Destination guide

Keep calm and carry on with the fun in Christchurch

The largest city on New Zealand's South Island, and the nation's third biggest, Christchurch is a city built around the River Avon and long known as the country's most English-feeling urban centre. Once famous for its gothic cathedral, the area was struck by earthquakes between 2010 and 2012 that damaged some landmarks – including the cathedral – but inspired a rebuilding effort that's led to exciting new structures, public art projects, and a general spirit of camaraderie and creative optimism. Christchurch vacation rentals are an ideal home base for an exploration of this vibrant community.

Things to do

A veritable rainbow of art, history and natural beauty

Many Christchurch vacation rentals are sleek and modern, so you can head to the Canterbury Museum for a nice contrast. There are dinosaur bones, a mummy and an exhibit exploring a reproduction of the city in colonial times. The Botanic Gardens are another must-see, 30 hectares set along the river and, especially in spring, a cheerful colour explosion of azaleas, rhododendrons and daffodils. For more colourful sights, try the Christchurch Art Gallery, which reopened after the earthquakes with an impressive mix of traditional and contemporary work.

Activities

This city was made for walking (and biking and golf)

Christchurch is compact enough that you won't feel stranded if you don't have a car. Plus, it's set on level ground, so you can cycle through the streets without having to worry about huffing and puffing your way up steep hills. In the city centre, Cathedral Square is home to an information stand for travellers wanting to know the latest information about local festivals. You can explore the streets from there, keeping an eye out for some of the nifty outdoor art projects, gardens and the free mini-golf course set up across the city.

Weather

Walking weather year-round thanks to soft sea breezes

The temperate Oceanic climate in Christchurch provides visitors with mild summers, cool winters and enough rainfall to keep things green. Some Christchurch vacations rentals may come with air-conditioning, but you likely won't need it even in summer, as soothing sea breezes keep things cool, even when the air temps climb into the high 20s. If you're looking for bargain rates, book your vacation rental in winter, when temperatures can fall below freezing at night. Whatever the season, bring layers and rain gear just in case.

Natural highlights

Twisting rivers and tweeting birds keep you close to nature

Hagley Park is Christchurch's biggest public wilderness. Spread over 165 hectares, it's the perfect place to stroll along the Avon River or think romantic thoughts while picnicking beneath the cherry trees. North and east of the city are a few spots that draw nature lovers. The Groynes has walking trails lined with native and exotic plants, and the Styx Mill Conservation Reserve is a wetland hideaway for plants and the birds who like to nest in them. If you can't get enough birds, the Travis Wetland park will satisfy you with its 55 species of feathered friends.

How to get there

How to get to and around Christchurch

Fly into Christchurch (CHC-Christchurch Intl.), the closest airport, located 5.7 mi (9.2 km) from the city centre.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, you can make your way to Christchurch Railway Station.

Where to stay near Christchurch City?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 312 holiday rentals near Christchurch City. From 161 Houses to 58 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Christchurch City is on Stayz.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Christchurch City?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Christchurch City:

  • Christchurch Central: 97 holiday homes
  • Phillipstown: 26 holiday homes
  • Merivale: 51 holiday homes
  • Riccarton: 31 holiday homes
  • Sydenham: 28 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Christchurch City?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Christchurch City. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Chalice: 313 holiday rentals
  • New Brighton Beach: 310 holiday rentals
  • Westfield Riccarton Mall: 312 holiday rentals
  • Merivale Mall: 312 holiday rentals
  • Bridge of Remembrance: 313 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Christchurch City listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Christchurch City?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 161 Houses in Christchurch City. Our other popular types of Christchurch City holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 58 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 29 holiday houses
  • Bungalows: 29 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Christchurch City?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 14 holiday homes with pool available in Christchurch City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.