Top Spots Near Christchurch Airport

Got only a little time in Christchurch or want to do something on the way to or from the airport? Here are some places we recommend you try.


1. International Antarctic Centre – the closest most people will get to experiencing Antarctica. It has a storm room going down to -8 degrees, re-homed little blue penguins and a Hagglund ride

2. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve– wildlife park and nature reserve designed to tell the story of our country’s natural heritage

3. Orana Park – an open range zoo sitting on 80 hectares of land behind Christchurch Airport

4. Coffee Culture – located on the bottom floor in the check-in hall. Sample one of the franchises that started in Sumner, 1996

5. Tank – smoothies, salads and more yum. Upstairs Level 1 Foodcourt

6. Roam – looking for NZ inspired t-shirts or hoodies? This is the place to visit with a range of modern designs

7. Helicopter flight with Christchurch Helicopters or Garden City Helicopters

8. Copenhagen Bakery – eclairs, tarts, cakes and bread… this place has it all

9. Golf at Russley Golf Club or the Driving Range at Harewood Golf Club

10. Café Raeward – delicious fresh food serving a la carte menu or something from their cabinet