As the frosty mornings come to an end and the flowers begin to bloom, it’s a sign that warmer weather is truly on its way. The Christchurch and wider Canterbury region is renowned for its wine, gardens, food and huge number of activities on offer. Explore the region and discover beautiful scenic walks, bustling country towns, incredible eateries, thrill seeking adventures and much more. There’s so much on offer, so we’ve put together a list of the top things to do in and around Christchurch during spring!
Rainy days are frequent in spring, but luckily there are many rainy day activities in Christchurch. The brand new Timezone Riccarton is a crowd favourite among all ages. With a good blend of classic arcade games, virtual reality games and laser tag, the venue also offers 10 pin bowling, bumper cars and glow in the dark mini golf! Guaranteed hours of fun to be had, and the perfect way to spend a gloomy Spring day.
Taylor’s Mistake Walk.
On the other hand, a sunny day in Canterbury will treat you to bright blue skies, calm seas and the perfect chance to get out and about on a walk! A local favourite is the Taylors Mistake track out near Sumner. Zig-zag up the coastal cliffs where you will be met with the most spectacular views over the ocean. The walk also allows dogs on leash so your furry friend can come too. Relax on the picnic chair at the top and soak in the spring sunshine.
North Canterbury is well known for its wine, so a day of wine tasting while you enjoy the spring air is a must. Wine tours depart from Christchurch and will show you around some of the regions finest wineries. If you’re not a wine drinking, beer tours are also popular, with a number of breweries in and around the city. There’s nothing better than enjoying a glass of beer or wine while enjoying the countryside.
The Canterbury Museum.
Christchurch city is rich with culture and history. Check out The Canterbury Museum for an informative and entertaining day. Located in the central city within the city’s Cultural Precinct, the heritage building is stunning and a sight to see on its own. Once you are inside, allow yourself a good few hours to see all the exhibits, the museum is bigger than you think! The museum has a range of exhibits and you will come away with new knowledge around topics like Māori culture, Antarctic exploration, native wildlife, geology and Asian arts, just to name a few!
Eating & Drinking.
Enjoy the warmer spring weather and dine alfresco at one of Christchurch’s many eateries. Try out a rooftop bar for an afternoon drink, or enjoy lunch overlooking the botanical gardens. Christchurch is the perfect destination for foodies, there are so many options to suit all tastebuds. For something sweet, a popular dessert spot is Rollickin Gelato. The busy cafe offers a selection of delicious vegan, gluten free and allergy friendly ice creams, desserts and gelato.
Punting on Avon.
For a unique activity, experience Punting on Avon. Take a scenic ride down the Avon River on a boat, and take in the beautiful views. If the spring air is a little chilly, they offer blankets to keep you warm. The guides can offer some local knowledge and information as you sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery in the Garden City.
A popular tourist attraction is the Christchurch Gondola in Heathcote Valley. Take a ten minute gondola ride up the Port Hills and you will be treated to views across the city one way, and the Lyttelton Harbour the other way. You can choose to take the gondola back down the hill, explore some of the walking tracks in the area or stop for a bite to eat at the licensed Red Rock Café.
Shopping in Christchurch is an easy way to fill in a day. The city and surrounding suburbs offer shops to suit all styles. A stroll around the center city will keep you occupied with both big name brands and smaller, unique stores. If you are willing to venture further out, check out The Tannery, in Woolston. The Tannery is a stylish boutique shopping experience for those who are after quality items and are wanting to make more ethical purchases. Complete with restaurants, cafes and even a cinema, you’ll be sure to find something you like.
The International Antarctic Centre.
Out near the airport is the well-known Antarctic Centre, a must visit for visitors of all ages. Meet penguins, experience an off-road adventure in the “Hagglund” and experience an Antarctic storm. You might even get to see the husky’s! After a fun-filled day of adventure, you’ll come away with new knowledge around Antarctic exploration, and a new found respect for the Antarctic explorers. Did you know Family Parks Rewards Members receive $5 off entry?!
Christchurch Adventure Park.
For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Christchurch Adventure Park is the place to visit. Choose from mountain biking, ziplining, sightseeing or hiking and enjoy the thrill of the wind in your hair! There are family friendly activities for all ages to enjoy a bit of action.
Spring in Canterbury is an eventful time. Enjoy what the region has to offer while you welcome the warm weather and sunshine. For somewhere to stay, Family Parks has several family oriented and pet-friendly accommodation options throughout the Canterbury region. Check out North South Holiday Park for a centrally located park, or try Leithfield Beach Holiday Park for a relaxing getaway only an hour from the city.