Akaroa Take in the aerial view of a gorgeous French inspired seaside village in the Banks Peninsula Take in the spectacular sight of the city, beach, and coastal line from the sky   Description Embark on a helicopter flight from Christchurch that follows the spectacular rugged coastline unt...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

HighlightsExperience an optional, truly unique wagon ride at Erewhon Station, a genuine high country working sheep and cattle stationSee the magnificent southern alps of New Zealand with scenery stops including Middle Earth from the Lord of the Rings along the wayEnjoy a tour with a lively, entertaining and highly knowledgeable tour guideRelax in a roomy Mercedes-Benz bus with free WiFi and extra-...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

  Highlights Enjoy a day trip from Christchurch to discover incredible glaciers, lakes and rivers Sample award-winning cheese at a local cheese factory in Geraldine Visit the stunning Lake Tekapo and discover the famous Church of Good Shepherd Admire Lake Pukaki, the largest lake in Mackenzie region, and its alpine scenery Go on a hike to see the immense Tasman Glacier and en...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

  Highlights Lake Tekapo Church of the Good Shepard Mt Cook & Aoraki National Park Lake Pukaki   Description Christchurch to Mt Cook via Lake Tekapo Small Group Tour (1 way). This small group, fully-guided day transfer allows you to travel in style to Mt Cook while seeing all the key highlights along the way. Led by our famously passionate tour guides, notorio...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

  Highlights Climb aboard for an adrenaline and fun filled ride on the amazing all-terrain amphibious Antarctic vehicle - the Hagglund Experience real snow and ice in an indoor polar room, then brace yourself for an Antarctic storm where wind chill plummets temperatures to -18˚C Hang out with Little Blue Penguins - birds that have been rescued and cared for, some since they were...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

  Highlights Hand feed giraffe and have tons of other memorable wildlife encounters Observe kiwi, stroll into walk-through aviaries, and meet unique native reptiles Meet New Zealand's only gorilla group Watch scheduled daily presentations and interact with wildlife guides   Description Experience the ultimate animal adventure at Orana Wildlife Park. Set in 80 hect...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

Find out more about the devastating 2011 Christchurch earthquake from the people it affected most. The 2010 and 2011 earthquakes that hit Christchurch devastated the city and hugely affected residents, business owners and visitors to the city. The Quake City exhibition explores how the city reacted to the earthquake and has moved on from the events. The exhibition includes personal stories f...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

Hagley Park is a large expansive park centrally located in Christchurch that covers an area of 407 acres (165 hectares) and is at the heart of Christchurch life. The park was created in 1855 by the Provincial Government. The park includes a 12 hole golf course, netball courts, football and rugby pitches. Hagley Park is divided into North and South parks split by Riccarton Avenue. The park is...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

With its spectacular curved glass frontage designed to evoke the form of the River Avon, the Christchurch Art Gallery is the city's premier art exhibition space.  Housing works by both New Zealand and international artists, the gallery has a mix of permanent and changing exhibitions. Audio tours are available as well as tours given by gallery volunteers. Some tours include sign language in...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

Canterbury Museum and its collections have been enjoyed by visitors from across the world for over 130 years. The collections include over 2.1 million items including Antarctic expeditions, the settlement history of Canterbury and natural history.  The museum is located on Rolleston Avenue, next door to the Botanic Gardens. Pricing: Entry to Canterbury Museum is free; donations are a...More info

Bucket List Christchurch

Located just five minutes from Christchurch Airport, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is a family attraction that combines conservation, wildlife and Maori culture.  The reserve is home to 50 different types of animals and up to 500 individual animals, wandering free and housed in individually designed enclosures.  Explore three zones to learn about the county's endangered wildlife. Vis...More info

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