Family Fun in Christchurch
Christchurch has heaps of fun family activities to encourage you to get out there and enjoy some time together. Here are our top picks.
Learn to Surf
Hit the waves and learn how to hang 10! New Brighton and Sumner are great spots to learn to surf, with lessons and gear hire available for all ages and stages. Have fun in a relaxed atmosphere, and be prepared for lots of laughs.
Pet the Animals
Arion Farm Education Park is a great spot to get up close and personal to a variety of animals. For a small fee, you can purchase a bag of animal food to feed the animals as you are walking around the park. You can even become an adoptive parent of animals with all funds going towards food, vet care and maintenance of animal homes.
The International Antarctic Centre transports a slice of this astounding continent to Christchurch, with a range of immersive experiences that allow everyday visitors to see, touch, feel and fall in love with Antarctica. Brave an Antarctic storm, go off-road in a Hägglund, befriend a husky, mingle with the penguins, experience Antarctica from all four dimensions and leave with a head full of knowledge, a heart full of love and an inspiration to take action. See it. Love it. Save it.
Get up Close to Amazing Animals
Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand's only open-range zoo. The park is huge, definitely an all day affair! View lions, rhino and tigers…the list goes on. An all-time favourite has to be hand feeding the giraffe. The giraffe encounter is one of the most popular attractions in the park, so be sure to check feeding times and get there early.
Try to Get a Hole in 1
Fancy a spot of mini golf? Our top picks are Volcano Park Mini Putt featuring a waterfall and an old shed entombed in a volcanic mountain or the Scottish themed McDuffs 18-hole course. Be sure to watch out for the Loch Ness Monster! If you're looking for some fun on a drizzly day, head to CaddyShack City where you even get a lollipop on the last hole!
Ride the Tram
Take a step back in time and ride the iconic Christchurch Tram. The restored historic trams are a fun way to explore the city, with great commentary. Hop on and off as much as you like!
Go like the Wind
If your family is aged somewhere between 8 and 80 years old then this is an awesome 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!
See Native Wildlife
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 and feeding farmyard animals. You can even feed slippery eels, just watch they don't bite you!
Get competitive with the family at Laser Strike. This unique, interactive and fun experience takes place in a darkened room complete with fast-paced music and moody lighting. Who will be the family champion and get the most tags? Only one way to find out ...
Learn to Boulder
Enjoy the lower angle walls and big handholds perfect for kids at Uprising. Progress the levels and refine your bouldering skills!