Christchurch, Family Activities

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  • Hanmer Tours & Shuttle

    Daily Passenger Transport between Hanmer Springs and Christchurch. We also connect with Christchurch International Airport. One way transfers between Hanmer Springs and Christchurch cost $35 per person. Same day return from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch costs $50. $10 per person surcharge for Christchurch Airport drop offs or pick ups. Daily departures from Hanmer Springs at 8 AM and from Christchurch at 13:00 PM.

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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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  • Banks Peninsula Track - Akaroa

    Beginning in the historic seaside village of Akaroa, New Zealand is the Banks Peninsula Track.
    New Zealand's premier private track prides itself on being an excellent eco-tourism experience, providing a diversity of wildlife, scenery and hospitality. The unique tramp across farmland and Hinewai reserve covers 35 km of spectacular volcanic coastline, native bush, waterfalls and sandy beaches. Each night's cosy accommodation reflects the character, history and individuality of the families who live nearby.

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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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  • Kiwi Guardian Outdoor Adventures

    Get the kids outside to have some FREE family fun connecting with nature at Toyota Kiwi Guardians sites nationwide.

    Toyota Kiwi Guardians highlights family-friendly, treasure hunt style activities at specific Department of Conservation sites that encourage kids to engage with the outdoors and, ultimately, earn themselves a medal for their efforts.

    The goal of the conservation programme is to turn Kiwi kids into guardians of the land and sea.

    A total of 50 sites are operational nationwide. Families can get started on their adventure by downloading the appropriate “treasure hunt” map from: www.kiwiguardians.co.nz

    Click on the area of New Zealand nearest to where you are to find the choices available closest to home.

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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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
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  • Taupo
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  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
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  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

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.