What to do

What to do?

Things to do and places to go in Christchurch and the surrounding region of Canterbury in the South Island of New Zealand.


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There’s every chance that you may have arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand with the sole objective of relaxing … taking time out to unwind, a good book and a selection of fine Canterbury wine may be just the ticket – but if you are looking for something else to do you can choose from a smorgasbord of things to do in the surrounding region of Canterbury.

Don’t forget to take a look at the Events and Festivals coming up – and remember that any cost information is in New Zealand dollars).


the arts
Contemporary New Zealand art? – take time to visit the Jonathan Smart Gallery


ski canterbury!
Start planning your ski trip for our ski season,
commencing mid to late May running through to September/October.


aerial adventures
If you have an urge to put some distance between your feet and the terra firma that is Canterbury – take to the skies. Hot Air Ballooning, Tandem parachuting, Flight seeing and more…


back on the tracks
Take a step back in time and ride the rails. Take a ride on a steam train or tram, visit one of the rail museums in the region, or travel to, from or through Christchurch by rail.


aqua – on (or in) the water
Punting on the River Avon in the centre of Christchurch, jet boating the Rakaia River, harbour cruises, swimming with dolphins, white water rafting – you name it and it’s here!


A selection of tours to choose from, ranging from half-day tours around Christchurch to 3-4 day adventures taking in the sights of Canterbury with an experienced guide behind the wheel. Relax and enjoy the experience.!


drive time
Rental cars and motorhomes. In New Zealand, we drive in the left hand side of the road. This may be a little confusing to those of you who normally drive on the right hand side. Take care! – here is an intro to driving in New Zealand.


walking and hiking
A gentle city stroll around Christchurch? Half day hike? What about two to four day walks over easy terrain around Canterbury? Something for all levels of fitness.


things to see / places to visit
Some of the places to visit while you are in Christchurch.Nga Hau E Wha National Marae
Christchurch Gondola
Willowbank Wildlife Park
Christchurch Casino

We make every effort to ensure that the information that you read here is accurate and up-to-date, but we don’t accept any liability for any variations when you arrive. Unless otherwise stated the information has been supplied by the individual operators.We are not endorsing these organisations – it’s just information – you decide.