Christchurch suffered earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011. Travellers intending to visit Christchurch should be aware that the central city (CBD) and its eastern suburbs suffered damage. Parts of Cathedral Square and central parts of the city remained cordoned off, but will reopen in stages during 2012. Despite this, there are still plenty of museums and attractions in Christchurch to keep both the cultural and active visitors busy.

Canterbury Museum is one of the city’s main cultural attractions.  Located only 500 meters from the city center (Cathedral Square), it is easily accessible by those exploring the city on foot.  The museum is open every day (except Christmas day) from 9am until 5pm (5:30pm during the summer months).  General admission is free, and guided tours are available.

The Maori and Colonial Museum is a great place to visit for getting to know more about New Zealand’s cultural heritage.  It is located at Okains Bay, which is a short drive from the city.  The hours of operation are 10am – 5pm daily. 

Visit Christchurch Museums for more information about museums in, or near the city.

Many of the attractions that tourists to the area are drawn towards are the beaches.  For more information, check out Christchurch Beaches.