Activities for the young at heart include:
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
Swim sunbathe, or walk at Brighton, Sumner and Taylor's Mistake beaches. Walk
the Port Hills.
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
171 Travis Road
Phone (03) 941 6849
Alpine Ice Sports Centre - open
An International sized Ice Skating and
495 Brougham Street
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
10.00am - 4.30pm daily (except Christmas Day)
Ferrymead Park Drive
P.O. Box 19988
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.
392 Moorhouse Avenue
PO Box 400-20
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
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve & Restaurant
60 Hussey Road, Christchurch
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.
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
Phone 359 7109
Other activities include:
Supa Kart Raceway, Laserstrike, Garden City Bowl, Aimtru's Indoor Archery,
Lyttelton harbour cruise.