The ‘Garden City' of Christchurch is the second largest city in New Zealand and the gateway to the Canterbury region and other parts of the South Island. It has long been regarded as the country's most English city, with neo-gothic architecture, a winding river, punting students and weeping willows making it a most enchanting city.
While its charming colonial centre was damaged in an earthquake in 2011, a rebuilding project took place and the beauty of the area wasn't diminished.
The international airport remains the arrival point for most South Island visitors and, from here, it is easy to venture out to the unaffected Banks Peninsula. Perhaps make for Mount Cook on a self-drive or explore the many highlights of the central South Island.
Top itineraries in Christchurch
With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.
A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.
Top places to stay in Christchurch
Built in 1895 for Sir Heaton Rhodes, Otahuna Lodge is a stylish and elegant Victorian mansion set with beautiful manicured gardens on the outskirts of Christchurch on New Zealand's stunning South Island.
This ultra luxurious lodge sets the highest possible standards and in service, facilities, location and cuisine; four individual villas located on a working farm in a remote region of coastal beauty around an hours’ drive from Christchurch.
This member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World is best known for its innovative dining experiences and contemporary style.
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