The Best of Christchurch Nightlife

The Best of Christchurch Nightlife

Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch is known for its English heritage and is a fun which comes to life at night. With plenty of restaurants, cafes, clubs, galleries, and theatres, you will never be short of something to do in this electrifying city after dark.


Often referred to as the most artsy city in New Zealand, Christchurch is home to the Isaac Theatre Royal which has been a symbol of culture in the city since 1863 showing ballet, musicals, comedy shows and much more. However, if you’re in the mood for something different, head to the Court Theatre in Addington for interactive and improvised comedy or the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre for a hilarious night of Victorian-era crime solving!

Dinner on the Christchurch Tram

You cannot visit Christchurch without taking a trip on the tram! You can even explore the city by tram at night while enjoying a delicious meal and wine at the Tramway Restaurant. Booking is essential, so be sure to plan ahead if you’re hoping to include this in your itinerary.


Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and this is of course translates to an electrifying party experience. There is something perfectly suited whether you’re keen on dancing the night away or catching up with new friends over a couple of drinks. There is also the Christchurch Casino, but we won’t judge if you opt for an online experience instead at River Belle Casino. We recommend St Asaph Street for the best party bars and clubs or Poplar Lane for casual drinks.

Boutique Cinemas

Christchurch offers two boutique cinemas which turns the act of watching a movie into a finely tuned craft. Head to the Deluxe Cinema at The Tannery for comfy chairs, local beer, wine, and snacks or to Alice in Videoland located in the Old High Street Post Office for a nostalgic feel of the golden era of film.

Culinary Offerings

Christchurch is home to some of New Zealand’s finest restaurants and eateries and showcases cuisine from all around the world. If you’re travelling around the South Island on a budget, save your restaurant cash for Christchurch as you will not be disappointed with the quality and choice of offerings.

An Authentic Maori Experience

If you’re keen to see the famous Haka in person, as well as Maori song and dance, be sure to head to the Willowbank Reserve for dinner and an authentic Maori concert. Learn all about New Zealand’s first settlers and their captivating Polynesian culture and then enjoy a four course meal of traditional Hangi style cuisine.

After Dark Art Gallery Tour

With so much to do in Christchurch, you may not have time to visit their famous galleries during the day, but this doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out! The Late Night Tour of the Christchurch Art Gallery means you’ll get to enjoy a guided tour starting from 19:30 and then head out for a later dinner afterwards.