Things to see and do in the South Island, NZ

Christchurch is the ideal place to use as your base for discovering Canterbury, the West Coast and much of the South Island.

Alternatively it's a great place to start your New Zealand holiday experience.

Fly into Christchurch International Airport, or travel down the country from Auckland by car, motorhome, train or bus.

Make sure you have allowed plenty of time to see the South Island - it might not be large compared to Australia or the United States, but it is crammed with experiences, vistas to stop and photograph and some of the world's best wines and food.

The best holiday adventures are to be found off the main highways, so feel free to explore outside of your comfort zone - you'll be glad you did.

Planning Ahead

Our reception team are well trained in the best places to see and things to do around Christchurch, Canterbury and the South Island, and are happy to help you plan your trip and book ahead if necessary.

For the complete Christchurch shopping experience, check out our shopping page to get an idea of the best places to shop, browse and buy - as well as some tips about the most interesting places in the city to find cafes, bars and restaurants.

And our sightseeing page gives you an overview of what you can get to within up to 2 hours drive from our location near central Christchurch.

For example the popular tourist locations of Akaroa and Hanmer Springs are an easy drive of less than 1.5 hours away, which makes them ideal for a day trip from Christchurch.

We've also brought together some of the places to eat and drink around the city, and our blog (inside the Social Hub) regularly features coming events, festivals, activities and new places to shop, dine or enjoy.

Give us a call

If you have any questions about planning your stay or booking activities, please feel free to contact us by email or on our toll free number 0800 396 323.