7 Free Things To Do In Christchurch
There’s never been a better time to get acquainted with activities around Ōtautahi Christchurch that won’t break the bank. We’re so lucky to have a diversity of open spaces, amazing natural locations, and free public amenities.
Take a wander around and check out these sweet spots. And hey, if you wanted to stop into a nearby café afterwards for a cuppa, that’d be swell.
Our central city library is an architectural landmark, a hub for fun and learning, and an epic place to hang out for a few hours. Entertain the kids with Imagination Station’s Lego pits or find your next great read (plus, Christchurch City Council recently waived late fees…). Open seven days a week.
Christchurch Botanic Gardens Conservatories
Splendid across all seasons, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens’ six conservatories are impressive indoor spaces to explore. Cunningham House is a tropical oasis, boasting plants from around the world including banana palms. Its second-storey balcony offers amazing canopy views. Check out the cactus house for desert vibes.
PT In The Park
Forget the gym and do your weekly workout with PT in the Park. These guys run a free group training session every Saturday at 9am. Head to Carlton Corner in Hagley Park and look for the teardrop flags. Their classes are held by qualified trainers, have been running for a decade, and cater to all ages and abilities.
Sitting proudly at the heritage hotspot of Rolleston Ave and Worcester Boulevard, Canterbury Museum is a must-visit free destination. Interactive exhibits, taxidermy animals, contemporary and iconic art, and an incredible Antarctic collection – how good that this is all on offer for free.
Christchurch Art Gallery
One of the CBD’s most popular destinations, Christchurch Art Gallery is a cornucopia of creative treasure. New Zealand art sits alongside international artefacts, in a building worth a visit for architectural value alone. Check out the revolving exhibits as well as the gallery’s impressive permanent collection.
Air Force Museum Of New Zealand
The kids and aviation geeks alike will thank you for a trip to the Air Force Museum in Wigram. Hangars filled with historic planes, the telling of important Kiwi stories, all at the birthplace of New Zealand’s Air Force. Kids can sit in cockpits and follow treasure hunts, and they do a fantastic birthday party experience
Bottle Lake Forest Fairy Village
A magical forest escape awaits families that visit Bottle Lake Forest Fairy Village. This wonderland is fully accessible and includes hundreds of fairy houses attached to trees. It sprung up after the first Covid lockdown and has become a wonderland of creativity and adventure. Take the kids for hours of woodland exploration.