Christchurch Activities

Christchurch City

For those staying a while, Christchurch has many attractions, from a great coffee culture, to comedy clubs, theatre, nature reserves, spectacular views, and more.

Here’s one of our favourite sites for finding new places to enjoy – neatplaces


Christchurch Botanic Gardens: Founded in 1863 with the planting of an English oak tree, the gardens are extensive and contain an impressive array of plant collections that delight at any time of year. Just across the road from the conference venue.

The Christchurch Tramway: Hop-on and hop-off, and enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on board the beautifully restored heritage Trams. The tram has a stop right outside the conference venue!

Cathedral Square: The geographical centre and heart of Christchurch. View the remnants of the Anglican Cathedral, highlighting the power of the 2010/2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Within walking distance of the conference venue.

Canterbury Museum: The museum is world renowned for its natural and human history collections. Just across the road from the conference venue.

Punting On The Avon: Sightseeing rides in a small, flat-bottomed boat poled by a guide dressed in Edwardian clothing. Within walking distance of the conference venue.

New Brighton Beach and Pier: One of the best and most accessible beaches close to the city.

Christchurch Gondola: A unique Christchurch sightseeing experience above the Port Hills that you’ll never forget. Breathtaking views of the Christchurch cityscape, the Canterbury Plains and out to the mighty Southern Alps.

International Antarctic Centre: Experience Antarctic penguins right here in Christchurch.

Air Force Museum of New Zealand: Truly one of the finest collections of vintage and modern, commercial and military aircraft, and their roles in our society.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve: See the unique New Zealand kiwi bird in its natural environment.

Orana Wildlife Park: New Zealand’s only open-range zoo located on the outskirts of Christchurch

Port Hills: Panoramic views of Christchurch City and the Southern Alps.

A little further out

Lyttelton: The historic port town of Lyttelton.

Governors Bay: Continuing around Lyttelton Harbour, this bay offers amazing views.

Akaroa: A historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Explore the beautiful old French village, experience the restaurants, and see the smallest dolphins in the world, the Hector’s Dolphin.

TranzAlpine Rail Journey: One of the most scenic train rides in the world.

Hanmer Hot Springs: A trip to Christchurch isn’t complete without a visit to Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa.

Lord of the Rings Tours: Treat yourself to a day tour of the unforgettable filming sites for the epic movie ‘Lord of the Rings’.