Christchurch is a must-see city if you have come to the South Island of New Zealand, but what if you only have 24 hours to explore? We recommend keeping your plans to the minimum and using public transportation to get around as fast as possible.
Purchase a day ticket for the Christchurch historic tram tour, you will be able to see the city center as well as many of the touristic attractions. This ticket will allow you to hop on and off the bus as many times as you want and whenever you want.
What to do in Christchurch
Before you head on your adventures make sure you have the energy by grabbing a cup of coffee at the Lyttelton Coffee Company which not only serves an amazing freshly ground coffee it also has a beautiful view of the port below.
After you have gotten some caffeine and maybe a slice of the traditional Pavlova cake for breakfast head to the historic tram and take a tour around the city.
-Snap a photo of Christchurch’s cardboard church which is a replica of the church that was destroyed during the earthquake in 2011;
-Stop by the Canterbury Museum and learn about the Māori culture and natural history;
-Step outside the Canterbury Museum and you will find yourself at the Botanic gardens filled with many plants and flowers that can only be found in New Zealand;
-Take the opportunity and experience the things you can do for free such as the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu;
Finish your night on the historic tram with a delicious meal served right on the spot. The tram serves a menu that consists of the finest ingredients from New Zealand.
Where to eat in Christchurch
Breakfast – if you want to start your day off properly visit the Luciano’s Espresso Bar, this place is known to cure even the heaviest hangovers and satisfy all of your cravings.
For an Instagram worthy breakfast you should visit the Hello Sunday café which is one of the most popular cafes in Christchurch with a rotating menu and stunning meals.
Lunch – for all the vegetarian travelers we have the place just for you, The Lotus-Heart Vegetarian Restaurant serves fully vegan, gluten-free and organic menus.
Support the local community by dining at the Addington Coffee Co-op, 70% of the profits are donated to the communities that suffer from poverty, exploitation, and injustice.
Dinner – head to the New Regent Street and grab dinner at the Twenty Seven Steps, this 3-course menu is a joy for your stomach as well as eyes. For the local seasonal produce visit 5th Street they excel not only in food but also in wine and craft beer choices.
If you are not ready to end your night just yet, grab a drink at Fat Eddie’s which is New Zealand’s favorite jazz club.
How to get there?
If you have landed at the International Christchurch airport you will find the city center 12 kilometers away. With an advanced public transportation system, get to the Christchurch center by bus which will only cost you $8,50 for a 35-minute ride. Take the Purple Line to the Christchurch Central Station, Route 29 to City via Fendalton or Route 125 to Redwood.
Alternatively, take a shuttle for $19 for a single ticket or $24 for 2 people. The most comfortable option is taking a taxi that will cost you around $50 and will only take you 15 minutes to get to the center of the city.
You can also use the car and campervan rental services at the airport if you are exploring New Zealand on your own and wish to access all the hidden treasures of the country.
Christchurch International Airport operates flights to and from Australia, China, Singapore, and Fiji as well as many domestic destinations.
International Airlines flying to Christchurch include Air New Zealand, China Southern Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Fiji Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia.