Christchurch is in lockdown, but you can make your own fun from home.
Sadly, we can’t bring you our usual list of thrilling activities to do this month. However, we’ve put together a list of fun things to do, from the comfort of your own home, that should provide solid entertainment for you and your household. Trust us, you won’t get bored. Here are 15 of the best things to do during lockdown in Christchurch this month.
1. Make your way through the Netflix archives
Entertain yourself with a Netflix movie, from thrillers to crime to documentary films. Check out our list of the greatest Netflix movies — you may spot something you haven’t already seen!
2. Experience Disneyland, virtually
Feel as if you’re at Disneyland through the magic of 21st century technology and a stable internet connection. Enjoy all your favourite rides, from hopping on the caterpillar at Alice In Wonderland, to boarding a pirate ship with Peter Pan, and zooming down the roller-coaster at Thunder Mountain, just to name a few. For more information, visit the All Access Disneyland website.
3. Take part in a Zoom quiz
Gather all your mates, schedule a zoom night quiz competition, and get ready for some bellyaches of laughter. Opt to base your quiz on general world knowledge, or to make it even more comical, test your friends on how well they know you and each other. All you need is a dedicated quiz master, and you’re all ready to go. Be sure to grab beers or wine from the supermarket for the occasion.
4. “Host” a games night
A household games night is a great way to escape the lockdown blues. From Pictionary and puzzles, creative games like charades to a treasure hunt for chocolates… you won’t be bored. And let’s not forget about the endless amount of group game apps available on our mobiles.
5. Throw yourself into a new hobby
Use this time to pick up a new hobby such as learning a new language, starting a podcast, trialling yoga and meditation, starting to write, or anything else you have been eager to do but just haven’t found the time. Now is your opportunity.
6. Take a culinary trip around the world
Treat your household to an authentic experience by switching it up and cooking foods from around the globe. For instance, Monday could be Mexican Mondays, where you cook only Mexican dishes, Tuesdays could be for Thai food, Wednesdays for traditional French grub, and so on.
7. Start a new TV show
Lucky for you, Netflix is constantly buzzing with surreal new shows. Check out our favourite new shows to binge-watch this month.
8. Stream the Northern Lights from your bed
If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights, we’ve found the best compromise. Excitingly, you can stream the Northern Lights live from anywhere in the world thanks to Polar Bears International. The camera is located in Churchill, Manitoba, in Canada, directly underneath the Aurora Oval. Grab a hot chocolate, watch in awe and snuggle up on the couch to beat those lockdown blues.
9. Go for a gorgeous walk with a view
From beaches to green hillsides, Christchurch has some iconic viewpoints. Therefore, if you’re lucky enough to live near one, head out on your quick daily walk or run, and take in the delightful scenery at these landmarks. The combination of exercise and fresh air is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress, and keep you sane during lockdown.
10. Hone your cooking skills
If you are atrocious at cooking, perhaps this is the time to invest in your skills. Read cookbooks, get to know ingredients and tools to use in the kitchen, and experiment with new recipes. Get your household to taste your food, and give their opinions — if you dare.
11. Have a go at making some delicious desserts
We recently compiled a list of the best desserts in the world, so why not try making these delicious delicacies at home? A fun activity to do with kids (or housemates).
12. Experience Auckland Art Gallery from home
Ever wanted to visit Auckland Art Gallery, but never got the chance? What if we told you you can do it from your couch? Opt for either an insightful family experience with fun facts and activities, a tour with stories on the artworks, or an in-depth exhibition experience with extended information for enthusiasts. For more information, visit the Auckland Art Gallery website.
13. Read a new book
Got no books at home? No problem, we’ve listed the fastest and most reliable online bookstore deliveries to Christchurch. Please allow for delays with lockdown measures.
14. Watch a side-splitting comedy
Comedies are a fantastic way to escape the seriousness and to boost your mood. We’ve listed our top favourite comedies available to stream on Netflix now.
15. Or why not plan ahead?
Are you feeling a little lost? Do you need a vacation? Well, if lockdown is good for anything, it’s giving you the time to plan ahead for what you want for the rest of the year, and into 2022. Planning ahead is exciting, and gives you something to look forward to.