THINGS TO DO IN CHRISTCHURCH POST-EARTHQUAKE

Here’s an updated list of what’s open in Christchurch after the earthquake – and also in the surrounding area. If you know other things please add them into the comments below so everyone knows!

Pop Up Mall

A revamped version of the Cashel Street mall was reopened at the end of October 2011. Temporary shops made from shipping containers make a colourful addition to city’s centre as it gradually reopens. The mall is home to 27 shops and is worth going to look at even if shopping is not on your agenda.

pop-up-mall

Black Cat Cruises

Stationed out in Akaraoa Harbour, the daily Black Cat cruise is a fantastic way to explore the area. There are cruises which are the best way to see the volcanic outer harbor and there is also the chance to see dolphins, seals and penguins in their natural habitat. There are also tours where you can swim with the dolphins. Just over an hour’s drive from Christchurch, Black Cat cruises are a perfect activity for all ages, and if you want to bring the kids along there are great rates for children.

black-cat-cruises

McLeans Island

This forest section of the Waimakariri River Regional Park almost does it all, just 10 kilometers from Christchurch. It’s a great location for activities such as picnicking, mountain biking, walking and running. On top of this, it is a great destination for recreation activities which includes golf, shooting, horse riding, vintage car steam and machinery club, paintball, tank rides and Orana Wildlife Park. Come and check out the giant playground for all ages.

mcleans-island

Surfing

The summer months offer a great opportunity for surfing some of Christchurch’s great beaches. Popular spots such as Taylor’s Mistake and Sumner Beach are great for surfing and offer the perfect way to spend the day.

taylors-mistake

Willowbank

Willowbank is the only place in New Zealand where you have access to such a wide range of wildlife. The reserve has natural bush surroundings and much of the wildlife is free to wander around so is able to be petted and fed. Willowbank also offers guided tours with knowledgable staff and a great cultural experience with their Ko Tane Maori Cultural Performances.

willowbank-kiwi

Ice Skating

Christchurch’s Alpine Ice Sports and Entertainment Centre is one of the best places to go ice skating in Christchurch. More than just ice skating, Alpine has light shows, music and games as well as a licensed bar and coffee lounge. Open all year round and offering group discounts and family passes, it’s a perfect way to spend the day.

03 3662213
www.alpineice.co.nz

ice-skating

Mountain Biking

If you’re looking for a great outdoor activity, Hanmer has some great tracks for mountain biking. These well maintained trails are a fun way to experience the Canterbury scenery.

hanmer-springs-mountain-biking

Hanmer Springs

Less than 2 hours drive from Christchurch lies the idyllic town of Hanmer. The towns biggest attraction is their natural hot springs and mineral pools. With lots of pools and awesome rides, Hanmer Springs is a great way to relax and have fun.

hanmer-springs

Tour Canterbury’s High Country

For something a bit different, check out 4 wheel drive tours of Canterbury’s High Country. This magnificent landscape is home of Lord of the Rings Middle Earth and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’s Narnia. This unique part of New Zealand is well worth exploring at any age.

canterbury-high-country

Antarctic Centre

For a family fun activity, visit Christchurch’s Antarctic Centre to experience a realistic glimpse of the Antarctic Region. As well as informative exhibits, visitors can ride in a hagglund and experience the snow and ice.

03 353 7798
www.iceberg.co.nz

antarctic-centre

What Else is Open in Christchurch After the Quake?

Here is a list which was updated on September 13th with other things that are open in Christchurch after the quakes. This has been provided by ChristchurchNZ.com.

4X4 ADVENTURES
03 314 2030
info@4x4adventures.co.nz

Akaroa Nature Cruises
03 328 9078
www.blackcat.co.nz/cruises.html

Action Karts Christchurch
03 377 3730
http://www.actionkarts.co.nz

Adrenalin Forest
03 329 8717
contact@adrenalin-forest.co.nz

Adventure Canterbury Ltd
0800 847 455
resv@adventurecanterbury.com

Air Force Museum
03 343 9508
marketing@airforcemuseum.co.nz

Alpine Ice Sports & Entertainment Centre
03 3662213
www.alpineice.co.nz

Alpine Jet
03 318 4881
www.alpinejet.co.nz

Beadz Unlimited
03 3795 126
www.beadzunlimited.com

Black Cat Cruises, Akaroa
03 304 7641
akaroa@blackcat.co.nz
www.blackcat.co.nz

Canterbury Aviation
03 359 8006
info@canterburyaviation.co.nz

Canterbury Leisure Tour
0800 484 485
info@leisuretours.co.nz

Canterbury Museum
03 366 5000
info@canterburymuseum.com

CanNZ Tours
0800 866 539
cannz@clear.net.nz

Christchurch Botanic Gardens
03 941 8999
christchurchbotanicgardens@ccc.govt.nz

Canterbury Trails
03 384 6148
trails@xtra.co.nz

Christchurch Casino
03 365 9999
www.christchurchcasino.co.nz

Christchurch Segway Tours
027 542 1887
g.g@paradise.net.nz

City Cycle Hire
0800 343848
info@cyclehire-tours.co.nz

Court Jesters
03 963 0878
jesters@courttheatre.org.nz

Discovery Travel
0800 372 879
info@discoverytravel.co.nz

Garden City Bowling
03 366 3323
www.amfbowling.co.nz

Glacier Explorers
0800 68 68 00
info@glacierexplorers.co.nz

Glacier Sea Kayaking – Tasman &Mueller Glacier Lakes
03 4351 890
mountcook@xtra.co.nz

GreatSights Sightseeing Tours
03 365 1113
info@intercity.co.nz

HELiPRO
03 3590470
christchurch@helipro.co.nz

Hassle Free 4WD/Jet Adventure Tour
03 385 5775
janet@hasslefree.co.nz

Hassle Free Alpine Safari Tour
03 385 5775
janet@hasslefree.co.nz

Hassle Free Lord of the Rings Tour
03 385 5775
janet@hasslefree.co.nz

Hiking New Zealand
03 384 3706
info@HikingNewZealand.com

Horse Power
03 342-9246
enquiries@horsepower.co.nz

Jet Thrills
0274 321 104
jstream1@xtra.co.nz

Ko Tane and Ko Tane free transport service
03 3596226
http://www.willowbank.co.nz/maori-culture-experience

Kowhai Tours
03 388 7899
kowhaitours@xtra.co.nz

Linden Leaves
03 339 8314
julietblair@lindenleaves.com

Maui – The Art of Maori Haka
03 366 0324
mauihaka@kol.co.nz

Orana Wildlife Park and Shuttle Service
03 359 7109
nathan@oranawildlifepark.co.nz

Pegasus Golf & Sports Club
03 920 3300
www.pegasusgolfcourse.co.nz

Pirates Island Adventure Golf
03 358 9250

Punting on the Avon & Antigua Boatsheds
03 366 0337
www.punting.co.nz

Rangitata Rafts
03 6963 735
info@rafts.co.nz

Rubicon Valley Horse Treks
03 318 8886
rubiconvalley@xtra.co.nz

She Chocolat
03 329 9222
enquiries@shechocolat.com

Swimming with Dolphins
03 328 9078
http://www.blackcat.co.nz/swimming-with-dolphins.html

Skydivingnz.com
03 302 9143
bookings@skydivingnz.com

South Pacific Motorcycle Tours Ltd
03 312 0066
office@motorbiketours.co.nz

Tanks For Everything
03 359 1007
info@tanksforeverything.co.nz

Terrace Downs – Discovery Jet, Golf, The Spa
03 318 6943
info@terracedowns.co.nz

The Inside Story Ltd (Tours)
379 8481
info@theinsidestory.co.nz

The International Antarctic Centre
Free transport on the Penguin Express
03 353 7798
www.iceberg.co.nz

Thrillseekers Adventures – Jet Boat, Rafting, Quad Bike, Bungy Jump
03 315 7046
www.thrillseekers.co.nz

Up Up & Away
03 381 4600
info@ballooning.co.nz

Waimak River Horse Treks Ltd
323 9064
smcstay@xtra.co.nz

Watford Grange Llama Park
03 347 4766
www.newzealandllamas.co.nz/home-page-xidc30375.html

Wild West Mini Golf
03 343 2055
www.wildwestminigolf.co.nz

Willowbank Reserve
03 359 6226
info@willowbank.co.nz
www.willowbank.co.nz

Yaldhurst Museum
03 342 7914
enquiries@yaldhurstmuseum.co.nz

If you know other things please add them into the comments below so everyone knows!

Also check out the What’s on Map http://www.whatsopen.co.nz/food-entertainment/1/recreational

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