• Christchurch

Christchurch Holidays

Holidays in Christchurch take you to the southernmost city on New Zealand’s South Island. The island has a much smaller population than the north, giving you spectacular natural landscapes which are just waiting to be discovered.

Throughout the year you’ll find wonderful activities, ideal for explorers. In the winter, the mountains offer deep snow and fantastic conditions for skiing, while the summer months bring beautiful windflowers and kayaking, sailing, camping and more. If you prefer to relax, take in the views of Pegasus Bay as you enjoy a glass of local wine, or simply wander through the luscious streets of the ‘Garden City’.

Adventurous holidays in Christchurch

At Hayes & Jarvis, we’ll help you experience the best Christchurch holidays have to offer. Whether you want to relax, unwind and soak in the beautiful landscapes or get active and try some of the many adventures, we’ll help you build your ideal break.

For a luxurious holiday spent exploring everything the country has to offer, book our New Zealand Indulgence tour. Take in the city’s botanic gardens or explore this beautiful city with a guided walking tour. If you want to get to know the South Island better, choose the South Island Wanderer tour, which will take you from south to north, through spectacular landscapes and thriving cities.

Destination Highlights
  • Relax in Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • Enjoy views from Port Hills
  • Ski in the mountains
  • Visit the Māori Museum
  • Take a Railway tour
  • Visit the Geothermal pools

Time Zone

GMT +13

Flight Time

London Heathrow to Christchurch is around 24 hours. With one stop in Singapore. Some flights can be much longer depending on the stop-over destination and waiting time between flights.

Currency

New Zealand dollar (NZD)

Visa Information

UK citizens or passport holders do not need visas for trips up to six months.

Language

English

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

Christchurch Attractions

  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens

    Providing a quiet oasis in the heart of the city, Christchurch Botanic Gardens is beautifully landscaped and full of vibrant, colourful plants at any time of year. There are 10 gardens to explore, as well as an English oak tree which dates back to the gardens’ foundation in 1863. In the spring and summer the gardens are home to brightly coloured flowers, which give way to russets and oranges in the autumn. The winter season covers the gardens in a soft blanket of snow.

  • TranzAlpine Train

    Leaving from Christchurch and ending in Greymouth, the TranzAlpine train offers a fantastic way to see some of the south island’s most breath taking scenery. It will take you over sparkling rivers and through luscious valleys, over rugged mountains and to some of the island’s famous beech forests. Stop off in Springfield or Arthur’s Pass for hiking tours, or enjoy a picnic next to Lake Brunner.

  • Get Adventurous

    The landscapes surrounding Christchurch offer plenty of opportunities to get into the wilderness. Explore with hiking, mountain biking and horse riding, and take a picnic for a full day of fun. Sailing, mountain climbing and mountain biking are the ideal way to get active. For the ultimate daring adventure, sky diving and bungee jumping are also available.