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About Christchurch New Zealand

Christchurch gateway to the South Island treasures

Located in the middle of the South Island, Canterbury is easily accessible by air, land and sea.

It is home to 381,800 residents, making it New Zealand’s third most-populous urban area behind Auckland and Wellington.

The city was named by the Canterbury Association, which settled the surrounding province of Canterbury. The name of Christchurch was agreed on at the first meeting of the association on 27 March 1848. It was suggested by John Robert Godley, who had attended Christ Church, Oxford. Some early writers called the town Christ Church, but it was recorded as Christchurch in the minutes of the management committee of the association. Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter on 31 July 1856, making it officially the oldest established city in New Zealand.

Our city is easy to reach with direct flights to Australia, China, Singapore, Dubai and the Pacific, and easy links to Malaysia, North America, Japan and Korea, so there is no excuse to book your trip to the Christchurch International Cup

Within two hours of an international airport, you can ski, play golf, bungee jump, go whitewater rafting, mountain biking, wind surfing, whale watching, and visit world-class vineyards and gardens.

Where else in the world can you do that?

Make sure you check out some of these attractions, all within Christchurch or a short drive from the city.

  • Vibrant reborn city of Christchurch


  • Go shopping in the ReStart mall


  • Visit the backdrop of the Lord of the rings


  • Enjoy our nearly 1000 restaurant and bars


  • Explore the picturesque bays and villages of Banks Peninsula


  • Take a ride on the Christchurch Gondola


  • Relax in the famous Christchurch Botanic Gardens


  • Visit the International Antarctic Centre


  • New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook


  • Enjoy the incredible scenery on the TranzAlpine Express


  • Hiking in Canterbury’s back country


  • Explore the Canterbury Museum and Air Force Museum


  • Catch a glimpse of a Kiwi at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve


  • Hang out with gorillas and lions at Orana Wildlife Park


  • Relax at some of our great wineries


  • Relax at the hot pools in the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools Resort.

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  • Visit beautiful Kaikoura with local attractions such as Whale Watching.