Christchurch, Family Activities


  • Southern Glamping

    Mobile Backyard Glamping that comes to you! No extra costs, no surprises, no GST, no travel charges. Everything is brought to you and done for you, so you do not need bring or do a... read more

  • Ko Tane Maori Cultural Experience

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  • Hurunui River Jet Boat

    Cruise the Hurunui River on a heart racing 45 minute jet boat ride showcasing the region’s wild coastline and beautiful farmlands. As the only jet boat tour operator on Hurunui River, you’ll be riding with the experts as they blast past shallow river braids, beautiful canyons and large boulder fields. Passing under three bridges and with numerous 360 degree spins, this energising jet boat ride isn’t just about the thrills.

    There will be plenty of stops along the way to enjoy the serenity and history of the area or snap a photo or two before a thrilling race to the end of the tour. Jet boat rides are kept small for an intimate and personalised experience. Book your Hurunui River jet boat ride online here for an unforgettable adventure near Hanmer Springs.

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  • Christchurch Adventure Park - chairlift

    Come along and experience New Zealand’s longest lift and the only one that has been designed specifically for mountain bike riders. Enjoy the beautiful sights as you make your way up the 1.8km long lift for a scenic ride.

    The chairlift is 10 minute journey to the peak where you will be greeted with stunning views of Christchurch, the Pacific Ocean and the Southern Alps. The chairlift is used to reach the Zipline Tour or the Downhill Bike Ride but can also just be used for sightseeing. At the end of the ride there is a short walk to a viewing platform where you can take your time perfecting your selfies and enjoying the view.

    The chairlift runs everyday from 12pm- 7pm and can take up to 4 guests at one time. A full paying adult must accompany children 12 years and under or any child under 120cm.

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  • Clip 'N Climb Christchurch

    Theme park meets climbing wall! Designed for everyone, this is great fun for kids and adults alike. No experience necessary, just wear loose clothes and trainers, and tackle our 38... read more

  • Ferrymead Golf - Mini Golf - Paintball - Kids Parties

    Ferrymead Golf is your premier entertainment centre!  Offering a range of enticing options for a fun family activity whether it be on the weekend, after school or during the school... read more

  • Orana Wildlife Park

    Orana Wildlife Park provides amazing opportunities for people to connect with wildlife. See Aotearoa’s only gorillas, hand feed majestic giraffe, meet mighty rhino up close, see th... read more

  • Ages 7+

    Adrenalin Forest

    Take a walk in the treetops! This is an adventure park in the heart of the forest, testing your agility and balance in a safe and controlled, but of course, super-fun environment! ... read more

  • Ages 2+

    Alpine Jet Thrills

    A thrilling NZ adventure the whole family can share! Experience the shallow, twisting streams, turquoise water and swaying broom of the mighty Waimakariri. Jet boating is a truly u... read more

  • The Adventure Centre

    The YMCA Christchurch Climbing Wall offers indoor climbing for all levels and ages. It's one of the largest walls in the South Island, with over 75 routes. The climbs range in diff... read more

  • Christchurch Punting

    Summer or winter, glide along the peaceful Avon River in Christchurch as a skilled punter propels you through the picturesque Botanic Gardens. In spring and summer the sunbeams spa... read more

  • Christchurch Gondola

    No visit to Christchurch is complete without riding the gondola up the Port Hills to take in the spectacular panoramic views. From here you will see Lyttelton Harbour, the Southern... read more

  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

    This is your guaranteed opportunity to see a real kiwi! This is a fantastic place for all the family as the range of experiences ensures there is something for everyone. For the li... read more

  • Air Force Museum of New Zealand

    The Air Force Museum has plenty to engage kids of all ages – amazing aircraft to see and stories to discover, lots of hands-on exhibits and activities, a spacious, family-friendly ... read more

  • Elemental Parties

    Elemental Rural Garden offers an in and outdoor party venue that is just bursting with possibilities!Partying at our place is like taking a step back in time and is full of life’s ... read more

  • Quail Island Adventures :: Black Cat Cruises September to April

    Spend a fascinating half-day exploring Quail Island, right in the middle of Lyttelton Harbour. Named after the now extinct native Quail, the island was used as a leprosy colony and... read more

  • Ages 5+

    Horse Riding - Rubicon Valley Horse Treks

    Rubicon Valley Horse Treks offers horse lovers and fun seekers a delightful choice of horse trekking options on Rubicon Farm – this amazing 2000 acre sheep farm is perfect for riding. The trails meander over rolling hills and flat river beds, skirting the sparkling Waimakariri River, creating a perfect mix of riding options for beginners and advanced riders alike.

    River Trail (2 hours riding)
    This is a slow paced ride and is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and ability; however, there is plenty of opportunity for some faster paced riding.

    Farm Show Trek (3 hours - 1.5 hours riding)
    Enjoy a horse trek and a farm show in one fun-filled 3 hour trek!   This ride is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and ability.

    River & Valley Trail (3 hours riding)
    This ride is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and ability; however, there is plenty of opportunity for some faster paced riding.

    Mountain Trail Ride (6 hours - 4.5 hours riding)
    This ride is perfect for riders who love spending plenty of time in the saddle. It is not recommended for children under 12 or people with a low level of fitness.

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  • Quake City : The Christchurch Earthquake Story

    Quake City tells stories of heroism, hope and loss from the Canterbury earthquakes. It explains the science and the phenomenon of liquefaction – when the shaking liquefied the grou... read more

  • Jet Boat through the Rakaia Gorge

    Hold on tight as your skillful driver weaves the jet through an intricate braided river channel system, skimming along the rocky banks and gushing waters, home to Salmon and Trout fish. Travelling at high speeds you will journey through the Rakaia Gorge, wind flowing through your hair and cool water splashing you with every twist and turn your driver makes as you take in the stunning scenery.

    The scrub covered hills change to towering coal and limestone cliffs in shades of greys and browns, carved in the land over millions of years. Marvel at the snow capped Southern Alps between exhilarating 360 degree spins! With highly experienced drivers they will show you the treasures of the gorge, accessing spots others can only dream of!
    Children under 5 years go FREE.

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  • Christchurch Tram

    Christchurch's iconic attraction and kids go FREE!The Christchurch Tram will have you experience the heart of the city and exploring many must-see sites along the way of the tram r... read more

  • MoveX Christchurch - Trampoline Park

    One bounce & you’ll be hooked on MoveX, challenging yourself to greater leaps & bounds.  We offer an extensive range of fun indoor activities to create the perfect day out for the... read more

  • Ages 5+

    Laser Strike

    The best fun in town!  Laser Strike is a unique experience; it's active, interactive, competitive and fun. The mysterious black-lit arena has a thrilling and exciting ambiance with... read more

  • Ages 5+

    Caddyshack City - the ultimate minigolf experience

    Caddyshack City is a fantastic, themed indoor mini golf experience. It's mini golf with a difference, with heaps of special effects and intricate models to try to get your ball aro... read more

  • Black Cat - Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

    Take a cruise around an extinct volcanic crater and experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife with Black Cat's Akaroa Harbour Cruises. Ideal for all ages - children and adu... read more

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Our favourite destinations…


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.