Discover Christchurch & Canterbury

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Where to Find Us

Christchurch is the gateway to New Zealand’s South Island, with the world-class Christchurch International Airport located just 15 minutes’ drive to the city centre.  Come and see for yourself the creativity and vibrancy of our wonderful small city, which Lonely Planet has singled out as one of the top 10 places in the world to visit.  Travelling to and from Christchurch and within the Canterbury region is accessible and easy, with numerous transport options.

Scenic Highlights

Christchurch city is vibrant and ever-evolving. It is rich with natural blessings – a beautiful coastline, a meandering river, and undulating hills.  Journey a short distance out of Christchurch and you will find lush vineyards, alpine hot pools, snowy peaks, and an ancient volcanic peninsula dotted with charming townships, hidden bays and breath taking views. Regional destinations like the French-influenced settlement of Akaroa, the thermal resort of Hanmer Springs, the natural wonderland of Kaikoura, the winter resort of Methven including Mt Hutt ski field, and Mackenzie’s starry skies offer fabulous options for business events.

What's On

World Buskers Festival – January

New Zealand Jazz and Blues Festival – May

New Zealand Cup and Show Week – November

Christchurch Arts Festival - biennial – August/September 2017

Conference Venues & Facilities

Christchurch and the Canterbury region has plenty to offer those planning business events, including several new hotels and unique venues. The city and wider region can cater for small executive meetings to large conferences and events. There are a range of options both in the CBD, close to the airport, and in the wider Canterbury region. By 2019 Christchurch will boast a new state-of-the-art convention centre with a capacity for 1500 delegates, in a new-look central business district that will be the envy of cities around the world.


As a major New Zealand city Christchurch, and the Canterbury region, offers a variety of accommodation suitable for conferencing, events, meetings and incentive travel.  Choose from a diverse range of options from central city hotels, motels and apartments, to 5 star boutique properties and luxury executive retreats.   

Unforgetable Experiences


Christchurch and Canterbury offers a multitude of experiences to suit any traveller.  Relax in thermal hot pools and be pampered in a boutique spa.  Marvel at the night sky at the Aoraki Mt Cook International Dark Sky Reserve.  Delight your taste-buds on an award-winning food and wine trail.  

If the outdoors is your thing, enjoy the thrills of a jet boat ride on one of the mighty Canterbury rivers.  Soar high above the foothills in a hot air balloon or take a helicopter or fixed wing scenic flight over the Southern Alps including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook.  Get up close to incredible wildlife on a whale watch tour or dolphin swimming.  Immerse yourself amongst incredible natural landscapes while on a boat trip or kayaking on a glacier lake, or while skiing one of Canterbury’s 13 ski fields, or simply by enjoying the many walking, hiking and biking trails around the region.