Get to know Ōtautahi Christchurch!
Ōtautahi Christchurch is THE place to experience spring. Longer days, warmer weather, a massive events calendar and a city ON SHOW.
Nature’s playground comes to life like magic, with baby pink blossom lining avenues, sunshine yellow daffodils filling parks and the luscious green Port Hills overlooking the vibrant city.
On top of the beautiful outdoors to enjoy, the events line-up is exciting and packed with international pop stars, cup day festivities and the fantastic FAST5 Netball World Series of course!
And on the city’s doorstep? Wining and dining, adventure and of course time for relaxation, a weekend in Ōtautahi Christchurch is perfectly balanced with something for everyone.
Here are the top 5 things to do:
If you are keen to hit the shops, there’s no better place to start than at The Crossing. Located in the center of town, with easy parking and accessibility, you’ll be in retail and dining heaven. Explore the high end, boutique and popular fashion stores, treat yourself to one of the fantastic cafes or lunch spots, or check out the luxurious day spa for ultimate relaxation. You'll love spending some time exploring the inner-city streets and indulging just a little (or a lot).
An action-packed weekend requires time for indulging and is a must for wining and dining. Head along to one of the hot spots for a pre FAST5 brunch or book a table for post-match where you can settle in and spend the evening. The options range from upmarket Teppanyaki, Asian Fusion and cocktail bars to beer garden style restaurants and Irish pubs. Set along the beautiful Avon River, The Terrace is always buzzing with energy and good vibes.
New Brighton is one of Christchurch’s favourite beachside suburbs and the hot pools are a big draw card. You’ll find He Puna Taimoana tucked within the sand dunes with stunning views of the city’s famous New Brighton Pier. Soak in the seaside pools and let all your worries melt away, it is the ultimate escape. Grab a coffee or something delicious to eat afterwards from the attached café to really make the most of the experience.
It wouldn’t be an Ōtautahi visit without an iconic experience on one of the many attractions that show of the city. The Christchurch Tram is not only a unique way to explore, but the beautifully restored heritage tram offers the perfect dose of history. A trip up the Christchurch Gondola is another fun way to see the city, with breathtaking views as far as the eye can see. If a relaxing meander down a peaceful river is more your style, then Punting on the Avon is definitely worth checking out. The options are endless!
If delicious food and wonderful wine is your thing, then there is a special place tucked away only 15 minutes from the city that is absolutely worth a visit. Tussock Hill Vineyard and Cellar Door is a tranquil escape and a lovely place to spend a few hours. The family-owned organic vineyard is nestled in the Port Hills, offering stunning views and a peaceful setting. Tussock Hill’s award-winning chef serves a delicious seasonal menu and the range of dishes champion locally sourced, organic produce.
Where to stay
Ōtautahi Christchurch is New Zealand’s second largest city and has the accommodation to prove it. A bunch of new hotels and old favourites, lodges and retreats, boutique stays, and cabins – it’s tricky to choose a room that suits you.
Perhaps this will help: https://www.christchurchnz.com/explore/accommodation