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What’s open in Christchurch right now?

From dining venues and supermarkets to walking trails and tourist attractions, here's what is open in the South Island city.

As the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch is not short on activities and attractions for locals and visitors.

With restrictions at a minimum, you’ll find most things are back up and running. Though there are a few rules and regulations you’ll still have to follow when out and about.

Note, the below is accurate as of 2 March 2021. Due to the evolving nature of the situation, the information provided can change at any time. Contact the venue before visiting to confirm. Social distancing and maintaining good hygiene still apply.

What restrictions are in place for Christchurch residents?

All of New Zealand, aside from Auckland, is on Alert Level 2. This means there are some restrictions in place to keep you and the rest of the community safe from COVID-19.

  • Physical distancing. When in public spaces such as shopping centres you should keep two metres away from those outside of your household. When in a controlled environment, such as offices and restaurants, you should keep one metre away from others.
  • Wear a mask on transport. This includes on public transport and domestic flights. Whenever you’re out in public, it’s encouraged that you wear a mask, particularly where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • If you’re sick, get tested and stay at home. Even if you’re presenting the mildest of symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 to reduce any potential spread of the virus. Go straight home after your test and stay put until you receive a negative result.
  • Download the NZ COVID Tracer app. All businesses, services, transport operators and workplaces must include NZ COVID Tracer app signage. Patrons should use these to check in and out to track where they’ve been.
  • Practice good hygiene. This includes washing your hands for 20 seconds often and covering your face when sneezing or coughing.
  • You may travel locally and regionally where the alert level is the same or lower. Local travel is permitted, though it’s advised that you avoid regions with a higher alert level. At the moment this is Auckland which is at Alert Level 3.
  • Gatherings are limited to 100 people. This applies to all social gatherings, including weddings and funerals.

What’s open in Christchurch?

Are attractions open in Christchurch?

All indoor and outdoor attractions in Christchurch can open. There are social distancing rules of 1 metre at attractions and gathering limits of 100 people per defined space.

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Are walking tracks, beaches and parks open in Christchurch?

Yes. Walking tracks, beaches, public parks and open spaces in and around Christchurch are open for leisure and exercise purposes.

This includes Scarborough Beach, Christchurch Coast and Plains Walks and Christchurch Park.

Something to note is that parks and tracks may occasionally be closed for maintenance and repair or because of danger. Check the Christchurch walking track map before venturing out for the latest updates.

Again you should maintain physical distancing when in public spaces.

Are shopping centres, supermarkets and grocery stores open?

Yes. All shops, supermarkets, grocery stores and public services are open. When visiting you should adhere to social distancing rules and wear a mask if possible.

All businesses should have NZ COVID Tracer app signage for you to use to track your movements in case new cases arise.

Are hotels open in Christchurch?

Yes. Accommodation of all kinds, including hotels, hostels and homeshares, and their facilities are permitted to reopen for leisure travellers.

Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions in Christchurch?

Pre-booking may be required for restaurants, cafes, bars and experiences as they are all capped at 100 people per space.

If in doubt, contact the venue directly before you arrive to avoid disappointment when you arrive.

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Are restaurants, cafes and bars open in Christchurch?

Yes. All of Christchurch’s dining venues including restaurants, cafes and bars, are permitted to open for a maximum of 100 patrons per defined space. Legally, you must all be seated and tables will be spaced at least one metre apart to maintain social distancing.

Where possible each group will only have one server.

When you visit, posters will be available to sign in to the NZ COVID Tracer App to track your location and protect the community from COVID-19.

What’s closed in Christchurch?

Christchurch is currently on Alert Level 2. This means that all indoor and outdoor venues and events are allowed to open though physical distancing and mask rules apply.

The only venues that may be closed are those that can’t maintain social distancing or those that choose not to open until alert levels ease further.

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