Take a harbour cruise at Akaroa located in the Banks Peninsula, 90 minutes drive from Christchurch.
Soak in the hot pools at Hanmer Springs, a small Alpine Village, 90 minutes drive from Christchurch
Enjoy a day on the slopes at Mt Hutt Skifield (June-September), 1 hour 50 minutes drive from Christchurch
Take a Christchurch Tramway tour through the city, the tram runs on a loop through the city centre visiting many attractions. If the weather is fine, visit the Christchurch Botanical Gardens and Canterbury Museum in Hagley Park.
For some retail therapy, try the Re:START Mall on Cashel Street. For a spectacular view over the city from the Port Hills visit the Christchurch Gondola near Ferrymead.
Dress for the weather, Christchurch temperatures range from 10-23 degrees (c) in summer and 1-15 degrees (c) in winter.
The Christchurch Tramway is a great way to explore central Christchurch, it runs through the Arts Centre, Cathedral Square, New Regent Street, and the Canterbury Museum
Visit the local restaurants and bars in nearby New Regent Street, St Asaph Street, or Victoria Street.