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How to Spend 1 Day in Christchurch

How to Spend 1 Day in Christchurch

Christchurch is often described as the most English of New Zealand's cities. The Garden City offers visitors a multitude of options, from wine trails to wildlife reserves. Whether your interests include downtown sightseeing or exploring Canterbury’s natural surroundings, here’s how to make the most one day in Christchurch.

Morning: City Sightseeing

Christchurch has recovered beautifully from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and is full of sights, old and new. Learn about its history on the Christchurch Tram’s narrated hop-on hop-off tour. See the Bridge of Remembrance, and stop at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens for an open-air tour on a caterpillar shuttle or a punting tour on the Avon River with a guide dressed in Edwardian clothing. You can also enjoy the Christchurch Gondola, which takes you on a 10-minute panoramic ride up the Port Hills for scenic views.

Afternoon: Themed Adventures

For some family fun, head to the International Antarctic Centre, an interactive attraction where kids can meet sled dogs and blue penguins and go on a Hagglund ride. Or, if you’d prefer to venture a bit further afield, take a helicopter tour to enjoy the unique landscapes of the nearby Banks Peninsula to see unique landscapes or a short ride on horseback to see views of the Southern Alps.

For a food and drink-focused afternoon, take a wine-tasting tour of North Canterbury wineries, or let a guide introduce you to the city’s local craft breweries. If you’d rather get to know the city center, head to the Cashel Street mall and Riverside Market and enjoy Christchurch’s cafes, restaurants, and bars.

Night: Cuisine and Culture

In the evening, indulge in Christchurch’s culinary landscape. For a unique tour of the city after dark, hop aboard the tram (even if you traveled its route in the daytime) and combine your sightseeing with dinner at the Tramway Restaurant. Alternatively, enjoy a traditional hangi buffet dinner and a Maori cultural performance at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve—which also offers the opportunity to New Zealand’s nocturnal kiwi birds in their natural habitat. Finish off your evening downtown with cocktails and a dip into the local nightlife.

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Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurch

Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurch

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Visit four boutique wineries of North Canterbury on a half-day wine-tasting tour with optional lunch. Departing Christchurch, you’ll taste a quality selection of wines in the up-and-coming Waipara wine region, including stops at Pegasus Bay, Waipara Hills, Torlesse Wines and Waipara Springs. Learn from a knowledgeable guide about Waipara’s unique terroir as you sip a range of superior reds and whites.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Christchurch Sightseeing Pass
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Christchurch Sightseeing Pass

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Visit four top attractions in the ‘Garden City’ with a Christchurch sightseeing pass. Set your own pace with this 4-attraction pass, which you can use on different days. See the city from above on a 10-minute Christchurch Gondola ride and visit the Time Tunnel exhibit; enjoy a 30-minute punt ride by flat-bottomed boat on the serene Avon River; tour the Christchurch Botanic Gardens by open-top caterpillar bus; and discover 17 stops during a hop-on hop-off tour aboard the Christchurch Tram.
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  • 2 days
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Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Tram
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Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Tram

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Travel the full circuit aboard the Christchurch Tramway, which departs regularly. Use your ticket to hop on and hop off at 17 stops and create your own sightseeing itinerary. Drivers provide live commentary on the landmarks of this South Island city. Bonus: children up to age 15 travel free.
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Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket

Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket

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Take an aerial journey on the Christchurch Gondola to the Port Hills crater rim and Mt Cavendish summit. At the summit complex — revamped since the 2011 earthquake — you’re rewarded with views of the cityscape, the Canterbury Plains and Lyttelton Harbour. Upgrade for admission to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens including a caterpillar bus tour, or go punting by flat-bottomed boat on the Avon River.
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  • 2 hours
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Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour

Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour

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Fly over Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula on a 20-minute helicopter tour that takes in city sights. From an aerial view, you’ll appreciate the scale of Christchurch’s devastation and recovery following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Soar above the ruins of ChristChurch Cathedral and see the new sports stadium while the pilot comments on rebuilding efforts. See the suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffe, and view the port of Lyttelton.
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