A rainy day doesn’t mean you need to be stuck inside, check out our comprehensive list of activities for children and adults alike in the central city.
Travelling into town
- Bus – getting the bus into town has never been easier. Visit Metro to plan your bus trip. Make sure you get a Metrocard to make travelling faster and cheaper, pick one up for $10 at the Bus Interchange or at various library’s around the city. You can then load your card across the Metro services.
- Car – the central city has plenty of on-street and covered car parking options, check out the car park map to find the best option for you. Until 31 January 2019 the Art Gallery or Lichfield Street parking buildings have free parking for the first hour.
What to do
Burn off some energy and test your skills on the YMCA rock climbing wall. There is no minimum or maximum age so all the family can have a go. All Clip ‘n’ Climb sessions start on the hour, for thrill seekers make sure you also try out the Vertical Drop and the Leap of Faith.
You could easily spend half a day at our new central city library. There’s so much to do, start at the top and take in the sites of the city from one of the two roof gardens, let the kids get creative with LEGO or DUPLO, technology such as 3D printers and sewing machines or create and edit music. For those looking for something more relaxing grab a drink from the espresso bar on the ground floor, choose some good books and pull up a bean bag for some quiet time.
The size of the gallery alone is enough to keep kids entertained for hours. Not only does it house collections from classics to modern art, it regularly showcases work from New Zealand and international artists. The gallery often runs free workshops for budding young artists and free guided tours , including ‘Oh Baby its Art’ on the first Thursday of every month.
Possibly the best rainy day activity in Christchurch, the Museum has it all. Space to explore, exhibitions to wander, a café to relax in. Firm favourites include Fred & Myrtle’s Paua Shell House the mini-cinema set up inside the house is a must-do. The ever popular Discovery is an amazing place for kids to learn about our amazing world and the creatures that share it by digging for fossils, watching the live tarantulas or investigating the beautiful butterfly room.
Even on a wet day the Tram is a great option for kids. Jump on at Cathedral Junction so you don’t get wet while waiting, sit back and enjoy a guided tour of the city from one of the friendly and knowledgeable drivers.
6. Quake City
Learn about Christchurch’s earthquake history and the extraordinary response of the emergency services, international rescue teams, the thousands of volunteers who pitched in to help.