Destination Guide - Christchurch

Although small, Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island and its village-style centre is easy to navigate – visit bustling Cathedral Square Market or take a gondola ride above the city to the rim of the Mount Cavendish crater. Christchurch is also a great central location with access to other regions worth exploring including: Canterbury, Akaroa, Marlborough and Mount Hutt.

The Basics

Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZ$)
Population: 340,000
Time zone: +12
Daylight savings: Last Sunday in October to last Sunday in March
Languages: English and Maori
Country code: +64
Area code: 3
Electricity voltage: 230V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM


  • Cathedral Square Market
  • Christchurch Art Gallery
  • Gondola rides


  • 6 February
    Waitangi Day


Average temperatures in summer (December to February) are approximately 25°C. In winter (June to August) temperatures average 10-13 °C.

Getting there and around

Christchurch is small enough to get around on foot. The bus system is an efficient option. Taxis are also available. Hire a car if you’re exploring the greater Christchurch region.

Book a flight

Further reading

Here are some suggestions for other destinations near Christchurch and around New Zealand.


Qantas Frequent Flyer members can log in to post their travel tips and experiences.

Not a Qantas Frequent Flyer? Join now
Forgotten pin?

Log in to share

  • Log in with your Frequent Flyer number to share your travel tip or experience.
  • Login

Featured Photo Gallery

Five new places in the Yarra Valley

Melbourne’s entrepreneurial class, fresh with cash to splash, are rolling in on new vineyards and restaurants in the Yarra Valley


New Online

September 2014

September 2014

Check out what's new online from Qantas The Australian Way and the Qantas Travel Insider team.


About Us

Travel Insiders

What We Do

Qantas Travel Insider provides tips for the discerning traveller, from both savvy locals and the well-travelled. Learn more about us and how you can get involved.