Christchurch is a city for those in the know. Yes it’s a wonderful launchpad to the South Island; but it is also one of the world’s coolest cities in its own right. Here are some of our suggestions:


Just 45 minutes North of the City is the Waipara Valley, home to some of New Zealand’s premium wine growers. Take a daytrip to visit one (or multiple!) vineyards to learn, and of course taste, not just their wine but delicious local cuisine as well. Enjoy walking or biking through the vineyards or visit the Iron Ridge Quarry to tour their outdoor sculpture park.