Christchurch to become New Zealand’s only city where traditional meets cutting edge


Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism (CCT) says Christchurch city is well worth exploring at this exciting stage of its regeneration programme, the largest economic undertaking in New Zealand history.

The central city rebuild is estimated to reach NZ$40billion, with $100 million being spent every week. Christchurch’s Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct is the largest programme to restore an urban river in New Zealand. The new city waterfront is being created with a City Promenade, Terraces and green space incorporating walking and cycling paths.

CCT Chief Executive, Vic Allen, said, “With new accommodation and hospitality opening all the time, the city is a fascinating place to visit right now. There’s something special for everyone here – from gardens to art, and theatre to shopping.”

He further adds, “We are unveiling an impressive newly built-environment centred around our river, parks and gardens, drawing on the city’s rich cultural and natural heritage and designed with people at its heart. The focus is on pedestrian-friendly shopping, dining, arts and entertainment. Our famed Garden City charm has expanded to include new green spaces framing the CBD, with the Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct as the city’s centrepiece.”

Significant openings in recent months include The Terraces waterfront promenade, The Piano – Centre for Music and Arts, more of the Arts Centre’s heritage restoration, and Christchurch’s Innovation Precinct.

Three new hotels will add 600 rooms to the city in the coming year including the 204-room Crowne Plaza Christchurch just opposite the convention centre site, Novotel Christchurch Airport, and Distinction Hotel Christchurch. By late 2019 the city will have 2,500 new and refurbished hotel rooms all within easy walking distance of key attractions and the new convention centre.

In coming years, Christchurch will also see a new Holiday Inn Express, plus the new 200-room Peterborough hotel, a new luxury hotel in Cathedral Square and a Sudima Christchurch city hotel.

A new $55million dollar cruise ship berth will be built in Lyttelton bringing cruise ships back to Christchurch in time for the 2019–2020 cruise seasons.