The Top Experiences in Christchurch for Summer

Christchurch is a city of change, but one thing that has remained pretty consistent are the amazing experiences that define it. From smelling the flowers to going on a journey via railroad to sipping wine in a beautiful spot, Christchurch has everything you need for your next escape.

We’ve compiled some of the Top Experiences in Christchurch for Summer to help you plan your next trip.


#1: Christchurch Botanic Gardens & Canterbury Museum

Stroll around this beautiful garden, soak in the sunshine and admire the bright blooms, picturesque trees and stoic statues. When you’re ready to head indoors, find the Canterbury Museum near the front of the Botanic Gardens and spend the rest of your time wandering among the treasures inside.

What’s On: See the ‘He Uru Hou: Our Native Plants’ exhibition to learn how Maori used plants to make clothing, tools and medicine.


#2 TranzAlpine Rail Journey


If you want to really feel like you’re on an adventure, take the TranzAlpine Rail for a journey you won’t forget. There’s something magical about winding through the South-Island scenery and traveling in a unique way.


#3: Wineries


Ah… of course. As in most New Zealand cities, it’s all about the wine. Try Waipara Valley Wineries or Pegasus Bay Winery and sample your favourite types of wine, from Pinot Noir to Sauvignon Blanc. With some of the most iconic wineries in New Zealand, Christchurch is one of the best places for wine lovers.


#4: Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools


Unwind at Hanmer Springs and enjoy relaxing rock and sulphur pools with a variety of water jets and bubbles. If you’re up for a little thrill, the park’s new 13.5 meter high slide has just opened up- the largest waterslide in New Zealand.


#5: Ride the City Tram


Ride through the city on one of the beautifully restored heritage Trams and learn about the city from friendly and knowledgeable drivers.


#6: Stroll Through Hagley Park


Stroll through this beautiful park on a sunny day get a workout on some of the walking trails.


#7: Christchurch Art Gallery

Lose yourself in modern and contemporary art as you wander through the halls of this classic Christchurch building.

What’s On: From now until January 19, enjoy ‘Bill Hammond: Playing the Drums’, a selection of work by New Zealand’s favourite painter/drummer.


#8: Punting on the Avon


Hop aboard one of these flat-bottomed boats and see Christchurch from a new perspective. This iconic Christchurch activity is a must do.


#9: Christchurch Gondola

Take the Christchurch Gondola for a bird’s eye view of the city. Also experience the Time Tunnel ride at the summit or grab a snack at the Red Rock Café.


#10: Hang Out at Crowne Plaza Christchurch


Stay at Crowne Plaza Christchurch and enjoy excellent service and comfy rooms, or just grab dinner at Market Place Restaurant. If you just want a drink, also consider hanging out at the hotel’s Social Wine Bar.

With a central location just opposite Victoria Square, we’re just a short walk away from some of the other major attractions including the Isaac Theatre, Avon River and the Christchurch Cathedral. Also enjoy up to 25% off as an IHG member during our Cyber Sale.

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Your Guide To Christchurch This Spring

The Garden City certainly blooms into life during Spring! As the blossom decorates Hagley Park and daffodils dot the city, these warmer days are filled with opportunities to enjoy yourself with friends and family – whatever you’re passionate about! From thrill-seeking to champagne sipping, take a moment to enjoy the vibrant city of Christchurch this Spring!

If you’re planning an escape in the Garden City this spring, let us help inspire you with ideas to make the most out of your Christchurch stay.

Moments to Explore 

With the spring season promising warmer weather and longer days, this is the perfect reason to enjoy explore and enjoy more of the great outdoors. Make you trip away a moment to remember and discover the city’s best attractions and iconic experiences.


Get a Duck’s-Eye View! It’s the Christchurch activity you’ve seen on every tourist campaign ever but is not to be overlooked. Sit back, relax and be gently guided along the picturesque Avon River by a friendly city ambassador in a stripy outfit!

Tram Restaurant

Public transport has never been so delicious! Keep your energy levels nice and high while you sightsee by treating yourself to dinner on the tram. Their $109 menu package includes a welcome drink, starter, entrée, main and dessert – all while you sit back and watch the city lights pass you by!

Ballooning Canterbury

Your Instagram feed and Bucket List alike will love you for this! Tick off the experience of a lifetime and take your exploration of Canterbury to new heights with Michael and the team. From the breath-taking views and expert commentary to the sparkling wine to celebrate the return to earth, Ballooning Canterbury will give you a morning that feels like a dream come true!

Hagley Park

There’s no better season to take a stroll along Hagley Park, than when the blossoms are a bloom. Located only 15 minutes’ walk from the Crowne Plaza Christchurch hotel, Hagley Park has an integral part of the city since the 1850s. Today it offers a beautiful place to go for a walk as well as a unique location for many Christchurch events. The park also features stunning botanical gardens which are not to be missed.

Moments to Indulge

Whether it be a spa day or retail therapy, however you choose to treat yourself, these little pleasures will be well deserved. Because in between the busyness of work commitments and juggling family life, it’s important to take a moment to spoil yourself every now and then.

High Tea at Social Wine Bar

Pinkies UP! Gather your fanciest friends and indulge in an afternoon of sweet treats, bite-sized delights and a tea selection that would put The Mad Hatter to shame! Between the shimmering décor and impeccable service, you’ll feel like royalty at Social Wine Bar … for just $32!

Forme Spa

Take a moment to Spring Clean the stress out of your life! Treat yourself to a few hours at the centrally located Forme Spa – whether it be a massage, scrub, facial or all of the above, you’ll be leaving the spa the most blissed version of you.


If retail therapy is more your style, Ballantynes will be heaven on earth! The iconic department store is home to hundreds of global labels, beauty and fragrance specialists and incredible homewares, plus with coffee and food outlets scattered throughout, there’s no excuse not to shop til you drop!

Moments for the Foodie

If you have a passion for food, you’ll love Christchurch’s vibrant dining scene. With many options sure to tickle your taste buds,  try out one of our recommended eating establishments and make it a moment for your taste buds to savour and experience.


Where Food and Art meet, magic happens! Conveniently located at Christchurch Art Gallery, Universo is certainly a restaurant comfortable with embracing the creative. From Tiger’s Milk Ceviche to Goats Cheese Churros with Truffle Honey With a menu that will have fussy eaters distraught but seasoned foodies DELIGHTED.




For a contemporary twist on hearty Kiwi dishes with a cosy atmosphere to match, Fiddlesticks is a must try! Located in the heart of the city’s Arts precinct, book a table and enjoy some delicious cuisine washed down by the best Sangria in the city!




Market Place Restaurant

We can’t talk about the Christchurch Cuisine Scene without starting in the historic foodie hub of the city: Market Place Restaurant & Bar. Overlooking Victoria Square, once home to the city markets, the seasonal menu has been designed to showcase the best that handpicked Canterbury suppliers have to offer. Setting the scene with it’s modern, market décor on Level 1 of Crowne Plaza Christchurch, each dish is beautifully crafted using locally sourced produce, meats, fish and other delicacies.