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Christchurch City - Winter 'Must Do' Guide

Sunrise at New Brighton Beach

They say the early bird catches the worm and there's no better way to start the day than enjoying the sunrise at New Brighton Beach. Set the alarm, get up early and be treated to a picture postcard scenery - be sure to take the camera!

Hot tip! Just before the sun rises, the temperature drops and the sand freezes creating beautiful patterns - simply magic!

Mt Herbert Snow Walk

Mt Herbert is the highest point on Banks Peninsula and in winter often covered with a sprinkle of snow. Be the first to leave footprints in the snow while walking up. The view from the top rewards everyone who tackles the 6 hour walk: Lyttelton Harbour, the Port Hills with the Southern Alps in the background - the ideal setting to take stunning photos.  This is a demanding walk, so please make sure you are well prepared with the correct walking and weather gear.

Retail therapy in the central city

Grab a hot drink and soak up the relaxed central city vibe as you wander the streets and laneways. Browse high-end fashion, well-loved favourites and hunt down one of our many little boutiques stocking locally-made goods. 

Movie Night

Snuggle into your seat and enjoy a good movie with good friends: In Christchurch we have a some great (and slightly different) cinema experiences: check EntX for the ultimate movie going experience – and amazing food options on the ground floor. For the boutique experience go to Alice Cinematheque &  Deluxe Cinema and enjoy a wine and a cheese board during the movie!

Ice Skating

Christchurch is home to an indoor ice rink perfect for ice skating or playing ice hockey. Whether you're experienced showing off your pirouette skills or a beginner trying to stay upright, it's a great indoor activity when the weather's not playing ball outside. On the weekend be treated to a fast-paced and action-packed New Zealand Ice Hockey League game. Ice Hockey at its best!

Night Sky

The night sky in the Southern Hemisphere is astonishing. Because the nights are clearer in winter and it gets darker earlier, it’s a good time of the year to observe the stars. The view from the Godley Head Reserve or Sugarloaf is beautiful and perfect to enjoy the night sky if in the city.

Hot tip!  Due to light pollution it’s worth taking the time to drive further out of the city for an uninterrupted view. The Canterbury Astronomical Society run informative star gazing sessions in West Melton. Want to become a Skyentist? Join one of their sessions and learn about different constellations, closest stars and other galactic oddities.

Matariki

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars known as the Pleiades, which rises in mid-winter and heralds the start of the Māori new year based on the lunar calendar. Across the city there are loads of events to bring the community together to celebrate.