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Our Five Best Secrets

To support our region in these unprecedented times, ChristchurchNZ has launched the Explore your Place campaign. Read about it here and #exploreyourplace

Our five best secrets…sssh don’t tell everyone!

Ok, the time has come to share some secrets. In these times, it’s important to stay well, stay active and you live in the ideal region to do that. 

We crowd-sourced the city’s best secrets to share with you. Local knowledge for the win

Godley Head campground

This is legitimately one of the most unique campgrounds in the country. Set in the middle of a World War II defence battery site, Godley Head is surrounded by lush lawns and the Pacific Ocean. 

Explore the historic site around you, walk to Taylor’s Mistake for a surf and a swim, or cruise around the many Port Hills tracks by bike or on foot. 

$15 per night will get you a spot. Head along Summit Rd from the top of Evans Pass, above Sumner. 

Kayak ramp into the Ōtākaro Avon River

How many of you have kayaked on the Ōtākaro Avon River? Not many? If any? THIS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING! 

Ōtautahi Christchurch has one of the country’s only central city kayak launch ramps, direct into the river. It’s part of the Avon Loop walkway on Oxford Tce and makes it easier than ever to explore the river from water level. Get out there and get amongst it! 

You’ll find it just off Kilmore St near Pomeroy’s. 

Barefoot, Portershed, Grater Goods

Ōtautahi Christchurch has the best vegan cafes in the country. Period. We might be biased, but come on, look at what we’ve got going on! 

Portershed has a massive cabinet range, Barefoot Eatery’s smashed avocado has been nationally recognised, and Grater Goods makes an awesome vegan chorizo and other charcuterie goods. Epic. 

Check these guys out for delicious, guilt-free eats. 

Corsair Bay

Could this be the best swimming beach in Ōtautahi Christchurch? This epic spot is 20 minutes from the central city but feels like a world away. 

This chill spot is equipped with car parks, changing rooms, and links to Lyttelton via a cool coast walk. Hang out on the lawns, chill on the beach, and soak up this epic hidden gem 

Turn right on the Lyttelton side of the tunnel and you’ll be there in two minutes, or head left off Dyers Pass Rd for 10 minutes. 

Southshore Spit

An accessible peninsula surrounded by birdlife and epic views? Why have we not all been to Southshore Spit? Weekend activity sorted. 

Boardwalks open spaces, sand dunes and an endless beach. Umm….SOLD. 

Start at South New Brighton Domain and head south along the estuary. Loop around the spit and come back along the dunes.