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Kids in Christchurch?

New Zealand’s newest and oldest city, Christchurch, has a plethora of activities for the whole family… inside, outside, young and old. If you are looking for things to do in Christchurch with your kids, here are couple of picks from the team at Heartland Hotel Cotswold!

Yes, you tram!

Christchurch Tramway is a sure fire winner for kids – hop on and off as you please so you can explore the city at your leisure. Grab an ice cream down New Regent Street, feed the ducks on the Avon River or grab lunch at the Riverside Farmers Market – the city is your playground and the tram is a great way to get your family around it.

High stakes

Adrenalin Forest is perfect for your older kids – and maybe a brave parent or two! Navigate your way through this high ropes treetop course, test your abilities, your confidence, and push you and your kids to take that leap!

Where the Wild things are

For animal lovers there are some great ways to spend a day, from rhinos to kiwis, lions to wetas. Visit Africa at Orana Wildlife Park, and feed giraffes, see silverback gorillas or even—if you dare—get up close and personal with one of the majestic lions in the Lion Encounter. If keeping it a little closer to home if more your thing, then Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is home to a huge range of native wildlife; most of which kids can feed with themselves.

Closest you’ll get to the frozen planet

Christchurch is one of the world’s main gateways to Antarctica, with international bases located close to the airport, and the special Hercules planes are a common occurrence during the summer months as crew fly in and out. It is also home to the International Antarctic Centre, an interactive attraction that takes you on an Antarctician journey through the real life Hagglund rides, ice room, 4D experience, and rehabilitation centre for blue penguins.

Orana-Park.jpgLion Encounter - Orana Wildlife Park

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Play time!

There are hundreds of parks and playgrounds in Christchurch, which is why it is known as the Garden City. One of the most popular ones, and the largest inner-city playground in the Southern Hemisphere is the Margaret Mahy Playground. Young or old, there is something for every kid, and kid at heart!

A night (or day) at the Museum

The Canterbury Museum is well worth a visit, with displays that will pique any interest. Open daily from 10am, and right on the edge of the Botanic Gardens, it is a fantastic day out for the whole family.

Is it a bird? Or a Plane?

Yep, it is likely to be plane rather than superman! And if it is planes your little one is into, then the Air Force Museum is going to have them buzzing. See a huge range of real planes that served in the Air Force, as well as an opportunity to get into the cockpit of a fighter jet. With barista coffee and free parking… all adds up to a great activity for the whole squadron.


Heartland Hotel Cotswold is located on the outskirts of the CBD and is the perfect base for you next stay in Christchurch.

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