Christchurch and Canterbury

Christchurch is a vibrant destination and there is no other city like it in the world. After recovering from devastating Earthquakes, the city is being rebuilt from scratch. The new, emerging city is modern, greener and more creative than ever before.  The CSANZ New Zealand ASM provides you with the perfect excuse to return and renew your experiences in this amazing city.  For some ideas about what's on offer go to  Neat Places.


Christchurch's art scene is buzzing and is not afraid to put a colourful statement all across the city. You can indulge your own artistic and cultural passions local-style, or challenge your tastes and experience with something outside of your usual leanings.  There are #PocketsofAwesome waiting around every corner.

Canterbury’s wealth of artistic talent is also proudly on show in galleries and artisan workshops throughout the region. Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu in the heart of Christchurch is home to one of New Zealand's most important public art collections.

Just across the road more than half of the unique heritage precinct, The Arts Centre has re-opened following an extensive multimillion dollar restoration and now features retailers, a café, Rutherford’s Den, galleries, artisan food outlets and beautiful public spaces. 

Winter in Canterbury

Winter in Canterbury is spectacular! Crisp, calm blue sky days provide the perfect conditions for a post conference break and there are plenty of areas to discover:

  • Mt Hutt.  A 90 minute drive from Christchurch Mt Hutt has been voted NZ’s best ski resort, boasting wide open terrain for all ski and snowboard ability levels.
  • TranzAlpine Journey. Take in the South Island’s stunning mountains and the vast Canterbury Plains aboard New Zealand’s finest inland rail journey. 
  • Hamner Springs.  Picturesque Hamner is a 60 minute drive from Christchurch, an alpine spa village that has something for everyone; hikes, mountain biking, wineries and the famous thermal spa.
  • Mackenzie Country. Nestled in the heart of the South Island this region is known for its clear starry nights, brilliant sunny days, remarkable turquoise lakes, emerald green valleys, and snow-capped mountains - not to be missed!

Winter is also the season for crystal clear nights and some of the best stargazing on the planet! So, get out there and make the most of it!  Discover Canterbury’s winter wonderland here 

Wine and Dine

Explore the wide ranging dining options on offer in Christchurch, from relaxed cafés and bars to romantic fine dining. The city's restaurants and cafes pride themselves on serving freshly made food, using locally sourced, high quality products. This culturally diverse region has something to satisfy all tastes and budgets:

  • Central City Dining
  • High Tea
  • Farmers Market
  • Top Dumplings
  • Canterbury Vineyards

Read more here 

Beach or Mountains

In Christchurch you are never too far away from the Alps or the Ocean.

Stunning beaches lie within an hour’s drive from Christchurch, providing fantastic coastal scenery, to enjoy all year round, from Corsair Bay, Sumner and Scarborough, Taylors Mistake, New Brighton  and Waikuku Beach; view the best options here.

If you prefer hiking instead, you don't have far to go either, whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll or a more strenuous hike, there's something for every energy level. Christchurch has a diverse range of short walks, check out the details here 

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