Why go to Christchurch?
This small city is home to pretty and serene attractions such as the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, one of the largest parks in the world
Cruise ships must dock at Akaroa, which is more than an hour's drive from Christchurch.
Spend a leisurely day exploring art galleries and parks in endlessly charming Christchurch.
Christchurch Cruise Port Facilities?
A new $56 million cruise ship berth will be built in Lyttelton, expected to be completed in time for the 2019/2010 season.
Good to Know?
As you should in any travel destination, be aware of your surroundings, and leave all unnecessary valuables onboard in your cabin's safe.
From Lyttelton to Christchurch: When the port is in operation, most cruise lines offer shuttle service to the centre of Christchurch. From Lyttelton, independent travellers can take one of two public bus routes (numbers 35 and 28) to Christchurch. The bus ride takes about 30 minutes. Taxis are also available.
On Foot: Christchurch is an easy city to navigate on foot. All of the major attractions are within easy walking distance from Cathedral Square, locally known as the Square, in the heart of the city. Stroll the city's many pedestrian areas, riverfront areas and impressive gardens. Allow time to stop in at the many shops, art galleries, museums, artisan workshops, cafes and restaurants. The Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Centre is located adjacent to Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue and offers free city maps.
By Bus: Metro bus service is available to most suburbs and outlying areas. A station can be found on Lichfield Street.
By Tram: An historic tram does a 17-stop loop throughout the city centre, providing a fun way to get around to see the sights. The tram runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. September to March and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April to August.
By Taxi: Taxis, including Blue Star Taxis and First Direct Taxis, all have meters and most accept credit cards.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
Currency is the New Zealand dollar. ATMs and foreign exchange offices are abundant in the city centre.
The official language is English. People who have travelled in the north of New Zealand might find the Kiwi accent is not as pronounced in the South Island. Some of this is because of the higher proportion of Scottish and English residents who settled the area.
Where You're Docked?
Many ships anchor and tender to Akaroa, a 1.5-hour drive from Christchurch. However, more ships are calling at Lyttelton (population 3,100), about 20 minutes (eight miles) from Christchurch's city centre. Lyttelton is a working port city with its own character and charm and serves as a commuter community for Christchurch.