Ōtautahi Christchurch is both “New Zealand’s oldest and newest city”.

The city has undergone massive changes within the last decade to emerge as a vibrant urban centre, boldly exploring its status as the country’s second largest city and premier South Island urban centre.

Modern archticture, public spaces, and an embrace of both the city’s Māori and settler history, defines this city, as has its realisation of its underlying spirit of exploration.

The Canterbury region is steeped in food and wine culture, making it the perfect place to host Pinot Noir NZ 2025. The event will take place in the compact, vibrant city, perfect for exploring by foot. Christchurch is home to numerous new developments, event and entertainment venues, and exciting clusters of restaurants, cafés and bars.

Be sure to wander the City Promenade, along the Ōtākaro Avon River, passing by The Terrace, Victoria Square, Margaret Mahy Playground, and New Regent St. Spend some time at Riverside Market, the seven-day-a-week farmers market showcasing a variety of local producers and world-class eateries.

Relax at one of the bars on The Terrace, or cruise the river in a punting boat. Stroll through Hagley Park and the award-winning Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Meander around the Art Gallery and take in international and local contemporary and classic art. The Canterbury Museum and the Air Force Museum of New Zealand are also well worth a visit.

Have a day up your sleeve? Head to the expansive Banks Peninsula, with French-settled Akaroa at its centre. Or head inland to Hanmer Springs for relaxing hot pools and exhilarating water slides, downhill mountain biking and epic tramps. Kaikoura is within day-trip reach, boasting unrivalled kaimoana (seafood) and access to abundant wildlife.

Explore New Zealand’s newest – and oldest – city in 2025.

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