Christchurch is the principal city and international gateway for overseas travellers to the South Island. Known as the “Garden City”, Christchurch enjoy a very English heritage.

The first settlers in Christchurch arrived in four ships from England in 1850. Many of the historic buildings, sites and parks created in their name.


Cathedral Square is the main focus in central Christchurch and designed by renowned English architect Sir George Gilbert Scott in the gothic revival style. Building commenced in 1864 and was not completed for another 40 years. For a small fee, climb up the tower in Cathedral Square, for spectacular vistas across the city and the Southern Alps.


Another significant feature of Christchurch is the Avon River, meandering around the city, and Hagley Park. Located in the Park and included in a loop of the Avon River are the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Work commenced on Christchurch Botanic Gardens in 1863, in celebration of the marriage of Princess Alexandra of Denmark to Prince Albert Edward, eldest son of Queen Victoria. Visit the Rose Garden, the New Zealand Garden and Herb Garden. In spring, the whole Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park are alive with blossom.

Hotels In Christchurch

A working coastal farm set along the scenic Banks Peninsula on the South Island; Annandale whisks you away from the everyday world. Discover a captivating place with its four private and secluded villas including an ultra-modern escape for couples and a fully restored 19th-century homestead, magnificent gardens, a wealth of adventures waiting just outside your door, and Annandale’s hallmark farm-to-table cuisine.
Otahuna Lodge
Set in pastoral surroundings against the fluted cone of an ancient volcano, Otahuna Lodge is a beguiling Victorian mansion that offers its guests a unique sense of wonder and discovery. Each of Otahuna's seven suites is an enclave of refined comfort. Here, the classical ambience created by ornate fireplaces, carved inglenooks and flowers freshly picked from the Estate has been enhanced with luxurious fabrics and lavish bathrooms.
The George
The George typifies luxury at every level. Extensive facilities, comprehensive service, excellent quality and attention to detail. Experience signature service with our one-to-one guest ratio and consistent, personalised service. With an award-winning restaurant, 50 Bistro and a beautiful setting and 5-star comfort The George are delightfully yours.

Journeys featuring Christchurch

Classic Gourmet NZ
From the paddock to the plate, on this classic gourmet Food and Culture tour of New Zealand’s North and South Islands.

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