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Within a short distance of the city centre there is a multitude of activities for all walks of life; including golf courses and driving ranges, tennis courts, wild life parks, walking tracks, cycle tracks, beaches, wind surfing, boating and much more. During the winter there are great ski fields within 1-2 hours drive. No matter the season Christchurch has a variety of attractions to keep you visiting again and again.
Christchurch Attractions offers plenty of fun-filled activities for everyone of all ages to enjoy, including some of Christchurch’s most popular and iconic activities.
Discover one of the world's premiere military aviation collections at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand; from aircraft, engines and assorted displays to medals, pin-ups and parachute-silk wedding dresses.
Christchurch's only ice skating facility and home to ice sports in Canterbury. Figure skating, speed skating, ice-skating classes, ice hockey classes and children's birthday parties.
Your base for epic mountain bike, zipline & sightseeing adventures as well as chilled out down-time in Christchurch’s Port Hills. Race through the valley on the dual zipline tour. Take in the stunning views from the chairlift or walking track. Be totally stoked out by the stunning machine and hand-built mountain bike trails or just chill out on the large deck of our Adventure Park Café nestled in the Pine forest.
Cruise around an extinct volcanic crater, see the world's smallest dolphins, penguins and seals all in stunning scenery. Cruises are narrated by your skipper. Operated by award-winning Black Cat. Cruises and dolphin swimming experience depart from Akaroa which is only a 90-minute scenic drive from Christchurch.
Only 15 minutes from Christchurch city, you can enjoy stunning ocean views while soaking in our five luxurious hot pools. Plus, relax and recover in our plunge pool, steam room and experience beachside views from the sauna.
The International Antarctic Centre is fantastic fun for all ages! Located in a unique working Antarctic campus, the International Antarctic Centre has twice been judged New Zealand's best attraction. Conveniently situated across from Christchurch International Airport, it is the ideal location to "chill out" and experience Antarctica, without even stepping foot on the icy continent.
Set in 80 hectares of park-like grounds, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand's only open-range zoo. Scheduled animal feeds occur throughout the day and these unique encounters get visitors up close to endangered animals at set times.
One of the best and most extensive examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the country, the former University of Canterbury now houses a complex of shops, studios and art galleries. Public art installations, regular arts and crafts workshops and street performers create a buzz and the chance for discovery through every arch and alleyway.
Experience the South Island's striking natural landscape by taking a train between Christchurch and Greymouth. Along this journey you'll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest.
Nowhere else in New Zealand will you find such a wide range of New Zealand wildlife. Willowbank provides you with a "Kiwi Guarantee" and is home to New Zealand's largest and most accessible kiwi viewing area. You will see one of the most complete selections of New Zealand native and introduced wildlife in natural bush surroundings. Much wildlife wanders free and is able to be petted and fed.
Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the giant sperm whale all year round. A 95% success rate means a guaranteed 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. Whale Watch tours are extremely popular so early bookings are recommended.