Christchurch Attractions/Things to do.
Make sure you take a little time to check out what Christchurch has achieved since the earthquakes. The changes are phenomenal and they have embraced the opportunity to 'build their city anew'.
1. International Antarctic Centre
Penguins, Real Snow & Ice, Antarctic Storms & Much More. Easy Online Booking! Free Penguin City Shuttle. Fun For All Ages. Award Winning Attraction. The Coolest Fun Around. Interactive Fun. Free Onsite Car Parking. Open Daily* Services: HD Theatre, Penguins, Husky Zone, Hagglund Ride.
38 Orchard Rd (between Memorial Ave and Waireakei Rd) Christchurch Airport
Call Free: 0508 736 4846
Ph: 03 357 0519
2. Cardboard Cathedral
The Cardboard Cathedral, formally called the Transitional Cathedral, in Christchurch, New Zealand, is the transitional pro-cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch, replacing ChristChurch Cathedral, which was significantly damaged in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.Wikipedia
Address: 234 Hereford St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011
3. Hit the Shops
Check out Cashel Mall and The Crossing for boutiques, global chain stores, fashion, beauty and food places
4. Take a Bike Tour
Find a bike to hire or take a tour.
Chill do a two hour daily tour of Chch with a local guide on urban classic bikes.
Address: Awly Building, 287 Durham Street North, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013
5. Discover public installations
There are multiple public installations designed by the Gap Filler trust. These include The RAD Bikes public workshop and the Dance-O-Mat.
The Dance-O-Mat is a coin operated dance floor that anyone can use. A coin-operated ex-laundromat washing machine powers four speakers which surround a custom-made dance floor.To use the Dance-O-Mat, people bring any device with a headphone jack such as an Ipod, phone or Mp3 player and plug it into the converted washing machine, insert $2 to activate the power and get dancing!Gap Filler created this project to respond to the lack of spaces for dance post-quake and bring people, life and energy back to the central city. Thousands of people have used the Dance-O-Mat, even Prince Charles and Camilla in November 2012 on their Royal Jubilee tour. With dancing ranging from salsa to flamenco, break dance, swing, ceroc, belly dancing, random all-ages discos and the SUPERHERO DANCE SQUAD, Dance-O-Mat brought many smiles to people’s faces, right up against the red zone. Local choreographers and teachers also used the floor to work out in the open with their students.The Dance-O-Mat was first located on a vacant site in 2012 and has occupied three different gaps in the city since then. This project in its first iteration was extremely successful, getting 600 hours of use at our best guess (based on the $2 coins collected) across 3 months. It currently shares the vacant site on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo Streets with Julia Morrison’s artwork Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers which was commissioned by CCC and realised as part of SCAPE 2013. The team and a crew of volunteers have worked really hard to get the floor back in time for Christmas (2013). We’ve had people asking us for weeks when it’s coming it, so we know people are keen to see it back! This is Gap Filler’s Christmas present to the city.
6. Walk in the Parks
Hagley parks and the City Promenade along the east side of the Avon River
Turanga is a 21st century library, with a media studio, a 7 metre touch screen discovery wall.
There are many galleries including the glass panelled building; Te Puna o Waiwhetu and much street art and murals.
Urban farmers are making use of vacant inner city garden plots to produce vegetable and fruit produce and will be taking up a spot at the new farmers market.
10. Gondola Rides
11. Explore the city via Trams
12. Punt the Avon