The International Antarctic Centre is your destination for authentic, interactive fun and provides an exciting experience of Antarctica for visitors of all ages. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 2 or 92 – there’s hours of fun here for everyone.
You’ll visit ‘Antarctica’ the snow and ice experience, survive an Antarctic Storm, learn about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins! There’s also the famously exciting Hagglund ride and an awesome simulated 4D cruise, Happy Feet 4D, plus heaps more!
It’s quite possibly the closest you’ll get to Antarctica without mounting your own expedition!
Physical Address: Harewood, located next to Christchurch International Airport
Hours: Open every day 9.00am – 5.30 pm
Today Hagley Park is the most significant central city park and offers a diverse range of entertainment and recreational facilities close to the city centre. Hagley Park has been at the heart of Christchurch since the 1850s when it was set aside for recreation and enjoyment of Christchurch residents. Native and exotic plant species are a feature of the Botanic Gardens and feature out doors and in several conservatories.
Physical Address: 14 Riccarton Ave, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011
Hours: Open at all times. Car parks have restricted hours
The only place to see NZ’s Big 5 wildlife (kea, kaka, takahe, tuatara and guaranteed kiwi viewing) all in one location! Get ‘up close and personal’ with over 50 different wildlife species!
Set in a natural environment with 50 different wildlife species and over 500 individual ones Willowbank is suitable for all ages. Purchase some food on entry to the reserve to feed the farm animals, wild eels and birds as you wander. Discover and learn about New Zealand’s endangered wildlife and Willowbank’s continuing involvement in conservation. Walk through the massive kea enclosure to meet the world’s only alpine parrot, check out the world’s only living dinosaur (tuatara), one of the rarest birds in the world (takahe), rare bush parrot (kaka) and then the head to our specially constructed viewing facility where you are guaranteed to see kiwi with no glass to hinder your view!
Physical Address: 60 Hussey Road, Northwood
Hours: Open all day and closes at 5.00 pm
While the Anglican community of Christchurch waited for a decision on a permanent cathedral, this cardboard cathedral was built and opened in August 2013. It was designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, working with local firm Warren and Mahoney, and cost under $6 million. The building was constructed from 98 60- centimetre diameter cardboard tubes. The site was previously occupied by the church of St John the Baptist, which was demolished following the 2011 earthquake.
Address: 234 Hereford St, Christchurch
Hours: Open all day
The Christchurch Gondola gently lifts you nearly a kilometre to the top of the Port Hills, almost 500 metres above sea level.
Experience stunning 360° views from the summit. To the west, gaze across the sparkling cityscape of Christchurch, over the Canterbury Plains to the high peaks of the Southern Alps. To the south and east are the dramatic views of Banks Peninsula, Lake Ellesmere and Lyttleton Harbour formed in a sunken volcanic crater. Looking north the beaches of Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean unfold to the distant Kaikoura Peninsula.
Take a journey back 12 million years in the Time Tunnel as our automated ride takes you through the smouldering depths of a volcano, a native New Zealand forest, a short voyage onboard a ship and through the early settlements of Christchurch. A definite highlight with children and adults alike! Then revive your spirits with a snack at the Red Rock Cafe and browse what is on offer at The Shop at the Top.
The Christchurch Gondola is one of the must do tourist attractions in Christchurch and you will never forget your
Physical Address: 10 Bridle Path Rd, Heathcote Valley, Christchurch
Hours: Open all day closes at 5.30pm
New Regent Street is a pedestrian mall in Christchurch. Built as a private development in the early 1930s with 40 shops in Spanish Mission architectural style, it is one of the city’s major tourist attractions. Providing a number of small shops as a comprehensive development was an advanced idea at the time, and New Regent Street is regarded as a forerunner to modern shopping malls. Due to its coherent architectural character, the buildings in the streets are listed as Category I heritage items by Heritage New Zealand, and in addition, the entire street has a historic area listing.
Physical Address: New Regent Street, Christchurch
Hours: Open all day
This Waipara wine region tour takes you to visit four wineries, with tastings, in a half-day trip from Christchurch. Enjoy samples of local reds and whites without worry of designating a driver as transportation is included. Listen to a guide’s commentary about the local terroir to learn about the region as you travel. Upgrade to include a lunch with wine pairings. Begin your Waipara wine trail tour with convenient pickup at your Christchurch hotel; settle in to your seat for the 40-minute drive to the up-and-coming wine producing region. Visit a series of cellars and tasting rooms, which may include Waipara Springs, Torlesse Wines, Pegasus Bay, and Waipara Hills (wineries are subject to change without notice).
Duration: Approx 5 hours