An exciting August awaits!
Whether you adore winter escapes, foodie adventures, hiking trails and other activities. We’ve found something for people of all ages to get excited about this August. Here are 14 of the best things to do in Christchurch this month ahead.
From August 25 to August 29, passionate writers can attend this exciting festival with over 80 events, from workshops to guest speaker sessions to musical shows and more, you’ll be in your element. It’s a great way to learn new skills, evolve your career, meet likeminded individuals and take inspiration from others. Check out the unmissable programme here.
📍 Various Locations
2. Winter Desserts
Because calories don’t count in winter, it’s the perfect time to indulge on desserts from around the globe. Read all about them here.
3. Godley Head
There are plenty of hikes around Christchurch, but Godley Head is something special. 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. It makes an epic weekend day trip.
4. Ski Trip
Embrace the end of winter by heading on a short ski or snowboarding trip. Read our recent article below to see where you should go.
5. Supa Karts
Escape the winter blues by heading karting indoors which provides some top-notch entertainment for you and your crew. Poke fun at your friends who come last on the track, and prepare for some bellyaching laughs. For bookings, visit the Supa Karts website.
📍 91 Buchan Street, Sydenham, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
6. International Antarctic Centre
This award-winning tourist attraction is a great place to take the kids at the weekend. Chill in the Antarctic storm room, head on the all-terrain vehicle tour, get up close and personal with penguins and huskies, watch the big screen ice tour, and much more. This journey of enlightenment provides once-in-a-lifetime memories and activities to entertain the whole family. Purchase tickets via Iceberg.
📍 38 Orchard Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand
Wine lovers this one is for you! Pegasus Bay is a family owned winery in North Canterbury’s Waipara Valley. Spoil yourself some Saturday in August and head to this unique vineyard for some wine tasting, delicious grub and adventure. Opt for the full experience and book a wine tour so you can explore more of the Waipara Valley.
📍 263 Stockgrove Road RD2, Amberley, Christchurch 7482 New Zealand
Take a winter weekend staycation and let yourself unwind. Read about some incredible spots you could visit on the South Island below.
9. Adrenalin Forest Christchurch
This spectacular obstacle course makes an incredible day out. Built into large trees along Spencer Park and Bottle Lake Forest, you’ll embark on an array of challenges such as rope swinging, flying foxes, tree climbing and lots more thrilling activities. Book via Adrenalin Forest.
📍 110 Heyders Road, Spencerville, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand
10. Lumière Cinema
Hide away from the winter evenings in this cosy boutique cinema which makes the perfect weekend adventure. Opt for a cocktail, beer or wine paired with a tasty cheese platter or gelato to set the scene while you chill out in plush chairs and watch the movie.
📍 26 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
11. Hot Air Balloon Adventure
This pricey activity offers the most breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime views over the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps. Appreciate everything afar high in the sky. Sunset or sunrise is the best time to have the most insightful scenic adventure. Undoubtedly, this experience presents the most picturesque gram-worthy moments which will leave all your followers totally jealous. Book via Ballooning Canterbury.
📍 2136 Bealey Road, Hororata 7671, New Zealand
12. Rakaia Gorge Walkway
Just one hour and 30 minutes from Christchurch, you’ll feel rewarded after taking on this iconic walkway against the backdrop of green forests underneath Mount Hutt. Begin in the woods, before reaching the ferryman’s track, and continuing along glacial river terraces to a beautiful viewpoint. Other highlights include the impressive lava tracks and historic coal mine tunnels. Be sure to go on a good day to capture the greatest moments.
📍 Windwhistle 7572, New Zealand
12. Tranz Alpine Train 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. Opt to hop off at Arthur’s Pass for some extra exploration. For tickets, visit The Great Journeys Of New Zealand website.
📍 Addington, Christchurch
Embrace the winter culture and opt to go ice-skating at this place. It provides entertainment for the whole family and there is usually music and disco lights to keep the kids pumped up. An excellent indoor activity for the colder months. Excitingly, you can take part in ice hockey too.
📍 495 Brougham Street, Opawa, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand
14. Jet Boating
Experience the thrills of jet boating on the Waimakariri River. Prepare for the captain to share knowledge on the history of the region while you take in Christchurch’s natural beauty all the while experiencing this adrenaline-pumping adventure. To book, visit the Alpine Jet Thrills website. Indeed, an unforgettable experience and one of the best things to do in Christchurch this August.