Fun for kids?
1 hide detailA fabulous place to spend the afternoon, especially with children
Our Local Expert Says:
I make sure all my visitors go here to see kiwi - not behind glass!
If you are a nature and animal lover, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve will only increase your love for the wildlife. Here, enjoy the hands on experience where they "guarantee you'll spot yourself a kiwi". Guided tours enhance your enjoyment. The extended opening hours provide the opportunity to view nocturnal animal and bird behavior, without the restriction of enclosures. After a delightful trip in the wildlife, you can relish a delicious meal at the restaurant here. This is a unique experience and one that is sure to delight every member of the family.
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- Christchurch,South Island
Join the Christchurch Hop-on Hop-off Tram Tour and experience the combination of tram heritage, attractions and historic buildings with the culture of the Garden City.
The hop-on hop-off route is approximately 25 minutes or 2.5 kilometers of track and includes all the major sights including Cathedral Square, Arts Centre, Botanical Gardens, River Avon and Cathedral Junction.
Your Christchurch Hop-on Hop-off pass is valid for two consecutive days. This is the best way to experience Christchurch at your own pace.Jump onboard the beautifully restored trams and hop-on and off at any of the tram stops to explore the sight and attractions up close.
Tram drivers provide a live entertaining and informative commentary throughout the journey.
Upgrade to combine a 2-day tram pass with a Christchurch gondola ride
Why not upgrade to include both the 2-day tram pass and Christchurch Gondola ride. This special combination offer allows you to visit two of Christchurch's "must see" attractions.
The 945 meter Gondola ride gently lifts passengers on a six-minute journey in the comfort of a 4 person gondola cabin, almost 500 meters (1500 feet) above sea level. Capture unique 360 degree views of Christchurch and distant peaks of the Southern Alps, see Canterbury Plains and Lyttelton Harbour unfold as you rise to the summit complex, on the crater rim of Christchurch's famous extinct volcano.
There is plenty to do at the summit complex including the Heritage Time Tunnel experience, Nature Walkways and Mountain Biking.Both attractions do not need to be taken on the same day.
Want the complete Christchurch experience? Upgrade to the Triple Pass to also include an enjoyable 30-minute punt ride on the Avon River.
Triple pass includes the 2-day tram pass, the Christchurch gondola ride plus a 30-minute punt ride. The tranquil and relaxing 30-minute punt ride takes you down the Avon River through the historic inner city of Christchurch.
Attractions do not need to be taken on the same day.
2 hide detailOutdoor Adventure Minigolf
If buried treasure, eye-patches, galleons, and sharks fire up the imagination of your children, thrill them with this pirate-themed minigolf course. Taking a little over half an hour to complete, children aged over five will adore the large pirate ship and lurid-blue waterfall, while completing their 18 holes. With full wheelchair access, Pirate's Island Adventure Golf caters for younger children in pushchairs, and there are drinks and snacks available. The course is floodlit at night--ideal for kids of all ages! Hours are seasonal.
3 hide detailSwimming Fun
On those hot summer days, Jellie Park Recreation and Sports Centre transforms into a suburban oasis, just a seven-minute drive from the central city. Outside, the complex is a large, children's pool, diving pool, and a host of water slides, including the infamous jet slides, which hurtle you down at tremendous speed. In drier parts, large grassy lawns and shaded picnic areas can accommodate the whole family for a variety-packed day out. However Jellie Park is not only a summer proposition as the complex includes an indoor-swimming pool, spa and gymnasium. Buses regularly travel in the region making Jellie Park a very accessible day of fun. Opening hours are Mon-Fri 6am - 9pm, weekends and public holidays 7am - 8pm.
4 hide detailGo-Karting
Supa Karts will prove to be quite a break for those who want to be race car drivers; well, at least for a short while. The indoor circuit is a tyre-laden mixture of chicanes, hairpins and straights. The go-karts zoom around the course getting up to the speed of 30 kilometers per hour. The experienced crew monitors provide you with the ground rules before racing commences. Pre-booked groups can organize a Grand Prix-style race, otherwise just roll up and strap yourself in! Light refreshments are available. Children must be supervised and there is a minimum height restriction.
5 hide detailInteractive Science Experience
This is a thinking person's outing, and it may be the quietest your children ever get on your entire holiday. Adults seem to have as much fun as the kids as they come to grips with tsunami makers, tightropes, and a host of interactive exhibits. It's educational and entertaining at the same time. Stop by the excellent gift shop, which stocks great science kits and games; or take in a movie on one of the eight screens across the foyer.