Guide12 Hours Christchurch

Christchurch is home to top of the line retail, quality eating and drinking establishments, and plenty of activities to nourish body and soul. So whether you’re treating yourself, exploring the rebuilding city, or simply after a fresh take of the city, Christchurch is forever full of surprises. 

A photo of the staircase at the Christchurch Arts Centre.

The best things to see, eat, and do in Christchurch

In this 12 Hour Guide, we stroll around Christchurch's hottest new additions as well as old-time favourites, enjoying a bit of art and culture, some wining and dining (okay, a lot), and a good dose of retail therapy. With a free day up your sleeve, you’ll find plenty to go mad for.


If you’re lucky, Christchurch will have put on one of its famous bluebird mornings for you. So roll out of bed, wipe the sleep from your eyes, and hit the streets to catch some of the city’s best worms.


By now you’ve worked off your morning feast and are ready to do it all again… luckily you’re in just the right spot to fill the gap.


Christchurch may have undergone some serious changes, but you’ll still find a bucket load of history at its heart. If it’s a hit of heritage you’re after, follow us inside these grand art and cultural establishments for a discovery of artisan wares, one-off goods, luxurious services, and show-stopping exhibitions.


With so many distinctive venues to choose from, spend your evening bouncing from one rad place to the next. Enjoy beers in the sun, out-of-this-world degustation dining, after-dinner treats and cocktails that look too good to drink (who are we kidding).

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