Find wonderful hotels near Christchurch International Airport and all of the exciting attractions.
Christchurch and Canterbury are famous for natural beauty and a wealth of things to do. Christchurch has a lively entertainment scene, strong cultural heritage, gorgeous parks and gardens, lots of sports facilities and good shopping.
Among the ‘must sees’ are the weekend Arts Centre market, Christchurch Cathedral, Botanic Gardens and International Antarctic Centre.
The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu exhibit’s New Zealand and international art and Canterbury Museum has fine cultural and natural collections as well as creative and imaginative displays. Orana Park is New Zealand’s largest wildlife reserve and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve has among its displays New Zealand’s largest daytime kiwi viewing area. Air Force World captures the adventure and history of flight in New Zealand and Christchurch Casino offers 24-hour gaming entertainment. Visitors can be introduced to Maori culture at Nga Hau E Wha Marae.
Air Force Museum
Air Force MuseumDistance From Christchurch Airport: 5.7mi /9.2km
Experience the adventure of the history of flight in New Zealand. Air Force Museum is located on the old RNZAF Base Wigram, one of the earliest airbases in the country.
You’ll be amazed at the story of nearly a century of flight including a 27 minute movie. See 28 classic aircraft, beautifully restored and theatrically displayed and make a visit to the restoration hangar. Also featured is a special World War II section including a Battle of Britain display. And our experienced guides are on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Air Force Museum is open every day from 10am until 5pm
Main South Road, Wigram (15 minutes drive from City Centre)
Telephone: (+64 3) 343 9532
The Botanic GardensDistance From Christchurch Airport: 5.4mi / 8.7km
Christchurch’s reputation as the Garden City is truly reflected in the Botanic Gardens.
Undoubtedly the finest collection of exotic and indigenous plants found anywhere in New Zealand, the Gardens provide spectacular displays all year round.
You can’t help but be impressed with the large majestic trees and sweeping lawns providing a wonderful backdrop to our feature gardens including rock, water, rose and herb gardens.
Also featured are herbaceous borders, woodland areas and a conservatory complex, open daily from 10.15am until 4pm. Relax and let the kids play in our play area next to the Gardens Restaurant.
The Information Centre is open from 10.15am – 4pm, from September to April, and 11am – 3pm, May to August. The grounds open at 7am and close one hour before sunset.
Telephone: (+64 3) 366 1701
Canterbury MuseumDistance From Christchurch Airport: 6.1mi/ 9.8km
Canterbury Museum is renowned for having some of the finest cultural and natural collections in New Zealand, as well as for its creative and imaginative displays. Housed in one of Christchurch’s finest historic buildings, Canterbury Museum has world class displays of geology, zoology, Maori, Asian and European collections.
Other highlights are the late 19th century Christchurch Street, the very exciting hands-on Discovery Centre for children of all ages, the world’s top stories from Antarctica’s heroic era of discovery and exploration, and “Living Canterbury” – a look at what makes our environment special and how we can protect it.
Enjoy a rest in the delightful Museum Cafe overlooking the Botanic Gardens, or browse around the Museum Store. Include a visit to the nearby Botanic Gardens and the Arts Centre.
Canterbury Museum is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9 am until 5.30 PM (October to March), and 9am until 5.00pm (April to September). Guided tours are available. Entry by donation. Discovery $2 per person.
Telephone: (+64 3) 366 5000
Canterbury Provincial Council BuildingsDistance From Christchurch Airport: 6.3mi / 10.2km
This fascinating treasure is New Zealand’s only remaining purpose-built provincial government building. Designed by leading Gothic Revival architect B W Mountfort and constructed between 1885 and 1865, the buildings show superior craftsmanship in timber and stone.
Open Monday-Saturday, 10.30am-3.30pm
Durham Street, between Gloucester and Armagh Streets
Telephone: (+64 3) 941 7680
Fax: (+64 3) 941 7465
Cathedral Square Market
Cathedral Square MarketDistance From Christchurch Airport: 6.6mi / 10.6km
The Cathedral Square Market is located in the heart of the city, Cathedral Square. An outdoor market with stalls offering handcrafted and imported goods such as New Zealand wood-ware, hand knitting, jewelry, pounamu, paua, bone carvings, possum fashions, sheepskins, clothing, health care products, sunglasses, T-shirts and much more. Grab something to eat at one of the food vendors and enjoy the atmosphere which makes the Square unique.
Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm (with extra days for visiting Cruise Ships)
Telephone/Fax: (+64 3) 365 2632