Home to some of the best cycle ways in the country, Christchurch is leading the charge for all things two wheeled. Cycle throughout the city and you’ll be hard pressed to find somewhere that doesn’t cater (or in the planning) for bikes. You can rent for the day or bring your own/ Get your helmet on, your bell at the ready and head out to some of the best haunts in or just out of the city centre.
Based in the most beautiful street in New Zealand Rollickin Gelato have recently opened their doors on New Regent Street. Salted caramel, coconut surprise, lemon sorbet, double chocolate. And for an extra few cents you can fill your waffle cone full of chocolate so once the icecream is done you still have a delicious last bite right to the very end. Beautiful art work adorn the walls and you can settle into their vintage couches and watch the rest of the hustle and bustle in the street outside.
A mere seven minute ride along some of the gleaming new bike paths in the city are two spaces ripe for all your art gallery needs. More than half of the Arts Centre has now been restored and there’s boutique shops, galleries and food outlets to satisfy after all that art! Christchurch Art Gallery is just across the road and is literally bursting with new exhibitions that change change monthly. Look up before you enter and see the huge Ronnie Van Hout hand on top of the roof! There’s also a large shop and free wifi so you can let the world see your photos online from the gallery.
A slightly longer ride out of the city centre (around 30 mins) is The Tannery. A boutique shopping emporium which started it’s life as a 19th Century Industrial precinct and is now home to many small beautiful businesses from all over New Zealand. An absolute must do whilst in Christchurch you’ll find a brewery, cafes, fashion, homewares, florists and more. Filled with wner-operated businesses you can take the time to stop and chat with creatives actually at work in their own small spaces.
Don't have a bike?
Don't worry, Christchurch has some really awesome places to you can rent one from...
Owners Charlotte & Ken will ensure you've got the coolest gear to be turning heads next time you pedal out the door.
Together they are on a mission to help build livable, cycle friendly cities we can be proud of. Creating beautiful bikes, apparel and accessories, ABC also take 3% of their sales to fund community cycle projects.
The café culture in Christchurch is alive and kicking with some world class institutions right at our doorstep. It was hard to choose, but here is our pick for 10 of the best spots to get your caffeine fix.