Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum
Covering three floors of a stunning neo-Gothic building in heart of Christchurch, the Canterbury Museum tells the stories of the region and the world around us. Walk down a re-created 19th-century Christchurch street, see the skeletons of dinosaurs and extinct native birds, and marvel at the vehicles Antarctic explorers once used to get to the South Pole.
 
The Basics

Established in 1867 by geologist Julian Haast, the Canterbury Museum offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the history and culture of the Canterbury region. The museum houses a range of permanent exhibits dedicated to subjects like Canterbury’s precolonial Maori communities, the region’s 19th-century European settlers, New Zealand’s extinct native birds (including the moa), and the devastating 2011 earthquake.

The Museum is also home to a number of surprising items, including the skeleton of a carnivorous allosaurus, the Egyptian mummy of Tash Pen Khonsu, and Fred and Myrtle’s Paua Shell House, an iconic Kiwi home lined with paua shells. After exploring the main collection, be sure to walk through the museum’s temporary special exhibitions. The Christchurch hop-on hop-off tram stops at the museum, which offers guided tours twice daily.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Canterbury Museum is ideal for nature and history buffs, as well as families with kids.
  • Entry to the Canterbury Museum is free, but donations are welcome.
  • The 4th-floor café offers coffee, light fare, and lovely views of the nearby botanic gardens.
  • The museum store sells pottery, paua (abalone), and pounamu (nephrite) items, and can ship your purchases anywhere in the world.
  • All floors of the museum are accessible to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are available; email the museum to book one in advance.

How to Get There

The Canterbury Museum is on Rolleston Avenue, in the city’s Cultural Precinct on the edge of the Botanic Gardens. It’s a short walk down Worcester Boulevard from the Christchurch i-SITE Information Center. The city’s Bus Interchange is about a 10-minute walk across the Avon River, and the Christchurch Tram lines run right past the museum. If driving, parking is available on nearby streets or in the gardens.

When to Get There

The Museum is open every day of the year except Christmas Day; check the website for seasonal hours. Arrive in the mid-morning to beat the crowds and guarantee entry into all of the exhibits.
 
Activities for Children at the Canterbury Museum
The Canterbury Museum typically runs events for kids during New Zealand school holidays. Contact the museum in advance to find out what’s on offer. The museum also has its own natural history center for children called Discovery, where kids can learn more about the animals that live among us—and the ones that used to rule the earth. Discovery is even home to some creepy-crawly live tarantulas. There is a small fee to enter Discovery.
Adresse: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
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Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Sporvogn

Rejs et 50-minutters kredsløb ombord på Christchurch Tramway, som afgår dagligt hvert 15. minut. Brug din billet til at hoppe og hoppe ud på 17 stop og oprette din egen sightseeingtur. Chauffører giver live kommentarer om landemærkerne i denne sydøske by. Bonus: børn op til 15 år rejser gratis.
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  • Varighed: 1 dag
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Full-Day Round-Trip Tour fra Akaroa Wharf

Reservering af tur-retur transport mellem Akaroa Wharf og Christchurch sparer dig tid og besvær, med den maksimale tid at bruge i byen. Lav rejsen i komforten af ​​en klimastyret træner, og træk derefter skytten på Canterbury Museum, inden for nem gåafstand fra nogle af Christchurchs største destinationer. Nyd fleksibiliteten til at udforske på egen hånd: shoppe, slentre gennem Christchurch Botanic Gardens, eller tag en tur på en af ​​de restaurerede hop-on, hop-off sporvogne, der løber gennem byen, inden du vender tilbage til Akaroa Wharf.
  • Varighed: 7 timer
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  • Varighed: 7 timer
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Christchurch og Banks Peninsula Sightseeing Tour

Rejser til Christchurch via Banks Peninsula på en hel dag Akaroa shore ekskursion med luksus coach, der omfatter sightseeing stopper ved Little River og tegn på Takahe. Du får en fantastisk udsigt over Canterbury-sletterne og de sydlige alper på turen fra Akaroa til Christchurch, og derefter træner træneren i en central, walkable placering ved Canterbury Museum. Med fritiden til at udforske Christchurch alene kan du tage til seværdighederne, handle lidt eller bare nyde byens historiske atmosfære og arkitektur.
  • Varighed: 6 timer
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  • Varighed: 6 timer
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7-timers Christchurch Tour fra Akaroa Wharf

Besøg den historiske by Christchurch på en heldags tur fra Akaroa Wharf. Med drop-off på et sted i hjertet af Christchurch, har du tre timers uafhængig tid til at udforske Christchurch alene: Besøg Christchurch Botanic Gardens, book en bådtur på Avon River, eller bare gennemse butikkerne i byens centrum. Denne fulde Christchurch udflugt omfatter afhentning og afgang i havnen i Akaroa Wharf, og det er en bekvem måde at tilføje New Zealands "Garden City" til din tid på Akaroa Wharf.
  • Varighed: 7 timer
  • Udbydes på: engelsk
  • Varighed: 7 timer
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