Free Things To Do in Christchurch Ōtautahi

A group of adults looking intently at a colourful painting on a wall at Christchurch Art Gallery.
Even without spending a cent, you can enjoy the rich history and beautiful landscape that Christchurch has to offer.

Colony

Shelves of mead at Colony, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Nestled in the corner of The Crossing precinct in Christchurch, you’ll find Colony, mighty fine purveyors of all things honey.

Telling Tales

Books on shelves and seating area at Telling Tales, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Igniting the love of reading in children is a magical gift and one that Telling Tales know plenty about.

Shelf Home + Gifts

Exterior of Shelf, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Anyone looking for a gift in Christchurch should head to Shelf Home + Gifts on the Cashmere Hills.

General Post

Interior view of shop General Post, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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You’ll find a few golden nuggets interspersed around Tai Tapu, and General Post is one of them.

The Juniper Collective

Close up of Awildan gin on top of a barrel at The Juniper Collective, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

The Juniper Collective on Cashel Street is a beacon for Aotearoa gin.

Mr Mod

Pair of white armchairs at Mr Mod, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

A beautiful vintage furniture store specialising in mid-century modern design.

Smith's Bookshop

Woman looking at books at Smith's Bookshop, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Tucked away in the elegant corridors of The Tannery, you’ll...

La Voute

Vintage chair with retro painting of clown's face behind it at La Voute, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

La Voute, French for "The Vault", certainly lives up to its name. While the showroom for this vintage furniture and homewares shop may be a little off the beaten path, it only makes the underground space feel even more transportive.

The Mediterranean Food Company

Table with pizza and glasses of red wine at Mediterranean Food Company, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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 Down the industrial eastern end of Tuam Street in an old brickery is a secluded slice of Italy.

A&C Homestore

Mirror reflection at AC Homestore in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Walking into the A&C Homestore feels a bit like coming home.

Ride On Super Sound

Lots of records for sale at Ride On Super Sound.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Ride on Super Sound is a treasure trove of records, comics, zines waiting for you.

The Potagers Red House

Exterior view of The Potagers Red House.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Discover a world of escapism and beauty at The Potagers Red House.

Get the Glow with Christchurch's Best Facials

A woman draped in a blue towel getting a facial  at Total Body Concept in Christchurch.
There’s no better time than the present to get your glow on with a facial from one of Christchurch's best facialists. With specialists in all corners of the city, a facial is the perfect way to relax, rejuvenate and refresh. Catering to all skin-types, and genders alike, your next pamper session is sure to leave you feeling lit from within, while giving your skin the tender love and care that it needs.

PLUME

Exterior of PLUME.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Makes a strong case for the enduring value of a bespoke and compelling retail experience.

PERRIAM

Close up of ugg boots.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Step into Perriam’s Cashel Street store and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Otago high country.

Speedcube NZ

Speedcubes on display.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

When the clock strikes 3pm, Speedcube NZ comes alive.

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.

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.

Head over Heels

Shoes and bags on display at Head Over Heels in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

With New Zealand and international labels abound, expect plenty of classic shoe designs, mixed with fashion-forward options from the latest collections of top designers.

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.

Frederick Woodwards Barber Shop

Two empty chairs at Frederick Woodward's Barber Shop in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Head to Woodwards for an old-fashioned barber experience like no other.

Henry Trading

Anglepoise lamp with candles stocked on the shelves at Henry Trading, Lyttelton.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

A must-visit spot brimming with homewares and more made by good people.

O-Studio

A waiting area inside O-Studio in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

An unique concept, O-Studio is the work of three locals with a wide array of experiences in the world of sport, meditation, yoga and well-being.

Frances Nation

Homewares on display at Frances Nation shop in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

A store devoted to celebrating beautiful, made-to-last daily wares from New Zealand makers.

Recycle Boutique Christchurch

Staff picks rack.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Recycle Boutique challenges the status quo as one part designer boutique, one part second hand shop and one part sustainable shopping option.

Harakeke Florist

Dried flower wreath hanging on wall at Harakeke Florist in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

This one-of-a-kind floral shop by the seashore is the product of creativity and appreciation for native foliage, Sumner and the greater Christchurch community.

Canterbury Brewers' Collective

People sitting on chairs around the counter  at Canterbury Brewers Collective.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Canterbury Brewers’ Collective at Riverside Market is your CBD spot for takeaway brews, cold pints and free-flowing chat over which to find your new favourite pour.

Three Boys Brewery

Woman pulling a pint using large wooden handles.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Three Boys Brewery produces some 35,000 litres of beer annually has its finger on the pulse with the latest trends as well as old time favourites.

GoodFor

Close up of jars with herbs and spices at GoodFor in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Step inside the stunning GoodFor store at The Welder and you’re bound to feel like a kid in a package-free candy store.

Bohemian Bakery Central City

Brick facade of the Bohemian Bakery.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Bohemian Bakery’s second storefront is a cozy enclave filled with the smells and sounds of a traditional bakery, like the ever popular Portuguese tart and crusty loaves.

Quirky Christmas Shopping in Christchurch

Person standing by presents under the tree.
Nary a big-box gift insight, we’ve curated a list of alternative shops that will make your Christmas gift-giving one-of-a-kind.

The Welder

A courtyard full of plants with two hanging white chairs.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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The Welder is a unique health and wellbeing centre in stunningly repurposed buildings in the heart of South Town.

Riverside Market

Riverside market by the Avon
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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This unique Christchurch establishment brings fresh produce, artisan bakeries, independent food stalls, rooftop bars and restaurants, high-class retail and eclectic market stalls all under one roof.

J'aime les Macarons

Blue shop exterior and glass cabinet of J’aime les macarons in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Hundreds of colourful macarons with punchy and interesting flavours are produced out of the J’aime les macarons kitchen each day.

Old School Collective

The cafe at the Old School Collective in North Canterbury.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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This collective of lifestyle businesses in North Canterbury has turned a 140-year-old school into a dream destination just north of Christchurch.

9 Best Independent New Zealand Florists to Celebrate Spring

Close up of a bouquet.
Are you ready for a fresh bunch of blooms as we head into Spring? Here's where to go for your floral fix.

Grater Goods

Two woman dining at Grater Goods in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Found in an old glass factory in Sydenham’s industrial blocks, you'll find everything from sausages to bacon and steak - just the more humane and sustainable kind.

Beauty at the Tannery

Looking through a window to florals and interior at Beauty at the Tannery in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Beauty at the Tannery specialises in all your beauty essentials. The treatment menu is overflowing with exciting options for your body and face.

J Friend & Co

Close up of person pulling up fresh Honey comb oozing honey.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Find local honey with as little intervention as possible at Christchurch honey business, J Friend & Co.

Rekindle

Entrance showing shop sign and doorway.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

This is a place for craft, for making things. Rekindle is focused on creating opportunities for resourcefulness – making what we need from what we have around us.

Pepa Stationery

Close up of pencils and dog post-it notes from Pepa Stationery, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Pepa is a very special store brimming with a collection of the most beautiful and user-friendly stationery from around the world.

Shopology

Shelve of warm winter scarfs at Shopology.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Shopology is a collaborative retail space, where talented artisans, makers and designers come together.

Whisky Galore

Assistant helping customer at Whisky Galore.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Whisky Galore's commitment to providing New Zealand’s most unique whisky experience is beyond compare.

Groovy Glasses

Woman in orange top trying on sunglasses at Groovy Glasses in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

The philosophy at Groovy Glasses is simple: No Boring Specs Allowed.

Mrs Bottomley's Flowers

View of the shop exterior surrounded by greenery at Mrs Bottomley's Flowers in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Floral creations from Mrs Bottomley’s flowers are natural and soulful, as if one had wandered through a magnificent garden and picked just the right elements for the perfect bunch.

Indigo & Provisions

Interior view of the historic windows and leather chesterfield at Indigo & Provisions, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Indigo & Provisions is a specialised fashion store inspired by traditional work-wear, heritage styles and high quality.

Untouched World

Close up of shoes and book on display.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

The only fashion company in the world to be recognised by the United Nations for sustainability, Untouched World is a true leader in the field of ethical lifestyle fashion.

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.

How to Support Christchurch Retail Businesses

Inside view of Harakeke Florist.
A directory of where and how to shop local Christchurch retailers post-lockdown.

BOXed Quarter

People hanging out in the lanes at The Boxed Quarter Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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A hub for all things food, creativity and culture, BOXed Quarter thinks outside the square.

RUBY Christchurch

The entrance to Ruby clothing store in Central Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Timeless, beautiful and instantly recognisable, Ruby is one of New Zealand’s favourite brands.

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.

Embassy

Skateboards and shoes on display at Embassy in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Peruse the likes of Adidas, Vans, Element, and Lower’s latest lines all stocked in store, or choose from more than 50 other international and New Zealand brands.

7 Must-shop Menswear Stores in Christchurch

Close up of CDG play shirts at PLUME.
The Christchurch menswear scene has graduated from jeans and a t-shirt, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Action Bicycle Club

The building which is home to Action Bicycle Club in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

A specialist shop offering rentals, repairs, retro bikes for sale and an array of contemporary biking accessories.

Stencil

The shop area.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Variety is the spice of life, and you’ll certainly find something to spice up your wardrobe at Stencil.

University Bookshop

Entrance to the University of Canterbury Bookshop.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Nestled amongst the towering gum trees, manicured gardens and delightful river, the University Bookshop offers a vibrant shopping experience.

The Tannery

The atrium of The Tannery in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Prepared to be wowed by the sophisticated one-stop-shop that is The Tannery.

Nicola Quinn Beauty and Day Spa

Produce being applied to a face during a facial at Nicola Quinn Beauty and Day Spa in Merivale, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

For indulgence from your head down to your toes, pop along to this Merivale day spa.

Infinite Definite

Shop assistant inside Infinite Definite in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Cool kicks, clothing and lifestyle goods find themselves a home here, and with over 60 different designers in stock, there is something for everyone.

Renaissance

Treatment room at Renaissance.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

From expert facial therapy to massages, and everything beauty and skin related in between, there’s a treatment for everyone.

Scorpio Books

Entrance to Scorpio books.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

The city's best independent bookshop, come here for the latest and greatest novels and non-fiction.

Mod's Hair

A woman blow drying hair inside Mod's Merivale hairdresser in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Let’s be honest – lovely as they both are – Merivale and Paris aren’t exactly twins. But thanks to Mod's Hair, the two places are connected just that little bit more.

How to Spend an Afternoon in New Brighton

Pierside building sign in New Brighton.
Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside (in New Brighton) and here's a whole bunch of reasons why.

Shhh, We've Discovered New Zealand’s Best Hidden Laneways

David Bowie mural on Hannah's Laneway in Wellington.
Go beyond the guidebooks and explore our favourite secret laneways. You won't regret it.

Go Plastic-Free With These 10 NZ Homeware Brands

Inside the GoodFor store.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite online resources throughout New Zealand to help you towards plastic-free bliss.

Back Local These Holidays with Our Christchurch Shopping and Gifting Guide

Interior view of Co.locale.
Shopping local is a treat with so many offerings around Christchurch. Make a day of it and revel in the diverse range of shops, price points, and offerings, all while supporting the spirit of Ōtautahi.

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.

Discovering contemporary New Zealand ceramists

Kiwis love getting their hands dirty, and working with clay is a popular discipline among artisan creatives looking to make functional and interesting works of art.

Where to Shop for Mother's Day in Christchurch

homewares at Frances Nation
Just one day of the year feels inadequate to celebrate all of the things our wonderful mums do. But since there is just one day and it’s this Sunday (9th May), you’d better make it a goodie.

Show Your Home Some Love with New Zealand's Best Online Homewares Stores

Homewares neatly displayed on shelves inside Everyday Needs in Auckland.
Spending heaps of time at home feels like the new normal. Luckily, these New Zealand homeware brands offer an array of goods to spruce up that very environment for maximum enjoyment.