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Christchurch

Christchurch is a stunning combination of English heritage, epic natural surroundings and innovative local attractions. The city seamlessly mixes botanic gardens with microbreweries, street art with charming cafe-lined streets and hiking with shopping-filled strolls. Plan where to go with our Christchurch travel guide.

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Frequent Flyer program

Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn and use Qantas Points in Australia and around the world and can earn Status Credits on eligible flights.

Places to stay

For New Zealand’s second biggest city, Christchurch offers plenty of value accommodation options that will suit every kind of traveller. Staying in the Inner City of Christchurch, at one of the many hotels like The George or Eco Villa, will put you in the perfect position to wander to many of the city’s main attractions, cute cafes and shopping precincts.

On the outskirts of Christchurch is the eccentric suburb of Lyttelton where you can find a little cottage or Airbnb to base yourself while exploring the weekend farmers market, cool coffee spots and quirky stores. If you plan on hitting the road, hiring a campervan is a fantastic way to see the city before exploring the surrounding countryside. After a proper seaside retreat? Governors Bay Hotel in Governors Bay is a colonial beauty that’s ready and waiting to be your idyllic harbourside haven.

If you’re visiting to hit the slopes, there are plenty of lodges, holiday houses and resorts scattered around the super fun ski runs of Mt Hutt and the nearby town of Methven. So whether you’ve come to discover Christchurch or are using it as a gateway to the rest of the South Island, the city and its surrounds are filled with plenty of great places to stay.

Things to do

Embrace the English heritage of the city by setting off on a double-decker bus or Edwardian-style punt around town. Strolling is also a great way to explore the laneways laden with boutiques, like Ballantynes, Infinite Definite and HAPA in The BNZ Centre, that fill the inner city. For those that like to admire things of beauty instead of buying them, a trip to the award-winning Christchurch Botanic Gardens is a relaxing respite from the inner-city.

If you’d prefer to spend your day by the sea, the seaside suburb of Sumner is a popular local spot to get a fish and chips fix on the beach. Swap the seaside for the mountains at unique and semi-remote Christchurch Adventure Park which offers some of the country’s best mountain bike trails, stunningly scenic zipline tour, and a walking track with a free chairlift back to the bottom. For all things creative and cultural, you must visit The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora which is an iconic landmark of the city and has an intriguing variety of collections.

As a city that’s continually reinvigorating and reinventing itself while remaining true to its deeply etched past, you’ll always find something new in Christchurch.

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Disclaimer: ++ Status Credits are earned on eligible Qantas, Jetstar, oneworld® member and oneworld connect® airlines only - see the Airline Earning Tables and Qantas Frequent Flyer program Terms and Conditions for details. Status Credits may not be earned on some fare types and booking classes. 

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Disclaimer: #You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.