Got Some Time Before Your Southern Voyager?
Got 24 Hours?
Canterbury Museum – Explore New Zealand’s Maori heritage with the museum’s array of artefacts. Learn about New Zealand’s native wildlife (including our favourite – the Kiwi) and the historic exploration of Antarctica. This is a fun, educational, not to mention inexpensive way to pass the time.
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Our new exhibition ‘Ancient New Zealand: Squawkzilla and the Giants’ will feature life-sized models of some of the extinct creatures of ancient New Zealand – including several giant penguins! Pictured alongside curators Paul Scofield and Vanesa De Pietri is ‘Waimanu manneringi’ or Mannering’s Penguin, a 1.2 metre-tall penguin ancestor that swam in the warm seas around Zealandia 62 million years ago. ‘Squawkzilla and the Giants’ will also feature real fossils and illustrations to help you visualise New Zealand 60 and 20 million years ago. More here: https://www.canterburymuseum.com/about-us/media-releases/meet-life-size-models-of-squawkzilla-and-waiparas-giant-penguins/ #CanterburyMuseum
Air-force Museum – Fascinated with military aviation? Then this is the museum for you.
Hagley Park – Lie on the gorgeous green lawns of Hagley park and read a book or have a picnic. This is a great way to chill before your Wild Kiwi adventure!
Orana Wildlife Park – Visit New Zealand’s only Gorillas or spot yourself a Kiwi at Orana, you don’t have to go far, its only 15 minutes from the airport.
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve – The closest option to the airport, the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is worth a visit. You’ll get to see real WILD Kiwis at this reserve.
Avon River Tour – Dive into a bit of Christchurch’s English heritage as you drift along the river with a traditional Edwardian punter giving you a running commentary on the area’s history.
Gondola – Enjoy a gentle gondola ride up to the top of Port Hills with views over the city.
Christchurch Tram – Give the hop-on-hop-off vintage tram a try whilst you explore the city.
Got More Time?
Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula are a must-do if you have a little more time on your hands. Just 90 minutes from the city centre, it’s like entering another country altogether with its French Heritage. You can still see the evidence of its French settlement with its charming streets and cottages. Spend your time exploring the town’s boutique shops and cafes, walking along the harbour or opt for something a little more exciting. If you’re after a little more adventure you can swim or kayak with the smallest and rarest dolphin in the world – Hector’s Dolphin, or try spotting some little blue penguins.
If you find yourself with extra time in Christchurch, there are plenty of things to do!