Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. Also known as the ‘Garden City’, visitors are attracted to its beautiful large green spaces, parks, gardens and heritage buildings and history.
Visit and explore New Zealand's rich cultural and natural heritage. Learn about the past, present and future of Canterbury. There's always lots to see and do at the Museum.
Entry to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated.
From when it was first laid out in 1850, Cathedral Square, the heart of the central city, has undergone many changes. Its look, feel and function have evolved from a muddy thoroughfare in the early days to a more formal, pedestrian-friendly place for hosting civic and social gatherings. Although it has always been called a "square", its shape is actually that of a cross.
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens have been a prominent central-city attraction since 1863, when an English oak tree was planted in celebration of the solemnisation of Prince Albert’s marriage with Princes Alexandra of Denmark. It boasts an array of flowering gardens, native trees, New Zealand blooms, and multiple plant conservatories.
Hagley Park is adjacent to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and is the largest open space in the city. Hagley Park has been an integral part of Christchurch since the 1850s, hosting several events as well as providing plenty of recreational facilities for its visitors.