Christchurch: Our Top 5 Tourist Attractions

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Christchurch is the second largest city in New Zealand and is home to around 350,000 people. Christchurch is situated on the east cost of the South Island and is famous for its beautiful scenery, attractions and culture heritage. Here are 5 places in the Christchurch region that we recommend visiting, all easily accessible by rental car.

Christchurch Arts Centre

The Christchurch Arts Centre is an exciting and lively venue hosting a world-class theatre, fine art galleries, year-round festivals and events, and a range of arts, crafts, entertainment, shopping, cafes, restaurants and bars. Be sure to check out the weekend art and craft market and Friday Farmers’ Market.

Christchurch Botanical Gardens

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are situated in the heart of Christchurch and boast one of New Zealand’s finest collections of native and exotic plants. Expanding over 21 hectares, the gardens are well worth a visit. Admission is free.

Lyttelton Harbour

Lyttelton Harbour is the northern major sea inlet on Banks Peninsula and is only a short drive from central Christchurch. Lyttelton offers a selection of recreational activities, beaches, shopping, markets and cafes, all surrounded by spectacular scenery.


Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement, situated 75km from Christchurch. With galleries, boutique stores, cafes, dolphin watching, and much more, Akaroa is the perfect weekend getaway.


Kaikoura is a seaside settlement, situated halfway between Christchurch and Picton. Kaikoura offers a range of exciting eco-tourism activities including dolphin swimming, whale watching and nature walks, as well as relaxing accommodation, fine dining, history and culture.

View more Christchurch attractions and activities.

New Zealand Rent A Car has a variety of reliable Christchurch rental cars to get you around, wherever your visit to Christchurch takes you.

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