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'.

Punting On The Avon River

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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

Christchurch: Vintage Tram, Punt and Gondola Ride Combo

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HighlightsExplore the sights of Christchurch by vintage tramHop off at highlights such as the Canterbury Museum and Botanic GardensGet 360-degree views of Christchurch from a gondolaRide the cable car to the top of Port Hills for a hike in the alpine sceneryClimb aboard an Edwardian flat-bottomed boat for a punt down the River AvonTravel through beautiful Hagley Park or the city centerDescriptionE... More info

Christchurch Gondola and Punt on the Avon River

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HighlightsEnjoy 360-degree views of Christchurch from the Christchurch Gondola cable carClimb aboard an Edwardian flat-bottomed boat for a punt down the Avon RiverTravel through beautiful Hagley Park or Christchurch city centerDescriptionSee Christchurch from a different perspective with a combined Punt along the Avon River aboard a classic flat-bottomed boat, and a ticket for the Christchurch Gon... More info

Christchurch Gondola and Tram City Tour Combo

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HighlightsSee the sights of Christchurch by antique tramRide the Christchurch Gondola cable carUse your combo ticket to take walks on Mount Cavendish or visit the Botanic GardensDescriptionClimb aboard the Christchurch Gondola cable car and enjoy spectacular 360-degree views across the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps as you glide across the slopes of Mount Cavendish in the Port Hills. See as... More info

Arthur's Pass: TranzAlpine Train and Castle Hill Day Tour

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HighlightsEmbark on the incredible train journey from Christchurch to Arthur's PassEnjoy a walk with crisp alpine air, unforgettable mountain vistas, and waterfallsEncounter chatty alpine parrots at Otira Viaduct lookoutCapture mirror images at Lake PearsonAdmire the majestic limestone boulders at Castle HillDescriptionExperience the South Island's remarkable natural landscapes by taking a journey... More info

From Christchurch: Helicopter Flight to Akaroa

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HighlightsEnjoy a 45 minute scenic helicopter flight from Christchurch to AkaroaTake in the aerial view of a gorgeous French inspired seaside village in the Banks PeninsulaTake in the spectacular sight of the city, beach, and coastal line from the skyDescriptionEmbark on a helicopter flight from Christchurch that follows the spectacular rugged coastline until you head inland to Akaroa harbour. Th... More info

Scenic Tour & Lord of the Rings from Christchurch

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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

Mount Cook & Lake Tekapo Day Tour from Christchurch

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HighlightsEnjoy a day trip from Christchurch to discover incredible glaciers, lakes and riversSample award-winning cheese at a local cheese factory in GeraldineTake a stroll in the Alpine Lavender Farm (December-March)Admire Lake Pukaki, the largest lake in Mackenzie region, and stunning alpine sceneryCapture some beautiful moments during a stop at Lupin fields (November-January)DescriptionExperie... More info

From Christchurch: Mount Cook Transfer with Lake Tekapo Tour

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HighlightsLake TekapoChurch of the Good ShepardMt Cook & Aoraki National ParkLake PukakiDescriptionChristchurch 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, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing ... More info

Christchurch International Antarctic Center Entry Tickets

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

Christchurch: Orana Wildlife Park Admission

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HighlightsHand feed giraffe and have tons of other memorable wildlife encountersObserve kiwi, stroll into walk-through aviaries, and meet unique native reptilesMeet New Zealand's only gorilla groupWatch scheduled daily presentations and interact with wildlife guidesDescriptionExperience the ultimate animal adventure at Orana Wildlife Park. Set in 80 hectares, within 15 minutes drive of Christchurc... More info

Quake City

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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

Hagley Park

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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

Christchurch Art Gallery

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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

Canterbury Museum

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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

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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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