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Family Fun in Christchurch!

Christchurch is full of family friendly adventures that don't cost the earth! We've gathered up some of the best activities and popped them into a suggested weekend itinerary for you to enjoy! 

Christchurch is a vibrant city in transition, coping creatively with the aftermath of NZ’s second-worst natural disaster.

Today Christchurch boasts more road cones and repurposed shipping containers than anywhere else in the world. There is dust, noise, and heavy traffic at times. But don't be deterred. The city centre is graced by numerous notable arts institutions, the stunning Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park. Inner-city streets conceal art projects and pocket gardens, dotted among a thinned-out cityscape featuring remnant stone buildings and the sharp, shiny architecture of the new.

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Saturday - Pick 'N' Mix in the City!

Christchurch Tramway
The Christchurch Tram is back on track on the city street with a newly extended route. Your journey will start at Cathedral Junction and will take you on a tour through the Re:START Mall, Hagley Park and New Regent Street, there are 17 stops in total to jump on and off at!
Location: 7 Tramway Lane, Christchurch Central
Price: Adult $20 - Child Free
Hours: 10am – 5pm
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New Regent Street
Speaking of New Regent Street, this is another great pocket of Christchurch to take time to explore. Originally opened in 1932, New Regent Street is home to a range of boutique shops, and eateries all set in beautiful heritage buildings.
Location: New Regent Street
Price: Free
Hours: Varied by shop
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Margaret Mahy Playground
The Margaret Mahy Playground may just be the best playground we’ve ever seen! The playground features a mix of playground equipment, interactive spaces, gardens, artwork, water features and picnic areas.
Location: 177 Armagh Street
Price: Free
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Re:START Mall
The Re:START Container Mall is Christchurch’s much loved vibrant and colourful inner city shopping destination. Home to gift stores, fashion boutiques and various cafes and food stalls, it is defiantly worth a look around!
Location: 84/126 Cashel Street
Price: Free
Hours: 10am – 5pm
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Quake City
Quake City is a truly unique attraction aimed at informing and engaging visitors about the Christchurch earthquakes. From an active liquefaction volcano to captivating true life stories there is something to fascinate all ages.
Location: 99 Cashel Street
Price: Adult $20 - Child Free
Hours: 10am – 5pm
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Christchurch Museum
Christchurch Museum provides visitors with a world class museum experience. Highlights of the museum include the world’s greatest collection of artefacts from the heroic age of discovery in Antarctica. Discovery is the kid friendly interactive area of the museum, full of weird and wonderful things to explore!
Location: Rolleston Ave
Price: Free - $2 Entry to Discovery
Hours: 9am – 5pm
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Botanic Gardens / Hagley Park
The Botanic Gardens is a living museum displaying various flora and fauna from New Zealand and around the world. The ilex café is a great place for a relaxing café dining experience with a stunning garden and park view.
Location: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Central Christchurch
Price: Free
Hours: 7am – 6.30pm
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Sunday - City to Surf!

Riccarton Market
Riccarton Market offers a great atmosphere where you can wander around and relax looking at what all the various stalls have to offer, from fresh fruits and vegetables to clothing, art, plants and trees, and food and beverages.
Location: Riccarton Racecourse, Riccarton Park, 146 Racecourse Road
Price: Free
Hours: Sunday 9am – 2pm
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Air Force Museum
The Air Force Museum of New Zealand is the national museum for the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Located on a former air base, the museum offered a unique and memorable experience. With over 30 historic aircraft, hands-on exhibitions and programmes, guided tours and even a flight simulator!
Location: 45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram
Price: Free
Hours: 10am – 5pm
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Barnett Park Walk
Located in the suburb of Redcliffs near Sumner, the Barnett Park track is an easy walk with an amazing view from a hillside cave as a reward at the end. You will also pass various waterfalls and native bush.
Location: 200 Main Road, Moncks Bay, Christchurch
Price: Free
Duration: 3 hours round trip
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Sumner Beach
The popular coastal suburb of Sumner is the perfect place to cruise on down to for food, boutique fashion, vintage antiques, movies, arts and crafts and of course, the beautiful beach! We recommend grabbing an ice cream and walking along the beach watching all the surfers!
Location: 147 Esplanade
Price: Free
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Spending more than one weekend in Christchurch? 

Here's some extra activities!

Adrenalin Forest
Nestled in forest like surroundings, Adrenalin Forest features over 100 fun filled challenges across six levels, with each level being harder than the last! Obstacles start at 1.5 meters above the ground and are suitable for a wide range of ages and fitness levels. To conquer the whole course you’ll be climbing, jumping and swinging at least 20 meters in the air!
Location: 105 Heyders Road, Spencerville
Price: Adult $42 - Under 18 $27
Duration: 3 hours maximum
Hours: 10am – 2pm
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CaddyShack City
CaddyShack City is Christchurch’s best indoor mini golf experience. Each of the 18 holes incorporates a different theme and offers different skill challenges and fun!
Location: 21 King Edward Terrace, Woolston
Price: Adult $15 - Child $11
Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 7pm
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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Nowhere else in New Zealand will you find such a wide range of New Zealand Wildlife so close to you. Visiting Willowbank Wildlife Reserve will take you on a journey through Wild New Zealand, Heritage New Zealand and Natural New Zealand. They also provide a “Kiwi Guarantee”, and you able to view these special creatures that are not displayed behind glass.
Location: 60 Hussey Road, Harewood
Price:  Adult $29.50 - Child $12
Hours: 9.30am – 5pm
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Ferrymead Heritage Park
Ferrymead Park features an early 1900’s Edwardian township with exhibits such as houses, a theatre, school classroom, church, jail, railway station, lodge hall, post office, general store and more! There are also heritage museums and displays that are often open for viewing displaying collections full of tractors, fire engines, aeroplanes, trams, trains and much more.
Location: 50 Ferrymead Park Drive, Ferrymead
Price: Adult $20 - Child $10
Hours: 10am – 4.30pm
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