Guide48 Hours Christchurch

There’s nothing like the promise of a full weekend ahead. We’ve already curated the best way to spend 12 hours in Christchurch, but if you have a little more time to spare, we have no shortage of ideas. From buzzing city cafes, quirky gallery exhibits, seaside walks and memorable meals, not a moment will feel wasted.

The Rollickin Gelato ape.

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Shopping in the CBD

Christchurch CBD

What would a holiday be without a little retail therapy? The Christchurch CBD offers easy access to some of the best boutiques and shopping centres the city has to offer, including Infinite Definite (for men and womens clothing), RUBY (for womens) Head over Heels (for shoes), and Ballantynesa lux department store that offers everything from designer handbags to amazing homewares.

Clothes on racks at Infinite/Definite.

2:30pm: Head to Port Lyttelton

Port Lyttelton

Over the Port Hills you’ll find the quirky suburb of Lyttelton, a place where charming, historic homes are nestled atop steep streets overlooking the industrial harbour and the main drag is dotted with eccentric bars, cafes, and shops. Make the most of this excursion with a pit stop at The Tannerya chic retail hub set in a glass atriumwhere you can enjoy the the fresh blooms at Mrs. Bottomleys Flowers, or pick up a few goodies from Food for Thought, a pantry refillery and retail store that provides high quality, eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products.

When you arrive in Lyttleton, make sure to visit Henry Trading, a thoughtful shop brimming with gifts, candles, ceramics, natural body products, woollen goods, toys, kitchen tools, desk supplies and more. Not far down the road is Lyttelton Coffee Co, a cafe suited for all seasons with a cosy wood burner for winter, and an expansive deck with views of the Banks Peninsula in warmer months.

Looking towards the Lyttelton Harbour from Lyttelton Coffee Company.

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