Things to do in Central Christchurch

Take time to explore the city by double-decker bus, vintage bicycle, gondola, tram or classic Edwardian punt – or grab your walking shoes and discover bars, eateries and an eclectic mix of boutique shops by foot.

A visit to the Garden city is not complete without a visit to Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Capture the bright yellow daffodils, cherry blossom trees and baby ducklings by a traditional punt or canoe down the Avon River. Hagley Park offers vast green spaces, dotted with century-old trees, and stunning floral shows in springtime. Walk, run or cycle its pathways, or take on the fitness circuit. A visit to the famous Margaret Mahy Family playground on the banks of the Avon River will surely entertain children of all ages.

Discover delicious food, drinks and world class shopping. From relaxed cafés and bars to romantic fine dining, the city is packed full of great places to eat and drink. The new inner city retail precinct is taking shape with shops opening all the time. Spend the day exploring the wide range of boutiques and contemporary retail spaces.