Lonely Planet listed Christchurch as number 6 in
their top 10 cities to visit in 2013 and number 2 on The New York Times'
"52 Places to go in 2014". This is thanks to a resilient and
enterprising community determined to forge a bright future for the city.
Innovative shops, businesses and buildings are continually popping up as
the city rebuilds. Add these to Christchurch's rich history and
heritage, outstanding green spaces and recreation, and you'll find
plenty to entertain and inspire - whatever your age and interests.
Tour the city
Take in the city sights by joining a guided bike
tour, or do it on your own in style with a vintage bike. If you want
to put your feet up, hop on a Hassle Free double-decker bus
providing great views and an informative commentory. For something
slightly different, join a segway tour, the perfect way to explore
Christchurch. For the ultimate and literal overview of the city,
Garden City Helicopters will take you to lofty heights.
During your city tour make sure you check out the
various Gap Filler projects. The team at Gap Filler along with an army
of volunteers, temporarily “activated” vacant sites with creative
projects. The result is a series of imaginative spaces that engage and
entertain as they bring people together.
Explore our history
If you're a history buff, take a fascinating
journey through New Zealand's military aviation history at the Air
Force Museum of New Zealand. Discover the history of Christchurch
and the surrounding regions at the Canterbury Museum and to learn
more about the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes and their aftermath, Quake
City is well worth a visit.
Christchurch is known as the Gateway to Antarctica
and there's no better place to learn more about this connection than at
the International Antarctic Centre where you can explore an icy way of
living, and cold-loving wildlife.
Discover the passion and talent of local
thespians at The Court Theatre. Delve into Māori culture at Ko Tāne,
a living Maori Village,
and experience the passion of the haka, and the deliciousness of a
Parks, gardens and walks
Long referred to as "The Garden City"
Christchurch's parks and gardens are ripe for exploration. Take a
run or stroll around the vast green space of Hagley Park, or wander
the blooms and foliage at The Botanic Gardens – New Zealand's
largest inner-city park. Enjoy the beauty and the tranquillity of
this green sanctum with a punt down the Avon in a gondola..
For some fresh seaside air and stunning views take a
stroll down the Sumner Promenade or New Brighton Pier.
There's wildlife to witness around these parts
too. Feed giraffes and lemurs, ride into a lion enclosure or get up
close with a rhino at Orana Wildlife Park – New Zealand’s only open
range zoo. For a New Zealand wildlife encounter, Willowbank is the
place – you might even come face to face with the elusive national
bird – the Kiwi.
Activities and adventure
For two-wheeled adventures, head to McLeans
Island Track or Bottle Lake Forest. Natural High hires bikes for
days at a time for those who really want to explore.
Relax over nine holes at Clearwater Golf Club,
currently named the best Golf Course in New Zealand, or
Pegasus Golf and Sports Club – great shots might not be guaranteed for
you, but beautiful fairways and vistas are. For those not quite up to 18
holes, Christchurch has many fun mini golf courses for families to
enjoy, try the pirate themed course near the airport.
Waimak River Horse Trekking offers horse and pony
treks to suit all ages and experiences and jet boating on the
Waimakariri River is fun for all the family. For something a bit
different – and testing – tackle an aerial obstacle course at Adrenalin
For a relaxing day trip, consider a train journey
through the majestic Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine. Take in the
sights from the comfort of the newly refurbished carriages.
For an European taste, the French-inspired
For a day trip closer to the city Lyttelton has
plenty of activities on offer from hiring a kayak to exploring Quail
Island in Lyttelton Harbour.
Christchurch as host
Vibrant Christchurch - Versatile City &
With a large range of attractions, extensive programme options and
fascinating touring and day trip destinations, Christchurch is the
perfect place to meet for international conferences.
Christchurch is focused on satisfying the needs of the tourism and
convention market. It has a track record of hosting successful
conferences and conventions of all sizes. With a population
approaching 400,000 Christchurch is large enough to support world
class conferences, yet intimate enough to make delegates welcome.
The Perfect Host
The people of Christchurch have a reputation for
being extremely welcoming, whilst at the same time delivering
exceptional customer service and professional support for
international conference delegates and exhibitors. This genuine
understanding and commitment to your people and your conference makes Christchurch the ‘perfect host’.
Christchurch is extremely fortunate to have
substantial areas of parklands, gardens and the sparkling Avon River
meandering through the heart of the city, giving Christchurch an
atmosphere that is an exciting blend of classical and romantic,
relaxing and leisurely, stimulating and entertaining.
Christchurch International Airport is the major gateway to the
South Island of New Zealand. A number of International airlines fly
direct into Christchurch from Australia, Asia, Japan and the Pacific
Islands. These airlines include Air New Zealand, Qantas, Singapore
Airlines, Emirates, Jetstar, Pacific Blue, and Air Pacific. Onward
flights connecting to Europe and the Americas are also easily
Extensive Domestic services offer several flights daily linking all
the major cities and the majority of smaller towns across New Zealand.
Christchurch is a short 75 minute flight from Auckland with an
extensive schedule of international airline connections directly from
Australia, Europe, USA, South America, Middle East, Asia and Japan. With
the airport located only 12kms or just 15 minutes drive from the central
city, access is so easy!
Arrivals & Departures
||Air New Zealand, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Blue,
||Air New Zealand, Jetstar Airways
||3 times per week
||Air New Zealand, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Blue
New Zealand, Air Pacific
Air New Zealand
||Once a week
||Air New Zealand, Emirates, Jetstar Airways,
A tropical break – en-route or on your way back home.
New Zealand is within a few hours flight of many stunning Pacific
Islands. Incorporate a stopover on the way to or from New Zealand and
experience the tranquillity of tropical island paradises such as Samoa,
Rarotonga or Fiji. There are daily flights from these islands direct to
Auckland and conferencing in New Zealand is a wonderful opportunity to