100 things to do In Christchurch

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Wondering what to do in Christchurch? Try a few of these...

(feel free to add to the list)


  1. Take a stroll through the Botanic Gardens
  2. Visit the Antarctic Centre
  3. Mountain bike through Bottle Lake Forest
  4. Go swimming at New Brighton Beach
  5. Appreciate the art at Christchurch Art Gallery
  6. Appreciate the art at Centre of Contemporary Arts Gallery (COCA) CLOSED until further notice
  7. Visit Canterbury Museum
  8. Play at the new Margaret Mahy Memorial Playground in the central city
  9. Stroll around the gardens in Halswell Quarry
  10. Feed the ducks on the Avon River
  11. Walk the Bridle Path over to the port town of Lyttelton
  12. Have a picnic in the gardens of Mona Vale
  13. Learn to ride a surfboard at New Brighton beach
  14. Walk out to the end of New Brighton pier on a stormy day with big waves.
  15. Visit Travis Wetland Heritage Park
  16. Walk the Port Hills-Crater Rim Walkway with great views of Lyttelton Harbour, Christchurch city, Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps.
  17. Watch sand artist Peter Donnelly create an amazing work on the beach below the New Brighton Pier [1], [2].
  18. Take a bus out to Sumner and walk along the Esplanade. Have a coffee in a funky cafe or an ice cream while watching the surfers at Scarborough beach.
  19. Go climbing at the YMCA climbing wall at 12 Hereford Street in the central city.
  20. Walk the Scarborough Track/Taylors Mistake Walk from Scarborough beach, Sumner
  21. Walk Mt Vernon Farm Track up the valley past the pylons for a stunning view of Mt Vernon
  22. Talk a relaxing stroll through Riccarton Bush - a quiet oasis of native forest in the city. Picnic in the Kahikatea Grove.
  23. Visit the Riccarton Market on a Sunday morning
  24. Hire a canoe from Antigua Boat Shed and paddle the Avon River through the Botanic Gardens
  25. Check out the Re:Start mall built from shipping containers
  26. Dance at the Dance-0-Mat
  27. Volunteer at Agropolis Urban Farm in the CBD
  28. Get your bike fixed at RAD bikes
  29. Visit The Commons community space
  30. Create music at The Sound Garden