Christchurch New Zealand

Christchurch, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand, is the largest city on the island. It was named Christchurch after the city in England that has the same name, and has a history of English heritage.

View of Hazy Christchurch Landscape from the Port Hills

View of Christchurch New Zealand from the Port Hills, Mount Pleasant, Christchurch, South Island, NZ

If you look at the City layout you will see the original streets were constructed in a type of grid with the cathedral in the centre, and many of the street names correspond to places in England, and include some places around the world.

Examples of Christchurch City centre street names include Gloucester Street, Hereford Street, Worcester Boulevard, and Montreal Street.

Christchurch City centre is obviously different now to how it was before the devastating earthquake of February 2011.

Christchurch Cathedral Earthquake Damage in New Zealand

Christchurch Cathedral Damage Caused by the 2011 Earthquake in New Zealand

Although the destruction caused by the earthquake will be most noticeable by people who had visited Christchurch before 2011, new visitors will also notice blank spaces where there were previously buildings, many of which were historic. There is still a lot of rebuilding and regeneration happening in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Street Art Graffiti Cycles in Christchurch New Zealand

Graffiti Cycles, Street Art on a wall in Christchurch New Zealand, South Island

This is a city that has an energy that thrives on creativity and innovation. There may be changes to the way the centre looks in the way of architecture and new ideas but it still retains a traditional feel. When you are touring around Christchurch City, keep an eye out for the wonderful, and sometimes weird, street art.

Getting Around Christchurch

Christchurch Tramways City Tour

Christchurch Tramways City Tour, Blue and Yellow Tram, South Island, New Zealand

The city can be explored by tram, double-decker bus, vintage bicycles, or walking. Take a meandering ride on the Avon River in a good old fashioned Edwardian flat bottomed punt, or cycle along the River bank cycle paths. Enjoy relaxing in Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park.

Things to Do in Christchurch New Zealand

The range of activities and experiences waiting for you in Christchurch and across the Canterbury region include…

  • Adventures
  • Arts and Culture
  • Banks Peninsula
  • Beaches in and near Christchurch
  • Christchurch Gondola
  • Christchurch Parks
  • Christchurch Reserves
  • Cycling Christchurch and Canterbury
  • Day Trips from Christchurch
  • Gardens
  • Golf in Christchurch and Canterbury
  • Farmers' Markets
  • History and heritage
  • Lyttelton Port and Lyttelton Harbour
  • Nature and Wildlife Tours
  • Picnic Spots in Christchurch
  • Walking in Christchurch and Canterbury
  • Wine and Vineyards of Canterbury

Christchurch Districts

  • Christchurch Airport
  • Akaroa and Banks Peninsula
  • Christchurch Central - Christchurch City Map
  • Christchurch East
    • Linwood
    • New Brighton
    • Redcliffs
    • Sumner
  • Governors Bay
  • Lincoln
  • Lyttelton
  • Christchurch North
    • Merivale
    • Papanui
    • Redwood
    • St Albans
  • Rolleston
  • Christchurch South
    • Addington
    • Cashmere
    • Halswell
    • Hornby
    • Sockburn
  • Spencerville
  • Tai Tapu
  • Christchurch West
    • Fendalton
    • Ilam
    • McLeans Island
    • Riccarton
    • West Melton
    • Yaldhurst
  • Kaiapoi
  • Rangiora
  • Woodend

Christchurch Accommodation

The range of accommodation in and around Christchurch is diverse, with something to suit all levels of budget or requirements. Search for accommodation in the Christchurch area.

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Example of Wall Street Art in Christchurch NZ

Example of wall Graffiti in Christchurch New Zealand, Street Art Cycles

Christchurch in Canterbury

Canterbury is proud of Christchurch; it is the second biggest city in New Zealand and the biggest in the South Island.

Christchurch New Zealand is also a good landing point to get access to other parts of Canterbury and the South Island, whether arriving by flight, train, road, or ship.

  • Arthur's Pass & Selwyn
  • Hanmer Springs & Hurunui
  • Kaikoura
  • Mackenzie Country
  • Mid Canterbury
  • South Canterbury
  • Waimakariri

Christchurch New Zealand

Christchurch City Streets and Roads