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Activities for the young at heart include:

Free Stuff
There are many parks including Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens in the city centre where kids can feed the ducks and there is play equipment and a paddling pool (in summer). Parents can sit back, relax and watch the children play.

Nearby in the Canterbury Museum there is a natural history centre for children with many weird and wonderful things to for them explore.

Skateboard at Washington Way Reserve, corner of  Morehouse Avenue and Barbadoes Street.

Swim sunbathe, or walk at Brighton, Sumner and Taylor's Mistake beaches. Walk the Port Hills.

Paid Stuff
Some of these venues may have closed due to earthquake damage.

Antigua Boat Shed
- open
Boat (row boat, canoe and, paddle boat) Hire Open daily Summer 9.30am - 5.30pm. Suggest for over 12 yr olds.
Located beside Christchurch Hospital

The International Antarctic Centre
- open
See Antarctica recreated, experience the  atmosphere and environment of Antarctica. This is as close as it is possible to get to the frozen continent and an interactive adventure for the whole family.
Summer Hours: October - March 9:00am till 7:00pm
Winter Hours: April - September 9:00am till 5:30pm
Entry fees from Adult $25.00
Located Beside Christchurch International Airport.

Queen Elizabeth II Park - closed
A multi-sport and leisure complex, featuring Australasia's largest aquatic facility. Themed leisure pool,  water fantasy world. Fantastic for family entertainment.
171 Travis Road
New Brighton.
Phone (03) 941 6849

Alpine Ice Sports Centre - open
An International sized Ice Skating and Entertainment facility.
495 Brougham Street
Opawa.
phone 366 2213

Ferrymead Heritage Park - open
On weekends and public holidays you can ride the old tram cars and other times you can rediscover the way things were. How did your great grandmother do her backing, or get the the laundry done? A complete Edwardian township, model railway, hall of wheels.
Just 15 mins by car from Christchurch city centre.
Entry fees from Adult $6.00
Opening Hours:
10.00am - 4.30pm daily (except Christmas Day)
Ferrymead Park Drive
P.O. Box 19988
Christchurch 8002
Phone 3841970

Science Alive - closed
An interactive exhibit and activity centre for school age children.
Located in the old railway station in Moorhouse Avenue. There is plenty of parking and it's on the free yellow bus route. In the same building there is a Hoyts cinema complex, cafe and games room.

Science Alive
392 Moorhouse Avenue
PO Box 400-20
Christchurch
Phone 03 365 5199

Willowbank - open
Touch and feed the animals, view the Kiwi's.
See an amazing selection of New Zealand native and introduced wildlife in natural bush surroundings. At night stay for the buffet dinner and a guided tour.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve & Restaurant
60 Hussey Road, Christchurch
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 359 6226

Orana Wildlife Park  - open
New Zealandís largest wildlife and conservation centre and only open range zoo. Visitors can walk through the Park and/or ride on the complimentary Safari Shuttle, driven by a wildlife expert who provides a commentary. Alternatively, visitors may wish to participate in daily, guided, walkabout tours.

Animals include:
There are over 400 animals including Meerkats, Porcupines & Otters, NZ Native Birds, Spider Monkeys, Black & White Lemurs, Lions, Giraffes, White Rhinoceros, Cheetah and African Wild Dogs.

The Park is located on Mcleans Island about ten minutes drive north of Christchurch International Airport and 25 minutes drive from the city centre.
Open daily 10.00am until 5.00pm and no entry after 4.30pm
Orana Wildlife Park
McLeans Island
Christchurch
Phone 359 7109

Other activities include:
Supa Kart Raceway, Laserstrike, Garden City Bowl, Aimtru's Indoor Archery, Lyttelton harbour cruise.

 

 


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