Amazing 10 Things to do in Christchurch with Kids

Christchurch is the largest city located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, one of the most unique tourist destinations in the world. Christchurch, the city which is constantly evolving. If you are struggling to think of a kid-oriented places in Christchurch, we will surely help you to find out the best things to do in Christchurch. There is no shortage of things to do in Christchurch city with kids. Here are some most popular attractions and amazing 10 things to do in Christchurch with kids.

1. Air Force Museum

Air Force Museum
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The Air Force Museum is the national museum of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Museum is a great place to take your kids as they can learn while having the fun. This museum has a vast collection of aircraft and informative displays that tell about the history. We recommend the 45 minutes ‘Behind the Scenes’ guided tour and thrilling flight simulator. Admission is free and there are a lot of fun activities for your kids.

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2. Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum
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One another great museum to take along with your kids is Canterbury Museum, rich in culture and heritage, located in the central city of Christchurch. This museum was established in 1867. You will find several stunning artifacts and stories behind them will fascinate you and your kids. You will get the experience worth every minute of your time and you will love exploring this place with your kids.

3. Christchurch Adventure Park

Christchurch Adventure Park
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If your kids love adventure, then Christchurch Adventure Park is the place for you. This park has a list of different attractions to get you and your kids excited, including ziplining, mountain biking, longest chairlift in New Zealand (1.8km) and hiking trails. The views are scenic with dense greenery. Visiting this place is one of the amazing 10 things to do in Christchurch with kids.

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4. Christchurch Gondola

Christchurch Gondola
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Discover the incredible view of the city, mountains, harbor, the Gondola offer you all. You will get to do the Time Tunnel ride which explores the history of the city in an interesting and unique way. Get a 360 degree breathtaking view of the city from the summit of the Christchurch Gondola, one of the most amazing sightseeing experience with your family and kids. Revive your spirits with pretty good foods at cafes.

5. Christchurch Tramway

Christchurch Tramway

Christchurch Tramway is the best kid friendly attraction in the city, offers you stunning restored heritage trams to explore the city with an ongoing narrative of the sights and history of the area. The tram drivers are great and friendly. Riding Christchurch Tram is an interesting way to explore the city with your kids.

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6. Quail Island

Quail Island christchurch
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Spend a fascinating outing with your kids at Quail Island. Take an exciting trip on the ferry to Quail Island, a perfect destination for the adventure. It is an uninhabited island within Lyttelton Harbour. Enjoy the fabulous view of harbor hills and other Islands, splash around the beach, great vegetation on the Island, few historic sites. For extra fun, try finding the hidden gems of the New Zealand. We recommend you take the water and food with you as there is no shop on this Island. A wonderful paradise to visit!

7. Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park is the only open zoo in New Zealand located on the outskirts of Christchurch, within 15 minutes’ drive from Christchurch Airport.  This park was opened in 1976. You will get close with over 400 animals there such as gorillas, eyeballing the magnificent white rhino, tiger, cheetah, Tasmanian devils, monkeys, meeting New Zealand’s national icon, the kiwi, Lions, etc.

Orana is home to a wide range of native reptiles as well. You along with your kids can pet the domestic animals in the Farmyard. Spend a day full of fun with your kids. Visiting this wildlife park is one of the amazing 10 things to do in Christchurch with kids.

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8. International Antarctic Centre

International Antarctic Centre christchurch
The International Antarctic Centre is an award-winning attraction, having huge range of fascinating displays and exhibits that will keep you and kids entertained. Play in Antarctica’s the snow & ice experience and survive an Antarctic storm.
Experience the dramatic seasonal lighting in the Antarctica show. Buckle up for the famously exciting Hagglund ride, hang out with Little Blue Penguins, watch Happy Feet 4D, take an awesome simulated 4D Antarctic cruise, watch a movie on a massive screen. Get a thrilled experience with your kids and one of the amazing 10 things to do in Christchurch.

9. Avon River

Avon River christchurch

This beautiful River flows through the center of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Enjoy walking by the river in evening when Sun is about to go down.

Punting down the Avon River is one of the most fun ways to see the city, this ride will take you under weeping willows, through the botanic gardens, kids will love it. Clean and green wide paths, beautiful bridges, and open large space for picnics with your family and kids. Enjoy the penguin statues and laughing at the ducklings with your kids. A Chilled-out place!

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10. Toy Library

Toy Library christchurch

Most of the towns in New Zealand have their own toy libraries. Toy Library offers you the chance to leave the toys at your home and load up on fun games, puzzles, sport, music and activities in Christchurch. Toy Library provides a huge variety of fun, quality toys for kids.