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International Antarctic Centre

International Antarctic Centre

One of the best things to do at Christchurch is playing at the International Antarctic Centre. The International Antarctic Centre provides visitors of all ages with an interactive, fun and exciting experience of Antarctica. You'll experience snow and ice, an Antarctic storm, take the 'polar plunge' ice water challenge, learn about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins. Book your ticket in advance to skip the line.

Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum, in Christchurch's Cultural Precinct, is housed in a beautiful stone building that was first opened in 1870. The Museum is world renowned for its natural and human history collections and has a changing program of exhibitions and events complementing the permanent displays. You need a ticket to visit the museum.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Founded in 1863 with the planting of an English oak tree, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens have grown from small beginnings to become a much-loved destination for Cantabrians and visitors alike. Over the years natural wetlands and sand dunes have been transformed into an elegantly cultivated 21 hectare park with more than 10 different gardens framed by mature trees and expansive lawns, which are mostly contained within a loop of the Avon River. No tickets needed to visit this place.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Another thing to do at Christchurch is to visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Close encounters of the 'wildlife kind' are a Willowbank trademark. Meet New Zealand's Big 5 with the Kiwi, the cheeky Kea, the ancient Tuatara, our bush parrots the Kaka and the very rare Takahe. Feed the wild eels and make friends with the livestock breeds unique to New Zealand. Listen to the kiwi as it forages by your feet.

Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park

Set in 80 hectares, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand's only open range zoo. It is within 15 minutes' drive from Christchurch airport. The Park provides amazing animal encounters: hand feed giraffe, meet rhino up close, see NZ's only gorillas and orangutans, view kiwi and travel through the lion habitat. Scheduled presentations occur daily. Visitors can enjoy the antics of cheetah, tigers, Tasmanian devils, monkeys, meerkats and more. An extensive NZ section features kiwi, a wide range of birds and reptiles plus two walk-through aviaries. A cafe and fantastic wildlife gift shop are on-site. It's a full day of fun for everyone at Orana.

Margaret Mahy Family Playground

Margaret Mahy Family Playground

Margaret Mahy Family Playground was opened in December 2015. Developed as part of multiple post-earthquake projects in Christchurch, Margaret Mahy represents a substantial commitment to the revitalisation of Christchurch inner city. PlayRope was involved from concept design and design development, right through to supply and installation of all play equipment.

Travelling to Christchurch, New Zealand

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Christchurch is one of the world's most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity. On February 22nd 2011, a major earthquake struck the Canterbury region, forever altering the beautiful city of Christchurch. The earthquake caused widespread damage, especially in the central city and eastern suburbs. The city has undergone a massive face-lift and now has lots of chic restaurants, urban bars and funky cafes. Although much of the city's heritage architecture was damaged during the quake the city still displays some traditional English charm. The rebuild started the day after the quake hit and they still have a long way to go, but Cantabrians are a resilient lot and are committed to rebuilding their city and restoring it to its former glory.

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Christchurch Travel Tips & Guide

How to Get Tickets?

Most tickets can be found and booked online in advance. This way you won't have to wait in line to get your tickets. Your e-tickets will be emailed to you as soon as you purchase the tickets online. However, you can also purchase your tickets at the ticket booth on site.

How To Get Around?

Once you're in Christchurch, everything is accessible by foot and bike. Day trips to outlying towns like Lyttelton are easy on public transport. City tram services are increasing but limited since the earthquake and a tourist tram is a good option for less mobile travelers.

What Should I Wear?

You can wear whatever you want in Christchurch. There is no dress code, just wear something comfortable that suit your plan for the day.

Christchurch Tourism Facts

Best Time to Visit

Although winters in Christchurch can be as English as its reputation, the rest of the year the city is comfortably temperate – though, as rain is frequent, a variety of outerwear is always sensible. If you're looking for the very warmest time to visit Christchurch, the hottest months are January, February, and then December.


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Will I Need a Guide?

No, transportation is easy and you can find everything on this website

How To Get There?

Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas all offer flights from Australia to Christchurch, with the majority, though not all, air traffic from Australia via Sydney. There is also a good supply of buses and shuttles that connect South Island towns and cities. Christchurch city centre is a short 15 minutes' drive from the airport and several transport options are available from the terminal including rental cars, taxis and shuttles.

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