Christchurch, Family Activities

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  • Hanmer Connection

    Shuttle between Christchurch and Hanmer Springs.
    Travel by coach to the magnificent Hanmer Springs Alpine Village
    Hanmer Springs is surrounded by forest and mountains and offers an extensive range of activities for visitors both young and old. Hanmer also features a wide range of walking and mountain bike trails, short and long walks, horse riding, golf and for the most extreme adventurer Bungy Jumping, Rafting, Jet boating and Quad biking.

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  • Ages 10+

    Christchurch Segway Tour

    Enjoy a 2 hour Guided Segway Tour of Christchurch. A highly rated attraction offering 2 hour tours showing off either Christchurch's history, or alternatively how our city is rebuilding after our earthquakes of 2010 & 2011. Helmet and full instruction given. Our tour takes in parks, gardens, and historical sites of interest. We also point out restaurants of note, and great places to shop!

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  • 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.

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  • Kowhai Farm - horseriding and lessons

    All things horse!  Treks, lessons, care - complete beginners to advanced level riders are always welcome.  Your full day ride includes helping to catch, groom, saddle and bridle your horse
    followed by a flat work group lesson with a helpfull instructor working on basic position and control of the horse.
    Lessons available for different levels, or jumping for experienced riders.

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  • Ages 4+

    Proactive Martial Arts

    Proactive Martial Arts provide children from as young as 4 years old and up to build life-skills in taking turns, managing anger, following directions, teamwork, self-esteem, attention span and a positive attitude.  Offering courses for 4-7 years (Tigers), 8-11 years (Pathers) and 12-15 years (Xtreme Martial Arts) and Freestyle Martial Arts for those aged 16+ years. Offered in four locations around Christchurch, call us today for chat about what our program can offer your family.

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    • Phone: 03 3666 000
    • Location: Riccarton / Cashmere / Templeton / Papanui
  • Margaret Mahy Family Playground

    This spectacular all-ages, all-abilities playground is named after one of Canterbury's much-loved authors, Margaret Mahy. Plenty of thought and planning has gone into making the playground an amazing place for all. Here's what you'll find:
    - Playground equipment, like the 4 metre wide-slide and double flying fox.
    - Sand play, swings, rockers and a crawl tunnel for toddlers.
    - Water cannons, sprinklers and a splash pad with controllable jets.
    - Separate activity zones for different age groups.
    - Food and beverage retailers - Rollickin' Gelato, Berry Healthy Real Fruit Ice Cream, Mo Coffee and Bueno Cantina.
    - Lawn picnic areas and seating.
    - Public toilet, change facilities and shade canopy.
    - And plenty more to discover!

    The Playground is free to visit and open all day everyday. There is a free car park at 177 Armagh Street.

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    • Location: 177 Armagh St, Christchurch
  • Imagination Station

    The Imagination Station is a charity run, not-for-profit play and education centre with a whole lot of Lego! We provide a play area for children and adults that is FREE to access (... read more

  • Ages 10+

    Crate Escape

    Crate Escape is an exciting real life escape game in the middle of Christchurch. You and a group of friends are confined to a room, full of hidden clues, locks and puzzles for 60 minutes.  Your goal is to solve all the puzzles and escape with time to spare!  Crate Escape is great for friends and family or as a team-building activity, birthday party idea for schools, clubs or other groups. Everyone must WORK TOGETHER to escape from the room.

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    • Phone: 021 0291 0169
    • Location: 196 Armagh Street Central City, Christchurch
  • Ages 10+

    Delta Force Paintball

    Paintball in Christchurch- Delta Force Paintball’s amazing Christchurch centre is just a 20 minute drive from the city, and will give you a day filled with action-packed fun. Minimum Age: 10 years.

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    • Phone: 0800 850 744
    • Location: 1076 Mcleans Island Road, Mcleans Island, Christchurch
  • Pirate's Island Adventure Golf

    Pirate's Island Adventure Golf is Christchurch's iconic mini-golf centre, located in Burnside only 5 minutes from the airport.  This is a great entertaining family adventure, that Mum, Dad and the kids will love!  Based on a pirate theme, the fabulously landscaped grounds will captivate the imagination of both young and old alike.  Players have the opportunity to putt over pirate ships, past cascading waterfalls, through haunted treasure caves and past shark infested waters.  With Birthday Party packages and School Holiday specials available, mini-golf has never been more fun or an easy choice for a guaranteed fun day out with your friends and family.  Let your golfing adventures begin here!

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    • Phone: 03 358 9250
    • Location: 196 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch
  • TranzAlpine :: Christchurch to Greymouth

    The TranzAlpine scenic train journeys between Christchurch and Greymouth, crossing from one coast of NZ to the other.  You'll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River.  Featuring huge panoramic windows and an on board licensed café, make it a day trip or stay and explore some more.

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    • Phone: 04 495 0775
    • Location: Troup Drive, Addington, Christchurch
  • Chipmunks Wigram

    Open 7 days; Chipmunks Wigram is located in Western Christchurch and handy to major arterial routes. We welcome customers to a clean, spacious and comfortable play centre.  There is plenty of parking and many great features that include an extensive range of safe and exciting play ground equipment suitable for children aged 0-11 years. Adults (wearing socks) may supervise children in most areas. A full service cafe is also onsite.

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    • Phone: 03 348 7256
    • Location: 218 Main South Road Wigram, Christchurch
  • Hassle-free Tours

    Hassle Free Tours offers your family the choice of a scenic experience into the breathtaking Southern Alps, a visit to a Lord of the Rings filming location, or a 2 hour discovery trip like no other seeing the sights of Christchurch from the top deck of our Classic London Double Decker bus.

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  • Ferrymead Heritage Park

    Step back in time at one of NZ's premier Heritage Attractions! Lots of interactive fun and activities for the family. Ferrymead Heritage Park is a great place to take the kids and have fun as you 'step back in time'.

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    • Phone: 03 384 1970
    • Location: Ferrymead Park Drive, Ferrymead, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Cookie Time

    Who doesn't love cookies!  The Cookie Time factory shop is a cookie lover’s paradise and with the entire building painted in cookies its hard not to miss!  With recent additions in-store of the Kids Fun Zone, complete with a cut in half Mini Car, the Factory Shop has great tasting products and cool merchandise making it one of Christchurch's 'must see' attractions!

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    • Phone: 03 349 3523
    • Location: 789 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch
  • The Court Theatre

    The Court Theatre is a professional theatre company based in Christchurch that houses an air-conditioned 390 seat auditorium. Offering a range of entertaining theatre performances year round for young and old including regular shows for the family. Check out their website for ‘What’s on’ including their ‘upcoming shows’ and look out for those performances that will run during the school holidays. Got a budding performer? Check out their education and training school holiday programme for kids aged 9-15 years.

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    • Phone: 03 963 0870
    • Location: Bernard Street, Addington, Christchurch
  • Ages 8+

    Christchurch Paddleboarding

    Christchurch Paddleboarding is the first paddleboarding school to be accredited in New Zealand and provides fun and exciting lessons for the kids, adults or all of you as a family group. Get onto the water in a safe and controlled environment, hop onto our sturdy, stable inflatable paddleboards and experience the joy and freedom of the SUP! Our lessons take you from beginner to confident and competent with professional instruction and a tried and tested format. Once you realise how much fun this is, you'll be hooked! We also hire and sell Red Air (the world's leading and best-selling inflatable).

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  • Alpine Ice

    Alpine Ice caters for all ice skating requirements including private hire, private lessons, public ice skating or to be the host of your next birthday party.

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    • Phone: 03 366 9183
    • Location: 495 Brougham Street,Opawa, Christchurch
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Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

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

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.

Christchurch

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.

Queenstown

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

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!

Northland

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.