7 Of The Best Family Activities In Christchurch

Article reposted with permission from Anzcro. Author: Amy Mace



Riverside Market


Ōtautahi Christchurch is a city of exploration, where urban regeneration meets cultural heritage. Constantly evolving, the city is blooming with new activities for visitors to enjoy.

Expect street art and innovative projects, a thriving hospitality scene and beautiful green spaces. In central Christchurch, cutting-edge architecture sits alongside some of the oldest buildings in New Zealand.

Ōtautahi Christchurch is your basecamp for South Island adventures, from the rolling hills of Banks Peninsula, to the stunning Southern Alps and famous Canterbury Plains, your family are sure to love their stay in the Garden City. Check out some of our favourite family friendly activities and places to stay below.

Family Friendly Activities in Christchurch

Christchurch is the ideal playground for families with kids of any age. Here’s a few of our top picks for fun days out with your family, and some of the best kid friendly activities in Christchurch.



Image: Penguins pool at The International Antarctic Centre


1. The International Antarctic Centre

Thrills, education and excitement meet at the iconic International Antarctic Centre. Kids will love meeting the resident penguins, riding the Hägglunds snow vehicle like a real explorer, or braving an Antarctic storm with a historic walk—a sure hit for the whole family.



Image: North Island Brown Kiwi at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve


2. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Meet New Zealand’s Big 5 at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve; the legendary Kiwi, the cheeky Kea, the ancient Tuatara, the Kaka bush parrot, and the rarely-sighted Takahe. You’ll have the opportunity to feed wild eels, get up close with lemurs, and go behind the scenes to learn from the experienced keepers and see the Kiwi Incubation Facility.