A thorough exploration of the Canterbury Museum is a must. With elaborate sections dedicated to the displays of Maori, Antarctic, Colonial and Natural history sections, the museum is an attraction to kids because offers very interesting and engaging material to look at from vintage cars to historic personalities to the entire iced world of the Antarctic.
Winter times: 9am to 5pm & Summer times: 9am to 5 30pm.
Location: Rolleston Avenue
Take a ride up the Avon River in an enclosed gondola while you take in the beauty of the Garden City. The gondola ride takes you up all the way to the summit of the Port hills from where one can look down at the beautiful city and its settlements. Two way journeys are usually in a packaged deal with dinner or with a tram ride or a walk around the hills.
A very engaging attraction for children!
Location: 10 Bridle Path Road
Phone: +64 3 384 0700
Lollipop’s playland and café
An all time favorite attraction for children is the Lollipop Playland in the South of the city. The play place is full of soft playing material like castles, building blocks, animals, climbing toys and ball pits.
Location: 146 Antigua Street, Addington
Phone: +64 (0)3 374 3220
Education and entertainment, all under one roof is offered by the Science Alive, an interactive scientific center visited by adults and children alike. The center teaches science in a fun way by making children play games and learn about the formation of tsunamis, about chemical reactions and by visiting various fun exhibitions. Apart from these in house activities, Science Alive also holds exhibitions in schools as part of their outreach program that focuses on hands on knowledge.
Drop your children here for a fun filled scientific day!
Tickets: Adults NZ$15 & Children NZ$11.
Location: 394 Moorhouse Road
Phone: +64 3 365 5199
Jellie Park Aqualand
On warm sunny Christchurch days, take out your children to this outdoor amusement park for a day full of excitement with water games, outdoor swimming, water slides and secluded family picnic areas for privacy. The Aqualand offers a retreat for families to enjoy some quality time together and is a good opportunity to socialize!
Location:295 Ilam Road, Bryndwr
Phone: +64 (0)3 351 7055
Southern Encounter Aquarium & Kiwi House
Formerly known as the Aquarium of Discovery, the Southern Encounter Aquarium is a walk through of tanks of aquarium with rare fishes and sea creatures. Documentaries and films are aired for viewers to educate them about sea and bird life. The attraction offers various things to do including watching feeding time at the aquarium, see fly-tying demonstrations, getting your hands wet in touch tank and observation of nocturnal brown kiwis.
Tickets: Adults NZ$16 & Children NZ$6 & free for kids under 3.
Daily time 9am to 4 30pm.
Phone: +64 3 359 0581
International Antarctic Centre
Experience the Antarctic way of life in Christchurch at the International Antarctic center. Fulfill your dream of getting on a snow mobile and racing across snow land here at the center which is fully acclimatized to the polar weather conditions. Inside you will find penguins, leopard seals, snow caves and a depiction of how life is at the Antarctic. The 4D cinema will take you on a thrilling icy adventure of one of its kind.
The Antarctic Hagglund Ride is a new addition which gives a 15minutes tour of the place and is very famous with children.
Tickets: adults NZ$55 and Children NZ$ 35.
Daily 9AM-7PM 1 Oct–30 Apr, 9AM-5:30PM 1 May–30 Sept
Location: Christchurch Airport
Phone: +64 3 353 7798
Orana Wildlife Park
Orana Wildlife is New Zealand’s largest wildlife conservation project. Set on 80 hectares of park like ground, this is an open zoo where animals from within the country and abroad are taken care and kept in open spaces to imitate their natural habitat. The park serves as a sanctuary for over 400 animals from 70 different species but if you are in a hurry you can take a quick 40minute tour in the park’s shuttle.
Run by a charity trust, the wildlife park is dedicated to preserving nature’s bounties which is in line with the name ‘orana’ meaning place of refugee.
A particular favorite for children who can fondle and feed the tamed animals.
Tickets: adults NZ$24 & children above 5 to 14 NZ$8.
Daily timing: 10am to 5pm.
Location: McLeans Island Road
Phone: +64 3 359 7109