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12 Awesome Things To Do In Christchurch This May

By Megan Zara Walsh

An exciting May awaits! 

Whether you adore conferences, quirky cocktails, hiking trails and other activities. We´ve found something for people of all ages to get excited about this May. Here are 12 of the best things to do in Christchurch this May.

1. E Tipu 2021: The Boma NZ Agri Summit

Grab your tickets for May 11 and May 12 for the must-visit agri event of the year. The event aims to bring people together who work across food and fibre sectors. From farmers to finance workers, whoever you are, don´t miss this if you have an interest. Expect international and national speakers, workshops and much more. For tickets, visit the E Tipu website.

📍 86 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

2. Ōtautahi Proud

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Photo Credit: Christchurch Town Hall

On May 21, enjoy some incredible music by an orchestra at Christchurch Town Hall. You´ll get to see creative Christchurch-raised performers singing their own works and some personal favourites. It makes a memorable evening and something you can only do once a year. So take advantage. For tickets, visit the CSO website.

📍  86 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

3. 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

4. Pegasus Bay Winery 

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Photo Credit: Pegasus Bay Winery

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 May and head to this unique vineyard for some wine tasting, delicious grub and adventures on the grounds. 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

5. Staycations

Take a weekend staycation and let yourself unwind. There are plenty of options near you but we recently wrote about the stunning Hanmer Springs Village. Read our article for more information.

This Tranquil Village Close To Christchurch Offers The Perfect Escape

6. Pink Lady Rooftop Bar

Grab a cocktail, unwind and watch the autumn sunset. The 360-degree view is incredible at this relatively new modern rooftop bar serving some tasty dishes and unique cocktails. Hence why it’s a fabulous place for dates or a good catch up with the girls. Bookings are not required. Party size is limited to eight guests during the pandemic.

7. Adrenalin Forest Christchurch

This epic obstacle course is an incredible day out for all the family. 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

8. Lumière Cinema

Photo Credit: Lumiere Cinemas

With the colder evenings approaching, most of us don´t want to be outside. So heading to a boutique cinema is 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

9. Hot Air Balloon Adventure

Now we know this one can be a little pricey, but it also 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

10.  Rakaia Gorge Walkway

Just one hour and 30 minutes from Christchurch, you’ll feel rewarded after taking on this spectacular 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

11. 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

12. Mother´s Day

On May 9, you better get ready to spoil mum. Check our roundup of the fun things you can do in our recent article.

5 Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day In Christchurch This Year


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