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Christchurch Adventure Park

Your base for epic mountain bike, zipline & sightseeing adventures as well as chilled out down-time in Christchurch’s Port Hills. Race through the valley on the dual zipline tour.

Take in the stunning views from the chairlift or walking track. Be totally stoked out by the stunning machine and hand-built mountain bike trails or just chill out on the large deck of our Adventure Park Café nestled in the Pine forest.

The Adventure Park experience is yours for the making and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Godley Head Loop Track

The track starts from the car park at Taylors Mistake beach, one of Christchurch’s premier surf breaks and a great spot for swimming and picnicking in summer. Pick up the walkway on the southern side of the bay that leads towards Godley Head, past a row of historic baches.

The track hugs the coastline, offering views back to Whitewash Head and across Pegasus Bay to the Kaikoura Ranges. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way.  There are a variety of seabirds, including white-flippered penguins nesting along this coastline. If you are lucky, you may spot a pod of rare Hector’s dolphins, some seals or even a whale.

At Boulder Bay it is worth detouring down to the baches lining the rocky beach. The history of the characterful baches dates back to the 1880s, when fishermen started building up the mouths of caves to provide shelter for their weekend’s fishing.

From here follow the track that hugs the coastline up and around the headland. This area is the site of a WWII coastal defence battery with gun emplacements, old military buildings and tunnels. Continue up the track towards the Godley Head car park – if you’ve organised transport, finish here. You can also return the same way. However, if you want to complete the circuit, follow the Crater Rim Walkway east for about half an hour. The track takes you through dramatic rocky scenery with views across Lyttelton Harbour.

Gondola

Experience stunning 360° views from the summit. To the west, gaze across the sparkling cityscape of Christchurch, over the Canterbury Plains to the high peaks of the Southern Alps. To the south and east are the dramatic views of Banks Peninsula, Lake Ellesmere and Lyttelton Harbour formed in a sunken volcanic crater.

Looking north the beaches of Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean unfold to the distant Kaikoura Peninsula.

Take a journey back 12 million years in the Time Tunnel as our automated ride takes you through the smouldering depths of a volcano, a native New Zealand forest, a short voyage onboard a ship and through the early settlements of Christchurch. A definite highlight with children and adults alike!

Rapaki Track

Start at the junction of Rapaki Road and Centaurus Road. Walk up Rapaki Road until you reach the signage for Rapaki Track.

The track gradually climbs, offering pleasant views into the valley below. In the mid-section it flattens, then climbs again at a good gradient to the Rapaki Track car park on Summit Road.

At this point the car park marks the end of vehicle access along the Summit Road and is a popular spot to rest and take in the views of Lyttelton Harbour and the volcanic peaks and ridges of Banks Peninsula. Alternatively, a 10-minute walk up to the summit of Mt Vernon is well worthwhile.

From here you can return the same way or create a longer loop walk by returning via Huntsbury Track. You may also like to tackle a section of the Crater Rim Walkway in either direction from this point.

Sumner Beach & Promenade

The promenade is a wide asphalt path on the seaward side of the seawall and there is another path on the land side. On a summer’s day the promenade is busy with other walkers, joggers, parents with strollers or people sitting and enjoying the day.

Stroll along the promenade from the beginning by Cave Rock.

If you want to explore Cave Rock (at low tide) wander across Sumner beach to the seawards side of Cave Rock. It is an easy scramble through this short tidal cave, and you emerge out on the other beach near the foot of a walking ramp onto the promenade. Cave Rock itself is an easy climb and a plaque on the tower remembers Captain of the Sumner Lifeboat, Joseph Day, who saved many lives between 1867 and 1880.

It is easy walking around to Scarborough Park, which sits under the cliffs. There are toilets here, as well as a children’s playground and paddling pool and plenty of shading trees. No dogs are allowed in the park.

Velocity Karts

Harnessing the Canterbury winds under the guidance of instructors, you will be sailing in no time.

Velocity Karts have a range of sails to suit the conditions and your level of confidence. Whether you’re looking for fun for the whole family, celebrating a birthday or anniversary, racing your friends or chasing an adrenalin rush, Velocity Karts has it all.

It is a great activity to do as part of a group where you can put your newfound skills against your friends or colleagues. Suits all ages (8 to 80+) with tandem karts available for younger children.

Driftkarting:
Front wheel driven with unique drifting wheels, our electric motor Driftkarts provide an experience like no other. Unleash the drifter in you on our smooth circular concrete pad.

Day Trip

Akaroa

Akaroa has been one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations for cruise ships across recent years and the country’s first French settlement has plenty to offer day trip visitors.

Look forward to brilliant views as you crest the hilltop to descend to Akaroa; the name translates to “Long Harbour” from the local Ngāi Tahu dialect.

Fans of the creative style of Spanish artists Gaudí and Miró should visit the Giant’s House, a whimsical hillside garden combining sculpture, mirrors and mosaics.

To get out on the harbour, book a marine wildlife cruise with Akaroa Dolphins or BlackCat Cruises.

The selection of coffee in town is fantastic!

Castle Hill

In the Waimakariri Basin, about an 80-minute drive towards the mountains on SH73 from Christchurch, is a scattering of hundreds of weathered limestone tors that erupt from golden tussock hills.

Officially called a karst landscape, these ancient rocks are smooth, sculpted, spectacular, and irresistibly photogenic. Named by Ngai Tahu Kura Tāwhiti, or “treasure from afar” in reference to the kumara that was grown here, it’s also an area of cultural and spiritual significance.

From the carpark by the road, you follow a track for a 10-minute walk to the conservation area where the rocks rise from a collection of hilltops like the battlements of, well, castles. Perhaps the most astonishing thing about this amazingly striking and picturesque scenery is that it was entirely snubbed by the Lord of the Rings location scouts – though some of a Narnia movie was filmed nearby at Flock Hill.

Hanmer Springs

Framed by mountains and with a town centre studded with soaring pine trees, pretty Hanmer Springs has an easy-going, almost European vibe.

The biggest game in town are the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools, a versatile spot where visitors can enjoy exciting attractions, including the new Conical Thrill hydro slide, or just take it easy in the warming waters.

Relaxing spa and massage services serve to further reinforce Hanmer’s parallels to European spa towns.

Active adventures in the surrounding sub-alpine landscape, include walking and mountain biking in the Hanmer Forest Park, or jetboating, canoe safaris and river rafting with Hanmer Springs attractions.

Lyttelton & Diamond Harbour Ferry

While some developments in Christchurch like the new Riverside Market showcase a modern sheen, the nearby harbour town of Lyttleton continues to celebrate its bohemian and arty roots.

The best time to visit is on a Saturday morning when the heritage shopfronts along London St host the weekly farmers market. A great option for coffee beforehand is the very cool Spooky Boogie, a relaxed cafe that also doubles as a record shop, and locals often adjourn for tapas at Civil & Naval later in the day

In the evening, there’s local craft beersat Eruption Brewing and live music at Wunderbar. Musical alumni from the Lyttelton arts community include Marlon Williams and Aldous Harding

The Diamond Harbour Ferry has been operating on Lyttelton Harbour since 1888, connecting Diamond Harbour with Lyttelton. It’s just a short 8-minute boat trip across the harbour on Black Cat’s Black Diamond ferry then 5-minute walk from the ferry jetty to the small township and ferries depart at least every hour throughout the day.

Diamond Harbour remains one of the sunniest and unspoilt destinations on Banks Peninsula and is great for a day trip. How about an energetic walk to Mt Herbert or a more relaxing stroll around the cliff tops and beaches, or simply a visit to one of the cafe’s for delicious food or a coffee.

 

Peel Forest

Two hours south-west of Christchurch and concealed in the foothills of the Southern Alps near the rushing Rangitata river, Peel Forest is a compact reminder of the indigenous conifer forests that once blanketed this part of the South Island.

Forest walking trails from 30 minutes to two hours duration lead to waterfalls and 1000-year-old trees, and Peel Forest Horse Trekking offer equine experiences from one hour to three days.

The Green Man at Peel Forest cafe combines Canterbury craft beer with good wood-fired pizza; try the Scots burn with caramelised onion, blue cheese, honey and walnuts.

Travelling foodies should continue a further 20km to Geraldine to buy local cheeses from Talbot Forest Cheese and fruit chutneys and preserves from Barker’s new Food store & Eatery.

TranzAlpine Train Journey

One of the world’s most scenic train journeys also makes for a brilliant day out, however it won’t be running till we’re at Alert Level 1.

Departing Christchurch at 8.15am, the TranzAlpine quickly traverses the Canterbury Plains to travel across dramatic viaducts spanning the braided Waimakariri river.

Wrap up warmly if you’re in the open-air viewing carriage, as it gets chilly for the stop surrounded by mountains at Arthur’s Pass.

At Otira, the combination of a tunnel and another long viaduct foreshadows the train’s arrival to the rugged and isolated West Coast.

There’s time for a lunch stop at Moana, on the shores of Lake Brunner, before rolling into Greymouth just after 2pm. Either pick up a car to explore the West Coast, or head back east to Christchurch, arriving at around 6.30pm

Washpen Falls

We can’t wait to show you the hidden gem that is Washpen Falls. Described as ‘a pocket of paradise where moa once roamed’, Washpen Falls is a conservation project that started 80 million years ago with a major volcanic blow.

Absolutely amazing place to walk, has a mixture of high farmland mountain where you can see for kilometres and dense forests with multiple waterfall and ravine tracks that are beautiful and a must see as it’s only an hour drive out of Christchurch.

At $10 per adult and $5 for a kid its seriously hard to beat.

Health & Well Being

The Welder

Why Health & Wellbeing?

Because we believe Christchurch can be the most liveable city in the world and to do so, it needs to look after its people. The emphasis is on making people’s lives better through producing healthy products and services and creating enjoyable and memorable experiences.

The development is based around repurposing 6 authentic, character buildings dating back as far as 1880. These industrial workshops share in their unique mix of materials and eccentric features that today are irreplaceable. The buildings were all constructed for artisan businesses including a black smith, a welder and an engineer.

Now, this incredible group of buildings will be refurbished and offer businesses an opportunity to leverage off the authenticity and character of these special and soul filled buildings. Aside from the delicious organic food, tasty pastries, and a yakitori bar, there’s O-Studio: a yogi’s paradise that includes relaxation classes, massages and even float pools. Drop in for a 20-minute meditation, it was like a massage for the soul.

Metropolitan Dining

Dux Central

This funky four-bar rebirth of an all-time city hospitality favorite contains Brew Bar, an earthy, London-esque craft beer-topia that features a sunny courtyard and timber bar where you’ll find local drops like Black Shag and Ginger Tom on tap – and they’re just part of a bodacious selection of available national and international craft beers (nearly 200!) that stocks an expansive, three-storied beer fridge.

Little High

Little High Eatery is a modern marketplace in the heart of the city it is Christchurch’s most unique space to eat out. There’s nothing else like this.

Experience eight different local and family-run businesses inside our modern marketplace with plenty of shared seating. A true foodie haven, Little High houses a flock of interesting eateries under one roof. Punters entering this open space filled with mouth-watering aromas are well and truly spoilt for choice

Little Social, BASE Woodfired Pizza, Bacon Brothers, Caribe Latin Kitchen, Eightgrains, El Fogon, Noodle Monk and Sushi Soldier.

Riverside Market

The Riverside Market is a bustling hub of local artisans, tucked away in a cavernous building near the Avon River.

The entrance is a little laneway off Cashel Street, lined with local gems like the “The Butcher’s Pie Shop”. Walk through the sliding doors to the market, and it’s like you’ve arrived in the city’s hidden temple of food. And worship takes place seven days a week.

There are dozens of enticing stalls – from the Bohemian Bakery, Donut Dispensary, Kombucha Girls, Empire Chicken, Cluck Cluck Slurp, The Kathmandu Momo House and the social media sensation that is Moustache Milk and Cookie Bar.

The brilliant thing about the market is that local artisans can rent a single shelf – so even those just starting out can show off their goods.

Relax

New Brighton Pier & Hot Pools

New Brighton Pier is well worth the visit, you can walk out to the end of the pier, where you’ll most likely see fishermen trying their luck, with an audience of sea birds waiting for scraps. The views from the pier are fabulous,  you can see down both sides of the beach and back towards the Port Hills.

There’s a cafe / restaurant at the base of New Brighton Pier, but if you’re looking for a bit more variety you can head across the road and into the little town centre.

The Hot Pools:

The Hot Pool complex occupies around 1900 square m of beach front area at, between the new playground and the existing car park, at the site of the old whale pool.

With five of the hot saltwater pools temp ranging in temperature from 40C to 28C which includes a fitness pool and a smaller plunge pool be around 11C giving plenty for Christchurch to choose from.

There are four zones of family passive, therapeutic, active, and family zones giving Christchurch great options.

Shopping

Ballantynes Department Store

Well renowned for its quality merchandise and exceptional service, Ballantynes is the place to go for leading fashion, beauty and homewares brands.

Upscale, established department store featuring fashionable clothing, homewares & gourmet food/wine.

The Crossing & Cashel Mall

Discover Christchurch’s new retail heart at The Crossing – a diverse yet intimate, one-hectare precinct of heritage facades, cutting edge architecture, enticing laneways and open public spaces.

Lose time in the most delightful of ways as you browse local and international fashion, indulge in a continually evolving mix of food, and sample exciting beauty and lifestyle brands.

Conceived as the veritable heart of our new city, The Crossing sets the benchmark for retail and hospitality in post-earthquake Christchurch.

It’s the only retail precinct within the central city where you can shop, eat and park.

Welcoming and rewarding, stylish and exciting – a memorable experience awaits your next visit to The Crossing.