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Family Fun In Christchurch

Family Fun In Ōtautahi Christchurch

Ōtautahi Christchurch is a playground of fun and adventure with heaps of family activities to encourage you to get out there and enjoy some time together. Here are our top picks.

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. 

Discover Antarctica

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 and mingle with the penguins.

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. 

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!

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Definitely quintessential Christchurch. Gather the troops and spend an afternoon climbing trees, feeding ducks, scooting the paths and checking out the playground at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Go Like The Wind

If your family is aged somewhere between 8 and 80 years old, then this is the perfect activity for you. Velocity Karts are easy to learn and full tuition is provided before you get behind the wheel. Go on and embrace that nor-wester!

Get A Hole In 1

Fancy a spot of mini golf? Our top picks are Jurassic Adventure, where you can experience the life-sized dinosaurs while playing mini golf, or the Alice in Wonderland themed, 18-hole indoor mini golf and blacklight space - Alice in Putterland! If you're looking an iconic Christchurch activity, head to CaddyShack City where you even get a lollipop on the last hole!

Rauora Park

Get the sneakers on and head for a game of basketball, table tennis or try the pump track in the East Frame. Top off your day by exploring the street art and Gap Filler projects in the area.

Fun At Margaret Mahy Playground

The Margaret Mahy Playground is a 'must do' for any family trip into Christchurch. The slides, spider web, flying fox and water play will keep little and big kids entertained for hours.

Antigua Boat Sheds

Hire a paddle-boat or kayak at the Antigua Boat Sheds and challenge the family to a race down the Avon River. Try not to get too wet!

Feed Eels At The Terraces

Feed the eels from the steps of The Terraces next to the Bridge of Remembrance. Did you know there are special eel condos built under The Terraces. How cool is that!

Take In The View From The Gondola

The Christchurch Gondola offers stunning panoramic views of the city, Lyttelton Harbour, and beyond. Once at the top, the summit station offers plenty to entertain: explore the many walking tracks, learn about the history of the area.