Links to just some of the many activities and attractions to be found in and around Christchurch and Canterbury.
Christchurch's leading attractions website. Includes the Christchurch Gondola, Christchurch Tram Tour, Tramway Restaurant, Avon River Punting, Botanic Gardens Tour, Grand Tour and Hanmer Springs attractions.
Air Force Museum
Discover one of the world's premiere military aviation collections at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand; from aircraft, engines and assorted displays to medals, pin-ups and parachute-silk wedding dresses.
Christchurch's only ice skating facility and home to ice sports in Canterbury. Figure skating, speed skating, ice-skating classes, ice hockey classes and children's birthday parties.
Black Cat Cruises
Cruise around an extinct volcanic crater, see the world's smallest dolphins, penguins and seals all in stunning scenery. Cruises are narrated by your skipper. Operated by award-winning Black Cat. Cruises and dolphin swimming experience depart from Akaroa which is only a 90-minute scenic drive from Christchurch.
Hassle-free Tours invites you to join them on one of their fun and exciting attractions in and around the Christchurch and Canterbury region. Whether you're looking for a scenic experience into the breathtaking Southern Alps of New Zealand, a visit to a Lord of the Rings filming location or you'd like to discover Christchurch from the top deck of our classic London double-decker bus, they have something to suit everyone.
International Antarctic Centre
The International Antarctic Centre is fantastic fun for all ages! Located in a unique working Antarctic campus, the International Antarctic Centre has twice been judged New Zealand's best attraction. Conveniently situated across from Christchurch International Airport, it is the ideal location to "chill out" and experience Antarctica, without even stepping foot on the icy continent.
Jet boating is a truly unique way of seeing the lower Waimakariri's braided river system which is constantly changing and ever challenging. Jet Thrills' experienced drivers, speed and spin in places sometimes only centimetres deep.
Orana Wildlife Park
Set in 80 hectares of park-like grounds, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand's only open-range zoo. Scheduled animal feeds occur throughout the day and these unique encounters get visitors up close to endangered animals at set times.
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Willowbank allows you to experience New Zealand's wildlife and culture, together with the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve's Ko Tane the Maori Experience, followed by a 4-course dinner with hangi-cooked mains.
The Arts Centre
One of the best and most extensive examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the country, the former University of Canterbury now houses a complex of shops, studios and art galleries. Public art installations, regular arts and crafts workshops and street performers create a buzz and the chance for discovery through every arch and alleyway.
Experience the South Island's striking natural landscape by taking a train between Christchurch and Greymouth. Along this journey you'll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest.
Ferrymead Heritage Park
Ferrymead Park features an early 1900s Edwardian township, with exhibits such as houses, picture theatre, school classroom, church, jail, railway station, lodge hall, post office, printers, tobacconist, general store, lawyer's office and more.