Christchurch Attractions

Great Tour Experiences Day – Special Christchurch Attractions

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Hanmer Alpine Springs Pools and Spa

Relax and Unwind​​​​​​​​​ Just 90 minutes from Christchurch, Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is a place for everyone.

Sit and soak in the mineral-filled hot pools as you gaze at the giant redwood trees and mountains above, step into a world of indulgent spa treatments or unleash some energy in the freshwater leisure pools and waterslides. Whatever you do… take your time. There’s no need to rush.

Rollin’ Gelato 

Rollin’ Gelato, serving up BOLD and VIBRANT balanced flavours of gelato, with a local spin.  Their gelatos are made from scratch, with a flavour’s main ingredient(s) being locally sourced.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

 New Zealand’s most comprehensive NZ themed wildlife park, the Willowbank experience, tells the story of our country’s natural heritage.  Using pioneering and innovative display techniques, emphasising creating a natural environment and an up-close and personal interactive experience, Willowbank showcases one of New Zealand’s best displays of native species.  Willowbank was the first to open a glass-free nocturnal house for kiwi in a natural environment, guaranteeing viewings every time.

Willowbank is a New Zealand leader in conservation, with success in many national, Australasian and in-house breeding programmes focusing on New Zealand native and endangered species and many rare and heritage breeds of farm stock.

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Gondola rides

For a “top” experience in Christchurch (15-minute drive from central city), enjoy a relaxing Gondola ride to the summit of the Port Hills. Spectacular 360-degree views of the city, Lyttelton Harbour, the majestic Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains.

Punting on the Avon

An iconic Christchurch activity not to be missed. Admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the changing face of the city centre as you are expertly guided gently along the Avon River on their​​​​​ authentic Edwardian Punting tours.

Summer or winter, glide along the tranquil Avon River in Christchurch, as a skilled Punter in traditional Edwardian attire propels you slowly along the water. Punting on the Avon is an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective.

Quake City

Quake City tells stories of heroism, hope and loss from the Canterbury earthquakes. This special exhibition from Canterbury Museum explains the science and the phenomenon of liquefaction – when the shaking liquefied the ground and it bubbled up, burying street and sinking buildings. Quake City charts the aftermaths of the September 2010 and 22 February 2011 earthquakes and the extraordinary response of the emergency services, international rescue teams, the thousands of volunteers who pitched in to help – construction workers, the Student Volunteer Army, the Farmy Army – and the incredible resilience of Canterbury’s communities. The exhibition includes some of the objects that have defined the Canterbury earthquakes, including Christchurch Cathedral’s spire and the railway station clocks, that stopped at 12.51 pm on 22 February 2011. The rebuild section of the exhibition brings the visitor up to date with progress in regenerating the city and the recovery projects underway.

Canterbury Museum

Come and explore. The Museum is world-renowned for our natural and human history collections.

You will have a guided tour; Educational is world-renowned for its natural & human history collections and free time to look around after the tour.

Unlimited Christchurch Tram Rides

The Christchurch Trams offer a unique experience combining history and sightseeing.

Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on board our beautifully restored heritage Trams, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions,

Their friendly and knowledgeable drivers will inform you about the city, its landmarks and local sights. 

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International Antarctic Centre

Visit Antarctica via the International Antarctic Centre. This is the Closest You’ll Get to Antarctica without leaving Christchurch. An Award-Winning Attraction featuring Interactive Fun, the Coolest Fun Around for All Ages. Be chilled in their incredible Antarctic storm room. Be thrilled on an all-terrain vehicle tour. Make friends with penguins and huskies. Learn about the first expeditions, modern-day life on Scott Base, and humanity’s future on the ice. Be amazed through the big screen ice tour and astonished within the immersive 4D theatre. In just a few hours here, the icy continent will create memories to last a lifetime. It’s cold. It’s cool. It’s waiting to be discovered by you.