Colorful New Regent Street is full of restaurants and cafés.
As of this writing, Americans are unable to visit New Zealand due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, so consider this story as a way to plan for future trips.
One of the only large cities on New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch is often a jumping off point for road trips due to its location—head south to Lake Tekapo and Queenstown, north to Kaikoura and Nelson or west to Arthur’s Pass National Park and the West Coast—but that doesn’t mean it’s not a destination in its own right. Whether you’re sticking around for a few days or just passing through as part of a larger trip, here are four of my favorite things to do in this exciting South Island city.
Learn About The Area’s History Of Earthquakes
Christchurch Cathedral, a striking reminder of the power of nature in the city center.
On September 4, 2010 and February 22, 2011, the Canterbury region experienced a series of catastrophic 7.1 and 6.3 earthquakes that changed the area forever—you can still see a powerful example of the damage they caused to Christchurch Cathedral, pictured above. Learn all about the earthquakes and how residents rose to the challenge of rebuilding at Quake City, then reflect on the lives of the 185 people who perished at the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial and the heartbreaking 185 Empty White Chairs art installation at Cashel and Madras Streets.
Visit Art And History Museums For Free