Whether you want to capture the perfect shot on your camera, or the perfect shot in your mind, golden hour is one of life’s beauties. Certainly, Christchurch has got some iconic places to watch the sunset and sunrise this summer. Hence why we have rounded up six of the best places to catch the spectacular glowing sky.
1. Port Hills
Hike up the picturesque hills to the Gibraltar Rock, and experience unforgettable views, and a dazzling golden hour. Indeed, sundown offers the greatest photo opportunities with a spectacular backdrop of the hills and ocean. No wonder this spot is one of the most instagrammable places in Christchurch.
📍 Canterbury, New Zealand
2. New Brighton Pier
Whether you appreciate photography or you just like to remember a good sunrise or sunset, this pier offers the best of both worlds. Popular with tourists, it is the longest pier in Australasia as it spans 300 meters. You’ll surely capture a magical sunset after a long day at the beach. This spot is also credited with one of the best places to have a picnic this summer.
📍 New Brighton, Christchurch 8061, New Zealand
3. Cashmere Hill Lookout
Easily accessible, this stunning area overlooks Christchurch, Lyttleton Harbour, the Banks Peninsula and the Southern Alps. Popular with dog walkers, picnic and hiking enthusiasts, it’s the perfect place to witness an enchanting sunset or sunrise in Christchurch. Perch yourself on the grassy hill, and watch in awe as the sun disappears, and the city lights appear.
📍 178 Hackthorne Road, Cashmere, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand
4. Godley Head Track
Pull yourself out of bed before sunrise, and head on a breathtaking coastal walk to experience a majestic sunrise. Alternatively, if you’re not a morning person, embark on the trail during the day, and perch yourself on the grassy hilltop with a picnic, and take in the therapeutic ocean breeze as the sun sets on the pacific ocean.
5. John Britten Reserve
Another Port Hills route favourite, this time your hiking up all the way up Mount Pleasant. With an unpredictable pink and blue pastels, orange and red sky…it’s hard to know what exactly you’ll be treated to. Nevertheless, it will be majestic as the colourful sky reflects the water in the distance.
📍 Mount Pleasant, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
6. Shag Rock
Opt to catch an unbeatable sunrise at this prior famous sea stack that was semi-destroyed by Christchurch earthquakes. If you’re feeling a little low, it’s the perfect way to kickstart your day, with a little morning glory. Alternatively, sunsets are also majestic here.
📍 288 Main Road, Clifton, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand