Christchurch Attractions has all the best activities to offer you. Enjoy tranquil gardens and breathtaking vistas or tour our re-building city. Whatever time you have to spend in Christchurch, you’ll find it easy to fit our top attractions into your travel itinerary. Christchurch Attractions offers plenty of fun-filled activities for everyone of all ages to enjoy, including some of Christchurch’s most popular and iconic places to visit.
Tranzalpine Inland Rail Journey
Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape by taking a train between Christchurch and Greymouth. Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest.
The TranzAlpine is one of the world’s great train journeys covering 223 kilometres (139 miles) one-way, taking just under 5 hours. You’ll traverse the majestic Canterbury Plains, to the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps – the journey of a lifetime.
Natural High Bicycle Tours
At Natural High we believe exploring New Zealand by bicycle is, quite simply, the best way to truly experience this remarkable country.
Can anything really beat the achievement of conquering a high, alpine pass or the thrill of soaring along a scenic downhill? We think not…although the first sip of celebratory sauvignon in the pub later might come a close second!
Skydiving Kiwis the #1 spot in Canterbury to do your tandem skydive! Located in Ashburton only a stone’s throw from Christchurch and nestled in the heart of Canterbury’s majestic scenery, your mind blowing New Zealand skydiving experience awaits you.
Not only do you get to feel the rush of freefall reaching speeds of up to 200kph, your leisurely plane ride to altitude allows you to take in some breath-taking views of New Zealand along the way.
Hassle Free Tours
Hassle-free Tours is an award winning tour company that specialises in offering unique day tours throughout the spectacular region of Christchurch and Canterbury.
Nikki and Mark believe a tour is more than just seeing the scenery. “We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service and giving our guests memorable experiences that will last a life-time.”
Christchurch Adventure Park
Your base for epic adventures and chilled out down-time set in Christchurch’s Port Hills. Race through the valley on the dual zip-line tour.
Take in the stunning views from the chairlift or walking track. Be totally stoked out by the stunning machine and hand-built mountain bike trails or just chill out on the large deck of our Café nestled in the Pine forest. The Adventure Park experience is yours for the making and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Electric City Scooters
Electric City Scooters Christchurch is a unique way to see our ever changing city as it rebuilds. Our fresh approach to Christchurch City tours changes the way that tourists and locals alike can explore the character of the city of Christchurch.
Our new cycleways have opened up our ability to provide you with a truly local experience to see the sights of our city in a way you have never been able to before. Cruise all the way out to Sumner Beach or get a slice of history on the Little River Rail Trail on our modern electric scooters powered by 100% renewable, hydroelectric energy made right here in the South Island.
Ballooning Canterbury was started by Kate and Michael Oakley in 2012. Michael is an experienced pilot who had represented New Zealand at World Hot Air Balloon Championships and now wanted to take his passion further by showing off his beautiful country to others from a sport he loves to share.
Ballooning Canterbury operate three balloons all from the Cameron balloon factory in Bristol England. They carry the latest technology in fabric, burners and basket design. They are well maintain by an experienced and qualified engineer. Both pilots are also trained in pilot maintenance from the Cameron factory.
Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre
Join us at Rubicon Valley Tourist Centre situated at Kowai Bush Springfield on the Great Alpine Highway 73 only 50 minutes from Christchurch “The Gateway to the Southern Alps”. Nestled at the foothills of the New Zealand Southern Alps, at the edge of Canterbury. On a working high country farm.
The ultimate kiwi experience. Let us design your ultimate kiwi experience with activities of Horse Treking through our magnificent hills, Jet Boating through the Waimakariri Gorge, Riding a 4×4 vehicle into the hills, Alpaca gift shopping & Farmshow.
Waimak River Riding Centre
Waimak River Riding Centre (previously Waimak River Horse Treks and Waimak River Adventures) was established by Erika and Stan McStay in February 2001. We have now combined our horse trekking, riding school, holiday programs and leasing into one business, Waimak River Riding Centre.
Horses are our passion, and we are dedication to providing a safe and enjoyable horse riding experience. Our calm, experienced and well trained horses, experienced guides and instructors work together to ensure the best environment for fun and learning.
We have 7 great courses which progress you into the trees. Starting from 1m off the ground up to 20m in the canopy. Each course has a range of various challenges that build in height and difficulty as you progress.
We have bridges, Nets to cross, barrels, swings and of course the most fun of all… Flying Foxes. Set in the peaceful surrounds of Spencer park, Brooklands lagoon and bottle lake forest it is a great place to spend the day.
International Antarctic Centre
Located on the International Antarctic Programme’s working campus at Christchurch Airport, the centre has become renowned as one of New Zealand’s most diverse and dynamic tourist attractions. The range of interactive experiences here provides fun, education and excitement for visitors of all ages.
Here you’ll experience real snow and ice and you’ll survive an indoor Antarctic storm. You’ll learn about life at Scott Base and see what it takes to work on the ice. You’ll hang out with Little Blue Penguins and snuggle in with huskies. There’s also the exciting Hägglund ride, an awesome 4D theatre, a massive HD screen and lots, lots more.
Christchurch Art Gallery
The Christchurch Art Gallery is home to a substantial public art collection, and also showcases various national and international exhibitions throughout the year. It opened in 2003, replacing the city’s former Robert McDougall Art Gallery.
Following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, the gallery’s premises were used as the local Civil Defence headquarters. Despite being designed to withstand seismic damage, the gallery remained closed until 2015 to receive extensive fortifications and refurbishments.