Skip to content


Autumn Must Dos In Christchurch

Ōtautahi Christchurch

Top Autumn Activities

Ōtautahi Christchurch is home to an amazing autumn experience with gold and red hues filling the city as the temperatures begin to drop.

Before winter steals the show, embrace the season of beauty and bask in the last of the longer daylight hours with our top autumn must dos. 

Botanic Gardens

Take a deep breath and soak up the crisp, fresh air while marvelling at the season's kaleidoscope of colours during a relaxing stroll through Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens. And for those young at heart, why not relive your childhood memories by jumping into piles of crunchy, fallen leaves? It's the perfect way to add a little play to your day and have some autumnal fun. 

Punting On The Avon

An iconic Christchurch attraction not to be missed during the autumn months. Relax on board an informative punt ride and see the city and all the colours of the Botanic Gardens from a different perspective. Sink back into the seats of your punt, relax and let your thoughts drift away as you travel slowly along the river propelled by a skilled punter in Edwardian attire. 

Day Trip To A Winery

Autumn is harvest time for our vineyards and is a great opportunity to head out of the city for a few hours sipping award-winning vintages at some of North Canterbury’s superb wineries. Enjoy wine tastings, delicious food and gorgeous scenery.

Alternatively, if you're looking for an excellent winery a little closer to the city, Tussock Hill is the perfect choice. There is an effortless synergy between the wine and the food here which you can enjoy while you take in views across the city. 

Credit: Young Adventuress

Grab A Bike

Calling all thrill-seekers and nature lovers! The Port Hills boast an abundance of tracks tailored for both technical and non-technical riders, with the added perk of awe-inspiring views. And what better time to hit the trails than during autumn's ideal weather conditions. So, gear up and get ready to experience an adrenaline rush while immersing yourself in the picture perfect scenery. 

Farmers’ Markets

If you're looking for a taste of the local scene, then you simply can't miss Ōtautahi Christchurch’s flourishing Farmers’ Markets. Here you'll find a range of fresh in-season produce that will delight your taste buds and nourish your soul. From plump juicy fruits to crisp leafy greens, these markets have it all! And if you're in the mood for some artisanal delights or homemade treats, then you're in luck. These markets boast an array of homemade goods, including jams, bread, cheese, and much more. Get ready to fill your baskets.

Walk The Hills

Christchurch is filled with fantastic tracks to explore. With an array of trails catering to all energy levels, you're sure to find the perfect adventure for you. Whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll or a more vigorous hike through rugged landscapes, the hills have it all! And with the longer days slowly slipping away, there's no better time to soak up the sunshine and bask in the glory of the great outdoors. 

Dining On The Terrace

Sitting down for a meal at one of the many bars and restaurants along The Terrace is the perfect way to spend an autumn afternoon or evening. Not only are you spoilt for choice on cuisine options, but there are many balconies and outside dining areas you can park up to enjoy the views of the Avon River and autumn colours.  

Café Scene

Christchurch's café scene is undoubtedly one of the city's biggest draws for both locals and visitors alike. The city is home to a plethora of cute, quirky, and chic cafés that cater to all tastes and preferences. Whether you're in the mood for a quick caffeine fix, a relaxed brunch, or a sweet treat to satisfy your afternoon sweet tooth, you'll find it all in Christchurch's bustling café culture. Many of the cafés have gorgeous outdoor seating areas, perfect for soaking in the last of the sunshine, while others offer intimate indoor ambiance that's makes for a cosy space to get some work done or catch up with friends. 

Autumn Light Photo Shoot

Are you ready to capture the magic of Christchurch in autumn? Grab your camera and get ready to snap some stunning shots in the soft light. Head to any of the beautiful spots mentioned above, or your local park - don't forget to kick up some leaves for that classic autumn shot! Whether you're a professional photographer or just love to snap some shots for the 'gram, a Christchurch autumn photoshoot is a must-do activity that's sure to leave you with memories to treasure.