CHC Institutions We Love

Lots of people sitting outside at Smash Palace, Christchurch.
Still going strong after 10 plus years, and there's a whole multitude of reasons why.

Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House

Kate Sheppard House exterior.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Discover the home of NZ icon, Kate Sheppard.

Dead Video

Dead Video sign.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

If you’re wondering — did streaming kill the video star? — the answer is not quite, thanks to neat people like Evan at Dead Video.

Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing

View of the counter at Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing studio in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

A contemporary tattoo and body-piercing studio in the Arts Centre.

Fiksate

View of the gallery with woman working in the distance at Fiksate in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Fiksate provides an unexpected hotspot for Christchurch’s love of urban art.

Canterbury Museum

Dinosaur skull on display at Canterbury Museum in downtown Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Home to a mammoth 2.3 million-object collection, regularly changing special exhibitions, children’s area Discovery, a top floor café with garden views and a quality store, there is always something new to discover at Canterbury Museum.

The Court Theatre

Place Christchurch & Canterbury

There is something for everyone at The Court with shows ranging from comedy to musical, mystery to children’s theatre, improv to Māori and Pasifika plays.

The Arts Centre

The exterior of a building at the Christchurch Arts Centre.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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A much-loved heritage hub for all things creative and cultural, Christchurch’s Arts Centre is a real jewel in the city’s crown.

Isaac Theatre Royal

The Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch at night.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

The iconic Isaac Theatre Royal is so much more than just a theatre.

The Physics Room

Ivy on wall outside The Physics Room.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

The Physics Room is well worth a visit.

Little River Art Gallery

Interior view of Little River Gallery.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

The Little River Gallery showcases preeminent New Zealand talent across oil on canvas, bronze, cast glass and sculpture mediums.

CoCA

Man viewing paintings at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

A slick and ultra-modern art gallery space in the centre of Christchurch.

The National

A woman browsing a drawer of rings.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

The National has been at the forefront of the contemporary art scene in Christchurch for over a decade.

Christchurch’s Art Galleries and Where To Grab a Drink Afterwards

Man looking art at CoCA.
From heritage spaces to dealer galleries, here are the best places to get your dose of art culture in Christchurch, and where to grab a drink afterwards.

Christchurch Art Gallery

Exterior curved glass building of the Christchurch Art Gallery.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Locals and visitors alike have the pleasure of viewing some of the best art in New Zealand and the world here.

8 Kid-friendly Spots in Christchurch for Your next Family Day Out

Woman with two children walking through the botanical gardens in Christchurch.
Head to any of these Christchurch locations for parent and kid friendly experiences sure to delight on all levels.

Where To Find The Best Architecture in Christchurch

Exterior view of The Arts Centre.
Contemporary, Modernist, Gothic Revival, Renaissance, there’s no shortage of striking architecture to see in Christchurch.

8 Unique Date Ideas in Christchurch

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Whether you've just met on Hinge or been together longer than The Rolling Stones, here are a few ideas for date night that isn't dinner and a movie.

How to Spend the Perfect Night Out in Christchurch CBD

Here's your guide to the Christchurch CBD after dark.

6 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Christchurch

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While Valentine's Day may be considered a polarising holiday, we’re not ones to pass up an excuse to get out into our fair city alongside someone we love.

Explore New Zealand's most beautiful street

People sitting around down New Regent Street.
A stroll down colourful, pedestrianised New Regent Street in Christchurch will instantly transport you to a bygone era.