A vibrant & creative heart
Just north of the Banks Peninsula on the east coast of the South Island lies Christchurch - the largest city on the island and New Zealand’s third most populous.
Recent efforts have seen the community establish a vibrant and creative heart, and luxury hotels in Christchurch pack plenty of character. Choose from contemporary villas overlooking the sea, 5 star spa resorts, funky tree houses, or your own private studios constructed entirely of glass. Whatever you’re looking for, we’re confident that you’ll be able to find the perfect accommodation to suit your needs and preferences from our fabulous collection.
Basing part, or all, of your New Zealand experience in Christchurch gives you the ideal opportunity to explore not only this lively city, but the stunning countryside and attractions around it.
Navigating the city
No luxury holiday in Christchurch would be complete without taking a trip on the city’s iconic tram. A great way to get your bearing around the town, passengers can hop on and off all day, allowing you to explore the sights at your own leisure. The city is a commercial gateway to the Antarctic, and the International Antarctic Centre is a must-see. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be caught in an Antarctic storm, to take a trip in an amphibious Antarctic vehicle or to come face-to-face with a colony of penguins, this is the place where you can find out. Quake City - another popular museum - features multimedia exhibits which tell the stories of what it’s like to live through earthquakes, and how cities affected by them go about rebuilding themselves.
Exploring the land
Further afield, head to the Bank Peninsular to immerse yourself in the cool vibe of the Akaroa settlement, which has attracted artists and other creatives for decades. Marvel at the striking scenery of the Southern Alps. Take a whale-watching boat trip, or try to catch a glimpse of the rare Hector’s Dolphin on an informative wildlife cruise. For a touch a glamour, go on a tour of the Waipara Valley, which boasts 31 wineries producing some stunning pinot noirs and zingy Rieslings.
Thrill-seekers are also well catered for in this part of New Zealand. The Rangitata River white water rapids are famous, and will take you through some amazing scenery while you grapple with the waters. After all that sightseeing, relax in one of the many hot springs in the region and enjoy their restorative properties.
A city with a difference
Luxury holidays in Christchurch offer something a little bit special. Whether going it alone or with your loved ones, there’s plenty of unique and exciting experiences to be had.
Our bespoke selection of indulgent holidays in Christchurch have been handpicked with your comfort and convenience in mind. Whether you want to get back to nature or experience a more urban vibe, get in touch with one of our New Zealand experts for more information. We’ll be more than happy to provide you with further information and help you make an informed choice.
where to stay
Centrally located on beautiful Christchurch Island, the George is the ideal location for a luxury vacation in New Zealand. With stylishly comfortable guest rooms, award-winning restaurants and excellent opportunities for activities, it’s to be expected that this stunning hotel is soon to become a favourite return destination for visiting guests.
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