Within walking distance of 40 Thornycroft St Accommodation
Restaurants (12 minutes walk from Thornycroft)
A variety of superb cuisines
Ilam Homestead Gardens (20 minutes walk from Thornycroft)
In Spring or summer you’ll be dazzled with scores of azaleas and rhododendrons in a secluded native haven.
The University of Canterbury (10 minutes walk from Thornycroft)
Christchurch Farmers’ Market (15 minutes walk from Thornycroft)
Held at Historic Riccarton House every Saturday morning. Meats, cheeses, fruit and vegetables sit alongside superb coffee and goodies to enjoy while you’re strolling around.
Riccarton Bush (15 minutes walk from Thornycroft)
Behind Historic Riccarton House (refer above) is Riccarton Bush which offers first hand experience of NZ native plants. There are 12 hectares of native forest reserve.
Hagley Park (35 minutes walk from Thornycroft)
Hagley Park sits at the heart of Christchurch, 165 hectares of vast green space dotted with century-old trees and stunning floral shows in springtime.
Christchurch Botanic Gardens (40 minutes walk from Thornycroft)
Also in the centre of the city and within Hagley Park, bask in the peaceful calm of this garden paradise.
In & Around Christchurch
Enjoy a relaxing fun day exploring all the ‘must see’ attractions all within close proximity to 40 Thornycroft St Bed & Breakfast
Antarctic Centre (10 minutes drive from Thornycroft)
NZ’s award-winning attraction offers guests the opportunity to experience for themselves the awe-inspiring beauty of Antarctica.
Airforce Museum of New Zealand (15 minutes drive from Thornycroft)
Discover one of the world’s premier military aviation collections.
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve (15 minutes drive from Thornycroft)
The ultimate kiwi wildlife experience, in its natural environment.
Clearwater Golf Course (20 minutes drive from Thornycroft)
The par 72 championship course is home to the New Zealand Golf Open.
Christchurch Casino (8 minutes drive from Thornycroft)
Try your luck at New Zealand’s first casino, opened in 1994, built and designed through an Egytpian theme.
Christchurch Transitional Cathedral also known as the Cardboard Cathedral (10 minutes drive from Thornycroft)
An exciting new building designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban
The Christchurch Gondola (20 minutes drive from Thornycroft)
Stunning 360 degree views of Christchurch, Banks Peninsula and the Canterbury Plains
Sumner (30 minutes drive from Thornycroft)
Sumner is a lovely coastal suburb of Christchurch City.
Day Trips from Christchurch
Enjoy the stunning scenic drive over to Banks Peninsula, then immerse yourself in the French charm of this picturesque seaside settlement. Wander through boutique stores and galleries, and relax over a leisurely café lunch and a local drop. Board a cruise to see rare and spectacular wildlife- and even swim with them. Visit a seal colony and learn about the history, geology and farm life of the area from a french descendant.
Lyttelton and Diamond Harbour
Head through the tunnel to explore the historic port town of Lyttelton, take a walk and peruse its arts and crafts, or just relax in its seaside cafes. If it’s a tour you are after drive or cruise the harbours and bays. Head to Diamond Harbour by ferry or car, enjoy a stroll and a picnic on the cliff tops and beaches, or perhaps a swim, sea kayak or mountain bike.
Take in wine tasting in the Waipara Valley, before heading to this beautiful alpine setting, for a soothing soak in the thermal pools, and a relaxing spa treatment. Or perhaps head out for a nature walk, some mountain biking, a jet boat ride, or a bungy jump? Cafes and restaurants are on hand to refuel.
Spend a leisurely day exploring this world-renowned wine producing area. Enjoy cellar door tastings, and see how the landscape, soil and microclimate come together here with some magic from winemakers. Savour the superb Canterbury cuisine matched with a local drop at a vineyard restaurant.
In this nature-lovers’ paradise, you can encounter majestic whales, dolphins, fur seals and giant albatross by boat, helicopter or plane. Learn about ancient indigenous customs on a Maori cultural tour. And you simply must try some succulent local seafood – at a restaurant, a seaside fish and chip picnic, or an iconic crayfish caravan.
Play golf at a world-class course against a spectacular backdrop, or relax and unwind at the resort’s day spa, or restaurants with a stellar view. Head out on a nature walk, whizz down the Rakaia River by jet boat, or take to the skies in a hot air balloon or tandem skydive. In winter, hit the slopes, and enjoy a lively après ski scene.