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Attractions/Activities open on Christmas Day 2018

The following attractions/activities are open on Christmas Day. Please make sure you refer to individual operator websites for more detail.

Akaroa Dolphins

  • Cruise departs 3pm (check in 2:30pm). Cost $100.00 per adult, $55.00 per child and $30.00 for under 5’s.

Ballooning Canterbury

  • Start your Christmas Day with a Hot Air Balloon ride departing 4:45am, cost $450 per person.

Black Cat Cruises

  • A 20% surcharge applies to all bookings on Christmas Day. The Diamond Harbour ferry runs to a Saturday timetable and Quail Island is closed Christmas Day.

Botanic Gardens

  • The Botanic Gardens are open on Christmas Day however the conservatories and Ilex Café/Visitor Centre are closed.

Christchurch Adventure Park

  • The Park and Café will be open from 9am – 9pm with the chairlift running from 10am – 8pm. There will also be 2 for 1 pricing on:
    * Single Uplift
    * 5 Uplift
    * Day Pass
    * All Lessons
    * Bike Rental and Insurance
    * DH Apprentice

Christchurch Attractions

  • Tram open from 10am – 4pm.
  • Punting open from 10am – 4pm. 


  • Open from 2pm with some eateries open. 

International Antarctic Centre

  • Open from 9am – 5:30pm.

Kaikoura Kayaks

  • Tours departing at 8.30am and 12.30pm. Cost is a $150 per person. Bookings essential.


  • Running limited services Christmas Day. Operating normal timetable every other day.

Metro Bus and Ferry

  • Operating Sunday timetable on Christmas Day. All services stopping at 6pm.

Great Journeys of New Zealand – Interislander Ferry

  • Operating subject to availability.

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