Christchurch is a fantastic place to stay. The accommodation ranges from high class hotels which totally pamper you, to backpacker hostels for those on a budget. Families are totally catered for with an extensive list of great places to stay, whether its inner city, along sumner coastline of nestled in the cashmere hills.
Best Accommodation in CHRISTCHURCH New Zealand (our top picks)
The fantastic Sudima Hotel is situated within a very close proximity to Christchurch's International Airport. Also just a short walk to the world famous Antartic Centre. The rooms come with complimentry WIFI, mini bars, spa bath and a kitchenette.
BreakFree on Cashel is located right in the centre of Christchurch. This 3 star accommodation boast modest living with the added advantage of being very close to shops, the nightlife and the famous Odeon Theatre.
The Christchurch Ibis is situated right in the heart of Christchurch, perfect for those who wish to explore this southern city. Ibis is a fully modern hotel with wifi and many modern trappings.
Year after year, Christchurch, perhaps better known as The Garden City, continues to make numerous lists of the top places in the world to visit. This popular south island destination has a rich sense of history, a strong and resilient community and it is one of the most progressive and forward-thinking cities in New Zealand.
A Traveler About Town
You can tour the city and sights on foot, tram, double-decker bus, standard or vintage bicycle, segway or helicopter. Some of the sights you might see or tours you might take throughout your exploration include various theatres, gourmet food tours, farmer’s markets, museums, street art, earthquake renovations and many shopping opportunities.
After the destructive earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, Christchurch has been working hard to create a more sustainable and green city. In addition to the dozens of parks and outdoor areas throughout the city, you can find a number of progressive eco-structures such as a transitional cathedral made entirely of cardboard and a shopping centre filled with modern and trendy retail shops and cafes made from recycled shipping containers.
Outside in the City
This southern metropolis is filled with exciting outdoor adventure within the city. You can explore the wildlife park or the botanical gardens, which is truly like being in the middle of the countryside while still in the city. You can explore the stunning gardens and scenic views of the city along the Avon River with a Edwardian punting tour. And, if you seek a bit more excitement, you can take a jet boat ride along the Waimakariri River.
Turn Back Time
Christchurch has a unique and fascinating balance of history and contemporary buildings and attractions. You can spend a significant amount of time exploring the many historical sights. One such sight is Ferrymead Heritage Park. This park is like stepping back in time to over 100 years ago in New Zealand filled with homes and businesses as they once were. You can even take a journey back in time on a steam train.
Do not forget to explore the lesser known and unexpected activities of Christchurch. You can take a number of different tours pertaining to the recent earthquakes to see the neighborhoods that were most affected and the areas which have been rebuilt that are defining the future of this extraordinary city. Forget about rugby or football, attend a cricket match while you are in Christchurch. You can also enjoy a day at the beach and surf in the suburb of New Brighton and enjoy a leisurely walk along the New Brighton Pier. And, do not forget to check out any of the live music locations. Some even have free entry on certain nights. Christchurch is a city of constant change and progress. You will find a diverse array of activities, sights and adventure from the romantic and tranquil flat bottom boat rides to the polar opposite jet boat rides. The undeniable charm of this city will make you want to stay longer.