Spend A Day Exploring Ōtautahi Christchurch
Looking for something to do in Christchurch? There's plenty of things to fill your day so treat Christchurch like you would a European mini city break. There’s a reason thousands of visitors flock here every year.
Culture connoisseurs can hit up street art and galleries. Thrill-seekers can go hard in the hills. Animal lovers can get all Dr. Dolittle. And all those that adore good food can fill their boots on the bounty of Christchurch eateries.
Street Art and Galleries
Whether you’re after inspiration or some quiet contemplation, our arts and culture are first class.
Wander over to the Christchurch Art Gallery and reacquaint yourself with the collection and new exhibitions. Head up the road to The Arts Centre and soak up the atmosphere of the stone buildings. Pick up some goods and art supplies at Frances Nation or Pepa Stationary, get a new look at Indigo & Provisions.
Seaside Exploring and Thrill Seeking
Christchurch boasts some of the most spectacular scenery and outdoor activities right on the city's doorstep.
Start off in Sumner for a dawn stroll along the Esplanade. Grab a coffee in the village before driving over to Taylor’s Mistake for epic sea views on the Godley Head Loop Track. The full loop takes about 2 hours return.
Drive around the picturesque bays and over hills from Governors Bay to the Christchurch Adventure Park. Brace yourself for an adrenalin-packed downhill mountain bike, or the country’s longest zipline. Bike hire and lessons available. Cool off with craft beer and fine wines at the on-site café.
Urbanista, Vintage, and Cocktails
Soak up the city vibe, renew your threads and taste the best the city has to offer.
Take the camera on a walk to the SALT district, alive with street art and urban-chic settings. Check out the Little High Eatery for a quick refuel or lounge around with a board game at Dice and Slice.
Test your moves on the Danceomat around the corner. There's nothing like an outdoor boogie to drive those endorphins up. Then head down the road to the giant #chchswing or the Margaret Mahy playground to recapture your youth.
Animal-lovers Day Out
If you love animals, there are some Christchurch bucket list items to tick off.
Start at the International Antarctic Centre to check out their huskies and rescued penguins. While you're there, learn more about the ice and how important Antarctica is to our planet.
Head to a local favourite for brunch. Just down the road you'll find award-winning Terra Viva Café and Deli. Enjoy their beautiful outdoor garden setting and delicious seasonal and local fare.
Finish off your day at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Get up close with what makes New Zealand special at their kiwi enclosure or head to their petting farm for llamas, rabbits and miniature horses. Learn about how Willowbank has spent decades protecting our native wildlife.