21 top activities in Christchurch in 2019
- 1 Christchurch 2019
- 2 1. Turanga, the brand new city library
- 3 2nd cathedral square
- 4 3rd Art Center of Christchurch
- 5 4. Botanical Garden and Hagley Park
- 6 5. Canterbury Museum
- 7 6. Christchurch Art Gallery
- 8 7. Exploring the street art of the city
- 9 8. Bridge of Memory
- 10 9. Avon Riverside Promenade in the center of Christchurch
- 11 10th Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial
- 12 11. New shopping centers and galleries
- 13 12. Regent Street
- 14 13. The O.G.B. at the Heritage Hotel
- 15 14. Isaac Royal Theater
- 16 15. Little High Eatery
- 17 16. Joint projects
- 18 17. Victoria Street
- 19 18th Margaret Mahy playground
- 20 19th Riccarton Bush Saturday farmers market
- 21 20. Poke the Avon
- 22 20. Victoria Park and the Port Hills
- 23 About Christchurch
- 24 Move in Christchurch
- 25 Stay overnight in Christchurch
- 26 Come and visit us!
Christchurch-based and traveling writer Martina Grossi reports on the best activities in Christchurch. Since the earthquakes of 2011 a long way has been covered.
Last week, I asked Phil the Builder about his thoughts Christchurch's reconstruction, "Finally the time has come," he said with a cantabrian smile on his face.
It seems like we all feel the same. This has been my home for 4.5 years, but the people passing by are still wondering why I chose a ruined city as an expat.
To be honest, Christchurch has come a long way since the early days after the war massively destructive earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 We got the chance to create something new, innovative, modern and funky!
If you're not sure whether it's worth spending 1 or 2 days exploring Christchurch, Take a look at my 21 favorite pastimes in 2019 and see for yourself!
Even if you visited 2 years ago, the city has changed so much that you may not recognize many parts of the CBD. In this article, Luke shares his experiences in Christchurch in 2016. Now it looks very different!
Sit back and enjoy the new activities in Christchurch and visit some of the old favorites.
1. Turanga, the brand new city library
The latest and most innovative development in the CBD of Christchurch. Since its opening in 2018, the Turanga Library is an absolute must for the people of the city.
Drop in for a cup of coffee, climb the Harry Potter stairs, enjoy the panoramic view of the city, relax with a book and participate in many workshops!
Turanga is open Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm. Free 45-minute guided tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11.00.
2nd cathedral square
I do not want to disappoint you, but the cathedral is still in ruins as the city keeps thinking about what to do with it. An innovative project was officially launched last year, but the data and funding are still uncertain.
It is still worth a visit to learn more about the earthquakes, and it's not as if you could skip it, as this is the heart of Central Christchurch!
3rd Art Center of Christchurch
The earthquakes caused significant damage to the buildings that make up the Arts Center of Christchurch.
It took until June 2016 until some areas, shops and galleries in the district were opened!
Now visitors can participate in many free events, Book craft workshopsget tattooed, listen to a concert, drink a coffee or just stroll through the innovative shops.
Open every day of the week from 10am to 5pm. Take 1 hour for your visit! Free admission.
4. Botanical Garden and Hagley Park
The Botanic Gardens of Christchurch are an absolute classic in the city! They are connected to Hagley Park, the city's main and largest park.
Explore the rose garden, New Zealand's bushland, and relax on one of the many secret benches around the lakes.
Admission is free. During the winter months the gate is closed at 18.30. Otherwise it is 20.30 or 21.00 clock.
Monument to the attacks on the Christchurch Mosque
Take a moment to commemorate the victims of the attacks on the Christchurch Mosque before heading to the next stop of your visit. After the massacre of the 15thth Since March 2019, people bring flowers and messages of love, compassion and kindness. Today, two months after the massacre, offerings are still visible next to the main gate of the Botanical Garden.
These can be relocated soon, not yet confirmed when and where.
5. Canterbury Museum
Another classic of the city, the museum, was one of the few places that were at least partially visited after the earthquake. It was completely reopened in 2013.
Admission is free but donations are welcome! The museum is open daily from 9am to 5 or 5.30pm.
6. Christchurch Art Gallery
For nearly 5 years, the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhet was closed to the public. Until its reopening in 2015 after intensive building repairs, it served as an emergency shelter and emergency accommodation for the City Council of Christchurch.
It seems hard to imagine how early today one walks in such a peaceful environment through the spacious halls filled with contemporary exhibits.
Free guided tours of 45-60 minutes start daily at 11:00 and 14:00 at the reception on the ground floor. The gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm and offers weekly events.
7. Exploring the street art of the city
The hunt for world-class street art in Christchurch has become one of the coolest things to do in the city.
After the earthquake, various initiatives from New Zealand and overseas gathered to revive the city through funky street art! Christchurch is now one of the 39 street art capitals in the world selected by Lonely Planet.
Visitors can also use a free interactive map to guide the hunt for street art in the city.
8. Bridge of Memory
The bridge was built in 1923 to commemorate the soldiers fought abroad during the First World War and reopened in April 2016 after the earthquake repairs. This is one of the most famous photo spots in the city!
Just a few meters from the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, the brand new Promenadenweg begins. Rest assured that you will not miss it!
9. Avon Riverside Promenade in the center of Christchurch
The new waterfront starts at Oxfords Terrace and stretches 2 km along the Avon River to the Margaret Mahy Playground.
Lawns, sidewalks, bridges, art, restaurants, pubs and bike lanes make up this project, which took five years to build and was officially opened on November 2018.
This area is fast becoming a bustling center for night owls looking for dance, live music, craft beer and author cocktails.
10th Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial
In February 2017, the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial was opened to the public as part of the 6th anniversary commemoration events. The monument commemorates the 185 people who lost their lives and the survivors of the devastating earthquakes that rocked the city to the core.
11. New shopping centers and galleries
Cashel St. has become the shopping center of Central Christchurch. Every few months, new markets, shopping centers and international clothing stores open up.
The BNZ Center and The Crossing are the newest and brightest places to have lunch, a coffee with friends and shopping.
However, these new developments were not controversial! People still miss the famous Subject: Start Container Mall that was torn apart not so long ago.
12. Regent Street
If you've ever seen photos of Christchurch, you'll surely know about this sweet little pedestrian passage just one block from Cathedral Square! Visitors love to sit and watch the tram pass by while they drink in front of one of the many cafes and wine bars.
13. The O.G.B. at the Heritage Hotel
If you fancy a drink and a plate after a long day in the city, head to the Heritage Hotel, where O.G.B. Bar lounge. The building, known as one of the best bars in the city, is worth a visit. It has a great ambience, 1930s décor and live music. It is my personal favorite!
14. Isaac Royal Theater
The French Renaissance-style building, opened in February 1908, has hosted large shows for over 100 years! It is usually closed during the day, but since it is only a few meters from the Cathedral Square, it is worth stopping by and taking a moment to admire the facade!
15. Little High Eatery
Opened in May 2017, Little High Eatery has become the city's hottest munching spot with a range of international street food.
From the South American grill to bespoke burgers and Thai food – go there if you want to experience one of the best places in the area! The place itself is worth a visit as it is located in an area of the central business district that still has a lot of remodeling to do! That makes it more interesting in my opinion.
The Little High is located at 255 St Asaph Street, 4 blocks from the Dome Square. Open on weekends from 8 am to 11 pm (weekdays 10 pm).
It is a good option if you are late for dinner. Most places in the city say it stops around 9am!
16. Joint projects
In the center of Christchurch, there are still many streets and districts that have not been rebuilt. Various projects in the city are far from being intimidated or frustrated, and aim to share these areas with the community.
Many interesting things happen thanks to the work of creative social enterprises like Lückenfüller
If you visit one of these places, you will get a good impression of the creative breeze that spreads throughout the city!
17. Victoria Street
Upscale and modern kitchen, a secret cocktail bar, the casino and a bell tower. So that's Victoria Street! The chosen place for those who want to spend a great night!
18th Margaret Mahy playground
Opened in December 2015, this is the largest playground in the Southern Hemisphere. The best part is that you do not have to have the kids in tow to enjoy it! Everyone is welcome here!
19th Riccarton Bush Saturday farmers market
Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, the weekend begins with a compulsory visit to the farmers market. If you're away from town on the weekends, visit the Riccarton Bush, the site where the market takes place. Visit the Victorian Riccarton House, Rose Garden and Deans Cottage. Although this is not in Central Christchurch, it is only 3 km away!
20. Poke the Avon
Hands to heart, I've never done that! However, I include it because it is a cult visit to Christchurch! Visitors love to sit back and relax in one of the many gondolas that navigate the Avon River.
Tours start daily from 9am to 6pm at 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central. It costs 30 NZD for adults and 15 NZD for children.
20. Victoria Park and the Port Hills
If you have time and energy after a busy day, head to Victoria Park in the Port Hills. Just 15 minutes drive from the center of Christchurch, this stunning sunset and hiking area.
When should you visit Christchurch?
Christchurch is a year-round destination for visitors to New Zealand.
Note, however, that there is "island weather" here, which means you can experience many different types of weather on the same day.
Bring clothes for your visit, whatever the season!
Move in Christchurch
Most of the places I've shared in this guide are within walking distance.
Nevertheless, I would like to point out the 2 most popular ways to get around Central Christchurch!
The Christchurch tram
The famous historic tram costs $ 30 for adults and holds in most of the city's main attractions.
Get a Lime Scooter!
Affordable and fast, everything you need to download the app, enter your information and scan the QR code!
Since the lime scooters were introduced to the city just over six months ago, they have become the next big thing. Now you can see people riding the streets every minute – and falling! They are everywhere!
Stay overnight in Christchurch
The city center offers a variety of accommodation options, from Airbnb apartments to motel apartments and full-service hostels.
You will also find good accommodation in the Hagley Park area.
My personal favorite in Christchurch is Riccarton, the district you head west from Central Christchurch.
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Come and visit us!
If you liked this guide, come and spend 1 or 2 nights in the city. You will surely discover that this is a bustling city that has a lot to offer.
My last piece of advice and perhaps the most important one is: Talk to the locals! This is a very diverse and open-minded community that has been through a lot in recent years.
Martina Grossi is an Argentine travel and expat blogger based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Your blog, The Global Curious, inspired people to their first overseas trip and is driven by curiosity!
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