Christchurch cathedral is among the various places to see and explore in the city of Christchurch. Built between 1864 and 19040, it's a deconsecrated Anglican cathedral situated in the center of the city. The New Zealand Historic Places Trust has declared the cathedral as category 1 heritage site on 7 April 1983. Its design is highly influenced by Mountfort. Though it was destroyed repeatedly by earthquakes, it remains as one of the major tourist attractions of New Zealand.
Christchurch botanic garden
Situated adjacent to Avon River next to Hagley Park, Christchurch botanic garden is spread across 21 hectares. It has variety of exotic and local plants of New Zealand. Some of the attractions of this garden includes - botanic garden visitors center, The herb garden, The central rose garden, Cunningham house, and water garden, among others. The garden hosts more than 250 varieties of roses. It is a peaceful place to explore as well as to spend some quality time.
Orana Wildlife park
Orana Wildlife park is the largest wildlife sanctuary and also the only open range zoo. It is situated on the outskirts of Christchurch. Orana Wildlife park covers an area of 80 hectares and take cares of more than 400 animals across 70 species. You can take a close look of animals through jungle safari on a truck mounted cage. The park is home to New Zealand's only gorillas. It is a must visit place for animal lovers.
Hagley Park is the largest urban open space park you will find in Christchurch that is spread across 164 hectares. This public park was created in 1855 and named after Hagley, the country estate of Lord Lyttelton. The park is known to host number of events including Australian open, Great Industrial Exposition of 1882, open air concerts, and many more. You can also indulge in sports activities such as golfing, cricket, and netball at the park.
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is an animal as well as nature reserve in the city of Christchurch. The park takes cares of native species that includes tuatara, kiwi, brown teal, and duvaucel's gecko. You can also spot the only pair of Tahake at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. It is one of the best tourist places to see in Christchurch.
Air Force museum
The Air force museum of New Zealand is situated at Wigram, the RNZAF's first operational base. It was formerly known as The Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum. It was opened on 1 April 1987 on the occasion of RNZAF 50th anniversary. The museum preserves national collection of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The museum also holds objects from former enemy forces, aircraft, aircraft components, aircraft engines, large objects, and textiles among others.
Port Hills are a range of hills located in Canterbury, between the city of Christchurch and its port at Lyttelton. Its breathtaking view and lush green vegetation is a treat for trekkers. You can explore the diverse range of wildlife and plants here. Native birds like the bellbird fantail, silvereye, grey warbler and shining cuckoo are often spotted at Port Hills.
International Antarctic Centre
The International Antarctic Centre is not only one of the major tourist attractions in the city but it is among the most unique ways to have a good time here. The centre shells a lot of details about the journey and excursion. The best part about the simulator is the amazing 4D experience that you will get. There are very few places where you can experience authentic 4D content and this is one of them.