New Zealand's foremost festival city. Throughout the year it proudly celebrates over a dozen festivals which provide a wealth of cultural and entertainment diversity. The festivals with
themes of music, the arts, adventure, books, heritage, buskers, balloons, floral displays and local produce all provide a focus for the city's celebrations.
What to do?
Air Force Museum
It is located on the old RNZAF Base Wigram, one of the earliest airbases in the country. We can experience the adventure of the history of flight in New Zealand.
Here we can see the arts and crafts of the city and
New Zealand. The art galleries, craft studios, shops, theatres, cinemas, cafes, restaurants and bars and an exciting colourful weekend market and ethnic food fair is also featured.
It has a historical significance, on 09 July 1863, an English oak tree was planted in the Gardens to commemorate the marriage of the English monarch, Queen Victoria's eldest son Prince Albert Edward to Princess Alexandra of Denmark. This is regarded as the foundation date of the Botanic Gardens.
It is basically famous for cultural and natural collections with creative and imaginative displays. The Museum has world
class displays of geology, zoology, Maori, Asian and European collections.
Centre for Contemporary Art
It was established in 1880 and it is the oldest art institution of cantbury region.
Offers twenty four hour gaming entertainment to visitors to Christchurch. The casino has 428 gaming machines and a wide variety of Table Games including Blackjack, American Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Midi Baccarat, Tai Sai, Money Wheel and Caribbean Stud Poker as well as The Racing Game and Live Keno.
International Antarctic Centre
It is the world's best Antarctic attraction with a unique experience. The city is the world's aerial gateway to the Antarctic and has been proudly associated with the Antarctic since the early heroic era when Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton visited Christchurch on their way down to the Ice.
Orana Wildlife Park
It is 80 hectares of land in size. The Park is internationally recognised for its breeding of rare and endangered New Zealand and African animals.
Other Attractions of the City:
The other attractions of the city are: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch Gondola, Christchurch Leisure Centres, Christchurch Tramway, The Circuit, Clearwater Resort, Ferrymead Heritage Park, Harbour Cruises, Lyttelton Harbour Cruises, Mona Vale Gardens, Nga Hau E Wha Marae, Our City O-Tautahi, Punting, Riccarton House & Bush, Riccarton Market, Science Alive, Slingshot - Vertical Bungee Rocket, Southern Encounter Aquarium and Kiwi House, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Yaldhurst Museum of Transport and Science.