New Zealand’s Garden City boasts more enticing variety of activities, attractions and scenic variation in close proximity than perhaps anywhere else.
Explore Christchurch Cathedral and its grounds at your own pace with our self-guided multimedia guide tour. You can also book a guided tour when you arrive on site.
Experience the Cathedral
The Christchurch Cathedral has been the centerpiece of the city since its construction began in 1864. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s one of the oldest, largest, and most beautiful structures in New Zealand. However, it was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake.
The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial pays tribute to the 185 people who lost their lives and those who were seriously injured. The memorial is the most somber place to visit in Christchurch, but it’s also a powerful and moving experience. Its 185 empty chairs are a reminder of the tragedy and the immense loss that the community suffered.
When you want to relax and take in the scenery, head to the waterfront where you’ll find the Riverside Market. This massive indoor market has more vendors than you can count, from local artisans to delicious restaurants.
If you’re looking for something a bit more action-packed, then you can’t go wrong with a jet boat ride on the Waimakariri River. The river flows right through the city and offers a scenic view of the surrounding greenery. Alternatively, you can relax on the riverside patio at The Terrace to sip on some drinks and listen to live music.
Take a Self-Guided Multimedia Guide Tour
The International Antarctic Centre is an award-winning visitor destination, situated next to Christchurch Airport. The attraction is a must-see for any family or traveller. The centre has a huge range of experiences guaranteed to entertain and educate. Take a Hagglunds Field Trip, experience the incredible storm room, meet penguins in their habitat, be thrilled by an Antarctic all-terrain vehicle ride or watch a big screen film about Scott’s Hut and more. A visit to the centre is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the Antarctic and its history, with something new on offer for visitors each year.
Designed for those who prefer to explore on their own, the multimedia guide offers a range of informative, entertaining and interactive experiences. It is easy to follow with GPS audio which works offline once downloaded and features insightful commentary and narrative from local storytellers.
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Located in Otautahi, Christchurch, the centre is free to enter and open every day. If you’d like to visit more than once, memberships are available for children, adults and families which include unlimited visits.
Book a Guided Tour
Guided tours are a great way to experience Christchurch and get the most out of your visit. Glide down the Avon river, Edwardian-style in a punt; see natural history at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve; or ride a cable car to the summit of the Port Hills for breathtaking views over Christchurch and Canterbury Plains.
Explore Christchurch on foot with these expert-designed self-guided walking tours. Each walk comes with a full itinerary and photo-rich descriptions of the city’s best attractions. The GPS-enabled app’s navigation functions guide you from one attraction to the next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.
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A world-class heritage destination, the Cathedral takes visitors on a journey of discovery. Explore architectural triumphs, magnificent stained glass windows and stunning collections. You can explore on your own or join a guided tour – leaving at regular intervals throughout the day.
International passengers also experience images, sounds and smells from South Island tourist destinations as they walk down the airbridge corridors. This combines with a dazzling multimedia show – a new addition to the tour – featuring the filming locations of the Abel Tasman National Park, West Coast bush and Mackenzie Country.
Be chilled in our incredible Antarctic storm room, be thrilled on an all-terrain vehicle tour, make friends with penguins and huskies, learn about the first expeditions to the icy continent and discover modern-day life on Scott Base, plus much more. You’ll also find out how to protect the Antarctic. 3D tour Christchurch