Pack a picnic and explore our hidden gems.
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens are a lush green oasis in the heart of Christchurch, the perfect place for a romantic picnic amongst the trees. There is always a quiet corner to sit, relax and listen to the birds singing. The Gardens are fantastic for families with trees to climb, a large playground area and a paddling pool.
Unpack your picnic basket, sip on a glass of bubbles and enjoy the view from the top of Mt Cavendish. The panoramic views of Canterbury from the top of the Port Hills are spectacular. Want to see more? Experience a helicopter flight to Mt Herbert, the highest peak on Banks Peninsula. A magical day you will never forget!
How to get there? Take bus 28 to Lyttelton or the Gondola Shuttle from the Canterbury Museum.
Orton Bradley Park
Ideal for a day out with the whole family, the park has everything you need: paddocks, creeks, native forest and loads of rocks to climb. Sit back and relax while the children splash around in the creeks and play in the paddocks. Take a walk to Big Rock - an awesome place to test your climbing and balancing skills.
A small entry fee to Orton Bradley Park of $5 for adults, $1 for children (up to 10 children) applies.
Get your kayak out of the garage and head over to Lyttelton to spend a day exploring Quail Island. The Island was a former leprosy colony and has a lots of history and wildlife to discover. The small beaches are great for picnics and swimming in the shallow water. You can also get to Quail Island with Black Cat Cruises Quail Island Ferry or Lyttelton Kayaks.
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