15 Of The Best Summer Activities To Do In Christchurch Now

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh - Staff Writer

Best Summer Activities in Christchurch 2022

Indeed, summer is the most blissful time of the year. And, there is nothing more delightful than the sun splitting the rocks, while taking part in outdoor summer activities. Hence why we tracked down the 15 most thrilling summer activities for you to do in Christchurch.

1. Wine Tasting

Opt to go on a scenic coastal drive to Waipara for some delicious cuisine and wine tasting. For example, Pegasus Bay Winery offers a phenomenal experience. Likewise, you could make your trip even more magical by staying in Pure Pods mentioned in this article. Indeed, one of the best summer activities.

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2. Summer Festivals

Upcoming Festivals Christchurch 2022 2021
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Wonderfully, we’ve already listed an array of upcoming and unmissable festivals that you can attend this summer in Christchurch.

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3. Pink Lady Rooftop

As one of the best things to do this month, this chic rooftop bar is perfect for date night or a catch up with friends. Located on the seventh floor of the Muse Hotel, it offers incredible 360 views of Christchurch.

📍 Level 7/159 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

4. Day Trips

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Already, we’ve compiled a list of the best day trips from Christchurch. Certainly, makes an epic summer activity.

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5. Rollickin Gelato

Summer wouldn’t be complete without ice cream.  So, be sure to check out the best ice cream dishes to eat at Rollickin Gelato, and read about the greatest ice cream shops in Christchurch.

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6. New Brighton Hot Pools

He Puna Taimoana is operating with reduced capacity during the pandemic. With plenty of hot pools, it offers a fantastic place to relax and recharge your batteries. We recommend going for their new luxurious sunrise soak package now with summer in full swing.

📍 195 Marine Parade, New Brighton, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand

7. Camping

Take in the pristine beauty of the surroundings of Canterbury by camping. Be sure to check the rules before planning a stay. For instance, some campgrounds providing both self-contained and non-self contained services for campers include Rakaia Gorge and Ashburton Holiday Park, to name a few.


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8. Pure Pods

Just 90 minutes from Christchurch, this destination is the ultimate summer vacation. Deep within the Waipara Valley, watch the world unfold before your eyes as you sleep under the stars in these secluded pods. For more information or to book, visit the Pure Pods website.

9. Visit the beach

Best Beaches Christchurch Summer New Zealand
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Why not select from our list of the best beaches in Christchurch, and pack up for a fun day with sand in your toes and seawater in your hair. Indeed, one of the best summer activities.

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10. Tranz Alpine Journey

Take one of the most picturesque train journeys in the world and admire the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps. It makes a great adventure for both kids and adults alike. For tickets, visit The Great Journeys Of New Zealand website.

11. Hanmer Springs

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Let yourself unwind at the hot pools and more at this stunning Village. Read all about an epic summer weekend in Hanmer Springs here.

📍 Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

12. Summer Picnics

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Excitingly, have a picnic at one of the best picnic areas in Christchurch, or head to one of the best beaches with a DIY picnic. Either way, you’ll have bundles of fun. Additionally, you could order one of the greatest shared platters as a picnic instead.

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13. Order a monstrous shake

Because calories don’t count during the summer, treat yourself at least once to one of the best freakshakes in Christchurch.

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14. Jet Boating

Experience the thrills of jet boating on the Waimakariri River for the ultimate summer adventure. To book, visit the Alpine Jet Thrills website. Indeed, an unforgettable summer activity.

📍 Waimakariri River Regional Park, Kaiapoi, Christchurch 7630, New Zealand

15. Aqualand New Zealand

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Just 20 minutes north of Christchurch, you’ll find the ultimate summer destination. An inflatable floating waterpark in Kaiapoi where customers can have fun with friends, family or workmates. Prices start at $25, and there are various sessions.

📍 83 Courtenay Drive, Kaiapoi 7630, New Zealand

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