Ōtautahi was originally the name of a specific site in central Christchurch. It means the place of Tautahi and was adopted as the general name for Christchurch in the 1930s. Prior to this, Ngāi Tahu generally referred to the Ōtautahi (Christchurch) area as Karaitiana.  Ōtautahi  City is known as the “Garden City” because of its many beautiful parks, gardens and tree-lined streets.

Kupu is a phone application that uses the camera in your phone to instantly translate objects into te teo Māori (Māori language). You can download the app via the Apple Store or Google Play.

For more information please visit these websites:

Activities relating to local Māori culture:

There is a currency exchange at Ōtautahi (Christchurch) Airport and multiple ATMs throughout the city. Visa, Mastercard are widely accepted with Amex cards accepted by most major vendors.
To check the current exchange rates, please visit XE 

The climate in November in Ōtautahi is generally drier than previous winter/spring months, however you can expect some rain.
The climate can be quite cool in November with daily (and overnight) temperatures generally ranging from10-18°C.
Read more at www.whereandwhen.net or see the current forecast at www.metservice.com

Getting around Ōtautahi
Please visit www.christchurchnz.com for information on
• Airport transport
• Buses
• Trains
• Tram
• Night Network
• Taxis
• Ride Share
• Car Hire
• Hop on / Hop off bus

Other ways to get around Ōtautahi


Child Minding
Many hotels in Christchurch have child minding facilities or a regular child minding agency they could recommend to you. Alternatively, there are a few childminding agencies listed below: