Christchurch, New Zealand Travel Guide Last Updated: Dec 2021

For most international travelers, Christchurch is more of a transit hub than a destination unto itself. It’s the largest city on the super-scenic South Island, so many visitors will begin and/or end their trip here. The city is still famously recovering from the devastating earthquakes in 2011, so visitors are likely to see some damage and a lot of rebuilding for years to come.

Why Visit Christchurch

Christchurch Facts

Population 366,000
Area 379,000
Timezone UTC+12
Currency New Zealand dollar
Airports Christchurch International Airport (CHC)

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN Christchurch

Budget breakfastCoffee, pastries and more await you at many of the local cafes.$4.69 - $7.50
Budget lunchFor lunch you can choose from sit down restaurants or places to get a quick bite to eat.$6.25 - $11.25
Budget dinnerDinner is more of a formal event with higher prices but there are still places around that serve great food at very reasonable prices.$8.13 - $15.63
BeerBoth domestic and imported beer tends to be on the more expensive side whether sold at a restaurant or bar.$5.00 - $6.88
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WHEN TO VISIT Christchurch

TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL

Month High F Low F Precipitations(INCH)
January72542.0
February70542.0
March66502.0
April63462.0
May57392.0
June52362.0
July50343.0
August54362.0
September57412.0
October63452.0
November66482.0
December68522.0

Christchurch WEATHER ADVICE

SUNRISE AND SUNSET

21 Mar7:32am7:41pm
21 Jun8:03am4:59pm
21 Sep6:22am6:25pm
21 Dec5:44am9:10pm

Where to stay in Christchurch

Christchurch Hotel Seasons

Christchurch Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar16.25 - 20.63
starstarstarstarstar70.00 - 88.13
starstarstarstarstar78.13 - 123.75
starstarstarstarstar107.50 - 157.50
starstarstarstarstar83.75 - 132.50
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Christchurch Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed15.63 - 20.00

WHERE TO GO BEFORE AND AFTER