Things to do in Christchurch
Christchurch might have established itself as a farming community, but the city has come a long way over the years. Today, it's a cultural hub and one of the biggest cities in New Zealand. Popular with international tourists and a frequent stopover destination for tourists heading further afield, you'll find plenty to keep you occupied, however long you're in town.
Hit the Shops
Whether you've forgotten something when packing, or just love to shop, you'll find plenty of retail opportunities here. Everyone's sorted at the Saxon Square Shopping Centre, with all kinds of stores accommodated under one roof. Perfect if you need to stock up on everything from snacks and treats for the hotel room, to a whole new wardrobe so you can look your best for a night on the tiles. If you prefer the atmosphere of a market, you'll want to make sure you've allotted some time for a visit to Emporium. This eclectic market houses more than 140 individual sellers, offering all kinds of antiques, artwork, craft items, toys, furniture, vintage clothing and much, much more besides. Perfect for stocking up on souvenirs to take back home with you.
A Popular Skiing Stopover
As one of the largest cities in the vicinity of the Southern Alps, Christchurch is a popular destination for those on skiing holidays. You'll find plenty of convenient travel options to take you on your last leg to the slopes, with frequent bus trips and shuttles running daily. Only in town for the night? Make the most of your stopover and enjoy a quiet dinner with friends before you travel, or stock up on skiing essentials if you've more time to shop.
Enjoy a Night on the Town
In the mood for a great night out? This must-visit city won't disappoint. You never have to travel too far in Christchurch to find a great bar, with all kinds of establishments on offer to accommodate every taste on budget. Head to The Saxon Bear Ale House for more traditional surroundings and authentic tipple, or try Ye Olde George Inn if you're in the mood for some hearty grub to go along with your drink. For those who enjoy partying into the early hours, head to the Highcliffe region of town and pay a visit to Napoleons, or try The Bar at the Kings for when you're looking to meet new friends and socialise.
When you're looking to relax and unwind, why not head to the coast and soak up some sand and sun. Highcliffe Beach is easily accessed from town and offers a gorgeous stretch of beautiful beach and blue water that will instantly put you at ease. Alternatively, if you're a fan of outdoor pursuits, head to Port Hills for breath-taking views and the perfect venue for a spot of hiking or cycling.