Here is a list of 10 of the best things to do in Christchurch and surrounds:

1. Godley Head Walk

Christchurch has some of the best short walks in New Zealand and the Godley Head Walk is a great option to pack a lunch and get some fresh air, incredible sights and knowledge of NZ history. It is a relatively easy walk, but at 7km you will need a few snacks and water bottle to make sure you reach the end with energy!

Godley Head Walk

2. Punting on the Avon

Known as the most English city outside England, one of Christchurch’s most popular and iconic attractions is Punting on the Avon. Sit on board a flat bottomed punt boat and let your personal “punter” glide you along the scenic Avon River. An ideal and relaxing activity in any season.

Punting on the Avon

3. Hanmer Springs

A leisurely 90 minutes drive from Christchurch is the alpine village of Hanmer Springs. This is a great day trip from the city, with natural thermal hot pools, mountain biking and walking and surprising good shopping and restaurants.

Hanmer Springs

4. Lord of the Rings Tour

You shall not pass! New Zealand is synonymous with the Lord of the Rings, and Christchurch is no exception to that. Hassle Free Tours run a day tour to see some of the famous scenes that are in the movies, like Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people.

Lord of the Rings Tour

5. Botanic Gardens

Christchurch’s award winning Botanic Gardens are a sight to behold. Stunning manicured lawns, native bush and international displays are all on display as you wander through the 21 hectares of lush gardens. Grab a bite to eat in the cafe, and ice cream for the kids and enjoy!

Botanic Gardens

6. Akaroa

For a taste of France explore the stunning French settlement of Akaroa, on the gorgeous Banks Peninsula and a scenic 90 minute drive from Christchurch. Cruise the harbour and see the world’s smallest dolphins and wander the village, exploring all the artisan food producers, galleries and more.


7. The Christchurch Gondola

Enjoy a complete 360 degree view of Christchurch and Lyttelton Harbour atop the Christchurch Gondola. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs with a series on walks at the top, before having a well deserved coffee and cake at the onsite cafe.

Christchurch Gondola

8. Sumner Beach

The seaside village of Sumner in Christchurch is the ideal place to spend a sunny afternoon, wandering the beachfront and enjoying the local cafe’s and ice cream parlours. Surfing, swimming, playgrounds… a great place to get out there and active.

Sumner Beach

9. Christchurch City

There are a myriad of ways to discover the new central city of Christchurch. Following the 2011 earthquakes the city has been transforming into a modern community hub with world class restaurants, farmers markets, public spaces, shopping and galleries.

Christchurch City

10. Shopping

Speaking of shopping…. The new central Christchurch is a fashion lovers dream. International fashion houses intertwined with local designers and high street brands all within a short distance and easy parking.