Christchurch / Otautahi Today

Following the 2010-2011 earthquakes, Christchurch / Ōtautahi has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city. Lonely Planet listed it as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2013 and on The New York Times's 52 Places to Go in 2014, Christchurch ranked no. 2. Get a taste of what the city has to offer.

What's new in the transitional city

Central city shopping

Re:START is an outdoor retail and café precinct built in fashionably presented shipping containers. Opened in October 2011, the temporary Re:START mall offers a unique shopping experience, a number of food caravans and a market on the weekend. 

Eating & drinking

Whether you're after a five-star dining experience, a great coffee or sliders served to you via a pneumatic tube, Jetsons or Futurama style! Christchurch City can cater to your needs. Check out our top picks.

Where to stay

Currently, there are more than 300 accommodation providers in Christchurch with more accommodation options scheduled to open over the coming year. 

It can be more difficult to find accommodation at peak holiday times or during major events. We recommend you book your Christchurch City accommodation well in advance of travel. There is also plenty of accommodation available on the outskirts of Christchurch City and across the Canterbury region.


What to see & do

You can explore the city by foot, bike, segway on an open top bus, tram or even relax in a punt. Vibrant and ever-evolving, each day offers new things to see and do.

Useful links

  • Find Chch - interactive Christchurch map highlighting accommodation, activities and attractions, restaurants and transport
  • Transport for Christchurch - find the quickest and safest route around the city


Getting to and around Christchurch

Christchurch is well serviced by air, rail, bus, shuttle and sea services. Christchurch Airport is New Zealand's second largest airport with an integrated domestic and international terminal and in the past year welcomed 6.3 million passengers.

As the gateway to the South Island, the airport services 9 different airlines, directly connecting Christchurch with domestic centres and 10 international airports.