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Best things to do in Christchurch Central City

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Gallery
“Home to one of New Zealand's most important public art collections. The gallery houses a collection from classics to modern art, and regularly showcases works from New Zealand and internationally based artists.”
78 locals recommend
Park
“The large park in central Christchurch with great paths for walking , cycling and Lime scootering. ”
94 locals recommend
Park
“Enjoy a pleasant walk through Christchurch's botanical gardens. Visit the hot house, rose gardens and children's playground.”
58 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“2. Visit The Canterbury Museum Boasting a fine collection of artefacts that span New Zealand’s natural and cultural history, Canterbury Museum is a great spot to visit if you’re wanting to learn more about the region’s heritage and the people and events that have helped to shape it over time. Featuring a wide selection of permanent exhibitions focusing on subjects as broad as Antarctic exploration, Asian arts, geology, and early European settlement, as well as an ever changing lineup of special exhibitions. ”
59 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“A must see in Canterbury. Understand New Zealand's history and Maori culture. The quake city shows tells story about the Canterbury earthquake.”
64 locals recommend
Playground
“Open 24/7 - go after the kid's bedtime to play on the sophisticated equipment.”
38 locals recommend
Food Court
“Fun diverse food court. Modern and on trend foods....a great place for family groups.”
49 locals recommend
Casino
“New Zealand's first casino, there's No Better Place To Be! Christchurch Casino is an R20 all-inclusive entertainment venue with great value dining, exciting ways to play, live entertainment, awesome events, promotions, and giveaways.”
23 locals recommend
Café
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“Fabulous virant cafe in the heart of the city. great food, quirky atmosphere, excellent coffee!”
32 locals recommend
Park
“There's beautiful, different kind of flowers, huge trees. You can always go on a tree swing if you're lucky to find it :) Best date spot ever. ”
42 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Bus no: 28 on Cranford Street, 2 min walk opposite superliquor will take you into central city”
20 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Lunch and Dinner, Southeast Asian. Consistently popular, busy restaurant in peak times. Nice little bar joined. ”
36 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“They have the  most amazing soft tacos. The staff are  friendly and the food is simple yet  packed full of flavour. 20 minutes away in  the CBD.  ”
37 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“The Arts Centre offers Resourceful Skills Workshops to visitors, from $25 per session. Check out their website Rekindle.org.nz ”
37 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the changing face of the city centre as you are expertly guided gently along the Avon River on authentic Edwardian Punting tours. Kayaks are also available for hire from the Antigua Boat sheds if you would like to explore on your own. The Boatshed Cafe here is a good spot for breakfast, lunch, bite or coffee.”
27 locals recommend
Route
“This once a beautiful Church building was badly damaged by the 2011 February quake. ”
29 locals recommend