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City Guide to Christchurch

Why Christchurch?

ChristchurchChristchurch is the second largest city in New Zealand after Auckland, and is the economic centre of the Canterbury region. Christchurch is famous for its parks and gardens. It is also famous for the Wizard, who you can find doing wizardy things in Cathedral Square.

Christchurch in recent times has experienced some earthquakes especially the one that happened in February 2011 where 185 people were killed. The earthquake has left widespread structural damage to the city but the infrastructure is being slowly rebuilt.

Facts about Christchurch

  • The economy of Christchurch is largely based on agriculture which surrounds the city
  • Christchurch is known as the gateway to the Antarctica

Cool places to hangout

The “Strip” along Oxford Terrace is where you can find places for socialising, drinking and dancing. You should also check out:

  • Café Bleu - 88 Cashel Street - 03 377 2888
  • Liquidity Bar and Restaurant – 128 Oxford Terrace – 03 365 6088
  • Le Plonk Wine Bar – 215 Manchester Street – 03 377 7724
  • Suede Restaurant and Bar – 130 Oxford Terrace – 03 377 9898

Visitor Information Centre

  • Christchurch’s i-SITE Visitors Centre can be found at the Rolleston Avenue (next to Canterbury Museum) – 3 379 9629

Plan Your Gap Year to Christchurch

Click on one of the links below for more information and useful advice when travelling to Christchurch.

Top Things To Do

Top Things To Do in Christchurch


Accommodation in Christchurch


Emergency Information for Christchurch