Christchurch on a budget

Tram in Christchurch

Tram in Christchurch

Are you looking to visit Christchurch, but would like to do so spending preferably little or no money? Good news! There are plenty of things to see and do in Christchurch that won’t leave you feeling ripped off or your wallet empty. Christchurch has a lot to offer, even on a small budget. Here’s a starter for ten!


Due to its international airport, Christchurch benefits from large amounts of visitors starting their journey through New Zealand in its most English city. It offers an abundance of motels, hostels and budget hotels. Check the local iSite on Cathedral Square for information, rates, and a booking service. For example, hostels with some of the lowest rates per night are Kiwi House and Stonehurst, both located only short walks from the city centre. Read my personal reviews on Kiwi House and Stonehurst.


The Avon River, Christchurch

The Avon River, Christchurch

You may think you will see enough stunning nature outside of New Zealand’s cities, and you certainly will. But you should not miss the opportunity to stroll through Hagley Park, where you’ll find sporty Kiwis playing golf, football or rugby. Then walk over to the adjacent Botanical Gardens and marvel at the native and exotic plants and horticultural displays in all their glory. From there, follow the Avon River back towards the town centre and watch the punters navigate their little boats. This could well be Cambridge – Christchurch is not called New Zealand’s most English city for nothing! And once you reach Victoria Square, reward yourself with a few scoops of ice cream from the roadside ice cream truck.


Christchurch is home to a fantastic Arts Centre and Art Gallery, both located in very close proximity of each other, in the Cultural Precinct of the city. The Arts Centre offers everything from arts and crafts markets, book stores, arts and crafts shops, cafes, entertainment and fine art galleries. Christchurch Art Gallery hosts national and international exhibitions and private and public collections on two floors. The building itself is reason enough for a visit, with its huge glass and steel facade.


New Regent Street, Christchurch

New Regent Street, Christchurch

On a stroll through downtown Christchurch you’ll find many attractive sights to visit. Take a walk on New Regent Street, enjoy the colourful facades of Spanish Mission-style buildings with their curious little boutiques, sip your latte in one of the small cafes and watch as the tram comes through every once in a while. Of course you cannot miss Christchurch Cathedral, and when you’re there go and watch people play chess on Cathedral Square and listen to what the Wizard has to say!


With all those sights to see and things to do, you may have got hungry by now! Of course, in a city like Christchurch there are a myriad of eateries, catering for all budgets, so take your pick. If you’d like to eat Japanese food, why don’t you try Samurai Bowl on on Gloucester Street. Or if you fancy just a snack, see if the ethnic food stands at the Arts Centre entice you. Who knows, you may just be in the mood for a proper German bratwurst!

Check back for future posts on what to do and see around Christchurch. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch!

Christina Hegele

About the author: Christina Hegele runs Sandal Road, a blog on her favourite destinations. It just so happened that 95% turned out to be about New Zealand. Follow Christina and her blog on Twitter, like her blog on Facebook, and subscribe to her Youtube channel. Alternatively, subscribe to her email newsletter at the top right of this blog.

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