Spring - It's Our Thing
There's no better place to enjoy Spring than here in the garden city of Christchurch! Say goodbye to Winter as life and colour bloom in Spring. Explore the gardens, bike under blossoms, surf and ski in one day, pat baby animals or enjoy a bite to eat.
Explore Spring Flowers in Christchurch
The best way to celebrate Spring is to get out and smell the flowers. Literally. Grab your bike and check out the famous Cherry Blossoms at Hagley Park or head to Kurashiki Garden in Halswell, part of the Sister City Gardens. The gardens delight with plantings from each of our sister cities and the Japanese cherry blossoms will be in full swing.
You can't miss daffodils in Spring but the best spots to see them in full bloom is at Hagley Park, particularly along Harper Ave and the Ōtakaro Avon River. See them from the water with a punt down the river or have a mini adventure with a hired kayak from the Antigua Boat Sheds.
Surf and Ski in One Day
There are few places in the world where you can surf and ski in one day, but in Christchurch, you can tick this one off! A bucket list item for any snow and water sports lovers, if just for the bragging rights.
Head out in the early am to one of the 3 fields within 2 hours of Christchurch airport. Check out award-winning Mount Hutt in Mid Canterbury, or Porter's Alpine Resort and Mt. Cheeseman Ski Field in Selwyn. Then swap the slopes for the surf at one of Christchurch's surf breaks.
Visit the Christchurch Gardens in Bloom
Farewell the dreary Winter months with the vibrant colours and fragrant scent of Spring! Christchurch is home to more than 740 gardens and parks for you to explore.
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens is an obvious favourite with the daffodils, rose garden and Cunningham house. Be sure to grab a bite and coffee at Ilex. Close by, Mona Vale's stunning heritage homestead is surrounded by sloping lawns, a large rose garden, and a water lily pond. Stop and enjoy their famous high tea for a spot of luxury. If you're looking for something out of the city, Ōhinetahi in Governors Bay is internationally recognised as a garden of significance. Sprawling over 1.25 hectares, it's home to two galleries, sculpture, and woodland trails.
Dine Outside in Christchurch
Go alfresco with the weather warming up. There's nothing like basking in the sun over lunch or a few cocktails! Head to Smash Palace for a quirky vibe with beers served out of a converted bus. Or head to OGB for their famous burgers and enjoy live music in their courtyard.
See the Baby Animals in Spring
Spring is about new life – not just in the gardens! Stroll along the Ōtākaro Avon River to see the wee ducklings. Or better yet, grab a hire scooter and zip along the Avon Loop, then down past Margaret Mahy playground.
Grab the kids (or the big kids) and head to Arion Farm Park or Willowbank to see newborn lambs, pigs, and bunnies hopping around. Be sure to grab a bag of feed at the shop so you can hand feed the animals. Spring is also the season when our national bird, the Kiwi, gets active and starts breeding. Willowbank's nocturnal Kiwi house is one of the best places to see these birds in real life.