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Art Gallery
“The modern gallery houses many New Zealand famous artists as well as collections of foreign art. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Park
“I love Hagley Park. It has been a big part of my life ever since I attended school in Christchurch. We walked through Little Hagley to get to school, I ran around North Hagley to get fit and we played hockey in South Hagley when it was still played on grass! To own a city pad with Hagley Park on its doorstep feels like I'm coming home - a massive green space in a vibrant city. ”
  • 101 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“2. Visit The Canterbury Museum Boasting a fine collection of artefacts that span New Zealand’s natural and cultural history, Canterbury Museum is a great spot to visit if you’re wanting to learn more about the region’s heritage and the people and events that have helped to shape it over time. Featuring a wide selection of permanent exhibitions focusing on subjects as broad as Antarctic exploration, Asian arts, geology, and early European settlement, as well as an ever changing lineup of special exhibitions. ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Park
“Magnificent gardens covering a large area and with tour guides available to take you round. Or punt or canoe on the River Avon that winds itself through the city and gardens.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Health & Beauty Service
“The Tannery is a gorgeous place to shop! If you are looking for boutique New Zealand made stores set on a historic site with Victorian Architecture to die for this is the place for you! Shops I recommend include - Happa... for New Zealand gifts The Recycle Boutique.... preloved quality designer clothes... my favourite!”
  • 126 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“The museum is constantly changing. It houses collections particularly relevant to Canterbury's history. A replica Victorian Street, and Antarctic displays among many others.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Food Court
“Not your usual food court . Yummy food and a great atmosphere. Can get quite busy though, so arrive early if you want to beat the crowds. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great place to see kiwi, eels and up get up close and personal with farmyard animals. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Playground
“Amazing playground for big kids and little kids plus check out New Regent Street and the ice cream shop called Rollicking Gelato!”
  • 48 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“While a trip to the mall is enough to make me shudder if I'm not in the mood, my 12-year old daughter LOVES Riccarton Mall. In fact, she's planning a city escape with her besties for her next birthday and top of the list is shopping right here! Packed with plenty of high street stores, don't expect to find something unique, but if it's a shopping fix you're after, this is your one-stop (big) shop.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Casino
“Head here for entertainment including gaming, food and drinks. Also has live entertainment. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Beach
“Go for a surf or a walk along this local beach. Check out the cute small town of Sumner. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Café
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“The best coffee in Christchurch. Fun, quirky central city cafe featuring breakfast grub and sliders delivered by pneumatic tubes! ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Asian fusian, so delicious, make sure you get the spinach starter and the fresh tuna salad, sooooo good. You won’t regret it, hv to book. 10 min walk from here on Victoria street”
  • 36 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“New Zealand’s largest collection of Category 1 heritage buildings. Once the University of Canterbury, the Arts Centre is now a place to eat, drink, and visit galleries. The Centre was significantly damaged in the 2010/11 earthquakes but its rebuild is now past the halfway point. There’s a Rollickin’ Gelato outlet there and also Lumiere, an amazing boutique cinema with a lovely cocktail bar. Sir Ernest Rutherford (the man who first split the atom) went to university there, and one of the Centre’s many attractions include a visit to his ‘den’ – a must-do for science/physics/astronomy fans. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Nature
“This is a great walk. Swing bridge over the beautiful river .Well planned out walk.”
  • 34 locals recommend