A lively, creative city
A lively visual and performing arts scene, and fascinating new venues are drawing international attention to our city. The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor and Smart Meetings have all listed Christchurch in their top rankings, hailing the city for its creativity and innovation.
Heritage meets state-of-the-art
In Christchurch, heritage buildings rub shoulders with modern and state-of-the-art spaces to create a stunning walkable environment. The historic tramway weaves its way past 1930s Spanish Mission boutiques, an Edwardian theatre, and beautifully restored neo-Gothic buildings. A classic river punting service punctuates this elegant experience.
Diverse and eclectic foodie heaven
Christchurch’s vibrant café culture sits alongside eclectic and sophisticated bars and restaurants. Casual and fine dining establishments feature diverse cuisines. Local produce like Akaroa salmon and Canterbury lamb share tables with seasonal vegetables straight from kitchen gardens, matched with exceptional local wines and boutique craft beers.
The Garden City
With over 790 parks and gardens, Christchurch has ample green space. Hagley Park is the crowning glory featuring 165 hectares of trees, open grassed areas, beautiful walkways and more. Right across the river are the wonderful Botanic Gardens. Other natural showpieces include the historic homestead of Riccarton House, sitting beside nearly 16 acres of original native bush made up of trees older than the city itself. And Mona Vale, an elegant Victorian homestead surrounded by over 5 hectares of beautifully crafted traditional lawns and gardens, with the Avon River winding gently through the middle.
Home to world-class innovation
Our city is home to world-class universities, Crown research facilities, start-up accelerators, and the Christchurch Innovation Precinct and Health Precinct.
Key sectors of expertise include earth sciences, health sciences, agriculture, food science, international education, building and environmental technology.
Christchurch is also the aerial gateway to the Antarctic with over 100 direct flights each year, and home to the International Antarctic Centre, a major attraction that houses several Antarctic programmes.