21 things to do in Christchurch with kids


With a wealth to offer families, Christchurch is an excellent location to spend a family holiday. It’s also the perfect base for exploring the greater Canterbury district, where many smaller communities also feature family activities, neighbourhoods and shops to explore, and stunning scenery too. Here’s 20 things to do in Christchurch with kids.

We’ve categorised some of the best family attractions in Christchurch by the following headings. This way you can choose what suits your family and budget:

  • Swimming —  let the kids burn off some energy
  • Adventure Activities — for the speed & adventure freaks
  • Family Attractions
  • Guided Tours and Day Trips
  • On a Budget — free and very low cost activities


Jellie Park-Things to do in Christchurch

Source: Travel 4

Adventure Activities

  • One of New Zealand’s top indoor climbing centres, The Roxx offers fun for the whole family.  Part theme park, part climbing wall, The Roxx is ideal for all ages and stages.
  • Go karting enthusiasts will love The Motordrome.
  • Adrenaline Forest is a high wire adventure that will challenge every family member.
  • See the Canterbury region from up high by daring to take the family sky diving.
  • Just a short drive from Christchurch you’ll find three great ski fields – Mt Hutt, Porter Heights and Mt Dobson.

Family Attractions

Orana Wildlife Park-Things to do in Christchurch

  • Set in 80 hectares of tranquil grounds, within 15 minutes drive of Christchurch Airport, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. Orana specialises in providing unique animal encounters in an open range setting. We get you up close and personal with our wonderful animals!
  • Ferrymead Park features an early 1900s (Edwardian) township, with exhibits such as houses, picture theatre, school classroom, church, jail, railway station, lodge hall, post office, printers, tobacconist, general store, lawyer’s office and more. While you’re there, check out the Ferrymead volcano and zombie miniputt!
  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and restaurant offer a guaranteed kiwi viewing experience.
  • The Air Force Museum of New Zealand features 28 fully restored aircraft and interactive family entertainment.
  • Families travelling in and out of the airport will pass by the popular International Antarctic Centre.
Ferrymead Park-Things to do in Christchurch

Source: Ferrymead.org.nz

 Guided Tours & Day Trips

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