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Christchurch
Though still recovering from the earthquake of February 22, 2011, Christchurch abounds with arts, adventure, and optimism. It's the gateway to the beautiful Canterbury region, featuring dramatic vistas and adventure sports set against a backdrop of lofty peaks. In the central city, more and more attractions and businesses reopen to the public each day.

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Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Owner description: At the heart of Christchurch's reputation as the Garden City, the Gardens are a place of ever-changing beauty. Showcasing flora and fauna of New Zealand and other parts of the... more Owner description: At the heart of Christchurch's reputation as the Garden City, the Gardens are a place of ever-changing beauty. Showcasing flora and fauna of New Zealand and other parts of the world, the Gardens feature one of the finest collections of exotic and local plants in New Zealand. With more than 1.1 Million visitors each year the Botanic Gardens are one of the Christchurch's most popular and well-loved attractions. less
Attraction type: Gardens; Parks
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Banks Peninsula
Banks Peninsula
Owner description: Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand is a must see for its stunning views, beautiful bays and quirky campgrounds. Little River is the gateway to the peninsula. The... more Owner description: Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand is a must see for its stunning views, beautiful bays and quirky campgrounds. Little River is the gateway to the peninsula. The township has a hotel/pub, 2 cafes, a petrol station, art gallery, craft store and small museum. There are B&Bs, plus the Little River Campground in Okuti Valley Road. They have affordable campervan parks with power, cabins and tentsites set beside a river. The southern bays have some of the best surf, if you know the secret spots as well as good, safe swimming beaches, walking tracks and the Little River Rail Trail. It is a a place that is often over looked as tourists head to Akaroa. If you want to experience more than the usual, to get off the beaten track and really explore, ask at the craft station, which has an info centre. less
Attraction type: Geologic Formations
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Margaret Mahy Family Playground
Margaret Mahy Family Playground
Attraction type: Playgrounds
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TranzAlpine Train
TranzAlpine Train
Owner description: The TranzAlpine is a long-distance train between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. Unlike normal passenger trains, the TranzAlpine is... more Owner description: The TranzAlpine is a long-distance train between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. Unlike normal passenger trains, the TranzAlpine is designed to provide a window to New Zealand's best scenery, with large reclined seating and huge panoramic windows. The spectacular TranzAlpine journey begins by roaming through the vast farmsteads of the Canterbury Plains to the spectacular gorges and valleys of the Waimakariri River. The TranzAlpine then ascends into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass National Park, before descending through lush beech forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth - a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always-popular glaciers. All services feature panoramic windows, reclined seating, GPS triggered at-seat commentary, a fully licensed cafe, toilets, and open air viewing decks. The TranzAlpine is operated by The Great Journeys of New Zealand, and runs daily throughout the year. less
Attraction type: Tramways; Scenic Railroads
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Hagley Park
Hagley Park
Attraction type: Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Bacon Brothers
Bacon Brothers
Ranked #1 of 991 Restaurants in Christchurch
Price: $7 - $11
Cuisines: British, Australian, American, New Zealand
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
O.G.B
O.G.B
Ranked #2 of 991 Restaurants in Christchurch
Price: $7 - $26
Cuisines: Bar, New Zealand, European, Pub, Wine Bar
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pedro's House of Lamb
Pedro's House of Lamb
Ranked #3 of 991 Restaurants in Christchurch
Cuisines: Fast Food, New Zealand
Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Twenty Seven Steps
Twenty Seven Steps
Ranked #4 of 991 Restaurants in Christchurch
Cuisines: European, New Zealand
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Nobanno
Nobanno
Ranked #5 of 991 Restaurants in Christchurch
Cuisines: Asian, Bangladeshi
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Jailhouse Accommodation
2.0 of 5
Jailhouse Accommodation
$22 - $64 (NZ$30 - NZ$87)
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Haka Lodge Christchurch
2.5 of 5
Haka Lodge Christchurch
$35 - $57
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BreakFree on Cashel
3.0 of 5
BreakFree on Cashel
$45 - $92 (NZ$61 - NZ$125)
Ranked #25 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Amross Court Motor Lodge
4.0 of 5
Amross Court Motor Lodge
$93 - $124
Ranked #1 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
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Airport Palms Motel
4.5 of 5
Airport Palms Motel
$93 - $131 (NZ$127 - NZ$178)
Ranked #2 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
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CentrePoint on Colombo Motel
4.5 of 5
CentrePoint on Colombo Motel
$74 - $143
Ranked #5 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Commodore Airport Hotel, Christchurch
4.5 of 5
Commodore Airport Hotel, Christchurch
$141 - $252 (NZ$192 - NZ$343)
Ranked #3 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
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Merivale Manor
4.5 of 5
Merivale Manor
$106 - $201 (A$134 - A$254)
Ranked #4 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
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The George Christchurch
5.0 of 5
The George Christchurch
$202 - $582
Ranked #6 of 144 Hotels in Christchurch
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