8 Christchurch Bucket List Experiences To Tick Off This Summer
Ōtautahi Christchurch has been a visitor destination for yonks, and we’ve got the tourist attractions to prove it.
But how many of these things have you actually ticked off? Have you tried being a tourist in your own city? Do the tourists know Christchurch better than you?
Do something about it and check out our pick of the top bucket list experiences and attractions on offer in New Zealand’s second largest city. Plus, if you’re stuck for an original gift idea, why not give your loved one an experience to remember?
See NZ's Only Gorillas At Orana Park
Without a doubt, Gorillas are the world's most impressive primates. Now imagine walking among them, epic right? Well, technically you won't walk among them but view them from a distance in the extensive Great Ape Centre. This attraction is the most ambitious project undertaken by the park and supports the park's international zoo-based breeding programme for this critically endangered species.
International Antarctic Centre
As close as you’ll get to the great icy continent yourself, the International Antarctic Centre is well worth a visit. They’ve got penguins, a Hägglund ride over make-shift ice crevasses, a simulated storm room, and a 4D cinema. The team at IAC are advocates for Antarctica, and want you to join them.
Punting, Gondola, And The Tram
It’s not a tourist trip to Christchurch without ticking off at least one of these classic experiences. Christchurch Attractions operates Punting on the Avon, the Christchurch Gondola, and the Christchurch Tram. Sure they seem touristy, but for good reason. See the city from a new angle.
Day Walk On Ōtamahua/Quail Island
How lucky are we to have an explorable harbour right on our doorstep? But have you really explored? This summer, jump on a Black Cat Cruise in Lyttelton for a short ride to Ōtamahua/Quail Island. Take the loop walk and check out ship wrecks and dog kennels used by famous Antarctic explorers. There’s even a hut to stay in overnight for the true adventure.
Zipline At Christchurch Adventure Park
A dash of height and a bucketload of adrenalin awaits you at Christchurch Adventure Park – home to New Zealand’s longest and highest zipline. Take the chairlift to the top and get back to home base using four epic ziplines. The longest is over 1 kilometre long and ends at the park’s epic café, serving pizza and beers. So… why haven’t you done this yet?
Paddle Board Tour Of The Avon
The Ōtākaro Avon River is experiencing a revival as a waterway of significance and fun. There are so many ways to explore the water, with one of the best being a paddle board tour! Check out Airborn Paddling for a range of tour options inlcuding a cool city float taking in The Terrace and under numerous city bridges.
We’ve all seen this tram trundling its way around town after dark. But how many of us have actually eaten dinner on it? Think about it: a gourmet meal, on a heritage tram, as it winds its way through the central city – what’s not to love? It’s the only tramway restaurant in the country, and has recently undergone a massive restoration.
Christchurch Farmers’ Market And Riccarton Bush Walk
Arguably the most popular farmers’ market for foodies, Christchurch Farmers’ Market is more than just stalls and Danishes. Get your fresh veg, a coffee or chai, cheeses and cured meats – then pop into Riccarton Bush behind the homestead for a glimpse of some pretty special natural history. Some trees here are over 600 years old and it’s the last bush remnant of its kind. A green escape among suburban streets.