Welcome to Christchurch

The beautiful city of Christchurch is located midway down the East Coast of the South Island and in easy reach of all major New Zealand's cities.  

Christchurch is the South Island's largest city with a population of around 360,000. It's a vibrant University city, a cosmopolitan place with exciting festivals, theatre, modern art galleries, great shopping and award-winning attractions.

The city was named after Christ Church, a college at the University of Oxford, and was originally known as Christ Church. The name was abbreviated through common usage by the 1880s.

Known as the 'Garden City', Christchurch has many beautiful parks and gardens throughout the city and Hagley Park is just a few minutes walk from our conference venue and the central business district (CBD) accommodation centres.

In the New York Times article, "52 Places to Go in 2014", Christchurch was honoured with being ranked second.

Christchurch's redevelopment is well underway post-earthquakes and this is creating some amazing new places to see and enjoy. The newly developed area close to the Addington Raceway and Events Centre has become a hub of new restaurants, bars, cafes and new shopping experiences. The CBD, famous for its tram and cathedral, is emerging as 'THE' place to be in Christchurch, and the extended tram ride is a definite 'must do'. The transitional cathedral, innovative in its own right, should be top of your visits list while here.  

Other attractions within the CBD include the beautiful Botanic Gardens, the fascinating Canterbury Museum  and both are only a short walk or tram ride from the CBD. Of course, the amazing Wigram Air Force Museum, location of this years awards dinner, is a must do and definitely full of surprises.

Christchurch also plays host to some of Canterbury's finest attractions that are all just a short taxi, bus or car ride away.  The International Antarctic Centre at the airport is an exciting experience. You’ll visit ‘Antarctica’ in the snow and ice experience, survive an Antarctic Storm, learn about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base, and hang out with Little Blue Penguins!  There’s also the famously exciting Hagglund ride, an awesome simulated 4D cruise and Happy Feet 4D, plus heaps more. It’s quite possibly the closest you’ll get to Antarctica without mounting your own expedition!   

Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand's only open range zoo and provides the ultimate animal adventure. Up close and personal with the animals, you can hand feed a majestic giraffe; see New Zealand's only gorillas; eye ball the magnificent white rhino; meet New Zealand’s national icon, the kiwi or travel through the lion reserve. Orana is internationally renowned for its involvement in zoo-based breeding programmes for endangered exotic and native species.

Willowbank Wildlife Park is another great opportunity to get out and about and tells of the development of a young country breaking off from Gondwanaland, and the establishment of its wildlife as a 'step frozen in time'. It tells of the coming of the indigenous people and their impact as well as the arrival of the colonists and the mistakes and lessons that have been made and learnt. It completes the story with a roadmap into the future, and how we can all take part in forging that future. It's a 'New Zealand Experience' and one worth visiting if you want to bring family to the city during the event.  

For the more adventurous a visit to the Christchurch Adventure Park should be high on your radar! Your base for epic adventures and chilled out down-time set in Christchurch’s Port Hills. Race through the valley on the dual zip-line tour. Take in the stunning views from the chairlift or walking track. Be totally stoked out by the stunning machine and hand-built mountain bike trails or just chill out on the large deck of the café nestled in the Pine forest. Bikes can be hired, or bring your own.

Further out of Christchurch you will find market towns and vineyards offering excellent cafes and wines from the Canterbury region. If the opportunity arises, a trip to these beautiful locations are well worth the journey.

Christchurch is an exciting, fast changing city, lively, sophisticated, cosmopolitan and multi-cultural. Yet it also offers an easy escape to the beach at New Brighton, parks, golf courses, bush and countryside all within a very short journey.

We look forward to welcoming you to our city.

See what Lonely Planet had to say about Christchurch , the Garden City - "European heritage disrupted by nature"

The conference is from Wednesday to Friday, so why not stay an extra day or two and spend some extra time in Christchurch to really experience it!

Useful sites

What is the weather going to be like? 
Christchurch City Forecast

Find out how to get around
Christchurch Transport Christchurch Transport
Metro Transport Metro Transport

Find out about car parking 
Christchurch Car Parking CCC Car Parking  

Check out these sites to find out what is happening in Christchurch during the conference. 
Christchurch Tourism - Top 10 Things to do In Christchurch  
Christchurch Facebook - Christchurch 
Be There Christchurch - Be There! 

 

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