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Our Five Best Secrets

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Christchurch's Best Secrets Spots…Sssh Don’t Tell Everyone!

Ok, the time has come to share some secrets. Christchurch has some hidden gems to get you out, about, and exploring. We crowd-sourced the city’s best secrets to share with you. Local knowledge for the win.

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. 

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. 

Bottle Lake Fairy Village

Waitākiri/Bottle Lake Forest Park is not just a hub for walking, biking and horse riding, it's also home to 100's of fairy houses in the enchanting Fairy Village. Enjoy a taste of woodland magic exploring the beautifully crafted and unique fairy homes. The fairy door walk is flat and accessible, suitable for kids both young and old!

Orton Bradley Park

If 650ha of forest park, over 25km of walking tracks, a children’s adventure playground, mountain bike tracks, native trees, picnic spots, camping spots, and a restored historic stone cottage sounds like a bit of you, then Orton Bradley Park is a destination you want to check out.

This is a great park situated on the Southern Shores of Lyttelton Harbour where families can go for a day trip or even to camp during the months of December and January.

There is an entry fee that ensures the upkeep of the park and buildings - $5 per adult $1 per child or just $10 per carload.