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
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
Orana Wildlife Park
Orana Wildlife Park is a must-do attraction in Christchurch. It is New Zealand’s only open-range zoo and is home to the country's only gorillas! Orana provides a range of exciting ... read more
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
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- Web: www.ymcachch.org.nz/fitness-and-climbing/clipnclimb/
- Phone: 03 377 3000
- Location: Cnr Waltham Road & Byron Street, Sydneham, Christchurch
Canterbury Museum is a window into the wonders of New Zealand and has been operating and collecting treasures for 150 years. From moa to Antarctic penguins and intriguing artefacts... read more
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)read more
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.
- Web: kidzgo.everythingnewzealand.com/horse-riding-rubicon-valley-horse-treks-christchurch-1212/
- Location: Rubicon Valley Horse Treks, 534 Rubicon Rd, Springfield, Canterbury
Ko Tane Maori Cultural Experience
Ko Tane – which is set only 15 minutes from Christchurch in the beautiful surroundings of Willowbank Wildlife Reserve – is the only Māori cultural experience on the South Island and is dedicated to bringing you a truly authentic representation of New Zealand’s past.
Before the European arrival to New Zealand, the South Island Ngai Tahu tribe – through trial and tribulation – had developed a well-entrenched tradition that included interactions with other tribes (usually for strategic marriages, but sometimes for war), hunting, crafting, martial arts, dancing, singing, games, storytelling and spiritual ritual.
As you watch (and even join in) the key traditional actions of the Ngai Tahu, you will get a sense of the passionate pride and spiritual strengths this group still carry within themselves.
After the performance by the kapa haka group, you will be served four delicious courses of traditional Hangi cooked meals, including meat, native vegetables, salads and dessert (a selection of wine and beer available from the licensed bar). During your meal, you will be able to interact with the Ko Tane performers.
Guided Kiwi Tour
Prior to your Ko Tane Māori Cultural Experience, a Willowbank park warden will lead you on a guided kiwi tour to see the amazing kiwi bird.
- Web: kidzgo.everythingnewzealand.com/ko-tane-maori-cultural-experience-christchurch-1209/
- Location: Departs Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, 60 Hussey Rd, Northwood, Christchurch
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
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- Web: kidzgo.everythingnewzealand.com/jet-boat-alpine-jet-thrills-christchurch-1079/
- Phone: 03 385 1478
- Location: Launching Ramp under Highway No 1 Bridge, Waimakariri Regional Park
Two choices of outrageous fun on three wheels plus the new option of Human Foosball! Suitable for kids from 8 years and up, Velocity Karts offers wind-powered blokart land yachts ... read more
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
YMCA Climbing Wall
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
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- Web: www.ymcachch.org.nz/fitness-and-climbing/adventurecentre/climbingwall/
- Phone: 03 377 3000
- Location: YMCA Adventure Centre, 239 Waltham Road, Christchurch
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
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
MoveX Christchurch - your home of bouncing good fun! Here at Flip Out we have a huge trampoline park that is awesome for the kids (and adults alike), come and try our main arena, k... read more
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
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
Learn to Surf
Taking a surf lesson, for adults and kids alike, is exhilarating, exciting and very rewarding - not to mention the enormous water-confidence and competence boost it will give you! ... read more
Bargain Rental Cars
This is a family owned and operated, family-friendly car and van rental business offering awesome service and quality along with incredible prices – you need look no further!We hav... 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!read more
Children under 5 years go FREE.
- Web: kidzgo.everythingnewzealand.com/jet-boat-discovery-jet-rakaia-gorge-christchurch-1289/
- Location: Departs Terrace Downs Resort, Coleridge Road, Windwhistle, Canterbury
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
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
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- Web: www.christchurchattractions.nz/christchurch_gondola/
- Phone: 03 384 0310
- Location: 10 Bridle Path Road, Christchurch
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
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- Web: www.christchurchattractions.nz/avon-river-punting/
- Phone: 03 366 0337
- Location: 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch
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
Lyttelton Port of Christchurch Cruise
Did you know that 99% of Canterbury's trade is by sea? Learn this and more on a free Lyttelton Port of Christchurch harbour cruise, offered once a month. Relax onboard and take in the sights of the port from the water. In one hour cruise you will learn about the port's various operational areas which are at the heart of international trade for Canterbury. The cruise takes visitors alongside Cashin Quay and the container terminal where they can see the cranes and straddles at work. Other points of interest include the historic dry dock and the coal stockpile. An informative commentary is provided throughout the tour. Although the cruise is free we do ask that you consider making a gold coin donation, which goes to support local charities.
To book a free public port tour, contact Lyttelton Port of Christchurch reception on 328-8198.read more
- Central Otago
- Bay of Plenty
- Hawkes Bay
- Marlborough Sounds
- Nelson & Golden Bay
- North Canterbury
- South Canterbury
- West Coast
- Bay of Islands
- Palmerston North
- New Plymouth
- Te Anau
- Mt Cook
- Abel Tasman
- Nelson Lakes
- Stewart Island
- Central Plateau
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!
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.
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.