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Experience the many Christchurch attractions when you stay at Rydges Latimer Christchurch.

Rydges Latimer Christchurch is centrally located, putting guests near a host of Christchurch attractions. Scenic Latimer Square is just steps away. Ferrymead Heritage Park is also nearby and is a great place to spend the afternoon exploring quaint shops then hopping on the trolley for a joyride around the area.

Guests can witness exotic New Zealand wildlife in the Willowbank Reserve and bring home pictures of the Kiwi, Kea, Tuatara, Kaka and the very rare Takahe. Or, spend a leisurely afternoon punting on the Avon and enjoying lush, beautiful woodlands from aboard a vessel.

Adventurous travellers can rent a speedboat with Jet Thrills and traverse waters at a breathtaking pace or head to the International Antarctic Centre and experience the feel of an entirely different continent. The Christchurch attraction offers the snow, ice and penguins of Antarctica without ever having to leave the area.

Have a look at all the Christchurch attractions near our hotel and start planning your New Zealand vacation today.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

A visit to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve gives you the possibility of meeting one of the 'Big 5' up and close. However, we're not talking about the African 'big 5' we're talking about the New Zealand big five; that is, the Kiwi, the cheeky Kea, the ancient Tuatara, our bush parrot the Kaka and the very rare Takahe.

An excursion to this wildlife reserve, only 25 minutes drive from Rydges Latimer Christchurch, makes for an impressive, unique day out. Experience New Zealand as it was before man arrived, a time when birds and reptiles ruled the landscape. 

Opening hours: 9.30am - 5pm May - September 9.30am - 7pm October - April


Punting On The Avon

On Christchurch's Avon river, you can experience the Edwardian tradition of taking a punt ride. Complete with your own Punter, you will be guided quietly therough the beauty of Christchurch’s Hagley Park.

Christchurch Casino

Christchurch Casino offers a range of great events, entertainment and bar and restaurants. Located in the Victoria Street district, only a few minutes drive from Rydges, the Christchurch Casino is the city's premier entertainment destination. 

Boasting the latest in gaming technology, including 500 gaming machines and 36 table games, you will be spoilt for choice.

Visit the Christchurch Casino website here

Opening Hours:

Monday - Thursday 11am to 3am (the following day)
Friday 11am open right through the weekend to Monday 3am

Canterbury Museum

Located just short walk across town from Rydges Latimer Christchruch, the Canterbury Museum features a number of great exhibits - ideal for adults and children alike. See a moa in a minute or spend hours exploring New Zealand’s rich cultural and natural heritage

Highlights of the Museum include the world’s greatest collection of artefacts from the heroic age of discovery in Antarctica, the Māori collections in the Iwi Tawhito and Ngā Taonga galleries, and the quirky kiwiana of Fred & Myrtle’s Paua Shell House at Canterbury Museum.

Visit the Canterbury Museum website here.

Orana Wildlife Park

Set in 80 hectares of tranquil grounds, just a 25 minute drive from Rydges Latimer Christchurch, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. Orana specialises in providing unique animal encounters in an open range setting. Get up close and personal with majestic giraffes, tigers, massive white rhinos, and lions.

Visitors can meet endangered New Zealand native wildlife such as kiwi (New Zealand’s national icon), tuatara (a unique native reptile) and kea (the world’s only mountain parrot). View a wide range of native gecko species and pet friendly domestic animals in the Farmyard area.

Fifteen scheduled animal feeds occur daily and each presentation is accompanied by a talk from a wildlife guide. There is something to entertain everyone for the entire day!

Air Force Museum of New Zealand

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand holds the national collection of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). The Museum’s role is to preserve and present the history of New Zealand’s military aviation through its collection.

The museum features objects covering the early days of New Zealand military aviation; the interwar years which saw the formation of the RNZAF in 1937; World War II; the RNZAF’s campaign in the Pacific, and the post-war period to the present day. The collection also includes objects from former enemy forces. 

In addition to the semi-permanent displays, the Museum provides two changing exhibitions each year in the Cochrane Gallery. 

Find out more by visiting the website here.

Jet Thrills

Shallow twisting streams, Turquoise blue water, North-west arch, Swaying broom, the mighty Waimakariri has it all, and since 1984 Jet Thrills have been showing  thousands of international and local passengers what Jet Boating is all about!

Four tours are available 7 days a week from the exciting 30 minute ‘Braided Blast’ and the 60 minute ‘Blast Plus’, to the 90 minute Jet Trek an amazing combination of Horse Trek and ‘Braided Blast’ with Waimak River Horse Treks. If you want to get off the ground to see some more of the river and surrounding area then the Heli Jet is definitely the way to do it.

Jet Thrills operates daily from below the State Highway 1 Bridge, 15 minutes north of Christchurch.

Book a Jet Thrills Tour at the official website.

Pegasus Golf & Sports Club

Pegasus Golf Course is a beautiful parklands-style par 72 – 18 hole championship golf course near Christchurch, New Zealand. With superb features and stunning views from every tee, golfers of every level will enjoy an excellent challenge and a game to remember.

From Rydges Latimer Christchurch, Pegasus Golf Course is approximatley at 30 minute drive north. Driving directions via Google maps came be found here.

For general enquiries contact Pegasus Golf and Sports Club on 03 920 3300.

International Antarctic Centre

They say that the International Antarctic Centre is the coolest fun in Christchurch and the world’s best way to experience the Antarctic without actually going there.

Visitors journey through modern day Antarctica and learn about the human impact on the continent, the wildlife and plant systems and the Antarctic’s effect on the planet. There’s also heaps of fun with icy slides, a ‘polar plunge’ ice water challenge, a cave and an Antarctic storm. There is a magical simulated Antarctic Cruise in the 4D Extreme Theatre and an exciting ride on the all-terrain amphibious Hagglund. There are gripping stories of the Antarctic explorers in their huts and, of course, there are all the cute Little Blue Penguins.

There’s interactive fun for all ages and the Centre is open from 9:00am to 5:30pm year round. The Centre is located near the airport (just across the road) about 15 minutes drive from the CBD. Public buses stop outside the Centre and there are free Penguin Express Bus shuttles from the city that run on the hour.

Here is a link to the International Antarctic Centre website.

For all your accommodation needs in Christchurch, Rydges Latimer will give you the warmest of welcomes.