Christchurch & Hanmer Springs

Where is Christchurch

Well known for its English Heritage, Christchurch is located on the east coast, just above Banks Peninsula and is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. Often referred to as the gateway to the South due to it’s central location, it’s your starting point for a journey across the Southern Alps to the west coast, and a great place to begin your South Island adventure.

The vibrant city has been working hard over the past six years to rebuild itself and redevelop the culture and arts scene that it was so well loved for after the devastating earthquake in 2011.

With new cafes, galleries, shops and restaurants opening up, and its close proximity to beaches and small seaside villages, you won’t be short of something to do here.

Don’t Miss

  • A quiet stroll through the Botanical Gardens and coffee at the historic Curators House
  • Canterbury Museum with its excellent collection of exhibits portraying Christchurch’s history and the fateful Scott  Antartic expedition
  • The shops, galleries, and eateries of the RE START Mall
  • Walks in the Port Hills or along the Godley Head Walkway

Where to visit in and around Christchurch

In the City

Don’t miss a stroll through the beautiful Hagley Park and Botanic Gardens, or taking a punt down the River Avon for a different view of the city from the water.

The Iconic Christchurch Art Gallery is a great way to spend an afternoon, before checking out one of the many fabulous restaurants the city has to offer (Just ask us for some of our favourite personal recommendations)

Hanmer Springs

Well worth a day trip from Christchurch, and a 90 minute drive away is the Thermal Spa resort of Hanmer Springs. Soak away any aches and pains and enjoy the stunning scenery as you relax in the outdoor hot pools, or treat yourself to a massage or spa treatment.


The quaint French and British seaside resort of Akaroa is a great spot for a good walk and a relaxing lunch. Take a boat trip to see the worlds smallest marine dolphin, or take to two wheels for a cycle tour of the area.

The Port Hills

Great for keen walkers, the Port Hills reward your exersion with unrivalled views back over the city and across the Southern Alps. With many different routes and walking tracks, the area is great whether youre a seasoned hiker or a more of a gentle stroller. Have a look at our Walks page for one of our favourite walks along the crater Rim Walkway.

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Insider Tips

Stewart Cron, long standing Tour leader with Tuatara Tours suggests taking a trip out to the Port Hills for wonderful views of Christchurch and over to Littleton .

“There are a number of easy walks from the Sign of the Bellbird and Sign of the Takahe along the Crater Rim walkway.”

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