Below is a list of attractions, activities, and things to do in Christchurch, all with easy access from Arena Motel.
Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch's city centre on board a beautifully restored heritage tram, one of Christchurch's leading attractions. The journey takes you to the appropriate stops for Punting on the Avon, and the Caterpillar Tour of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
The Gondola offers a unique Christchurch sightseeing experience that you'll never forget. Soar suspended above the valleys as the birds fly beneath your cable car. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Christchurch cityscape, over the Canterbury Plains out to the mighty Southern Alps and the dramatic hills of Banks Peninsula.
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
To visit Willowbank is to participate in a story. Willowbank is not just a wildlife park with a collection of exhibits – it is a holistic New Zealand wildlife experience. Combining conservation, culture and New Zealand cuisine Willowbank is your opportunity to experience New Zealand's endangered wildlife in a natural setting. Take the opportunity to dine in our award-winning restaurant, and enjoy Ko Tane – a pre-European Maori village and an interactive Maori cultural experience; all in one great location.
Orana Wildlife Park
Set in 80 hectares within 15 minutes' drive of Christchurch Airport, Orana Wildlife Park provides the ultimate animal adventure. Get up close and personal with the animals. Imagine hand feeding a majestic giraffe; eye balling the magnificent white rhino; meeting New Zealand's national icon, the kiwi or travelling through the Lion Reserve! Orana is internationally renowned for its involvement in zoo-based breeding programmes for endangered exotic and native species.
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Located just 15 minutes from the city centre, the Botanic Gardens are at the heart of the city's reputation as the Garden City. As the Botanic Gardens are a museum with a living collection, the displays and plants are always changing, depending on the time of year you visit. With a variety of gardens and collections over 21 hectares, the endless array of plants and flowers will activate all of your senses all year round.
International Antarctic Centre
Experience the wonder and magic of Antarctica without leaving Christchurch, at one of New Zealand's best, award-winning tourist attractions. The International Antarctic Centre is your destination for authentic, interactive fun and provides an exciting experience of Antarctica for visitors of all ages. It doesn't matter whether you're 2 or 92 – there's hours of fun here for everyone. It's quite possibly the closest you'll get to Antarctica without mounting your own expedition!
Air Force Museum of New Zealand
The Air Force Museum of New Zealand is the national museum for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and one of New Zealand's premier attractions. Located in Christchurch on the site of the former Air Force Base at Wigram, the Museum offers a unique and memorable visitor experience. With over 30 historic aircraft, hands-on exhibitions and programmes, guided tours and even a flight simulator, all with FREE entry, it is the ideal place to bring the whole family for a great day out.
On the banks of the Heathcote River – The Tannery is your destination for premium shopping and live events in Christchurch. With over 50 boutique stores, 8 event and wedding venues, and diverse restaurants, cafés and eateries.
Ferrymead Heritage Park
Ferrymead Park features an early 1900s township and has a variety of restored cottages, school house, church and businesses. The tram runs every weekend and through the school holidays and Steam Sunday is held on the 1st Sunday of the month.