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Christchurch Pocket Guide

Images Of Christchurch

Smaller, quainter, and a lot more English than other cities around New Zealand, Christchurch is the undisputed capital of New Zealand's South Island. This city is home to one of the country's most charming city centre parks, an imposing cathedral that dominates the city's skyline, and a river that is occupied by punters in the most traditional of English clothing for the most part of the day. Traditions aside, the gateway to the South Island is also extremely lively after dark making it well worth pencilling in an extra day on your itinerary to enjoy its nocturnal activities.


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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Christchurch.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Christchurch... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Christchurch.

Christchurch City Reviews

  • 40%

    Anonymous

    Laying in wait

    This city is still trying to recover from the many earthquakes and trimmers. Many businesses have not yet returned to the CBD and many historical sites are still under construction.

    Insider Tip:It is worth it to make it out to Akaroa if you can. It is amazingly beautiful!

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Christchurch

    It's a big city, but not a lot to do. If you're looking for nightlife, steer clear. But if you're looking for rest and relaxation, this is the place.

    Insider Tip:Botanical Gardens. Free and you can chill beside the city river with a book or picnic

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    ghost town

    Christchurch has it's very nice parts (Cashel Street, Parks) and is full of stunning street art, absolutely amazing stuff to see at every corner. But in most parts of the city you feel like you're walking through a ghost town which is a bit sad. Looks as if it's getting better everyday with so much redeveloping going on after the earthquake so still worth a visit!

    Insider Tip:Just walk around and enjoy the street art. Something to discover around every corner.

  • 20%

    Anonymous

    Boring city. Do not come here for more than an afternoon if at all. Poorly signposted and those that do exist point the wrong way The locals are just as useless. Most exciting thing available are bus tours of ruined buildings (FULL AND HALF DAY TOURS AVAILABLE!!!111ONEONE). If looking at rubble turns you on then go for it. If not then stay clear.

  • 50%

    Anonymous

    Christchurch 2013

    I went back to Christchurch in June+July 2013, previously visitng in 2011 during the June earthquake. I was disapointed with the amount of restoration in the city. I had expected that roads would be fully functional and buildings stabilised throughout the city 2 years since the last major earthquake. However, it is interesting to see the levels of devestation the city suffered, and is still suffering with. There are still things to do, but its definately not the place to bring your car as so many of the roa

    Insider Tip:Go out of Christchurch- many more interesting and beautiful places to spend time in!

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