Kickstart the month of February with a range of exciting activities. From interactive festivals to comedy shows, outdoor adventures and more…there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Christchurch. Here’s 26 of the best things to do this February 2023 in Christchurch.
1. Dance away at Electric Avenue
On February 25, one of the most unmissable outdoor music festivals in New Zealand will make a comeback. Electric Avenue Festival will se the likes of Lorde, Flume, Synthony and dozens more perform across five stages in the sunshine.
📍 Hagley Park North, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
2. Laugh at a comedy show
Every Friday, Hot Scared Scriptless comedy show takes place at The Court Theatre until February 17. With a selection of special editions such as Drag with guest star Aubrey Haive on February 3 and Singles Night on February 10…you’ll be spoilt for options. Prices are $16 per ticket via The Court Theatre.
📍36 Clarence Street South, Addington, Christchurch 8024, New Zealand
Why not book a personal stargazing tour of the Southern night sky? Tickets begin at $40 and the experience is just 40 minutes from the city.
📍156 Greenpark Road, Lincoln 7674, New Zealand
4. Watch movies outdoors
Action Outdoor Movie experience is happening throughout the summer outside The Arts Centre. It’s the perfect place to set up a picnic and relax with friends. Movies take place from 5pm or 7.30pm. For instance, Spider Men and Top Gun: Maverick plays on February 12 and A Star Is Born on February 14.
📍The Arts Centre, Christchurch
5. Support the New Zealand Warriors
On February 19, The One New Zealand Warriors will play the last pre-season game against the mighty Melbourne Storm. Perfect afternoon for sports fans. Prices begin at $10. Get tickets here.
📍Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch
6. Valentine’s Day 2023
From romantic dining to treating a special someone to one of the most unique dates, and kissing in the most romantic locations in Christchurch…there’s plenty to do on Valentine’s Day this year. Keep an eye on our page for a things to do roundup prior to February 14.
7. Party at Nostalgia Festival
Another one of the best festivals hits Christchurch on February 11. Head to Nostalgia at the unique Ferrymead Heritage Park to experience feel-good music from a range of International and New Zealand artists, along with delicious street grub, craft drinks, markets and more. Purchase tickets on the Ticket Fairy.
📍 60 Ferrymead Park Dr, Ferrymead, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand
8. Get in on the Coast To Coast action
Kathmandu Coast to Coast takes place on February 10 and 11 in New Zealand. The multisport event features a bike, kayak and run race that begins at Kumara Beach on the West Coast of the South Island and finishes on New Brighton Beach on February 11 around 2pm. Why not head down to enjoy local markets, fireworks and see the athletes cross the finish line and get in on the action?
📍New Bighton Beach, Christchurch
This immersive house of fun opened in late 2022 in Christchurch. From quirky mini golf, bowling, funky cocktails from two peculiar bars and an arcade with an array of entertainment…both adults and kids won’t be bored. Read further about it here.
📍617 Colombo Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
10. Take a majestic hot air balloon
This pricey activity offers the most breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime views over the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps. Appreciate everything afar high in the sky. Undoubtedly, this experience presents the most picturesque gram-worthy moments which will leave your followers totally jealous. Book via Ballooning Canterbury.
📍 2136 Bealey Road, Hororata 7671, New Zealand
11. Indulge on pizza
It’s World Pizza Day on February 9 so it’s an excellent excuse to indulge on the best pizzas in Christchurch. From drooling slices at Sal’s to woodfire baked pizzas at BASE…there’s something for all types of pizza lovers. See our list here.
12. Cuddle alpacas
Calm your soul this month by cuddling up to more than 170 adorable alpacas just one hour from Christchurch. Read about this Alpaca Farm experience here.
13. Go Jet Boating
Alpine Jet Thrills offers exciting boating activities during the summer months. For example, Jet boating involves skimming across the waters, against the backdrop of the Southern Alps and waterfalls of the Waimakariri River.
📍1 Main North Road, Coutts Island, Christchurch 7630
14. Take a trip to Hanmer Springs
Take a quick day trip to the lush Hanmer Springs village. Read all about the best things to do in Hanmer Springs here.
15. Tick off a summer activity
For those who love the summer days, we’ve rounded up a range of best seasonal things to do for you to take advantage of. From rooftop bars to forest adventures and wine tasting…you won’t be bored. Check out our guide here.
An epic new ping pong club opened late last year in Christchurch and it’s one of the greatest things to do for groups in February. Read all about this unmissable experience here.
📍166 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011
17. Play Human Foosball
Pay $10 each with six people to play an exciting game of human foosball at Velocity Karts. While you’re there, check out Blokarts and Driftkarts for some extra thrills.
📍Bexley Reserve, entry opposite 499 Pages Road, Bexley, Christchurch 8061
18. Indulge at Rollickin Gelato
19. Visit Arion Farm
Summer is the perfect time to see the newborn animals at Arion Farm Park. From baby sheep and lambs, pigs, birds, bunnies and more…it’s the perfect place for animal lovers, of all ages, to enjoy a day out.
📍90 McLeans Island Road, McLeans Island, Christchurch 8051
There are thermal hot springs and then there is Ōpuke Thermal Pools and Spa just an hour from Christchurch. Found in Methven, it’s a perfect escape from the rush of daily life and the region invites you to slow down, relax and soak up the environment. And the pools themselves are special as well, sourced from the mountains and powered by the Sun. Read further about it here.
📍35 Mount Hutt Station Road, Methven
For one hour, travel to another world through the magic of virtual reality. You’ll need at least one extra person to take part in this game, and you can select between games like Alice In Wonderland, Jungle Quest, Chernobyl and more. Indeed, one of the best things to do without alcohol.
📍 166 St Asaph Street, Central City, Christchurch 8011
We awarded this one of the best places to kiss before, but it’s also an excellent activity any time of the year. Book a 45-minute private charter Edwardian-style boat to glide down the Avon River.
📍Avon River, Christchurch
23. Have brunch at the beachside
Sumner Social is the perfect place to indulge on a meal with a few bevvies this summer. Order a Bloody Mary with breakfast and enjoy the views by the sea. Plus, it’s pet-friendly so you don’t need to leave your furry friend at home.
SEE MORE: The Best Brunch Places In Christchurch
24. Trek around Godley Head
Pack a lunch, grab a friend and opt for a spectacular hike at Godley Head. Just a 50 minutes drive from the centre, begin at Taylor’s Mistake Beach and embark on a trail enriched in history and culture, from its WW2 origins to spotting plenty of wildlife to breathtaking coastal adventures. Definitely, one of the best things to do this February in Christchurch.
📍 Godley Head Road, Sumner, Christchurch
25. Take a dip in hot pools
He Puna Taimoana at New Brighton offers plenty of hot pools and a fantastic place to relax and recharge your batteries. Plus, it’s one of our favourite date ideas and a delightful place to watch the sunset.
📍 195 Marine Parade, New Brighton, Christchurch 8083
26. Walk around Bottle Lake Forest
Take advantage of a sunny day by venturing through this exotic pine forest that spreads across 800 acres of land. Opt to walk with friends, run, mountain bike and more. Certainly, one of the best free things to do that passes the time this February in Christchurch.
📍 Waitikiri Drive, Bottle Lake, Christchurch 8083