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Traditional English conservatism has evolved into a lively and youthful city with an explosion of leisure venues and entertainment

Tailor Made Holidays to Christchurch

At Inspiration Holidays, we pride ourselves on tailoring holidays to Christchurch that are designed around your needs and expectations and not ours. We have a range of Christchurch holiday offers that we have negotiated special or exclusive deals on. We can also arrange multi centre Christchurch holiday itineraries as well as tours and excursions in Christchurch. For more information on our Christchurch holidays, call an Inspiration Holidays tailor-made expert on and speak to one of our reservation experts who will be able to help you plan the perfect holiday in Christchurch.

Destination Overview

With a population of 350,000, Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island. Fondly known as the Garden City, Christchurch is perhaps the most English of all the cities in the country. 

The city was named after an Oxford college, and those on holiday in Christchurch will understand why when they see the neo-Gothic architecture and the punting on the gently winding river.  The Englishness is however largely skin deep and in recent years the traditional English conservatism has evolved into a lively and youthful city with an explosion of bars, restaurants, night-life, theatre music and street entertainment. Christchurch holidays promise an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. Being the gateway to the South Island, holidays in Christchurch are an easy add on to any New Zealand Itinerary.  Those on a Christchurch holiday will discover that there is both plenty to do in the city itself and in the surrounding areas. Holidays to Christchurch usually begin at Cathedral Square which dominates the Metropolitan centre. The square is a large, square cobblestone area with a cathedral adjacent to it. Driving, walking or cycling in the Port Hills is also popular for those on holiday to Christchurch as it offers fantastic views of Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains, Banks Peninsula and Lyttelton Harbour.

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When to visit Christchurch


Do you need inspiration for when to go on holiday to Christchurch? Give the team of experts at Inspiration Holidays a call and we will help you plan your Christchurch holiday at the best time of year for your requirements. Although our Christchurch holiday search tool will allow you to search for Christchurch holiday prices upto 11 months in advance, we can also price holidays to Christchurch for 2025 and 2026. We can advise on the best time to travel on your Christchurch holiday based on Christchurch weather, special events in Christchurch or even when the crowds in Christchurch are at their lowest.


Christchurch has warmer and drier summers (Dec–Mar) than much of the rest of the South Island, but temperatures don't rise much higher than 22°C (72°F).

Winters (June–Aug) can be colder, and despite being at sea level, the city sometimes sees snow. However, temperatures tend to hover in the single figures rather than dipping below freezing.

Christchurch is the festival capital of New Zealand -- no matter when you visit, it's bound to coincide with a festival of some sort. The World Buskers Festival, from mid- to late January, is the largest street performance festival in the Southern Hemisphere. You'll be treated to jazz and comedy shows, as well as acts of juggling, contortionism, and more. In February, the city bursts into bloom with the Festival of Flowers  and the Ellerslie International Flower Show. The Christchurch Arts Festival is staged every 2 years in July and showcases international talent. The next one will be held in 2011. Showtime Canterbury, featuring the Canterbury A & P Show, is an absolute tradition in this part of the world. Staged the second week of November, it features thoroughbred and standard-bred racing.

Top Attractions

You haven't been to a destination until you have seen its most famous attractions! The team at Inspiration Holidays have put together our recommendations of some of the top attractions in Christchurch. If you are looking for advice about the attactions you should visit during your holiday in Christchurch, give one of our tailor made holiday experts a call on