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Ōtautahi Christchurch

Winter Must Do Guide

Ōtautahi Christchurch

Winter 'Must Do' Guide

Frosty mornings, snow dusted mountains and crisp blue bird skies; there's no doubt that winter is a glorious time of year here in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Don't let the cold hide you away - rug up and get out the door, it's time to make the most of all that wintery goodness.

New Brighton Pier at Sunrise

Sunrise At New Brighton

They say the early bird catches the worm and they are right! 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 and your warmest jacket! 

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

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Christchurch Port Hills View of Christchurch City at Sunset

Night Sky

The night sky in the Southern Hemisphere is breathtaking. In winter the early, dark, clear nights are perfect to observe the stars. The view from the Godley Head Reserve or Sugarloaf is stunning, avoiding the light pollution of the city.

Or, experience stargazing from the restored Observatory Tower (1896) at Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre. View the Southern Sky through the Victorian-era Townsend Teece Telescope, under the guidance of Townsend astronomers from the University of Canterbury.

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Relaxing at New Brighton Hot Pools

He Puna Taimoana

The only place in the country where you can watch wintery waves while soaking in a hot pool. New Brighton is Christchurch’s original beach destination and boasts one of the best hot pool facilities in New Zealand. The perfect way to spend a winters afternoon; sit back, relax and enjoy the view! 


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Christchurch was buzzing with activity on the first day of the cruise season, with destinations like Riverside Market proving very popular.

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. After all... you always need a few new treasures for the winter wardrobe, right? 

Browse high-end fashion, well-loved favourites and hunt down one of our many boutiques stocking locally-made goods. 

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Holey Moley

Grab your most competitive friends and head to Holey Moley in the central city (under EntX) for an afternoon or evening of fun.

Imagine the craziest round of mini golf you’ve ever played - now add a bar, tunes and yummy food and you’re sorted.

Whether you're a seasoned mini-golf player or a beginner, Holey Moley is a must-visit destination in Christchurch and the perfect way to warm up this winter. 

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The Pink Lady Sunset
Credit: Sam Rofe

Christchurch Nightlife

Spend your winter evenings at rooftop bars and underground speakeasies, grooving on dancefloors with live music, cocktails and crafties. Let the warm atmosphere and good vibes warm you up on even the chilliest nights.

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