Excitingly, spring and summer calls for endless amounts of picnics. Luckily, there’s plenty of places to dive into an alfresco feast in Christchurch. From pristine beaches to lush grasslands and parks, there are hundreds of places for picnics in Christchurch. Check out seven of our favourites.
1. Godley Head, Sumner
Hike the coastline track and reward yourself and your mates after with a D.I.Y picnic. Just 50 minutes’ drive from the centre, begin at Taylor’s Mistake Beach and embark on the trail enriched in history and culture, from its WW2 origins to spotting lots of wildlife. Indeed, a spectacular area for picnics in Christchurch.
📍 Godley Head Road, Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand
2. The Groynes
North of Christchurch, you’ll find this recreational gem. From bush adventures, to boating on the lakes, fishing, and more…you and your gang won’t be short of things to do. After all the adventure, pick a perch in the park for a magical picnic. Wonderfully, dogs are allowed, so your furry friends won’t be left behind.
📍 Northwood, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand
3. Port Hills & Victoria Park
Pop on your active gear and hike up these picturesque hills to experience unforgettable views, capture dazzling photos, while you dive into a delicious picnic. Certainly, sunsets atop of the hills are spectacular, with a view of the ocean in the background. Port Hills is actually one of the most instagrammable places in Christchurch.
📍 Cashmere, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand
4. New Brighton Beach
Another iconic place for picnics in Christchurch is this beautiful beach. Popular with tourists, mainly because of the longest pier in Australasia and it will well-known. Indeed, you’ll catch the most magical sunsets, while watching swimmers brave the waves. A fantastic picnic date or place to make memories with friends this season.
📍 New Brighton, Christchurch 8061, New Zealand
In lush gardens, surrounded by roses, tress and other plants, unwind while digging into a delightful picnic. The unique area is huge, so there’s plenty of space to social distance, and still have fun. To satisfy your sweet tooth, why not check out the scrumptious Cream Waffle shop in the gardens, where you can make your own OTT waffle.
📍 City Centre Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
This private park near Lyttelton boasts precious walks, a famous waterfall, plenty of recreational activities, exotic trees and more. With an array of picnic sites across the giant park, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Equally, for a special occasion, you can reserve a spot for large groups. There is a $5 adult entrance fee, and $1 child entrance fee to the park.
📍 Marine Drive, Charteris Bay 8971, New Zealand
7. Quail Island
If you’re an adventure enthusiast, this place might be on your radar. You can reach Quail Island in just 15 minutes by a ferry down at Lyttleton Harbour. Opt to chillout on the beach, explore the land or find a grassy area with a view to perch your picnic. Indeed, it’s a tranquil and peaceful place for a picnic. Excitingly, you can plan your day there with Black Cat Cruises.
📍 Quail Island, Christchurch, New Zealand