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Canterbury Museum

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Free entry (donations appreciated) where you can experience New Zealand's rich cultural and natural history. See rare Maori artefacts and more than 1,000 pāua shells adorning the walls of the famous Pāua Shell House. Walk down the Christchurch...more
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Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5000
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Always amazing, always has been, always will be. Best thing is it's free! (I always put money in the donation box tho cos it's so good.)

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank tripleb2fg
Reviewed 2 days ago

I loved the Antarctica exhibit and particularly the film showing about Fuchs and Hillary in 1958. I also loved the exhibit about the dogs in Antarctica. I also loved the Pounamu exhibit with the exhibits, photographs and sound effects. There was also a display about...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Museuam has been very well organised with fresh and informative displays. We particularly liked the costume display and the birds.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank WendyH1848
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Rainy day activity with a variety of displays. Some great looking displays, with them showing early Maori and their lives.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 422iana
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

So many interesting artifacts,and information is available for visitors at this museum. I enjoyed spending time at this museum,and found it quite an enjoyable and informative place to visit. This museum,is a must do experience when in Christchurch.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sydneykat29
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the dioramas of life in the remote past among the native Maori people and their remarkable, practical artwork in Greenstone. We loved it enough to buy necklaces for each of us in town and several metal sculptures in the gift store at...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ron1733
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A great museum. Much larger than you think. You need to allow at least 4 hours if you intend to do the whole museum. The museum is free but they ask for a donation. Which is a very small price to pay. Don’t miss the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank juliebP4259LS
Reviewed 6 days ago

The museum has quite the eclectic mix of showrooms, which will interest everyone. A nice way to spend an hour or two, depending on interest level. It is free, and has good wifi for anyone looking for it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dpr8
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a museum with something for everyone, catering to both adults and kids. The greenstone and tiki section is world class, beautifully explained, well illustrated with some touch and feel opportunities. The bird section presents both common and rare NZ birds. There is a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jules060617
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fine museum, although we have definitely seen better. Most everything is a replica or cast model, but for a freebie it is fine.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Philip H
January 26, 2016|
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Response from Kathryn H | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, I'd say at least 2-3 hours. Although I love history, I prefer to do museums in chunks otherwise, everything starts blending together. Maybe spend a little time there, then do one of the open bus tours which begin... More
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August 11, 2012|
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Welcome to the Kiwi forum :) You can catch a bus to Akaroa and Kaikoura - these can be done as a day trip from Chch or you can stay the night or several nights. Have you checked with the airline that you are able to fly a long haul flight on your own without an adult? Plus an interesting fact I just stumbled across - many motels/hotels/hostels around the world require a guest to be at least 18 years of age to reserve a room. Under 18's can stay only if accompanied by a person aged...More
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Novotel or Crowne Plaza? (2 Replies)
I'll have 24 hours in Christchurch in March and plan to see the Canterbury Museum and Botanical Gardens, plus whatever else I can fit in. I can use "points" for either of these hotels and both look reasonably close to the museum and gardens. I will also be walking to dinner so nearby mid-range restaurants would be a plus. Is there much between the two as far as location and to a lesser extent amenities goes? Thanks for any advice.
December 31, 2017|
Response fromzhuhai2007|
The Crowne Plaza is newer (by a couple of years), but is located in an area that is still a long way from being rebuilt and looks like a scene from Apocalypse Now. Depending on exactly when in March the attractive Victoria Square opposite, may or may not have reopened. It is marginally closer to the Botanic Gardens, but has no shops or restaurants nearby. Novotel is located directly above the central tram hub - "Cathedral Junction" which also houses a couple of restaurants, a souvenir shop...More
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April 30, 2017|
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Day 8 - Day trip to Mount Cook - Hooker Valley Track - Drive back to Queenstown One hell of a day trip. I think you need to cull a bit, you're going to be exhausted when you get home.