Spending some time in the Garden City and don’t know what to do with the little ones? If you're looking for some fun-filled activities for the whole family to enjoy when you’ve come to the right place, Here are 10 Child-Friendly Activities To Do In Christchurch.
10 Child-Friendly Activities To Do In Christchurch
Visit the Christchurch Adventure park
If you’ve got some adventurous ones in the family then The Christchurch Adventure Park is a great place to start! Think Ziplines, Mountain Biking and sightseeing with the 1.8-kilometre long chairlift being the longest in New Zealand. Under 10s ride for free making this a great choice! There's truly something for everyone here!
For these activities; children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by someone aged 16 or older.
Jump About at Inflatable World
What if we told you that Christchurch is home to one of the biggest inflatable playgrounds in New Zealand? How cool is that? Inflatable World is great fun for the whole family and is the perfect place to release excess energy on those rainy days!
Children must be 5 years and over
The Botanic Gardens
Walkthrough the beautiful botanic gardens and sit down for a relaxed lunchtime picnic. The surroundings are beautiful and there is plenty of space for the kids to run around and is the perfect spot for nature play with multiple rose gardens, the herb garden, the rock garden and the water garden. There’s also a paddling pool to enjoy on those hot summer days, and a playground full of equipment including swings, slides, multi-play structures and climbing towers.
Jump on a ferry to Quail Island
Only 15 minutes from Lyttleton Port, Quail Island is a must-visit! The boat ride over is lots of fun and there are plenty of opportunities to get up close in personal with the wildlife and birds. Go swimming in the shallow waters and have a picnic lunch at a secluded beach. Quail Island is a favourite and pest-free island for the whole family to explore.
The Christchurch Gondola
Watch the fabulous views of Ōtautahi, Lyttleton Harbour and beyond from The Christchurch Gondola. This is an unmissable Christchurch experience for the whole family to enjoy offering spectacular 360° views. Once you reach the top, stop for lunch at the Red Rock Café for more amazing views and some yummy food.
After a challenge? Here’s something for the adrenaline junkies of the family, and something the older ones are likely to enjoy. Visit the Adrenalin Forest Obstacle Course and get lost on an adventure through the trees!
The park is suitable for all ages.
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Wanting to get up close and personal with the kiwis? Head to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve! This is a great place for the little ones to learn about our native wildlife. Rug up in Therm’s All-Weather Fleece Hoodies that’ll keep you protected no matter the weather, and your good to go!
Visit Quake City
Listen to real stories of hope and courage of the people of the Canterbury earthquakes. This special exhibition is packed with interesting displays and interactives for all ages. Teach the children about the science behind the devastating quakes and honour the fantastic heroes of Aoteroa. Suitable for visitors of all ages. (Quake City)
Visit the International Antarctic Centre
Now, this is something that the kids will talk about for days afterwards. The Antarctic Centre has a range of incredible experiences including the Storm Dome. Feel what it’s like to be in Antarctica at minus 8° degrees, replicating a storm every hour - you’ll need to suit up in Therm for this! Also get ready to get up close and personal with 26 of the Antarctic Center's littlest team members, The Little Blue Penguins. These little guys are usually nocturnal, so this is a real treat!
The last stop we recommend is at the Velocity Karts! Suit up for drift karts (suitable for ages 12 and above) human foosball and blokarts (suitable for ages 8 and above or try the tandem option for younger children or those who don't want to go it alone). Ride in the wind! These super easy and safe activities will be certain to leave you with an adrenaline rush!