Best For Kids in Canterbury
Local Recommendations from our My Guide Christchurch team
A friendly city, there are plenty of activities for kids in Christchurch and beyond to get involved in. Fun parks, farms, eco-cruises and mazes are just some of the attractions on offer.
Christchurch activities for kids don't have to cost the earth. There are plenty of free parks and gardens to explore, so maybe you could hire bikes and make use of the city's excellent cycle paths. For serious fun, head to an action packed fun park. Lake Tekapo, Kaikoura and Leithfield all have theme parks that offer water sports, ice skating, luge, and plenty of stuff you'd struggle to get adults on. Gentler water fun can be had in Kaikoura and Akaroa, such as dolphin watching and harbour cruises. Kaikoura also has some excellent wildlife and farm parks, where the kids can shear sheep and swim with seals. Playgrounds, mini golf and go karting are all within easy reach of Christchurch CBD. But for family fun that doesn't cost a cent, just head to the beaches at Sumner, Lyttleton and New Brighton.