An exciting October awaits!
Future events are unpredictable on account of restrictions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan to make the most of the month ahead. So whether you enjoy foodie indulgences, hiking trails, adrenaline activities and more…we’ve found something for everyone to get excited about. Here are 20 of the best things to do in Christchurch this October.
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, Christmas, and more.
📍 166 St Asaph Street, Central City, Christchurch 8011
2. Picnic at Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Surrounded by lush greenery and pink floral trees, visit the Botanic Gardens and dig into a delightful picnic. Go with friends in your bubble, or even grab a book, and go yourself for some relaxation in the Spring sun.
📍 City Centre Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
3. Godley Head
Pack a lunch, grab a friend in your bubble, 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.
4. Lyttelton Farmers Market
If you love browsing a good market, this one is unbeatable. From fresh produce, scrumptious snacks, and lots more. It makes a great day out, especially, if the sun is shinning.
📍 London Street, Lyttelton 8082, New Zealand
From October 2 to October 17, there will be lots of opportunities to go on this epic treasure hunt with Black Cat Cruises. Just a 15 minute ferry ride from Christchurch, it makes a fantastic day out for both children and adults. Be sure to book your tickets rapidly, they sold out quickly last year.
📍 Lyttelton Harbour, 5 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton, Christchurch
6. 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 October.
📍 Waimakariri River Regional Park 1 Main North Road, Kaiapoi, Christchurch 7630, New Zealand
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8. 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
9. International Antarctic Centre
If you’re not ready to say goodbye to winter, head to this award-winning tourist attraction. 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
There is nothing more satisfying than brunchin and munchin our way around the city. Check out our latest list of the best places to go for an indulgent brunch in Christchurch.
Pay your respects to winemakers at this family owned winery in North Canterbury’s Waipara Valley. Spoil yourself some Saturday in October 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
If safe to do so, take a short weekend staycation to somewhere fabulous nearby. Check out our favourite South Island Getaways here.
13. Adrenalin Forest Christchurch
This spectacular obstacle course makes an incredible Spring 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
14. Freedom Camping
Take in the pristine beauty of the surroundings of Canterbury by camping. Be sure to check the rules before planning a stay. For instance, some campgrounds providing both self-contained and non-self contained services for campers include Rakaia Gorge and Ashburton Holiday Park, to name a few.
📍 Various Locations
15. Day Trips
If it’s allowed, take a weekend day trip to an unbeatable location from Christchurch. See our list here.
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. We recommend going for their new luxurious sunrise soak package now that Spring has landed.
📍 195 Marine Parade, New Brighton, Christchurch 8083, New Zealand
17. Lumière Cinema
For something a little more intimate and cosy, head to this boutique cinema. 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
18. 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
19. 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
20. 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