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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