Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. The cosmopolitan city is lively with its arts scene, abundance of entertainment options and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Situated in the Canterbury region, it was first inhabited around 1000 years ago and on July 31, 1856 Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter making it one of the oldest established cities in New Zealand.

When you tour Christchurch, you’ll experience its old-world charm with its English history still evident in its architecture and tram loops. It’s also referred to as “The Garden City” where annually the city comes alive with its flower festivals. What you’ll see are beautiful gardens spread around the city, most notable ones being Mona Vale Park on the banks of the Avon River. In 1997, Christchurch won “Garden city of the world” title.

Christchurch Tram

All aboard! Take a trip back in time with a ride on one of Christchurch’s iconic heritage restored trams. The tramway reopened in 1995 and operates a central city heritage loop, with a 1.4km extension that opened in February 2015.

Once on board the knowledgeable tram drivers will inform you of the city’s sights and landmarks along the 17-stop route. The tram will take you past well-known sites such as Cathedral Junction where the tram begins, the Avon River, the Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum, Hagley Park, Victoria Square and New Regent Street. A daily ticket will allow you to get on and off the tram as many times as you wish with trams running every 15-20 minutes.

Choose from a variety of AAT Kings tours in and around Christchurch. View from our range of North and South Island Guided holidays below and explore what New Zealand has to offer.

Internal-vacation flights included
Internal-vacation flights included

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18 Day Guided Vacation | Melbourne to Christchurch | QCANA

A bit city, a bit country; sometimes beachy, sometimes mountainous; in the company of locals and Indigenous guides – this epic Melbourne to Christchur...

From $9955 NOW $9107 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-02-15, twin share per person

New Zealand Magic

17 Day Guided Vacation | Christchurch to Auckland | LCBA

From bubbling geysers to yawning gorges; gem-like glaciers to mirrored lakes; snow-tipped mountains to subtropical islands; it’s hard to believe that ...

From $6540 NOW $5886 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-09-30, twin share per person

New Zealand Marvel

14 Day Guided Vacation | Christchurch to Auckland | LCCA

One country, two islands, two weeks, countless highs… this could well be the ultimate New Zealand guided tour.

From $5550 NOW $4995 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-09-30, twin share per person

Southern Spirit

14 Day Guided Vacation | Christchurch to Wellington | LCQW

It’s hard to do the South Island of New Zealand justice in just two weeks.

From $5099 NOW $4589 Above lowest price is for departure 2024-10-03, twin share per person


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