Christchurch Pocket Guide

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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

  • 50%



    After the quake, it's pretty sad. Still lovely, but eerie- like a ghost-town. No one is out after 5pm and it's just dead with nowhere to eat or anywhere to go. You might see 10 people if you walk the entire city. The destruction is heartbreaking- I can only imagine how beautiful it would've been if you could go inside any of the buildings or churches. The gardens are nice and the container "mall" is pretty and unique. But I can't imagine being here for more than 2 days.

    Insider Tip:Take the bus to hit up swimming with dolphins or the train west so you can get pictures of the views! This is really a one-day stop (maybe only for a morning).

  • 80%


    Giant construction zone

    City is still being built after the earthquake. It's a big job and there's lots left to do. The containership mall was cooler than I expected! We went to Quake City, an overpriced museum displaying the earthquake history in the city. It had really decent information in it but not enough to make it worth going, unfortunately. Lonely Planet said it was $10, so that was the only reason we went there but when we got there it turned out to be $20. $40 for 2 ppl for this 45min museum is a bit steep!

    Insider Tip:Go to Smash Palace (downtown on Victoria Street) if you want to have the best burger of your life!

  • 60%


    Quirky Christchurch

    A very small place, a few great places to visit just outside such as hamner springs and a small french town. but apart from that dont spend too much time there,

  • 40%


    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%



    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

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