Christchurch, Your Host

A warm welcome awaits you in Christchurch, a place of greenery, contemporary and classic architecture, scenery and space.

Ōtautahi Christchurch has been rebuilt and reimagined, with space for any and all business events.

Our venues are world-class, flexible, and uber-modern. Our hotels and accommodation are conveniently close to both venues and hospitality, none more than 10 minutes from each other.

We are at the heart of the unforgettable South Island, an island absolutely stacked with pre and post activities and destinations. It's on the bucket list for a reason, so chat to us about finding your space here in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

We welcome SCAR Biology 2023 delegates to our city.

Gateway to Antarctica

Ōtautahi Christchurch is proud to be an Antarctic Gateway City, one of only five in the world. As a welcoming host and provider of logistic and business support to Antarctic programmes and agencies, Christchurch Antarctic Office aims to deliver excellence and be a valued contributor in supporting New Zealand’s interests in the Antarctic region.

As Sir Edmund Hillary noted, “much of the history of Antarctic exploration has flowed through Christchurch,” starting over 100 years ago with the “Heroic Era” explorations of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, who both used Christchurch as a basecamp for their Antarctic expeditions.

Ōtautahi Christchurch – Gateway to Antarctica

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Explore Antarctica in Ōtautahi Christchurch

As a gateway to Antarctic exploration for over 100 years our connection with Antarctica is embedded in the fabric of our city, our landscape and our stories.

Explore Antarctic attractions and landmarks that celebrate Christchurch's connections to the frozen continent.

Explore Antarctic attractions

Explore Ōtautahi Christchurch

Ōtautahi Christchurch is a place with new experiences around every corner. The Canterbury region is home to nature's most diverse playground, and the South Island's most modern and exciting city. Your unforgettable moments are waiting.



Accessible New Zealand

Travelling to New Zealand is easy to attend a conference

» Getting here is easy


Book Your Stay

From boutique luxury lodges & self-serviced apartments to modern hotels.

» Accommodation options


Pre & Post Touring

NZ is full of things to do. The hardest thing will be deciding what to do first.

» North & South Islands


Welcome to Ōtautahi Christchurch