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Christchurch City, NZ receives around 4 million visitors¹ from around the world. The pure beauty of the natural environment lends itself well to adventurous activities the whole family can enjoy.

Here’s our list of the best day trips you can take while you’re here in Christchurch, NZ, year-round.

Velocity Karts

Get your action on! Try a wind and rope-controlled Blokart or an electric drift cart. Challenge the family in the Human Foosball arena. People of all ages and abilities will find Velocity Carts a fun and adventurous day out in NZ. https://www.velocitykarts.nz/


Christchurch Zipline Tour

You can’t leave Christchurch until you test your limits on a zipline! Get ready for a real rush of adrenaline as you soar down the highest and longest Zipline in New Zealand. https://zipchristchurch.com/


Laser Strike

Take part in an interactive and adrenaline-packed game where you battle as part of a team or go solo. You'll find a massive selection of games to launch a stealthy assault. https://www.laserstrike.co.nz/


Mega Air Trampoline Arena

Glide, flip, leap, and bounce. New Zealand's largest indoor trampoline park offers trampolining fun for all ages, skills, and fitness levels. https://www.megaair.co.nz/


Hanmer Springs Attractions

Hanmer Springs Attractions offers so many outdoor adventure activities in one location!

  • Jet boat down Waimakariri River
  • Bungee off the Ferry Bridge
  • Take a river rafting adventure
  • Tackle the terrain in a quad bike or off-road buggy
  • Test your clay bird shooting or paintball skills

More information: https://www.hanmerspringsattractions.nz/


Mini Putt | Ferrymead Golf

Try your hand at these themed mini-putt courses!

  • The Grasslands: A real grass range including man-made obstacles
  • Volcano Park: An 18-hole course featuring a waterfall, ponds, bridges, a gondola, and volcanoes
  • Monsters and Zombies: An indoor 18-hole course featuring hidden tricks and a scary soundtrack

More Information: https://ferrymeadgolf.co.nz/mini-putt/


International Antarctic Centre

Take yourself, your friends, or your kids to the IAC and enjoy an informative, fun day out. Chill out in the Antarctic storm room, take a thrilling ATV tour for a glimpse of travel in the deep Antarctic cold, and get up close with penguins and huskies.

More Information: https://www.iceberg.co.nz/


Christchurch Gondola

Enjoy 360° views of the Christchurch city centre, Port Hills, Lyttelton Harbour, the Southern Alps, and Canterbury Plains. At the summit station, take a walk or the Time Tunnel ride, and grab a tasty snack from the Red Rock Cafe. The base station is at 10 Bridle Path Road, Heathcote Valley.

More Information: https://www.christchurchattractions.nz/christchurch_gondola/


Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour

With scenic flights, you'll gain more than a stunning bird's-eye view of Christchurch central, city landmarks, and the beautiful Avon River. You'll also zoom further afield over snow-covered peaks, lush farmland, and rugged coastlines.

Tour operators providing Christchurch tours are GCH Aviation(https://gchaviation.com/christchurch-city-scenic/) and Christchurch Helicopters (https://christchurchhelicopters.co.nz/scenic-flights/).


Christchurch Adventure Park

Make time to visit one of the most adrenaline-packed attractions in Christchurch. Go mountain biking, ziplining, follow walking trails, and take a 1.8km long chairlift ride. Feeling hungry after all that excitement? You’ll also find the Adventure Park Café serving up fresh, hearty meals.

More Information: https://christchurchadventurepark.com/


More Ideas to Add to Your Itinerary

  • Visit Hagley Park and the award-winning Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • Take the kids to an open range zoo - at Orana Wildlife Park
  • Try a truly iconic Christchurch activity - punting on the Avon River
  • Dine at the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant
  • Learn local history at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, the Canterbury Museum, and Quake City
  • Swim with dolphins in Akaroa Harbour
  • Explore the historic homestead, Riccarton House, and the 3,000-year-old Riccarton Bush
  • Feed wild eels at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
  • Watch the sunset at the New Brighton Pier
  • Ride the Halswell Miniature Trains
  • Explore gorgeous swimming spots and enjoy spotting local birdlife on Quail Island (a former leprosy colony!)
  • Soak up the rays on Sumner Beach

Get to your destination with RaD

Get ready for your next trip now! Don’t miss our unbeatable deals - book your rental car online with RaD Car Hire at Christchurch Airport. Or speak with our friendly staff on 0800 736 823.

We’re sure our NZ guide will help you find plenty of day tours to add to your itinerary of the Garden City. Looking for more Christchurch activities and free things to do? Check out our list of the Top 10 Day Trips from Christchurch and our New Zealand travel blogs.

Reference:

¹ https://www.stats.govt.nz/news/annual-visitor-arrivals-up-more-than-1-2-million-in-five-years