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  • Address: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
  • Hours: Apr-Sep 9am-5pm, Oct-Mar 9am-5:30pm

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Canterbury Museum Tours

Much like the fascinating Te Papa Museum in Wellington, the Canterbury Museum offers an in-depth look at the history and culture of Christchurch. Located in the Christchurch city center (and only sustaining minor damage in the 2011 earthquake), visitors can ogle over the Neo-Gothic architecture before even stepping foot in the door. Admission to the museum is technically free of charge (though donations are gladly accepted), and you can easily spend hours getting lost in the culture of Christchurch, Canterbury, and New Zealand.

Exhibits at the museum run the gamut of history, from the early days of Maori discovery to the modern street art of Christchurch. The museum itself was established in 1867 by the explorer Julius Haast (for whom such places as the town of Haast got their name), and the Canterbury Museum has been deemed a historical site that you can visit during a day trip to Christchurch. Learn about the voyages of Antarctic explorers and the days of European settlement, and immerse yourself in curious “Kiwiana” such as the house of paua (abalone) which is largely constructed from shells. There are entertaining exhibits for children of all ages, and the informative displays over multiple stories make this one of the best free activities in Christchurch. When finished with the museum, take some time to stroll nearby Hagley Park or visit the Botanical Gardens just a short walk away.

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Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Tram, Christchurch, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Tram

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Welcome aboard the Christchurch Tram! Travel on our newly extended track & enjoy this unique and historic way to view the inner city. Drivers provide a ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $17.33
7-Hour Christchurch Tour from Akaroa Wharf, Christchurch, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

7-Hour Christchurch Tour from Akaroa Wharf

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 8 Reviews

This group tour travels directly to Christchurch, offering an opportunity to explore the rich history of New Zealand's English Rose known by many as The ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.66
Christchurch and Banks Peninsula Sightseeing Tour, Akaroa, Ports of Call Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Christchurch and Banks Peninsula Sightseeing Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

This tour is specifically designed for cruise ship passengers arriving in Akaroa with a desire for a memorable experience, including panoramic photo ...  Read more

Location: Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.53
Full-Day Round-Trip Tour from Akaroa Wharf, Akaroa, Cultural Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Full-Day Round-Trip Tour from Akaroa Wharf

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Board your coach at the Akaroa Wharf and travel non-stop direct to Christchurch City via Little River, Tai Tapu, and Halswell. On arrival at the Canterbury ...  Read more

Location: Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.66

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