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38 Best Christchurch Attractions Every Tourist Must See

On the east coast of South Island of New Zealand, at the base of the Banks Peninsula is the city of Christchurch.

Top Attractions

The major attraction in Christchurch was always the Cathedral. Major earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 destroyed many of Christchurch’s historic buildings, including this popular landmark. A transitional church, The Cardboard Cathedral has temporarily replaced it. The only Cathedral in the world made primarily of cardboard. Further aftermaths of the earthquakes are on exhibition at Quake City.

Kids & Family

One of the very best museums in New Zealand is the Antarctic Centre near the Christchurch airport. A really fun interactive outing. Get close to penguins or survive an Antarctic storm. Ride in a Hagglund. Or take the kids to the Orana Wildlife Park for a close encounter with their animals. See close up how long a giraffe’s tongue is or watch the lions fighting over their dinner.

Shopping

A most unusual shopping experience is available in Christchurch at the Container Mall, a centre made from shipping containers soon after the earthquake as temporary housing until the city rebuilding is completed.

Day Tours

New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Mt Cook is a day trip option, or spend a day in the hot pools at Hanmer Springs. An exciting adventure for the entire family would be a Whale Watching boat ride from the beautiful town of Kaikoura.

38 Most Popular Attractions in Christchurch

1. Quake City

  • Adult $20; Children Free
  • 03 365 8375
  • Quake City, Cashel Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm
  • 1

2. Riccarton House & Bush

  • Adult $18; Child $5
  • +64 03 341 1018
  • 16 Kahu Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch, 8041, New Zealand
  • Daily at 2pm
  • 2

3. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

  • Adult $29; Child $12
  • +64 3 359 6226
  • 60 Hussey Road, Northwood, Christchurch, 8051, New Zealand
  • Daily 9:30am-5pm
  • 2

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4. Ferrymead Heritage Park

  • Adult $30; Child $15
  • (03) 384 1970
  • Ferrymead Heritage Park, Ferrymead Park Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-4:30pm

5. International Antarctic Centre

  • Adult $53; Child $26
  • +64 3 357 0519
  • International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-5:30pm
  • 1

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6. Christchurch Botanic Gardens

  • Free
  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • Daily 7am-9pm
  • 4

7. Cardboard Cathedral

  • Free
  • +64 3 366 0046
  • Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral, Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Summer 9am-7pm; Winter 9am-5pm
  • 5

8. Adrenaline Forest

  • Adult $43, Child $18
  • 03 329 8717
  • 110 Heyders Rd, Spencerville, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am–2:30pm

9. Central Library – Te Puna Mātauraka o Waitaha

  • Free
  • Central Library - Te Puna Mātauraka o Waitaha, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Mon-Thu 8am-11pm, Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun, 10am-9pm
  • 1

10. Mona Vale

  • Free
  • Mona Vale, Mona Vale Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Daily 7am-9pm
  • 4

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11. Banks Peninsula

  • Four Day Walk - $295; Two Day Hike - $185
  • 03 304 7612
  • Banks Peninsula, Robinsons Bay, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Daily
  • 2

Tickets & Tours

12. Christchurch Gondola

  • Adult $28 Child; 12
  • Christchurch Gondola
  • Daily 10am-5pm
  • 3

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13. Christchurch Casino

  • Free
  • 64 3 365 9999
  • 30 Victoria St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
  • Daily 11am-3am
  • 1

14. Orana Wildlife Park

  • Adult $34.50; Child $9.50
  • 03 359 7109
  • 793 Mcleans Island Rd, Mcleans Island, Christchurch, 8051, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm
  • 3

15. Isaac Theatre Royal

  • $500 Individual per seat $1000 Corporate seat
  • Isaac Theatre Royal, Gloucester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Varies on the show
  • 2

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