Located a short flight away from Auckland, Christchurch is a unique destination. From the urban landscape and city amenities to the rich history and culture that is found every step of the way, visitors to this beautiful area of New Zealand will have no shortage of options when it comes to creating an itinerary. Whether you’re just staying for the weekend or spending most of your time here, you’ll have plenty to see and do. The picture-perfect alps and ocean landscape make it an exceptional destination – all within a short drive of everything!

The city of Christchurch has a great vibe and plenty of cultural buzz to keep things interesting – whether you want to spend the day exploring art galleries and museums or you plan to get out and hike, you can do it all in this New Zealand city! Start off a visit to Christchurch with a trip to Melton Estate, which is a boutique winery only ten minutes from the airport – a great option to set the tone for a relaxing few days around the city. Shopping is very popular in Christchurch and the assortment of shoppes and offerings makes it fun for everyone. Scattered amongst the many retail shoppes and boutiques are breweries, bars, cafés and restaurants, so you’ll never be hungry!

Christchurch has beautifully combined historic with modern architecture and demand – it’s totally visible in The Tannery, which is a shopping destination with plenty of contemporary and unique finds. Browse the many local clothing boutiques or pick up some handcrafted goods from one of the eclectic shoppes. Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, The Brewery serves up a vast assortment of crafted brews using many of the same, old world brewing techniques.

While you’re in the area, you’re definitely going to want to get out and explore! Hop onto the TranzAlpine Express that goes to Arthur’s Pass – the views from this train ride are second to none. Christchurch also has a number of walking trails, botanic gardens and outdoor recreation when you want to escape from the city for a few hours – or longer.