Days can be spent at art galleries or outdoor markets. It is not unusual to be able to see artisans creating the work that is up for sale, while the offerings at the produce markets could not be fresher. Punting trips on the Avon River are a novel way to spend time.
Evenings usually start at one of Christchurch's many bars and pubs. Theater shows are often seen before or after dinner, and people in Christchurch are avid cinema goers too.
The building that houses the Christchurch Art Gallery is an unmissable structure across from the Botanic Gardens. Inside are several floors housing great collections of local and international art. Regular exhibitions tend to focus on modern art such as working with light and electronics.
The bustling Christchurch theater scene is the heart of New Zealand's performing arts industry. Theaters include the Court and the Repertory and the Mill Theatre is home to the legendary Riccarton Players. Major Broadway musicals usually play in Auckland if they make it to New Zealand so Christchurch is known more as a home for alternative theater.