InterCity® operates cheap buses from Nelson to Christchurch with services departing from the Millers Acre Carpark, at 41 Halifax Street.

The journey from Nelson to Christchurch takes approximately 10 hours with one transfer and arrives in Christchurch outside the Bus Exchange on Lichfield Street. Read about our new Nelson to Christchurch buses.

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About Christchurch

Ōtautahi Christchurch is known nation wide as the Garden City of New Zealand. With many beautiful parks and gardens located in Christchurch, this city is a nature lovers' paradise! Whilst the destructive 2010 and 2011 earthquakes devastated parts of the city, it is continuing to strengthen and rebuild. 

There are many must-do activities for visitors to Christchurch, including punting on the Ōtākaro Avon River, hot air ballooning, checking out the animals at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and the International Antarctic Centre.

As Christchurch is located on the coast, visitors can also spend some time at one of the many beaches in the region! The kids will enjoy swimming, making sandcastles and chasing the waves too! Other family-friendly activities include ice skating, jumping around at one of the trampoline parks and horse trekking along the beach. 

To learn more about the history and heritage of New Zealand's second oldest city, pay a visit to the Canterbury Museum, the Christchurch Art Gallery and simply stroll around the city centre viewing some of the cities earthquake ruins. 

Christchurch has an extensive urban bus network, making it easy to get around! For more details on Christchurch bus routes and timetables, visit

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