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Have Some Awesome Family Fun

Christchurch has heaps of fun family activities to encourage you to get out there as a family and enjoy some time together. Here are our top 12 family friendly activities in the city. 

Climb to new heights

Are the kids driving you up the wall?  Why not challenge them by trying rock climbing?Climbing is a great sport not only for the body but also to test mind. At Clip n' Climb it is simple as clipping in and climbing! 

Explore Quail Island

Spend a day exploring Quail Island - catch the ferry over from Lyttelton and learn about the history of this small island in the middle of the harbour. Quail Island has great walks and spots to swim - perfect for a day out. 

Discover Antarctica  

Visit the International Antarctic Centre to get a taste of the "coolest" continent. With huskies, penguins and a hagglund ride there is a lot to see in a day. 

Learn to Surf

Hit the waves and learn how to hang 10! New Brighton and Sumner are great spots to learn to surf - with board hire and instructors this is a fun way to try something new. 


Ride the tram

Take a step back in time and ride the iconic Christchurch tram. These restored historic trams are a great way to explore the city in style and learn about old forms of transport. 

Pet the animals

Arion Farm is a great spot to get dirty and feed animals. You can pet and feed a variety of animals - hot tip: bring a picnic to make a day of it.

Paddle boat or Kayak on the Avon

A classic Christchurch family outing is heading down to the Antigua Boatsheds and hiring a paddle-boat of kayak to explore the Avon river. Challenge your kids to a race or take your time enjoy the beautiful scenery around the gardens.  

Get up close to amazing animals

Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand's only open-range zoo. This park is an awe-inspiring outing to view lions, rhino, tigers and more. Plus you can also feed the giraffes!

Try to get a hole in 1. 

Fancy a spot of mini golf? The city is full of fabulous spots to have a putt! Head to Caddyshack City where you get a lollipop on the last hole! 

Ride the train

For something a little different head to the Halswell Domain and ride the Miniature Train. Open each Sunday (weather permitting), this ride is a must do for all those train fans out there.

Feed the animals

Kids love getting up close with animals, and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is a great way for them to learn about native birds as well as seeing a lot of farmyard animals in person - you can even feed the eels!

Go like the wind

If your family is aged somewhere between 8 and 80 years old then this is a great activity to have them excited all week. Velocity Karts are easy to learn and full tuition is provided before you get behind the wheel… go on and embrace that nor-wester!

If you are after family activities that are easy on the pocket - check out our suggestions