Our Top Picks
If you decide to stay on for a few days there are lots of great things to do in Christchurch. These are some of our favourites....
Stunning 360° views from 500 metres above sea level - 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 dramatic views of Banks Peninsula, Lake Ellesmere and Lyttelton Harbour formed in a sunken volcanic crater. Looking north the beaches of Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean unfold to the distant Kaikoura Peninsula. Experience the Time Tunnel, a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the Port Hills and Christchurch. Sit back, relax and soak up the stunning views with a snack at the Red Rock Cafe, and enjoy quality shopping at the "Shop at the Top." This trip is one of the must do tourist attractions in Christchurch.
Christchurch Gondola Website
Jet Thrills Christchurch
An exciting jet boating experience is only 20 minutes away from the centre of Christchurch. Situated on the famous Waimakariri River as it twists and turns its way from the Southern Alps to the sea. You will be amazed at how these specialised shallow water jet boats speed and spin in only a few centimetres of water. Our drivers love jet boating and sharing the fun with others. Small and large groups are welcome and transfers for the city area can be arranged. We operate 364 days a year, subject to weather and river conditions.
Jet Thrills Website
Discover Christchurch City Tour
On tour we will view some of the areas affected by the earthquakes, see how Christchurch is preserving some of its iconic heritage buildings and hear about the exciting vision to rebuild and restore the inner city. Your experience includes a 1 hour Tour around central Christchurch on New Zealand’s only Open Top Double Decker and a 2 hour Tour on a closed top Double Decker visiting places of interest in greater Christchurch. HIGHLIGHTS Hagley Park, Avon River, Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, Arts Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery, Provincial Chambers, Friendship Corner, Catholic Basilica, Bridge of Remembrance, ReStart Shipping Container Mall in Cashel St And much, much more!
Discover Christchurch Website
International Antarctic Centre
Journey through modern day Antarctica and experience a taste of this unique and breathtaking continent. Learn about the human impact on the continent, the wildlife and plant systems and Antarctica’s effect on the globe. 'Antarctica' the Snow and Ice experience is some really ‘cool’ fun with icy slides, a 'polar plunge' ice water challenge, a cave and an Antarctic storm! Get your adrenalin pumping with an exciting ride on the all-terrain, amphibious Hagglund and experience a magical simulated Antarctic Cruise in the 4D Extreme Theatre! Step back in time to learn the stories of the Antarctic Explorers and their Huts, then there are the cute Little Blue Penguins. This place is full on, interactive & tactile Antarctic fun for everyone!
Antarctic Centre Website
Punting on the Avon
Summer or winter, glide along the tranquil Avon River in Christchurch, as a skilled punter in traditional Edwardian attire propels you slowly along the water. Our Avon River Punting tours are set aboard handcrafted flat-bottomed boats, poled along by your punter from the platformed till at the rear end of the boat. An ideal group or family activity, Punting on the Avon is an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective. From our Park departure point travel leisurely from the historic Antigua Boat sheds, through the Botanic Gardens, and enjoy the spectacular flora that our ‘Garden City’ is famous for.
Fly, jump, swing and scream in through the tree tops. Adrenalin Forest is best described as high wire, high excitement activity, where participants can test their limits and conquer their fears. It is a great confidence builder and adrenalin rush. The park features an aerial obstacle course more than 2 km in length, up to 20 metres off the ground and covering three hectares of forest. Participants negotiate a series of 100 challenging activities high up in the tree canopy attached by an overhead safety wire. There are six different courses of progressive difficulty. Test yourself how high and how far you will go. Affordable fun for the whole family. It takes around 3 hours to complete the course.
Adrenaline Forest Website
Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on board our beautifully restored heritage Trams, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions, Our friendly and knowledgeable drivers will inform you about the city, its landmarks and local sights. Your day-long ticket allows you to get on and off the Tram as often as you please! The journey takes you to the appropriate stops for Punting on the Avon, and the Caterpillar Tour of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Cathedral Junction, Avon River, Re:START Mall, Gothic-style Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street. We have 17 stops en route.
Christchurch Tramway Restaurant
Experience the luxury of our 36 seater air-conditioned, colonial style dining tram and be treated to the finest service, cuisine and beverages New Zealand has to offer. Incorporate fabulous dining with inner city vibrancy and heritage – truly a mix of the old and the new.
Tramway Restaurant Website