Experience everything from galleries and cafés to parks and beautiful blue waters in Christchurch and Akaroa.
Christchurch and Akaroa are two of the most individual and charming towns in New Zealand. Christchurch is more of a city, where you’ll find heritage architecture and beautiful natural surroundings. Head to Akaroa for a taste of colonial history and the chance to spot dolphins.
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Christchurch & Akaroa holiday highlights
Head to the South Island’s east coast and discover the beautiful 'Garden City' of Christchurch, between the Pacific Ocean and the Southern Alps. The town is continuing to recover from a series of earthquakes from 2010 to 2012 which unfortunately destroyed many of its gorgeous 19th-Century buildings, but it’s also famous for its contemporary galleries, open parks and friendly café culture. Explore this distinctly English-feeling city by bicycle, classic Edwardian punt and vintage tram, or just soak up the atmosphere with a leisurely stroll.
If you’re in Christchurch then be sure to make the trip down to Akaroa, a small town on Banks Peninsula. Here you’ll find a quaint lighthouse as well as the Akaroa Museum, with three heritage buildings showing the town’s British and French colonial history. Head to The Giant’s House, a quirky building with terraced gardens, colourful sculptures and mosaics, or visit Akaroa Harbour and book a dolphin cruise for the chance to spot the rare and playful Hector’s dolphins – they have easily distinguishable rounded dorsal fins and are only found in New Zealand waters.