Attractions Nearby Christchurch, Day Trips and Excursions

(Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand NZ)

Attractions Nearby ChristchurchChristchurch is close to many incredible tourist attractions, heritage sites, stunning scenery and areas of extreme beauty, all within easy reach of Christchurch city. Popular attractions nearby Christchurch include the regions, towns and cities of Lyttelton, the Banks Peninsula, North Canterbury, Central Canterbury and South Canterbury, all home to a wealth of attractions, such as mountains, lakes, walking / tramping trails, glaciers, skiing fields and museums. In, Kaikoura, within easy driving distance of Christchurch, it is even possible to swim with dolphins.

There is always a tremendous variety of attractions and things to see and do nearby Christchurch and day excursions around Christchurch, Canterbury and other nearby areas of New Zealand's South Island are extremely popular.

Attractions Nearby Christchurch


Situated to the south-east of Christchurch, Lyttelton is a small port town with a population of around 3,000 people. Just 12 km / 7 miles from the city centre, attractions at Lyttelton include:

Attractions Nearby Christchurch

Banks Peninsula

Originally created by giant volcano eruptions, the Banks Peninsula is a hilly area, close to Christchurch. Full of natural beauty spots, vineyards, gardens, mountainous regions and a wealth of flora and fauna, attractions at the Banks Peninsula include Le Bons Pigeon Harbour, Little Akaloa Bays, and the small town of Akaroa, with a large harbour, interesting museum and charming streets steeped in history.

North Canterbury

North Canterbury can be found to the north of Christchurch and includes many popular attractions and a large number of exceptional vienyards. Some of the most popular attractions in North Canterbury include:

Central Canterbury

On the western side of Christchurch, Central Canterbury includes a number of impressive attractions, most of which can be reached from Christchurch within around two hours by car. Attractions in Central Canterbury include:

South Canterbury

South Canterbury contains a number of small cities, towns and villages, together with many popular attractions for tourists visiting this area from Christchurch. The main attractions in South Canterbury include: