We’ve had a rough run the past two years but it feels like we’re finally breaking free from our shackles to enjoy the best that this marvelous city has to offer. Take a look at some of the best things to do going down this September in Christchurch.
Until September 4, writers and storytellers can come together to share ideas, explore programmes, take part in masterclasses and much more at this creative festival.
On September 13, the winner of Ru Paul’s Drag Race sixth session will come to Christchurch for one night only. Read all about it here.
📍James Hay Theatre, Christchurch
3. Alpaca Farm
Calm your soul this month by cuddling up to over 170 adorable alpacas just one hour from Christchurch. Read about this experience here.
Until October 14, those who love comedy can get involved in this improvised comedy show every Friday until August 5. Tickets are from $16. Book your slot here.
📍The Court Theatre, Addington
This hot new fusion restaurant opens in Christchurch this September. Certainly, you can’t miss a chance to try a new foodie spot. Read all about it here.
📍100 Oxford Terrace, Riverside Market, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
An epic new ping pong club opened in July. Read all about this unmissable experience here.
📍166 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Go to see a world-famous candlelight concert on various dates throughout spring. Surrounded by the glimmer of candlelight, it’s a magical romantic experience. Find out what’s on here.
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
9. VIP Adult Gelato Class
📍98 Cashel Street, Christchurch
10. 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, New Zealand
11. Boutique Cinema
📍 26 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
12. High Tea
Get cosy at an elegant high tea this season. From classic, gluten-free, dairy-free and more…there’s plenty of options. See our list of the best high teas in Christchurch.
13. 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.
Until September 17, you can see this nostalgic comedy play that’s guaranteed to make you laugh your head off. Set in the 1960s in Canterbury, it tells the tale of a group of young people trying to achieve their dreams among a Saturday night dance hall.
📍The Court Theatre, Christchurch
There are thermal hot springs and then there is Ōpuke Thermal Pools and Spa just an hour out of Christchurch. Found in Methven, the thermal pools are the perfect escape from the rush of daily life and the region invites you to slow down, relax and soak up the environment for a revitalising escape. And the pools themselves are special as well, sourced from the mountains and powered by the Sun. Read all about it here.
📍35 Mount Hutt Station Road, Methven
16. Ōtautahi Rollers
Why not learn how to roller skate in a safe and fun environment? Certainly, an excellent new hobby to pick up with friends in Christchurch. Additionally, sessions cost $5.
📍19 Garvins Road, Hornby, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand
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
18. Air Force Museum
As one of the best free things to do in Christchurch, you can’t go wrong getting educated at New Zealand’s military aviation museum. Learn about the war years, along with history and culture, while discovering new exhibitions like The Future Of The Flight On Display: Wisk.
📍 45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand
19. Escape Rooms
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
Appreciate the evolution of dinosaurs at this interactive international exhibition featuring skeletons, moving dinos, skeletons and much more. Adults go for $10. For more information, see the Canterbury Museum website.
📍 11 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
📍 Level 7/159 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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He Puna Taimoana is opened with reduced capacity during restrictions. With plenty of hot pools, it offers a fantastic place to relax and recharge your batteries.
📍 195 Marine Parade, New Brighton, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand
23. 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.
24. Supa Karts
Book a session of indoor karting which will provide 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
25. International Antarctic Centre
Get up close and personal with penguins and huskies, watch the big screen ice tour, and much more at this Antarctic experience. 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
26. Visit a new sky bar
A sophisticated new bar and restaurant recently opened with dining in the sky in Christchurch. Read all about it here.
📍159 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Take a short weekend staycation to somewhere fabulous nearby. Check out our favourite South Island Getaways here.
28. Hot Air Balloon Adventure
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
29. 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.
📍 Windwhistle 7572, New Zealand
Take one of the most picturesque train journeys in the world and admire the Canterbury Plains and the 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