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The family holiday guide to Christchurch and Canterbury


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The South Island - New Zealand :: Christchurch and Canterbury

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Contents KIDZ GO CHRISTCHURCH ACTIVITIES AND TRIPS Rainy day / Indoor Entertainment All weather / Outdoor Attractions Tours and Adventure Christchurch Beaches Lyttelton and the Harbour Walks, Picnics and Parks Birthday Parties Education and School Programmes School Holiday Programmes

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:: CHRISTCHURCH CITY With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat. FAST FACTS >> largest city in the South Island, with a population of about 370,00 >> flanked by the Port Hills, which are actually an ancient volcanic crater rim. >> major departure point for USA, NZ and Italy's Antarctic expeditions and programs. The heart of Christchurch is without doubt Cathedral Square - this large pedestrian square is often busy with buskers, musicians and market stalls, and of course the magnificent Christchurch Cathedral watches over the activity.

Running through Cathedral Square is the Christchurch tramway. There are five historic trams running, dating back as far as 1910. You can jump on and off the trams as a fun way to explore the centre of Christchurch. A few minutes stroll from the Cathedral brings you to the willow-lined shores of the River Avon, which meanders through the city. A great way to spend some time is to grab a row boat from the very child-friendly Antigua Boat sheds and drift to Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens. This is Christchurch's own 'Central Park' with miles of running / inline skating / cycling >> also known as The Garden City >> inhabited by Maori moa-hunting tribes around 1000 years ago. >> 1850 - 1851 saw the arrival of the early settlers from England, on board the 'first four ships' into Lyttelton Harbour.

paths, picnic spots, playground, pool, lakes, gardens, free summer shows, tennis and netball courts, woodlands, golf course, soccer pitches, picnic and BBQ spots. Read on to discover Christchurch!

Activities :: indoor

Activities and Trips

:: Rainy Day and Indoor Entertainment Air Force Museum Ideal for all ages Discover one of the world’s premier military aviation collections at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand; from aircraft, engines and assorted displays to medals, pin-ups and parachutesilk wedding dresses. Come and marvel at our collection of classic aircraft, be inspired by the bravery of present and past servicemen, servicewomen and their families, fly a simulator, take a guided tour and step back in time in a replica 1940’s home. Your journey through the Air Force Museum of New Zealand will be something special. 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch. Just 10 minutes drive from Christchurch CIty. Phone: 03 343 9544 Price: FREE Hours: Open daily from 10am to 5pm (except Christmas Day) Email: Air Force Experience - Family Tour For family fun sign on for the Air Force Experience and see if you’ve got what it takes to be an Air Force Pilot! If you’re aged between 3 and 12 or simply young at heart then join this tour to enter our ‘behind the scenes’ areas and maybe even graduate with your own set of Air Force Museum ‘Pilot’s Wings’. The Air Force Experience runs on weekends and daily during School Holidays. Tours cost $5 per child and $3 per accompanying adult. All children receive their own complimentary ‘Pilot’s Log Book’. 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch. Just 10 minutes drive from Christchurch CIty. Phone: 03 343 9544 Admission Price: FREE Hours: Open daily from 10am to 5pm (Except Christmas Day) Email:


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Rainy Day/Indoor Entertainment

Caddyshack City Minigolf Min age 5 Caddyshack City is a fantastic, themed indoor mini golf experience. It's mini golf with a difference, with heaps of special effects and intricate models to try to get your ball around or through. There's a castle, gondola, roller coaster, glacial cave and airplane to tackle as well as rapids, erupting volcano, an oil well and much more. In fact each of the 18 holes on this expansive course represents a typical feature you'll find in or near cities around the world. Each hole is a masterpiece of model making, with over 150 models throughout the course. Located in a warm, modern venue and all undercover, this is great family entertainment, rain or shine! 21 King Edward Terrace, Woolston, Christchurch. Phone: 03 384 1566 Price: Adult $12.50, Students (with ID) and Seniors $11, Children (age 5 - 14 yrs) $8.50, Family $39 (2 adult + 2 children) Hours: Tues - Fri from noon - last game 8pm Saturday from 10am - last game starts 8pm Sunday from 10am - last game starts 7pm Closed Mondays except School and Public Holidays Email:

Canterbury Museum and Discovery Ideal for ages 3 - 13 Canterbury Museum is a window into the wonders of New Zealand and has been operating and collecting treasures for over 130 years. From moas to Antarctic penguins and bizarre artefacts we have something to keep all ages interested. DISCOVERY CENTRE - SPECIALLY FOR THE KIDS! Welcome to Canterbury Museum's natural history centre for children, bursting with weird and wonderful things to explore. Dig for fossils, be wowed by the witch’s pantry and learn all about the amazing natural world. Discovery memberships available with birthday party options. Also check out our school holiday programmes. Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Phone: 03 366 5000 Price: General Museum admission is free. Discovery entry - $2 per person (free entry for under 3 yr olds and club members) Hours: Daily (except Christmas Day) 9am 5.30pm Winter months (April - September) Museum closes 5pm Email: Chipmunks Indoor Playland and Café Ages 1 - 11 years Welcome to Chipmunks, the pay for play indoor children’s adventure playground and café. Chipmunks is the ultimate place for children of all ages to go for entertainment and educational purposes. Our playland primarily consists of specialised play equipment of an extremely high standard, with protective matting and padding. We also have mazes, inflatable slides, flying fox, play stations, ball pools and a separate area for under 3s. Birthday Parties and after school care available. Café on-site. Casual visitors welcome! 472 Cranford Street, Papanui, Christchurch Phone: 03 352 4476 Price: Preschoolers (under 5s) $6, over 5 $9 Hours: Daily, 9.30am - 5pm (closed Mondays in term time) Email:

Activities :: indoor 7 Christmas Jones Guided Tours Ideal for all ages Bringing Christmas to Canterbury - every day of the year! Experience the magic of Christmas with a fully narrated and animated Christmas show. Watch as the story of Christmas is brought to life through hundreds of moving and talking animated pieces. Capture the spirit and charm of Christmas any day of the year by simply booking a tour, between 5pm and 10pm daily. Visit our shop any time to view our unique Christmas pieces collected from around the world. 447 Colombo Street, Christchurch Phone: 03 377 3910 Price: Show - Adult $5, Child FREE, with accompanying adult Hours: Narrated animated Christmas Show: Mon - Sun 5pm - 10pm Shop: Tue - Sat 10am to 4pm, Late night Friday until 6pm, Sun/Mon by appointment Email: Clip 'N Climb - themed climbing wall Ideal for all ages Theme park meets climbing wall! Designed for everyone, this is great fun for kids and adults alike. No experience necessary, just wear loose clothes and trainers, and tackle our 36 walls of fun. No ordinary climbing, the walls are themed to be easy and appealing for anyone from tots to adults. Simply clip into our safety rope, tackle one of our funky challenges and then gently lower back down. Cnr Waltham Road & Byron Street, Sydneham, Christchurch Phone: 03 377 3000 Price: Little Kids (under 6) $7, Medium Kids (7 - 17) $12, Big Kids $15 Hours: Weekdays 4pm - 7pm (last session starts), Weekends and holidays 10am - 5pm (last session starts) Sunday, last session starts at 4pm Email:

Lollipops Playland and Café Ages 1 - 11 years Fantastic indoor playland for 0 – 11 year olds. Whether you’re local or just visiting Christchurch, give your kids the fun of a Lollipops session! Activities include multi-level adventure playground, ball pools, merry-go-round, bouncy castle, dress up area, educational and games computers, quiet area with books, party room and separate toddler area. There’s an on-site café serving snacks and drinks for kids and adults, and birthday parties are our speciality! Fun, cleanliness and security guaranteed. Note: Parent or Guardian must be on-site for 0-5 year olds. Children over this age may be left in our care for up to 3 hours. 146 Antigua Street, Christchurch Phone: 03 374 3220 Price: Super Entry 3 - 11 years from $9.90 Unlimited playtime, Junior Entry 1 - 2 years from $6.90 - Unlimited playtime Hours: Daily 9am – 5.30pm Email: Science Alive Ideal for all ages Fun, challenging, educational, amazing, interactive, varied - there's so much to see and do at Science Alive it's a must visit! Fun activities include the vertical slide (a must do for the grown ups too!), climbing wall and gyroscope. Exhibitions offer changing fun stuff - why not try one of our mind-boggling puzzles? Does it hurt to lie on a bed of nails? Try it here and find out for yourself! KIDZ ZONE Kidz Zone provides hands on activities for children aged 2-7 years and their parents. It provides a relaxing environment for parents and caregivers with plenty of seating. There are toilet and changing facilities and refreshments are available from our vending machines. 392 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch Phone: 03 365 5199 Price: All day passes start at $6 Child prices apply and under 2s are free. Family All Day Pass $45 for 2 ad & up to 3 ch Hours: Daily 10am - 5pm (except Christmas Day) Email:

8 Activities :: indoor Southern Encounter Aquarium and Kiwi House Ideal for all ages Located in the heart of Christchurch, Southern Encounter has been designed to take visitors on a journey of discovery to explore what lurks beneath NZ’s waterways. The facility also showcases some of NZ’s most unique native land dwelling creatures including Kiwi and Tuatara, and we are committed to the concept of conservation through advocacy and education. Other exciting creatures to look out for include sharks, rays, octopus, seahorses, crayfish and massive eels, and we have an interactive tank where visitors can touch a range of our creatures. Other popular features incude our simulated glowworm grotto and personally guided tour through the Kiwi House. Cathedral Square, i SITE building, Central Christchurch Phone: 03 359 7109 Price: Adult $16, Student $15 (ID required), Child $7, Preschoolers FREE, Family $41 (2 adults + up to 3 children) Hours: Daily, 9am - 5pm (closed Christmas Day) Kiwi House open 10.30am - 4.30pm Email: YMCA Climbing Wall Minimum age 6 The YMCA Christchurch Climbing Wall offers indoor climbing for all levels and ages. It's one of the largest walls in the South Island, with over 75 routes. The climbs range in difficulty from grade 12 to 20 and over. 70% are between grades 14 and 20, and while most children will find the lower grades a piece of cake and a whole heap of fun, we find that many quickly progress to our highest grades! Junior Funkee Monkeys (6 - 9 years) meet up for 8 weeks of every term on Mondays from 5.15pm 6.15pm. Juniors must be accompanied by an Adult. 12 Hereford St, Christchurch Phone: 03 963 2828 Price: Adult $10, Child $8 (all day casual - concession cards available) Hours: Monday - Friday: 4pm - 9.30pm Sat: 1pm - 7pm (2 for 1 entry for adults) Sun: 1pm - 7pm Email:

Other Indoor Attractions Supa Karts Indoor Raceway Min age 8 The indoor raceway provides a safe environment to get behind the wheel of a top model kart, challenge yourself and race your mates! 91 Buchan Street, off Colombo St. Ph: 03 374 9425 Christchurch Antarctic Attraction All ages Our safe all-weather environment offers a fun, exciting and interactive experience of Antarctica. 38 Orchard Road, Christchurch Ph: 03 353 7798 Christchurch Tramway All ages Experience Christchurch by Tram and explore the “must see” attractions on the tram route. Tram Station, Cathedral Junction Ph 03 366 7830 Christchurch Gondola All ages Take a spectacular ride far above the city, as your 4 person cabin lifts you gently up to 500m Bridle Path Road, Heathcote Valley,Christchurch Phone: 03 384 0700 LaserStrike Min age 6 Laser Strike is an exciting, futuristic laser combat game...Imagine... dimmed lights, eerie fog, the atmosphere is like an off-world city. Level 2, Harvey Norman Centre, Moorhouse Ave, Phone: 03 366 7595 The Bead Shop All ages Relax in our friendly, colourful shop. Have fun designing your own wearable art or choose from our handcrafted selection. 170 Manchester St Phone: 03 379 7424 AMF Bowling Garden City All ages Action-packed bowling, state-of-the-art sound systems, amusements, food and excellent value. G15 - 21 Iverson Terrace Phone: 03 366 3323 AimTru Archery Min age 8 Come into our international standard 18 metre Indoor Archery Range and give archery a go. 34 Mowbray Street, Christchurch Phone: 03 962 5920

Activities :: indoor and Outdoor Yaldhurst Museum of Transport and Science If you are interested in classic cars and other forms of road transport, you will really enjoy a visit to Yaldhurst Museum. School Road, Yaldhurst Phone: 03 342 7914


Alpine Ice Indoor ice skating facility with cafe. Skate school, figure skating and holiday programmes. 495 Brougham Street Phone: 03 366 9183

Christchurch Aquatic Centres Great facilities and fun stuff for kids of all ages. Christchurch Art Gallery QEII Park, Travis Road, North New Brighton Featuring two floors of exhibition space, two Pioneer, 75 Lyttelton St, Spreydon educational activity areas, auditorium, café and Jellie Park 295 Ilam Rd wine bar, retail outlets and Sculpture Garden. Phone: 03 941 6888 Worcester Boulevard Phone: 03 941 7300 Action Kart Raceway Min age 10 NZ's only Clay base indoor go kart track! Action Kart Raceway is the perfect place to bring your kids for go karting! 565 Sawyers Arms Road Phone: 03 377 3730

New Brighton Library Lots to do, great facilities, cafe and toilets, and views of the pier and beach. 213 Marine Parade, New Brighton Phone: 03 941 7923

All Weather/Outdoor Attractions Orana Wildlife Park Ideal for all ages NZ's only open-range zoo, operating as a sanctuary for endangered animals. We provide them with enclosures as close to their natural habitat as possible. Streams, moats and banks are used as barriers and over 400 animals from 70 different species are displayed. With 80 hectares of grounds, you can travel Orana on foot (walkabout tour available), or by our Safari Shuttle. We also offer a range of scheduled feeds and exciting animal encounters throughout the day - hand feed majestic giraffe, see tigers search, leap or even climb a pole for their food, meet mighty rhino ‘face-to-face’, witness the blistering speed of the world’s fastest land mammal - the cheetah, stroll through a massive aviary for a close encounter with NZ Kea and travel through the Lion Habitat on board our specially modified vehicle for extremely close views of the “King of Beasts” (conditions apply). View Kiwi and a range of native birds and reptiles. McLeans Island Road, nr Christchurch Airport Phone: 03 359 7109 Price: Adult $25, Student $21 (ID required), Child $8 (5 - 14 years), Pre-schoolers FREE, Family $58 (2 adults + upto 3 children) Hours: Daily, 10am - 5pm (last entrance 4.30pm, closed Christmas Day) Email:

photo: Orana Wildlife Park

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All Weather/Outdoor Attractions Adrenalin Forest Min age 7 Take a walk in the treetops! This is a new concept adventure activity that is perfect to experience as a family group, as both adults and kids love the challenges! The first of its kind in the South Island, the adventure park will feature an aerial obstacle course more than 1km in length, and up to 17metres off the ground. Participants negotiate a series of 60 challenging activities high up in the tree canopy attached by an overhead safety wire. There are four different courses which range from 3 to 17 metres in height and the activity is suitable for a wide range of ages and fitness levels. With prices starting at just $10 plus our ideal location close to beach, picnic area, pool and bike tracks, this is a sure fire way of keeping the family entertained! Spencer Park, Heyders Road, Christchurch Phone: 03 329 8717 Price: Adult $37, Children (on the fourth pathways taller than 1.45 m) $24, Children (on discovery and adventure paths only, smaller than 1.45 m) $14 2 Adults + 2 Children (under 18) $105Hours: Daily, 10am - 2.30pm (last start) Email:

photo: Adrenalin Forest

Antigua Boat Sheds Ideal for all ages Explore the River Avon with your own single or double canoe, paddle boat or row boat. The beautiful Avon is a wide, gentle tree lined river with little to no current. It winds its way right through the city centre so you can explore this beautiful NZ city from the water. Our canoes are extremely stable and easy to manage. You'll paddle upstream and typically 40 minutes paddle or rowing against the gentle current will take 20 minutes to come back. Life jackets are available, ranging from child to adult sizes. Singles are ideal for older children, or take your child along in our double canoes. Paddle or row boats are also superb, laid back family options, especially with the littlies.. Riverside cafe on-site. Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Prices: From just $10 Hours: Daily, summer: 9am - 5.30pm, winter 9am - 5pm Phone: 03 366 5885 Email:

Activities :: Outdoor 11 Christchurch Wildlife Cruise Ideal for all ages Take the family on an unforgettable wildlife cruise in a sea-filled extinct volcanic crater! Depart from the historic Lyttelton port, just 15 minutes from Christchurch, for an exciting 2 hour harbour and ocean adventure. Watch the antics of the world's smallest and rarest marine dolphin, the friendly and acrobatic Hector's Dolphin, spot other bird and sea life, look out for ship wrecks and enjoy the stunning views of the Banks Peninsula and Port Hills. 'B Jetty', Lyttelton Port, Lyttelton, Christchurch Phone: 03 328 9078 Price: Adult $68, Children $25 (child is 5 - 25 yrs) Family Pass: 2 adults + 2 children, second child goes free! All children receive a FREE dolphin postcard plus a FREE activity book with colour pictures. Hours: Daily, 1.30 pm (2 hours duration) Email: City Cycle Hire and Little River Trail Ideal for anyone who can ride a bike. City Cycle Hire Christchurch offers modern quality bicycles and mountain bike rentals which are well maintained and regularly serviced, delivered to your accommodation. Enjoy cycling around Christchurch City, visit and ride in Hagley Park or cruise along the River Avon to our local beaches on flat land or off road cycle tracks. We'll provide maps and track details. We also offer drop off and pick up for the Gondola bike ride, making your day effortless! Bikes with trailers or child seats are available. Departs from your accommodation Phone: 03 377 5952 Freephone and Bookings: 0800 343 848 Price: hire starts at just $25 Hours: from an hour to a whole day - you choose! Email:

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Ideal for all ages This is your guaranteed opportunity to see a real kiwi! This is a fantastic place for all the family as the range of experiences ensures there is something for everyone. For the littlies, ‘Heritage New Zealand’ provides an opportunity to see up close, feed and even touch a range of delightful animals including Kune Kune (pigs), rare breeds of sheep and cattle, Clydesdales, miniature horses, goats, sheep and much more. 60 Hussey Road (off Gardiners Road), Christchurch Phone: 03 359 6226 Price: Adult $25, Child $10, Family $60 (2 ad + 3 children) Family Pass: $60 for 2 adults plus maximum 3 children. Hours: 9.30am to 30 minutes before dusk. Escorted tours through Natural NZ area until 10pm. Email: Punting on the Avon Ideal for all ages We do all the hard work, while you sit back and enjoy the sights of Christchurch! We offer a 30 minute guided punt tours along the Avon, through either Christchurch City or through Hagley Park. Under 5s go free. Pre-booking is recommended. Park: Antigua Boat Sheds, Cambridge Terrace City: Worcester Bridge, Worcester Street Phone: 03 366 0337


Activities :: Tours

Tours and Adventure

Alps2Ocean Guided Family Adventure Our personalised family adventure tours are based out of the Peel Forest, just 1½ hours drive south of Christchurch. We specialise in family groups, introducing you and the kids to an adventure playground including beautiful rivers, alpine landscapes, hidden waterfalls and ancient native forests. Choose from one of our mountain bike, kayak or hiking options - all fully-guided, all with trips suitable for children, friendly guides, gear provided, meals included on some trips. Trips from 2 to 4 hours, making a perfect day excursion from Christchurch! If you really want to immerse yourself in the trip of a lifetime, ask about our family-friendly multi-day adventures! Peel Forest, South Canterbury Phone: 03 696 3775 Email:

Black Cat - Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise Ideal for all ages Take a cruise around an extinct volcanic crater and experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife with Black Cat's Akaroa Harbour Cruises. Ideal for all ages - children and adults just love to watch the antics of the playful Hector's Dolphins - the world's smallest and rarest dolphin. Look out for penguins and other sea birds, view the giant, volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa's fascinating past. Fancy taking a closer look? Come swim with the Hector's Dolphins! This is an absolutely unforgettable, and safe experience. Akaroa Wharf, Akaroa Phone: 03 328 9078 Price: Adult $68, Child $25 (Child is 5 - 15, under 5s go FREE) Family Passes : 2 adults + 2 children, second child goes free Email: Black Cat - Swimming with Dolphins Cruise Min age 8 Swim in a sheltered harbour in Akaroa with one of the world smallest and rarest dolphins - the friendly Hector’s dolphin. Everything is provided including wetsuits, snorkels, goggles and a free hot chocolate after your swim. We operate all year round. Phone: 03 304 7641 or 0800 436 574 Email: Photo: Black Cat Cruises

Activities :: Tours Little River Rail Trail Ideal for anyone who can ride a bike. City Cycle Hire Christchurch offers modern quality bicycles and mountain bike rentals which are well maintained and regularly serviced, delivered to your accommodation. Bikes with trailers or child seats are available. LITTLE RIVER RAIL TRAIL Spend a half day on this stunning track on the Banks Peninsular. Almost completely flat with everchanging sea, lake and bush views. We'll provide bikes and accessories, drop you off and pick you up. Departs from your accommodation Phone: 03 377 5952 Freephone and Bookings: 0800 343 848 Price: hire starts at just $25 Hours: from an hour to a whole day - you choose! Email: Jet Thrills Christchurch Min age 2 A thrilling NZ adventure the whole family can share! Experience the shallow, twisting streams, turquoise water and swaying broom of the mighty Waimakariri. Jet boating is a truly unique way of discovering one of New Zealand’s newest regional parks – constantly changing and ever challenging, our experienced drivers will safely thrill and spin you, making short work of the swift flowing river as it rushes from the Southern Alps to the ocean. Choose from a half hour blast to a helicopter or horse ride combo adventure – all excursions are family-friendly and Qualmark approved. Free city transfers from your accommodation. Hats and gloves are provided – please bring warm jacket and a camera. Jet Thrills operates daily from below the State Highway 1 Bridge 15 minutes north of Christchurch city centre. A free courtesy shuttle service is available from the city area. Phone: 03 385 1478 Freephone: 0800 277 729 Price: from Adult $75, Child $45 (child is 13 and under, under 5s go free). Email:


:: Other Tours and Adventure Up Up and Away Ballooning Min age 5 Fly in Christchurch / Canterbury, New Zealand with one of the world's most experienced ballooning companies. Phone: 03 381 4600 The Tranz Alpine Train All ages The TranzAlpine – Christchurch to Greymouth, rated one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys! Christchurch Railway Station Phone: 0 4 495 0775 Hassle Free Tours All ages Tours around Christchchurch and Canterbury including Lord of the Rings highlight tours. Phone: 03 385 5775 Waimak River Horse Treks All ages From pony rides for children to 1 to 2 hour treks as well as half and full day rides and wagon rides. Phone: 03 323 9064 Nimbus Paragliding Min weight 30kg Tandem paragliding flight experience over either Christchurch or the Canterbury plains. Phone: 0800 111 611 Tanks for Everything All ages Drive a real military tank (must have learner's or driver's license) or take the family on a passenger ride. Macleans Island Road, Christchurch Phone: 03 359 1007

14 Christchurch :: Beaches


Sumner Christchurch's popular beach location. is only a 20 minute drive from the city centre - yet with soft sand, great surf and swim beach, rocks to Taylors Mistake climb, promenade, cafés and ice creams, you'll feel From Sumner you can pop over Scarborough Hill to the tucked away beach called Taylor's Mistake. like you're really out of town! It's off the main drag - in fact, the road ends here, If you're keen to have a go at surfing or just want at the beach's carpark. to play on a bodyboard, head towards the Clock Tower and Scarborough Beach. On most days of There are toilets, outdoor showers and picnic summer you'll find surf or bodyboard hire, and surf tables, and a secluded, sandy beach, that often lessons advertised on the promenade. They offer gets the best surf in the area. At busy times it may be manned by surf lifesavers. kids' or adults' classes, as well as private lessons. The promenade is a great spot for strolling or bike/ scooter riding, and at the far end you'll find café, toilets, kids' swimming pool and playground. This is also the end with the best surf. Sumner Village is home to numerous friendly and laid-back cafés and restaurants, the well-known Hollywood Cinema, plus surf shops, supermarket and other local shops to browse. Sumner is flanked by the rugged Port Hills - gateway to Lyttelton Harbour and the Banks Peninsula and also home to numerous walking and mountain bike tracks.

Christchurch Beaches 15 Activities :: and Trips 17 New Brighton Ten minute's drive from Christchurch City brings you to a sandy beach that literally stretches, uninterrupted, for miles along the coast. It's a popular beach for dog walkers, kite surfers, blowkarters, horse riders and you'll always find a great spot for a family picnic. If you head north along the beach, a couple of hours walk will bring you to Spencerville, from where you can carry on walking alongside the Brooklands Lagoon, eventually coming out at the Waimakariri River. Each way will take just over 2 hours. Brighton Pier The focal point of New Brighton, Brighton Pier stretches over 300m over the sea. It's a popular spot for fishing, and at the near end you'll find the New Brighton library - a haven of comfy cushions and sofas where you can settle in with a magazine or book, overlooking the ocean. There's also cafĂŠs and restaurants to hand, along with a large children's playground.

North Brighton and Bottle Lake North Brighton beach and surf club take you out of the main town beach area, to a more laid-back spot, with sand dunes leading down to the beach, car parking, toilets, cafĂŠ and large playground with flying fox. The Pegasus Bay walking/biking track follows alongside the beach to the entrance to Bottle Lake Forest. If you stay on the 7km stretch of sandy track you come out at Spencerville Park and the far end of Bottle Lake Forest. This is also the start of Brooklands Lagoon bird sanctuary, with wetland walks and bird viewing platforms. Bottle Lake Forest Park is a mountain biker's paradise, especially for family or beginner bikers. There are dozens of dedicated biking, walking or horseriding tracks winding through the forest. The far end of Bottle Lake Forest brings you out to Spencerville - a recreation area with BBQs, sheltered picnic spots, paddling pool, flying fox, children's adventure playground, mini golf and the exciting Adrenalin Forest.where you can take a walk in the treetops (see page 10)

Surfing and Kiteboarding New Brighton is a popular location to grab a board and learn to surf, or even take kiteboarding lessons. Sisco's Surf Shop in New Brighton Mall offers surfboard and wetsuit hire as well as kids' and adults' summer surf sessions. Meanwhile South Brighton Surf Club is a favourite location for kite surf lessons. It's more suited to teenagers, as the kites are large and difficult to manage at first. In fact your first lesson is all about learning to fly the kite on the beach!


Kite Day Tip Top Kite Day welcomes hundreds of kites of all shapes and sizes, and fantastic designs, every year. The summer sky lights up with colour and the creativity of the kites is a must-see! Buskers and street entertainment, stalls and family fun make this a great family outing - look out for the event early in the year, each summer.

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Christchurch :: Lyttelton Harbour


Diamond Harbour Diamond Harbour, Banks Peninsula, makes a great half day or day trip - take the family and some fishing rods, swim in the gorgeous bay, have a picnic, walk or bbq, or enjoy a pub lunch (with lots of space for kids to play) at Godley House. Ferries depart Lyttelton and Diamond Harbour throughout the day, half hourly or hourly, 7 days a week. Booking isn't required and the crossing takes around 8 minutes. Phone: 03 328 9078 Prices (one way): Adult $5, Child $2.50

Lyttelton and the Harbour Whether you drive over the hill or through the hill (via the 2km long Lyttelton tunnel), you’ll leave Lyttelton Port of Christchurch Cruise the city behind and enter another world as you Did you know that 99% of Canterbury's trade is arrive into Lyttelton Port. by sea? Learn this and more on a free one hour The village is a bustling, friendly place at the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch harbour cruise, mouth of the Lyttelton Harbour (originally called offered once a month. ‘Cook’s Mistake’). You can look across the bay to Cruise alongside Cashin Quay and the container the Banks Peninsula , while Quail Island sits right terminal. Other points of interest include the in the middle of the harbour (once a leper colony, historic dry dock and the coal stockpile. An the island makes for a great day trip and there are informative commentary is provided throughout regular ferry services that dock there.) the tour. Although the cruise is free we do ask Activities include a visit to the Timeball Station, exploring the famous Lyttelton Saturday markets, or taking a wildlife cruise and looking for dolphins with Black Cat Cruises.

that you consider making a gold coin donation, which goes to support Cholmondeley Children's Home.

Over the Summer (Oct - May) the tours are on Tug Lyttelton and sail at 11am on the second Sunday You can also take a ferry over to Diamond of the month. During the winter months (June Harbour on the Banks Peninsula . See walks and Sept) the tours are conducted on the Canterbury parks section for more on this trip. Cat and sail at 11am on the third Sunday of the If you’ve transport, it’s well worth the drive to month. follow the road around the Bays. There are lots Boarding takes place at the public ferry terminal, of great swimming spots, playgrounds and easy just off the Oxford Street over bridge in Lyttelton. walks along the way (check out Corsair, Rapaki, Bookings are essential. To book a free public Cass Bay and Governors Bay for a family picnic port tour, contact Lyttelton Port of Christchurch and swim). NOTE: The harbour bays make reception on 328-8198. ideal swimming spots for families with younger children as the water is generally flat.

Christchurch :: Lyttelton Harbour


Lyttelton Timeball Station Like a Scottish castle dominating the scenic port of Lyttelton, the Timeball Station is one of the few of its kind left in the world. From 1876 to 1934 a ball dropped from its mast on its stone tower, signalling the time to ships in Lyttelton Harbour. The Timeball Station is today one of only five in the world known to be still in working order. It is a rare piece of maritime history, fabulously restored and boasting spectacular views over Lyttelton Harbour. Watch the Timeball drop from practically anywhere in Lyttelton at 1pm everyday. The Station is open to visitors daily.

Explore the harbour... Take a drive round to Diamond Harbour (26km) or as far as the harbour head at Teddinton, then over Gebbies Pass to Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula. Here are some family spots on the way....

Quail Island Recreation Reserve Spend a half-day exploring Quail Island, right in the middle of Lyttelton Harbour. The island was used as a leprosy colony and a quarantine station by the early European settlers. With secluded inlets, safe swimming beaches and lovely walks and picnic areas, why not take your lunch and swimming costumes for a great family day out? If you walk round to the far (west) side of the island you'll look down on the eight ship wrecks that are partly submerged there. Toilets and changing rooms on the island. Black Cat run regular departures throughout the summer - ask about their treasure hunt!. Phone: 03 328 9078 Prices (return): Ad $20, Chi $10 (child is 5 to 15) Family Pass: 2 ad + 2 ch, second child goes free.

Cass Bay - good launch spot for kayaks (or look out for local kayak demo days here), good swimming, playground, toilets, parking and walking track to Corsair Bay.

Magazine Bay - explore the marina and boat yards, take a water side stroll, visit the Torpedo Boat Museum (Summer - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 1pm - 3pm Winter - Saturday, Sunday 1 - 3pm.) Corsair Bay - a favourite summer spot - beautiful swimming, pontoon, sandy beach, walking track, playground, toilets and parking.

Rapaki Bay - beach, jetty, easy parking. Governors Bay - long jetty, good for fishing when the tide is high, very popular walking/biking track, Governors Bay hotel, serving lunches, dinners and ice creams, She CafĂŠ and Chocolaterie. Allandale and Living Springs- Allandale, near the head of the lake, features a picnic reserve with toilets, and a walk/bike track joining it to Governors Bay. Living Springs, across the road, is growing in popularity with keen mountain bikers, although the tracks require fitness and some experience. Teddington - Turn off here to head over Gebbies Pass to the Banks Peninsula. Orton Bradley Park, Charteris Bay Picnic & BBQ areas, walking tracks, horse treks, golf course, tennis, historical buildings, working farm, camping and magnificent harbour views. Diamond Harbour - great for picnics and BBQs, walks and swimming. There's a shop and cafĂŠ, and the Godley House Restaurant. Horse trekking nearby in Orton Bradley Park, or great kayaking bay round the hill at Purau Bay.

Photo: Black Cat Cruises Children treasure hunting on Quail Island.


WALKS :: PICNICS AND PARKS Bottle Lake Forest Park Mountain Bike / Walking Trails This Kidz Go favourite has it all! Immerse yourself in miles of sandy beaches, walking tracks galore, superb forest mountain bike trails that are easy yet varied and fun, mountain bike terrain park and a recreation area with adventure playground, flying fox, paddling pool, tennis courts, sandy volleyball and BBQ pits. (Spencer Park)

NORTH CHRISTCHURCH Spencer Park Picnic / Mountain Bike / Walking Trails Spencer Park is just 15 minutes drive north from the city centre, right on the beach at Spencerville. Facilities include: BBQ pits, sandy volleyball court, tennis, mini golf, adventure playground, flying fox, toddlers' pool and tons of running around space. It's just a stone's throw from a sandy beach and the popular Bottle Lake Forest Park - a perfect forest for walks and family-suited mountain bike trails. Spencer Park is also right opposite the fantastic Adrenalin Forest - a great outdoor climbing adventure for kids and adults(see our activities section for more information.) If you want to stay on-site, right next door is Spencer Beach Holiday Park. Check our accommodation section for more on this great family accommodation. Heyders Rd, off Lwr Styx Rd, Christchurch

The flat trails are ideal for baby buggies but this area really comes into it’s own as a perfect place to take the kids mountain biking. Try the Pegasus Bay track which skirts the forest, following the beach from Spencer Park to New Brighton’s North Shore. Otherwise discover the maze of fun, winding mountain bike trails that criss-cross the forest. It’s hard to get lost for more than a few moments and you can pick up maps of the forest from the information centre at Spencer Park (Off Lower Styx Road.) Bike Grade: easy Alternative access and recreation area off Waitikiri Drive. Macleans Island Mountain Bike Trails Part of the Waimakariri River Regional Park, the MacLeans Track is a well-built, smooth 10km mountain bike track (now with several kilometers of extra track variations) that is ideal for family biking. There are plenty of twists and turns, bumps and small ups and downs, to make it great fun, without being too technical. Ideal for beginner bikers or family groups! Plenty of parking at the start of the track, and there's also a cabin open at weekends, selling bottled water, drinks, muffins and other goodies. You can even rent bikes (for both kids and adults) and helmets, at the start of the track (weekends only, or by arrangement from On Your Bike - 03 348 1738). Bike Grade: easy Opposite Orana Wildlife Park, McLeans Island Road, off Johns Road, Christchurch

Christchurch :: Walks and Picnics The Groynes Picnic Reserve Parklands galore – 85 hectares of reserve, streams, lakes, playground, fishing, BBQ spots and walking trails. Just 15 minutes drive from the city centre The Groynes is a perfect place to picnic, feed the ducks or go for a walk. All trails are flat and there are short walks that follow the lakes and streams. Otherwise follow signs for the Waimairi Walkway for an easy 1 – 2 hour return stroll. Fishing is allowed and is definitely kid-friendly – restricted to under 17s. Look out for organised Family Days and Kids' Fishing Days. Note: Dog parks and agility coure located here Off Johns Road, near Christchurch Airport CENTRAL CHRISTCHURCH Hagley Park Picnic / Cycle and Fitness Trails / Sports Expansive parkland (around 160 hectares) in central Christchurch, Hagley Park public reserve is totally flat and a perfect escape from city life, without leaving the city. Drive in off Rolleston Avenue – there’s plenty of parking, a licensed café and information centre. Nearby is a large playground, lake and extensive gardens. There are walking, cycling or rollerblading tracks throughout the park and indoor/outdoor Botanic Gardens. Numerous recreation areas provide tennis courts, rugby fields, fitness track, netball courts and cricket pavilion. Look out for open air concerts during summer. Christchurch City Center Main entrances off Rolleston Avenue or Riccarton Avenue. Riccarton House and Bush An inner city haven – historic house with café and toilets on-site, situated on the river bank in extensive grounds. The Riccarton Bush walk is an easy 20 minute walk through protected, ancient native forest – it’s undisturbed and is an interesting window into how Christchurch would have looked to the first settlers. In fact it’s the sole remnant of the kahikatea forest that clothed much of the coastal floodplains. The sound of birds in this pocket of forest is significant. Other than this there’s Riccarton House and Dean’s Cottage to wander through, plus lots of grass area for the kids to play.


SOUTH CHRISTCHURCH Halswell Quarry ParkA unique, 55 hectare family-orientated park on the outskirts of Christchurch. The disused quarry makes an interesting (and fenced off) stroll, with its striking amphitheatre of steep, jagged rock walls. There’s plenty of grassy spots and picnic areas to spread out plus walking and bike tracks that wander through woods and orchards. Toilets and water on-site. To get there from Halswell, take Kennedys Bush Road south toward the hills. A marked turnoff at the base of the foothills leads into the park. A lake on the left is surrounded by the new plantings of the Sister Cities' Gardens, and on the right, the abandoned buildings of the quarry are visible. Note: Dog park located here AROUND THE PORT HILLS Victoria Park Picnic / Walks / Mountain Bike Trails Access to this extensive area of bush is from Dyers Pass Road, opposite the end of Colombo Street. Playground and picnic spot and numerous walking trails, all overlooking the whole city with a backdrop of the Southern Alps. Victoria Park runs into Bowenvale Recreation Reserve, and between them they feature some of the Port Hills best Mountain Bike tracks. Note: Dog park located here Bike Grade: moderate to hard Barnett Park - Redcliffs Just off the main road, Moncks Bay, follow the track that sidles along Barnett Park. It climbs steadily, but not too steeply up towards the Port Hills, until you readh a large cave. From here there are fantastic views back to the sea and the Southern Alps. You can make a loop by carrying on past the cave, and following the path back down the otehr side of Barnett Park. Walk Grade: moderate Duration 1 hour

20 Christchurch :: Walks and Picnics :: AROUND THE PORT HILLS Taylors Mistake to Boulder Bay From the carpark at Taylors Mistake, follow the cliff path around the hills. The path is quite wide and in good condition, but there are steep drop offs, so keep small children close as you round the bays. After about half an hour you come out above Christchurch's most secluded communit - Boulder Bay! You can descend down to the beach, which is lined with cute fishing and holiday baches. This is a real little haven where time has stood still - it's right on the point near Godley Head, but the rough seas, while making swimming impossible, add to the charm and atmosphere. Come back the way you came, or carry on up to Godley Head, and follow one of the higher tracks that skirts the Port Hills back to Taylore Mistake. Walk grade: easy, 1 to 2 hours Godley Head Tunnels and Gun Emplacements This headland is a breathtaking coastal location, with sheer 120 metre-high cliffs towering above the Pacific Ocean. Built in 1939, the Godley Head WWII coastal defence battery is ranked in the top ten New Zealand coastal defence heritage sites.

Greenwood Park Mountain Bike / Walking Trails Entrance to this 'park' is located on the Summit Road, between the Gondola and Sumner. As you drive up towards the summit from the Sumner direction you'll pass a wooded area on your right and a gate signed Greenwood Park. There's a not-too-steep track that is wide and easy for buggies. Views are panoramic - from one point you can see the Southern Alps, Christchurch City, Sumner, Lyttelton Harbour and the Banks Peninsula! Great for unusual scenic photo angles! The track comes out overlooking Lyttelton township at some old World War II gun enplacements (great for sheltered picnics!). There's also mountain bike tracks through Greenwood Park, which are well-marked, crossing the walking path about half way along. Summit Road, close to Evans Pass. Walk grade: moderate, 40 minutes each way. Bike grade: moderate. AROUND THE HARBOUR / PORT HILLS Cass Bay - Magazine Bay walkway This easy waterside stroll winds from the Cass Bay playground back to Lyttelton. The path meanders round tiny inlets, including Corsair Bay – a favourite swimming spot with changing rooms and picnic area. You come out at Magazine Bay – follow the marina from here into Lyttelton or take the road or walking path back to Cass Bay. Walk grade: easy, 30 minutes each way.

From the carpark, either take the cliff path that zig zags downhill, to the tunnels which are not far from sea level. Kids will love the adventure as you feel your way through, with just small cut windows along the way to let in light. Diamond Harbour Otherwise, stay on the cliff and follow signs to the Stoddarts Point Walkway gun emplacements. Lots of history to explore. If arriving by ferry turn left from the wharf and follow the pathway nearest the sea, rather then walking up the road. Follow the flat path alongside the cliff edge, through natural bush. You come out in the centre of Diamond Harbour village, near Stoddart’s cottage. Features: This walk has a stunning outlook across the harbour and there’s lots of woodland to play in. However, during the first few minutes of the walk the path takes you very close to steep drop offs. Keep children with you for the first section and take extra care if biking. Walk grade: easy, 30 minutes duration Godley Head gun emplacements

Christchurch :: Walks and Picnics Crater Rim Walkway Don't miss a trip along the top of the Port Hills, called the Summit Road - you can drive up from Sumner or Lyttelton, Governor's Bay or from the top of Colombo Street. Otherwise the best walking tracks are the bridle paths from Heathcote Valley or from the Lyttelton side (takes about 45 minutes one way).


Take a stroll, walk the dog, venture along a mountain bike single track, and enjoy the views over the harbour and Banks Peninsula one way, and Christchurch City, Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps the other.

The top of the Port Hills are very exposed to winds from any direction, so take a wind proof or warm top with you, even if the weather is The Port Hills are all part of the extinct Lyttelton calm in town. There is one cafĂŠ on the Summit Volacao, and the Crater Rim Walkway literally Road, called Sign of the Kiwi, at the top of the takes you around the rim of the ancient Dyers Pass Road. volcano! There are lots of walking tracks sign posted along the Summit Road, all part of the Crater Rim Walkway.


Chipmunks Birthday Parties Minimum of 8 children per party - includes unlimited play time, private party room with placements, hats and Chipmunks birthday Caddyshack City invitations. Plus each child receives party food Why not gather your children's mates and have birthday box and the Birthday Child receives a your next birthday party at Caddyshack City?! visit by Charlie the Chipmunks to sing happy Just $12 per person (for children aged 5 - 14 yrs) birthday, a free colouring book and a personalised gives you the following: birthday certificate. * 18 Hole Mini Golf with heaps of special effects! Lots of birthday packages available eg extra * Chilled Drink special Fairy, Pirate or Racing Car themed. * Delicious Ice Cream Sundae 472 Cranford Street, Papanui, Christchurch * Reserved Table (for 2 hours) Phone: 03 352 4476 * FREE return ticket and Adult discount voucher (total value $11.50) YMCA Climbing Wall Party All for $12 per child Climbing on our indoor wall is an exciting experience your child will not forget! Come Bring along your own birthday cake, but no extra along and bring your family and friends. We food please. provide instruction and gear hire. 21 King Edward Terrace, Woolston, Christchurch Cost: $6 entry per child (Birthday child free of Bookings essential: 03 384 1566 charge) Instruction: $40 per instructor per hour. Ratio: 1 instructor/12 children. 12 Hereford Street, Christchurch Bookings essential: 03 963 2828


Christchurch :: Birthday Parties Antigua Boatsheds Birthday Parties our one stop children's party - canoe hire, ice block and kids' meal $17.50 per head. The combo includes a canoe ride for up to an hour, and we have canoes available for singles, doubles or up to 4 adults/ children. Kids' lunch is served up to 2.30pm and the children can choose any meal from the kids' menu. Paddle pop and juice/coke is included in price. Advance bookings are advised. 2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Phone: 03 366 5885


Lollipops Playland Parties All parties include party hats & your own party room for one and a half hrs plus unlimited playtime in Lollipops Playland. Have A Visit From Lollipops The Cat & His Minder Additional $25 (Any Party) Parties from $99 for 5 children. Adult food platters also availabe. All parties include: invitations, exclusive use of circus-themed party room for one and a half hours, (we can offer for longer on arrangement), choice of party menu, table setting with balloons, cats' ears birthday hats, unlimited play in Playland, Clip 'N Climb Birthday Parties plus treats for bithday child. Ideal birthday party activity, with an hour's 146 Antigua Street, Waltham, Christchurch entertainment for up to 36 children! Birthday Phone: 03 374 3220 Catering and Party Room availabe at Off the Wall Cafe. Range of menus available at $6.50 per child. Science Alive Parents welcome to bring birthday cake. Please Your birthday party includes: contact us for birthday party options. Birthday - All day admission, balloon & lollies for each Child receives a FREE leap of faith! child, 2 adults free, $11.50 per head, OR Cnr Waltham Rd and Byron St, Sydenham, ChCh - create your own party plan by adding one or Phone: 03 377 3000 more of the following Science Activities ($4.50 per person) Adrenalin Forest * Sherbet Snack Make a tasty concoction to sizzle Take a walk in the treetops! on your tongue (5 to 13 years.) This is an adventure activity that is perfect to * Silly Putty For those who like things a little experience as a family group, as both adults and gooey (5 to 13 years.) kids love the challenges! * Bath Bombs Something to make you come out Ideal activity for school groups and birthday smelling like roses (5 to 13 years.) parties. There are so many types of activity from mild to challenging, that you'll be able to keep Make your life simple and let Burger King cater everyone amused. Close to other fun birthday for all your food requirements! Bring your own activities at Spencer Park and beach. Advance cake or we can arrange a Divine Cake for you Cnr 392 Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch bookings recommended. Phone: 03 365 5199 105 Heyders Road, Spencerville, Christchurch Phone: 03 329 8717

Air Force Museum Parties Looking for somewhere different for your child's next birthday party? Why not come to the Air Force Museum, and let us take care of everything! Our Kids’ Parties include party food and guided tours of our restoration hangars, Andover aircraft, and Pacific War Simulator Room. Parties are ideal for children aged 4-12 years. Timeframes are flexible, although we recommend that the group allows 2 hours for the party. 45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram, Christchurch Phone: 03 343 9504

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Christchurch :: Birthday Parties


Supa Karts Indoor Raceway Special Junior Karts available. Minimum age 8, Laser Strike Party rooms can be booked exclusively for your but great fun activity to practice your skills and group. Food and drink can be supplied AND we tidy race your mates! up when you leave! Level 2, Harvey Norman Centre, 100 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch Phone: 03 374 9425 Moorhouse Avenue, Phone: 03 366 7595 Canterbury Museum and Discovery We can arrange special birthday parties for Discovery Club members and their friends. Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Phone: 03 366 9429 ext 817 Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Parties These are held on Saturdays and Sundays Lunch Options: A choice of Hot Dog and Chips, Chicken Nuggets and Chips, Fish and Chips, Fresh Fruit & Cheese, Kebabs or other options on the a la carte menu. (Birthday meal includes jugs of fizzy drink or juice plus Party Pack for each child - contains a lollipop, cookie biscuit, party hat and mask.) Cost includes entry into the park for the children in the party. 60 Hussey Road, Northwood, Christchurch Phone: 03 359 6226

Action Karts NZ's only clay-based indoor go kart track. BYO food or self-cook BBQ. 565 Sawyers Arms Road, Christchurch Phone: 03 377 3730 Adam Allsorts Children's Entertainer - acrobatics, music, magic, facepainting, juggling and more. Phone: 03 942 3445 AMF Ten Pin Bowling - Garden City For kids from 4 yrs, meals and party room available. Iverson Terrace, Christchurch Phone: 03 366 3323

Christchurch :: Birthday Parties Aim Tru Birthday Parties Archery birthday party packages, including coaching and variety of fun targets. Min age 8. 34 Mowbray Street, Christchurch Phone: 03 962 5920


Little Arpeggios Fun and interactive musical parties for under 5s. Phone: 03 343 1009

The Motordrome High powered outdoor go karts for children aged 9 - 13 years. 5 Dawsons Road, Templeton, Alpine Ice Children's Parties Party packages including gifts, meal and cake, Christchurch Phone: 03 384 4430 plus of course, ice skating! The Music Fairy 495 Brougham Street, Christchurch Fun-filled, magical birthday parties Phone: 03 366 2213 Phone: 03 328 7022 Beadz Unlimited Natural Magic Settle in at our workbenches and design your Glove puppets, jester and jesterella, Punch and own funky jewellery! Judy, games, clowns. Phone: 03 388 0115 Upstairs, Arts Centre, Christchurch Phone: 03 379 5126 Orana Park A unique atmosphere and superb setting for your Bouncy Entertainment child's birthday party! Bouncy castle inflatables for children aged 2 - 14 743 McCleans Island Road, Christchurch years. Human Fly, Castle and other inflatables. Phone: 03 359 7109 Phone: 03 339 0193 Pony Parties Bubbling with Energy Miniature horses, pony parties and mini farmyard Inflatables, sumo suits, free delivery in Christchurch. parties, travelling to Christchurch and Canterbury. Also children's entertainers can be organised. Phone: 03 325 1161 Phone: 0800 586 7464 School of Gymnastics 123 Bouncy Castles Ltd Available for 2 hours slots all day Sunday, and Bouncy castle hire plus variety of parties. from 1pm on most Saturdays. Phone: 03 388 6616 Phone: 03 347 3433 Shad Rutherford Entertainer Bounce Time Bouncy Castle Hire Magic, juggling, balloon twisting and jokes. Variety of inflatables - delivered and picked up. Phone: 03 352 3150 Phone: 0800 2 BOUNCE The Teddy Factory Cheeky Monkeys Make your own plush teddy bear or other animal! Total party service with variety of themed parties. Phone: 03 348 1638 Unit 3, 1020 Ferry Rd, Ferrymead, Christchurch Phone: 03 384 4430 Thumbs-up Puppetry Puppet shows and puppet making. Ferrymead Heritage Park Parties Phone: 03 328 8558 Birthday Train Carriage hire. 50 Ferrymead Park Drive, Ferrymead Top Gun Paintball Ph:one: 03 384 1970 Indoor Village paintball parties, minimum age 10, minimum 6 players. KiddyRods Canterbury 70 Waltham Rd, Christchurch Phone: 03 365 8992 Children's entertainment in Kaiapoi. Phone: 03 310 0434 Waimak Horsetreks Birthday Parties On-site, or ponies can be taken to private homes. Kite Shop - Kite Party Pony and Wagon rides. Cnr Dickies and Coutt's Learn to make your own kites Island Roads, Christchurch Phone: 03 323 9064 Phone: 03 365 3907

26 Christchurch :: Education


Southern Encounter Aquarium / Kiwi House Our on-site teacher provides interactive learning experiences for students ranging from New :: SCHOOL PROGRAMMES Entrants to Year 13. Programmes are typically of 90 mins duration and Antarctic Centre Sleepover Fun activities, dress up, supper and breakfast your visit can be scheduled to include a feeding included. Minimum age 8, minimum number 25 time. S.E.A programmes are designed to meet the Achievement Objectives of Science, Technology Phone for full range of education programmes. and Social Studies Curricula but programmes can 38 Orchard Road, next to Airport, Christchurch be developed to fulfil your requirements in any Phone: 03 353 7083 year level or area of the Curriculum. Air Force Museum Phone: 03 359 7109 The Air Force Museum provides Christchurch and Canterbury schools with valuable hands-on learning Orana Wildlife Park experiences not usually seen in the classroom. Our Zoo School - Orana Wildlife Park's education education programmes are fun and educational, programme is supported by the Ministry specifically designed to meet the objectives in the of Education. Our on-site teachers provide New Zealand Social Studies, Science, and Technology interactive learning experiences for students ranging from New Entrants to Year 13. curriculums. Kindy - Year 3 - five exciting programmes from 'Be a School Visits - We provide a wonderful educational environment offering many hands Jet Pilot' to 'Life Raft Adventure' Year 4 - 13 - eight exciting programmes from 'Toys in on experiences that cannot be replicated in the classroom and we welcome suggestions for Space' to 'Survivor' activities from all teachers. Phone: 03 359 7109 Phone: 03 343 9544 Canterbury Museum The Education and Public Programmes Group facilitates learning at the Museum through a variety of customised programmes and resource packs that utilise the Museum’s diverse Science Alive collections, curatorial knowledge and hands-on We offer Early Childhood groups educational resources. Phone: 03 366 9429 ext817 programmes based on Te Whariki. All programmes must be pre-booked. They are suitable for 3 to 5 Coca Gallery Provider to schools of high quality art education year olds. Primary School Programmes - providing hands- programmes under contract to the Ministry of on learning experiences for your students through Education (LEOTC - Learning Experiences Outside a range of equipment and interactives not usually the Classroom). seen in the classroom. Our Year 1-10 programmes We offer a number of learning opportunities are closely linked to the New Zealand Science and each term at little or no cost that are designed to provide students in Canterbury with a ‘hands-on’, Technology curricula. Secondary School Programmes - Our programmes curriculum-based experience of contemporary provide valuable hands-on learning experiences for New Zealand art in authentic learning contexts. your students through a range of equipment and Phone: 03 363 2956 interactives. Our Year 9+ programmes are closely linked to the New Zealand Science and Technology The Kite Shop Offering A4 size resource pack for learning about Curricula. Resources for teachers - Enhance your classroom and building kites. Phone: 03 365 3907 programmes with our Display Cases and Science Kits, or download Resources for classroom use. Phone: 03 365 5199 Christchurch Gondola Teachers' Resource Pack available, which can be downloaded from the Gondola website at www.

Christchurch :: Education 27 Christchurch Art Gallery The Gallery is a unique resource of visual art, offering: * A variety of programmes for all ages * Adaptable lessons that are curriculum-based * Hands-on activities * Specialist knowledge All lessons can be integrated into your Visual Art and Art History classroom programmes. We can also adapt our programme for Social Studies and English encounters through art. While our hands-on activities are intended to meet the Practical Knowledge strand, they can be focused on extending Technology, particularly in understanding how art-making processes solve problems. Phone: 03 941 7373

Ferrymead Heritage Park The Ferrymead Education Team members are qualified, experienced and innovative teachers who plan exciting programmes to link with the Social Sciences, Technology and Science curriculums. Phone: 03 384 1972 Yaldhurst Museum of Transport & Technology Special prices for school groups and activity sheets. Phone: 03 342 7914 Christchurch School of Gymnastics Incorporating fun, challenging and exciting activities. CSG offers a comprehensive range of programmes and we can design a programme to meet your needs. Phone: 03 388 6616 ext701

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Car and Motorhome Rental


If you want to travel around New Zealand during your holiday, rather than stay in one place, the easiest way to do this as a family is to hire your own vehicle - this way you can create your own itinerary, travel at a pace that suits, and most importantly, stop whenever the need or desire arises! Our car hire companies all offer larger vehicles and even vans, as well as family-friendly extras such as child or booster seats, GPS systems, picnic chairs, maps and more.... Motorhome rental is another great option, particularly in summer, and you can rent motorhomes that sleep up to 6 people. Extreme Motorhomes NZ If you're planning your NZ family holiday in a motorhome, great choice! The freedom's yours to explore the beaches and backcountry of New Zealand, with great holiday park facilities around the country. We've made your choice of van easy - we represent NZ's most popular motorhomes and can find you the right van at the best price! Our choices range from quality budget to luxury 6 berth motorhomes with all the home comforts! Call us today with your personal requests and our dedicated team will find the right van for you! Phone: +64 9 413 7545 Email: www.extrememotorhomesnz

About New Zealand - Rental Cars Family-run and family-friendly car and van hire with depots throughout NZ. Wide range of quality vehicles to suit small and large families... sedans, 4WD, stationwagons, people-movers and vans available. Depots are well located so you can pick up and drop off as you travel around NZ. Travelling inter-island? Choose to save on car transport with our depot at each port, and swap cars as you travel, or take your hire car on the ferry. Child car and booster seats are available FREE OF CHARGE. Please notify us prior to booking. We have safe seats in a range of sizes to suit your child. Other extras available for hire include snowchains, ski racks, picnic chairs, cooler boxes and (NEW!) Satellite Navigation - GPS system. Phone: +03 366 6094 Freephone: 0800 45 55 65

Car and Motorhome Rental Allways Car Rental Family owned and operated car hire company offering a range of quality and reliable New Zealand car rental options. Vehicles are available for hire from our Christchurch or Auckland depot. Our wide variety of cars includes stationwagons or people movers - ideal for family groups. Prices include unlimited mileage, gst (government tax), insurance, FREE airport/hotel transfers, FREE snow chains, FREE child seat, FREE touring maps and FREE 24 hr roadside service. Phone: +64 3 358 2829 Freephone: 0800 288 699 Email: Jucy Car Rental and Campervan Hire Welcome to Jucy Rentals - New Zealand´s friendliest, freshest, easiest and best value company with great deals and fantastic service, whether you're renting a family car or motorhome. Vehicles range from compact to good sze, family vehicles - family favourites include the Hyundai Lantra stationwagon, Toyota Previa and 4WD Toyota RAV4. Jucy Car Hire at Christchurch airport offers free transfers to and from the airport terminal and from airport hotels. Visit our website for instant online quote. Phone: +64 3 358 6924 Freephone: 0800 399 736 Email: Turakina Motorhomes Enjoy your New Zealand campervan adventure in comfort and safety with our family-friendly campervans and motorhomes. Instant online quotes with 10% discounts and live availability. Special offers and free ferry tickets available. Phone: +64 3 669 0197 Email:



Driving times are fairly conservative, and based on a maximum travel speed of 100kph (our national maximum speed limit) Please note that on NZ roads our maximum speed is not always recommended or at all practical, since many roads are windy and hilly. Estimations below do not include time for stops.

CHRISTCHURCH TO... - Akaroa (92km) 1½ hours - Catlins (487km) 7 hours - Dunedin (361km) 5½ hours - Greymouth (242km) 3½ hours - Hanmer Springs (134km) 2 hours - Invercargill (566km) 8 hours - Kaikoura (181km) 2½ hours - Methven (95km) 1½ hours - Milford Sound (757km) 10 hours - Mt Hutt (90km) 1½ hours - Mount Cook (326km) 4½ hours - Nelson (417km) 5½ hours - Picton (338km) 4½ hours - Queenstown (483km) 6½ hours - Wanaka (428km) 6 hours


School Holiday Programmes

> > > > S C H O O L H O L I DAY P R O G R A M M E S Many of the activities listed in the previous pages run special events, programmes and activities during NZ school holidays. It's therefore a good idea to contact individually to find out the latest of what's on. Meanwhile the following organisations specialise in organising and running school holiday workshops and programmes, and prices range from a single course to a one day or weekly visit.

Sport Canterbury The KiwiSport Holiday Programmes are a great way to keep the children active in the holidays. Sport Canterbury run these programmes every January, April, July and September holiday at a number of venues around Canterbury. Phone: 03 373 5060 Caspa The fun packed programmes include art and craft, sports, drama and music as well as fun day trips. Daily and weekly rates. Phone: 03 349 9260 Bubble Dome Holiday Workshops Every school holiday period Bubble Dome runs a range of school holiday workshops for children aged 6 - 17 years, where computer learning is combined with lateral thinking problem solving activities. Contact for their full range of courses. Phone: 09 622 0670 Christchurch City Libraries Programmes and competitions for chidren from libraries around the city. Find out what's on for the next holidays. Phone: 03 941 7923 Kids Fest NZ's biggest annual children's festival, this year from Saturday 3rd - Friday 16th July. Over 220 events and activities to help pass the winter holidays.

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Children's Bookshop Welcome to the Children's Bookshop. We have one of the largest selections of quality children's books in New Zealand, and a wide range of educational toys, puzzles, games, music and audio books. Our knowledgeable staff can help select books specifically for your child, or your school or library. We offer a "special order" service and will search for that special book. We pack and post worldwide. 87 Victoria Street, Christchurch Phone: +64 3 366 5274 Christmas Jones Bringing Christmas to Canterbury - every day of the year! Experience the magic of Christmas with a fully narrated and animated Christmas show. Watch as the story of Christmas is brought to life through hundreds of moving and talking animated pieces. Capture the spirit and charm of Christmas any day of the year by simply booking a tour, between 5pm and 10pm daily. Visit our shop any time to view our unique Christmas pieces collected from around the world. 447 Colombo Street, Christchurch Phone: +64 3 377 3910

Air Force Museum Shop Worth a special visit and great for presents for all ages! This well-stocked air force themed shop includes gorgeous kiddy flight jackets, T shirts for all ages, kites, plane kits, children's books and much more. Pop in for a coffee and a browse, or take a trip around our exciting displays and hands-on exhibits. 45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram, Christchurch Phone: +64 3 343 9544 Email: Science Alive Shop Full of unique and fascinating gifts - the Science Carlton Hair Corp Alive shop offers products designed to motivate Family-friendly haircuts and styling This is the Christchurch kid-friendly salon! children and young adults into learning and Separate kids' salon with colourful walls, murals exploring the world around them. Included is and fun mobiles, play area and toys and puzzles an extensive range of science kits, microscopes, box. Each cutting station is bright and welcoming, chemistry sets, lab equipment, magnets, dinosaur with child-size furniture. Lollies given to well- toys, hobby kits, Galileo thermometers, wild behaved customers! Located on Bealey Ave animal and sealife toys (to name a few). We also for five years, the stylists here are friendly and have a great selection of books on science and experienced. The adult salon in the next room nature themes as well as original New Zealand makes it easy for Mum or Dad to grab a hair cut gifts and souvenirs. or style too! Pre School $15, School Age 5 to 10yrs 392 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch Phone: +64 3 365 5199 $17, 11+ is age in dollars + $7. 324 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch (look out for the brightly-coloured house!) Phone: +64 3 366 7197


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Bearing Gifts Baby City Hundreds of bear products, for babies, chidlren Baby basics, toys and gifts. and collectors! Tower Junction, Christchurch 792 Colombo Street, Christchurch Phone: 03 348 5940 Phone: 03 377 4846 Northlands Mall, Papauni Phone: 03 323 5731 EB Games Playstation, Nintendo, Computer Games Baby Factory Northlands Mall, Christchurch Good range of baby gear. Phone: 03 354 6572 520 Colombo St, Christchurch Edex Toys Children's educational toys and books. 11 Main North Road, Papanui, Christchurch Phone: 03 354 4103

Phone: 03 374 4162

51 Main North Road, Papauni Phone: 03 354 4032 121 Riccarton Road, Christchurch Phone: 03 348 5068

Leapfrog Toys A range of classic gifts for children from birth to early teens. 182 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch Phone: 03 355 6261

Cotton On Kids Kids' T shirts and other clothing Northlands Mall, Christchurch Phone: 03 352 4586

Nature Discoveries Helping you explore the wonders of nature! Westfield Riccarton, Rotherham St, Christchurch Phone: 03 341 6831

JK KIds Quality kids' clothes 119 Riccarton Road, Christchurch Phone: 03 343 6591

Northlands Mall, Papauni Phone: 03 964 2888

501 Papanui Road, Christchurch Phone: 03 341 6212

Notty Horse Wooden Toys A Christchurch toy store selling creative play equipment, toy cars, games and puzzles, musical and educational toys, early childhood toys, mobiles and more. South City Mall, Christchurch Phone: 03 963 8933 Toyworld New Zealand's Number 1 Toy experts! Tower Junction, Christchurch Phone: 03 343 0330 Northlands Mall, Papauni Phone: 03 352 5489 Palms Shopping Centre, Shirley Phone: 03 386 3446

Eastgate Shopping Centre, Linwood Phone: 03 381 1528 Little Miss and Little Mister Top quality designer garments for newborns to 6 years. 368a Colombo Street Phone: 03 377 7119 Milk - Contemporary Baby Store Excellent baby products and furniture. 1025 Ferry Road, Ferrymead, Christchurch Phone: 03 384 5035 Milly May Designer child and baby accessories. 8 London Street, Lyttelton Phone: 03 328 8584

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Tiny Toes Large range of high quality children's shoes from Europe. Measuring and fitting service. 3 Calton Mews, Bealey Avenue, Christchurch Phone: 03 377 1132

The Kite Shop NZ's best selection of kites, windsocks and wind toys (things that can be flung and thrown, juggled with, bubbles, parachutes and poi). Holiday kite-making workshops available. 2 Opawa Raod, Christchurch Phone: 03 365 3907

Pumpkin Patch Premium kids' clothing range. Dressmart Factory Outlet Ctre, Hornby Phone: 03 349 5069 Northlands Mall, Papauni Phone: 03 352 4107 Westfield, Riccarton Phone: 03 341 5973 Tower Junction, Christchurch Phone: 03 343 0330 250 Moorhouse Ave Phone: 03 372 3599 The Palms Shopping Centre, Shirley, Christchurch Phone: 03 386 2010 SnoClothes Superbly made ski gear for children and adults. 8 London Street, Lyttelton Phone: 03 328 8584

(The following stores are online only. However the businesses are Christchurch-based, so you know you are supporting locals!) Busy Kids Online shopping for active families. Mocka Quality kids furniture www. Green Monkey Organic baby food Oink Baby For babies 0 - 18 months

T & T Children'swear Large range, children 0 - 10 years. Eastgate Shopping Centre, Linwood Phone: 03 389 6551

The House of Bugs Kidswear Designer Kidswear.

The Hub, Hornby Mall, Hornby Phone: 03 349 4593

Toys4Tots Toy Library Toy hire in Christchurch www.

Northlands Mall, Christchurch Phone: 03 352 0133 Urban Angel Fashion for young teens. Westfield Mall, Riccarton, Christchurch Phone: 03 343 2697 The Palms Shopping Centre, Shirley, Christchurch Phone: 03 385 5919

Tarata Wooden balancing animal games plus puzzles, educational items and more. Canterbury Playcentre Shop High-quality equipment and educational resources for all areas of play and development for young children.


Eating Out Made Easy


Dining with a family in tow requires extra planning and with hundreds of eating places around Christchurch we’ve narrowed down your search – all establishments listed are family-friendly and will go that extra mile to ensure you have a great experience. All have either children’s menus or children’s portions. Antigua Boatsheds Café

Day Play Area

See our bright, green striped boat sheds and cafe, right on the banks of the willow lined River Avon, in Christchurch town centre. Our friendly cafe offers cosy indoor or sunny outdoor dining - lots of space to spread out and enjoy a lazy day watching the ducks go about their business and rowers glide past. We offer an extensive menu dozens of delicious breakfast choices, lunches to suit all tastes plus BBQ options. Fully licensed.2 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Phone: 03 366 6768 Hours: Daily 7 am to 5.30pm (5pm in winter) Email:


High Chair Outdoor Dining

Toys/ Colouring Takeaways

Dux de Lux Dux de Lux: from the latin meaning ‘Masters of the Finest’ Founded in 1978 and owned by the Sinke Family, the Dux de Lux has expanded throughout the years to provide a fabulous vegetarian and seafood range in a unique and historic setting next to the Arts Centre. Well-priced, excellent children's selection, popular locals' choice. Art Centre, cnr Hereford and Montreal Steets, Christchurch Phone: 03 366 6919 Hours: Daily 10.30am to late

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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Caesars Family Restaurant and Bar

We combine NZ food, wine, wildlife, service and culture to create a uniquely New Zealand flavour. With floodlit views of surrounding wildlife and gardens, this special environment has unsurpassed ambience. A unique feature is the decking off the side of the restaurant accessed by French windows, into the deer enclosure. Here guests will find deer will come running to eat out of their hands! (Special food provided for this popular entertainment.) 60 Hussey Road, off Gardiners Road, Christchurch Phone: 03 359 6226 Hours: Daily 9.30 am to 8.30pm

Caesars is a spacious Restaurant & Bar with a special emphasis on fresh Home-style food. Located on Main North road-Northwood Supa Centa. The Restaurant caters for and welcomes Families with children of all ages whilst realistically offering quality food & beverages for all ages and budgets, including a “Smaller Appetite” menu and “Children’s menu”. We have high chairs available suitable for babies up to two years, we can provide booster cushions for children who wish to sit with their friends at the big tables. Northwood Supa Centre, Belfast, Christchurch Phone: 03 323 5420 Hours: Daily 11am to 9pm

Woodpeckers Family Restaurant Enjoy a memorable evening at Woodpeckers Family Restaurant. Our extensive menu caters for palates of all ages while our exciting kids’ menu is guaranteed finger licking good. On Sunday's Kids dine FREE. With 4 Play Stations to keep the children busy, you can enjoy your meals too. For the younger ones we have two play areas, the ever popular ball area as well as the Slide and Jungle Gym. 6 Inwoods Rd, Parklands, Christchurch Phone: 03 383 0417 Hours: Daily 1130 am to 8.30pm (last orders) Willows on Avon Good location, central Christchurch on the banks of the Avon. KIds under 12 years eat free if they are guests of Holiday Inn on Avon; otherwise we offer a special kids' menu at $9 for main and $5 per dessert. We have a room service option and beautiful outdoor courtyard area available for dining. 356 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Phone: 03 379 1180 Hours: Breakfast 6.30am - 10am, Lunch noon 3pm, Dinner 6p - 10pm

Hornby Junction Buffet Family restaurant with children's play area. A railway theme throughout, the restaurant is designed to look like a train station. Relaxed, varied buffet, good value. Popular family venue. 23 Carmen Road, Hornby, Christchurch. Phone: 03 344 1110 Hours: Daily 11.30am to 9pm Dennys Family Restaurant Good value, American style family restaurant, huge menu with lots of choice, so something for everyone. Kids' menu and kids' club. 382 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch. Phone: 03 365 5535 Hours: Daily, 24 hours WInnies Bagoes Pizza and Pasta doesn't do this justice - the menu is huge and fantastic variety of unique gourmet toppings. Separate kids' menu and other itmes. 2 Waterman Place, Ferrymead, Christchurch. Phone: 03 376 4900 194 Gloucester Street, Christchurch Phone: 03 366 6315


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::EATING OUT MADE EASY The Blue Duck Great lunch stop out of Christchurch, near Gebbies Pass and on the road to Akoroa. Great range of food - very good home cooking! Indoor and outdoor dining. Christchurch - Akaroa highway, Motukarara Phone: 03 329 7800 Blue Fish If the kids love sushi, bring them to Blue Fish, with the only 'Sushi Train' in Christchurch! Over 100 dishes to choose from. 111 Worcester Street, Christchurch Phone: 03 377 2404 Blue Jeans Cuisine Friendly, spacious restaurant, excellent value and very child-friendly. Extensive kids' menu only $5, high chair and toybox. 340 Colombo Street (Cnr Brougham), Christchurch Phone: 03 377 0451 Burger Wisconsin Could be Christchurch's best burgers! Gourmet menu, including vegetarian and fish, or buildyour-own. Comes in Grand or Petite sizes, plus there's a separate kids' menu 10 Colombo Street, Cashmere, Christchurch Phone: 03 337 3577 475 Papanui Road, Papanui, Christchurch Phone: 03 352 4041 Browsers Garden Cafe Unique and peaceful ambience in the middle of Riccarton's bustle. Kids will love to watch the magnificent aquarium. Sunny, sheltered courtyards in summer, open fire in winter. 110a Riccarton Road, Christchurch Phone: 03 348 7779 Flying Burrito Brothers Exceptionally friendly service, busy, bustling mexican restaurant. All your faves plus some surprises and good separate kids' menu. Cnr Armagh and New Regent Street, Christchurch Phone: 03 377 7626

Oxford on Avon Good location, central Christchurch on the banks of the Avon. Indoor and outdoor dining, carvery buffet plus 70 other 'all you can eat' choices. Kids' menu. 794 Colombo Street, Christchurch Phone: 03 379 7148 The Speights Ale House Spacious, family-style pubs that serve a varied and hearty menu, with lots of choices for the kids. 2a Waterman Place, Ferrymead, Christchurch Phone: 03 376 4071 263 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch Phone: 03 366 9958 Beach CafĂŠ - Waimari Beach Friendly, licensed cafĂŠ serving breakfast, snacks and lunches. In and outdoor seating, and closest cafe to the large playground, North Brighton beach and surf club, and Pegasus walkway leading to Bottle Lake Forest. Heaps of parking. 16 Beach Road, North Brighton, Christchurch Phone: 03 382 8599 Kiwi Healthy Dinners Takeaway dinners - wide variety of roasts that come in convenient range of sizes. Vegetarian optinons and good family deals. 14 Broad Street, Christchurch Phone: 03 982 4980 Filadelfio's Pizza Pizza restaurant with lots of variety and very popular with the kids! Good size kids' menu. 150 Colombo Street, Christchurch Phone: 03 331 6674 Sticky Fingers Great, central location and good summer spot with in and outdoor dining. Varied menu and and good size kids' menu. Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Phone: 03 366 6451

Childminding and Nanny Services



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Kiddz Homebased Early Childhood Education Service High quality home-based early childhood education service. We are committed to offering quality education and care in the private homes of approved Educators. The Nanny Company Phone: 03 388 7287 :: the personal touch The Nanny Company is a friendly, well-informed organisation who can provide you with Nannies of Canterbury affordable nanny care. We match you with a part Committed to providing quality childcare servicor full-time nanny and then heavily subsidise es that are affordable for real families. your costs, by making a NON INCOME TESTED Phone: 03 339 0833 / 03 308 4821 contribution towards your nanny's wage. If you have two or more pre-school children, a nanny can be the most economical and beneficial Childsplay childcare choice for your family. We're a close- Homebased Education Service knit, experienced team who endeavour to build Providing alternative pre-school care and fulfulling relationships by listening to your needs, education for children 0 - 6 years in Mid and offering advice, fulfilling your requirements and South Canterbury. Phone: 0800 427 027 maintaining contact. Phone: 03 357 3730 Japan Aupair Club Connecting Kiwi families with Japanese aupairs. Annies Nannies Providing experienced nannies, home-based educators, ACC nannies and babysitters. Phone: 03 343 5536 Christchurch Babysitting Bureau Longest-serving babysiting service in Christchurch, taking care of families in motels, hotels or private homes. Phone: 03 980 9161 Porse Working throughout New Zealand helping children, parents, nannies, au pairs, grandparents and educators enjoy the benefits of in-home childcare and early childhood training - the PORSE way! Phone: 03 338 4987 / 03 352 0193


The Edge on Snow


Canterbury is home to numerous ski areas, from well-publisized commercial fields to smaller, club fields. Some specialise in kids' programmes and many cater well for children, although some small fields are harder to access and particularly suitable for advanced skiers/boarders. We give you the low down on local ski areas, what they've got for kids, how to get there and more.

Fox Peak - nr Fairlie A variety of terrain, including Skid Row – this is 75m length with a vertical rise of 10m. It’s safe for children, sunny and close to the car park. Fox Peak has a huge range of awesome trails for all levels of abilities. Hundreds of acres of natural snow combined with unbelievable silence, stunning views and plenty of space. Accommodation available at the ski field. Location: nr Fairlie, Canterbury Access Road: Suitable for all vehicles but chains must be carried and road unsuitable for inexperienced drivers. Hours: mid July - mid Sept weekends only Driving Times: Fairlie 45 mins Lifts: 4 rope tows Phone: 03 688 0044

Broken River - Arthurs Pass The terrain is a series of rolling bowls with awesome runs to challenge all levels of snowboarders and skiers, beginner to expert. The surrounding basins provide superb untracked 'back country' terrain for the more adventurous. Broken River is administered by the Broken River Ski Club. It offers an alternative to skiers and snowboarders who are looking to experience back to basics fun in the snow. Everyone is welcome at Broken River, although some previous experience in the snow is an advantage. Accommodation available at the ski field. NOTE The Broken River field is foot access only! A 20 minute walk will bring you to the base and a goods lift is available for your gear. Location: State Highway 73, Arthurs Pass Access Road: 6km road to car park. Parking is a 20 minute walk from base building. Goods lift available for gear. For this reason it is more suitable for those intending to stay at the field for one or more nights. Hours: daily 9am - 5pm Driving Times: Christchurch 1½ hours Lifts: 5 rope tows Phone: 03 318 8713

The Edge on Snow Hanmer Springs Just over 2 hours from Christchurch, surrounded by mountains, it could be another world away. Hanmer Springs Ski Area is situated on Mt. St. Patrick and is an easy 40 minutes drive from the alpine thermal holiday resort of Hanmer Springs. In a good season with lots of snow there is some fabulous skiing. The ski runs cater for all stages of skiers, but especially anyone of intermediate grade who'll literally discover a mountain of fun! While all the main runs are groomed there's still plenty of virgin snow left for the experts and the more adventurous to enjoy. Lodge accommodation available at the ski field. Location: 17km from Hanmer Springs Access Road: Short, narrow, gravel road with some tight corners. Not recommended for campervans. Always carry chains. Shuttle available from Hanmer Springs. Hours: early July to mid Sept, virtually dawn till dusk! Driving Times: Hanmer Springs 20 mins Lifts: 1 poma, 2 rope tows Phone: 027 4341806 (in season only) Mt Cheeseman - Arthurs Pass The second closest ski area to Christchurch. Open, rolling terrain and great beginner and intermediate slopes make this a good family and learners’ field. Lodge accommodation at the ski field. Location: Highway 73, Arthurs Pass Access Road: Unsealed, parking 200m below T Bar (drop off is possible). Shuttles available from Christchurch Hours: early July to late Sept. Driving Times: Christchurch 1½ hours Lifts: 2 T Bars, 1 learners tow Phone: 03 344 3247


Mt Dobson - nr Fairlie Mt Dobson has been providing skiing and snowboarding pleasure to thousands of people for 25 years. With regular snowfalls on its peaks and across the wide open slopes, Mt Dobson offers a fun skiing and snowboarding experience for everyone. From the well-groomed slopes for the beginners & intermediates, through to the soft and smooth powder that will test the best. Mt Dobson offers a challenge for all levels of skiers and boarders. Largest, sunniest beginner/intermediate slope in New Zealand, natural snow, sunny, 3km wide basin with 14 runs, school programmes, beginners packages. Location: nr Fairlie, Canterbury Access Road: easy, 15km gravel road Hours: 9am - 4pm Driving Times: Fairlie 20 mins, Christchurch 2 ¼ hours. Lifts: 1 triple chair, 1 T Bar, 1 learners’ platter, 1 beginners’ tow Phone: 03 685 8039 Mt Lyford - Waiau Mt Lyford is one of New Zealand’s first true alpine developments. This field is a favourite with families as it has great facilities for learners and a variety of challenging runs for the more experienced. Snowboarding is catered for with the ‘Wild Ride’ terrain park and a great natural half-pipe, as well as tubing and tobogganing areas. Location: Waiau, North Canterbury Access Road: 8km, well maintained gravel road. Hours: 9am - 4pm Driving Times: Kaikoura 1 hour, Christchurch 2 hours Lifts: 1 rope tow, 1 T-bar 1 poma, two plattersPhone: 03 315 6178


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:: SKIING WITH KIDS Mt Olympus Mt Olympus is a unique alpine experience. Unrivaled skiing and boarding, irrepressible club spirit and spectacular New Zealand scenery make Olympus an unforgettable adventure. Come and enjoy our friendly and affordable ski area for a day, weekend or week, and let us show you the Southern Alps’ best kept powder secret. There is a beginners tow at the top of the access tow close to the Top Hut lodge. From the top of the Main Tow and the Top Tow there are plenty of choices with terrain to suit intermediates or the most advanced skiers. A little walking from the Top Tow opens up even more terrain in this wide open bowl. With the relatively low skier numbers and the choice of terrain, it can take up to a week to get tracks on some slopes. Accommodation at the ski field. Family ski passes available. Location: Mt Olympus Ski Club, Lake Coleridge, Windwhistle, Canterbury Access Road: shingle road, chains to be carried at all times. Driving Times: Christchurch 1½ hours Lifts: 4 high capacity rope tows Phone: 03 318 5840 Porter Heights Christchurch's closest ski area at just 89km away, with a short, easy access road make this a favourite. We boast wide, easy beginner slopes, cruising intermediate trails and spectacular terrain for advanced skiers and boarders. FOR THE KIDS - Kids Programmes - for all ages - Special programmes include Holiday Snow Fun, Sunday Specials and Junior Ski School. Location: Springfield, Canterbury Access Road: short, easy access road, parking close to slopes. Driving Times: Christchurch 1 hour Lifts: 1 Learners Fix Grip, 1 Intermediate Platter lift, 3 T Bars Phone: 03 318 4002

Ohau Just 17km off the main highway between Christcurch and the Southern Lakes, this is a family-owned, very friendly field with consistent snow. You can arrange accommodation at the Ohau Lodge at the bottom of the access road (bookings advised) or in nearby Twizel or Omarama. Two learners areas, intermediate runs, plus fantastic powder skiing for those prepared for a little hiking! FOR THE KIDS - Mountain Goats beginners program Location: Off Main Hwy 8, between Twizel and Omarama, Canterbury Access Road: 9.6km, unsealed, narrow in parts. Driving Times: 30 mins from Twizel or Omarama, 4 hours from Christchurch, 3 hours from Queenstown. Lifts: 1 x 2 seater chair, 1 platter, 1 snow mat Phone: 03 438 9885 Roundhill Roundhill Ski Area is situated in the heart of the Mackenzie Country, where you can enjoy beautiful views of Mount Cook, Lake Tekapo and the Mackenzie Basin. This provides the perfect setting for a relaxing day skiing or snowboarding on our gentle, undulating hill. Roundhill Ski Area: the views, the sunshine, the wide undulating terrain, and the relaxed atmosphere create a wonderful environment for you and your family. Let's make it easy for Mum and Dad too. Park right on the slope — no need to haul all that gear. Watch the little ones fly past from the comfort of your deck chair! Whether on our access road, the learner platter, or the T-bar, you and your children are on the safest ski area in the country! Location: Lake Tekapo, Canterbury Access Road: 8km, gentle climb Hours: 9am - 4pm Driving Times: Tekapo – ½ hour, Fairlie – 1 hour, Christchurch – 3 hrs, Queenstown 3 hrs Lifts: 1 T Bar (NZ’s longest at 1.2km), 1 Learner platter Phone: 03 680 6977

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Mt Hutt Ski Resort - nr Methven Located high in the Southern Alps, Canterbury’s Mt Hutt Ski Area receives some of the lightest and driest powder in Australasia. Renowned for its laidback and rural atmosphere, Mt Hutt is family and beginner friendly. The slopes are wide and the runs varied. FOR THE KIDS * Children six and under ski for free. * KIwi Kids (2 - 5 years) - an activity based child care centre. Complimentary mini call page provided. * Skiwi Kids (3 - 5 years) - Instruction and supervised activities for abilities level 1 - 2. Our enthusiastic instructors ensure a child's early snow experiences are fun and rewarding in a safe and secure environment. * Children’s Ski & Snowboard School (6 - 16years) - children's lessons enable children to develop their skills in a group environment with other children of similar ability levels. Location: Mount Hutt, near Methven, Canterbury Access Road: 8km well-maintained, gravel road. Parking generally close to base building. Hours: daily 9am - 4pm Driving Times: Just over 1 hour from Christchurch, 35 minutes from Methven Lifts: 1 high speed 6 seater, 1 quad, 1 triple, 1 Magic Carpet. Phone: 03 308 5074

Mt Hutt. Image courtesy of NZ SKi Photographer Miles Holden

Temple Basin - Arthurs Pass Temple Basin offers a great variety of terrain spread over four separate basins. There are gentle slopes for complete beginners, adrenalin-pumping challenges for the expert, and everything in between. Floodlit slopes make night skiing a pleasure and if you haven’t tried it, go! Skiing at night is a unique and surreal experience! Lodge accommodation at the ski field. Check out website for their kids' ski weeks and their family weekends. Location: Arthurs Pass Access Road: No access road – well-marked walking track (45mins – 1 hour) Driving Times: Christchurch – 2 hrs. Train and Bus shuttles available. Lifts: 3 rope tows, 1 beginners fixed grip tow. Phone: 03 377 7788


Family Accommodation

FAMILY ACCOMMODATION This chapter lists accommodation options in and around Christchurch and Canterbury. All featured options welcome families, provide accommodation with separate sleeping areas and will organise baby furniture and child-care services for you. Most offer a range of other services and goodies to make your family’s stay as pleasant and fun as possible. All establishments recommend booking ahead. We advise you to personally contact establishments for up-to-date information to suit your family’s needs.

Self Catering Restaurant on-site Playground on-site Under 5 minutes walk to play area

Toys / Games available Under 5 mins walk to town Swimming

Avonhead Lodge Motel Friendly, central motel with spacious gardens. Avonhead Lodge Motel includes BBQ facilities, outdoor furniture and playground with jungle gym and trampoline to entertain the kids. We also offer toys and games, kids movies and a kids' tv channel. Choose from our sunny 1 or 2 bedroom units, both with kitchens and most with DVD players. Well located for easy city access and under 10mins drive to Christchurch airport. Visiting in winter? We also have ski rental facilities just 200m from our door! Location: 168 Yaldhurst Road, Christchurch Phone: +64 3 348 1309 Email:

Best Western Camelot Apartments & Motels Family accommodation in a unique castle like setting right in the middle of Christchurch City! Super spacious family accommodation in our thirteen 2 story 2 bedroom apartments and a 4 bedroom 2 bathroom lodge, plus 16 studios and 4 large one bedroom suites. These character apartments sleep up to 7 guests, while the lodge can accommodate up to 12 and all have full cooking facilities, DVD players and access to on-site swimming and spa pools, barbeques, children’s playground and Wifi. Surrounded by huge selection of restaurants and hotels, fantastic Kiwi fish n chip shop and pizza bar we offer meal chargebacks with many restaurants and room service from the hotel next door until 9pm. Best Western Camelot will cater perfectly to your family holiday in Christchurch. Website a must to see!!! Qualmark 4*cated for easy city access and under 10mins drive to Christchurch airport. Visiting in winter? We also have ski rental facilities just 200m from our door! Location: 28 Papanui Road, Merival, ChristchurchFreephone: 0800 CAMELOT (0800 226 356) Phone: +64 3 355 9124 Email:

Family Accommodation Pete's Farmstay - Rangiora Enjoy a typical Kiwi experience at Pete's Farm. This is a working sheep and cattle farm and you're invited to watch the shearing and sheep dog demo, feed our friendly farm animals or visit our new lambs (lambing season is July to October). We're located in Canterbury, just 25 - 30 minutes from Christchurch city and airport, and well-positioned for excursions to Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, West Coast and local ski fields. Enjoy stunning views of the mighty Southern Alps from our front garden, while the beaches are just 15 minutes drive away! The house is less than a year old and can accommodate up to 9 people. We have a family room and guest lounge, playground and trampoline. Dinner available on request. Airport pick ups available. On-site activities include Farm Tour and visit to our farm wool shop. Qualmark rated 4*plus. Location: 45 Mairaki Road, Fernside, RangioraFreephone: 0800 313 518 Phone: +64 3 313 5180 Email: A Nest on Mount Pleasant Friendly Kiwi holiday home or bed and breakfast style accommodation set in the woods with stunning views over the estuary, sea and mountains. Christchurch city is just 15 minutes drive, and we're just a few minutes from the popular Christchurch seaside suburb of Sumner, the gondola and a short drive to the famous township of Lyttelton. "The Nest" is a gorgeous, natural timber 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, with spacious comfortable living space, full internet access, including wireless, full kitchen and extensive decking for maximum enjoyment of the hillside setting. Tranquil and safe, we're a very friendly neighbourhood, and your hosts, Kai and Kathryn, live close by, so we're happy to help with anything you need. Location: 24 Toledo Place, Mount Pleasant, Christchurch Phone: +64 3 384 9485 Email:


Christchurch Motel Conveniently located motel offering family accommodation - our 1 and 2 bedroom units all feature fully equipped kitchens and sleep up to five people. We have a fenced in toddlers playground and are just a minute away from the local playground. Ten pin bowling, cinema, shopping and restaurants are nearby. Courtesy van to/from airport or railway station by arrangement. Location: 252 Riccarton Road,Christchurch Freephone: 0800 252 258 Phone: +64 3 348 9493 Email: Diplomat Motel Enjoy the convenience of a central city location in a spacious and secure motel with loads of child-friendly amenities! Our ground floor units are studio size through to two bedroom – all come with kitchens and are serviced daily. Each unit has its own outdoor space, plus there’s a playground, swimming pool, spa and bbq onsite. We’re right on the bus route, plus just minutes from Merivale Mall, restaurants and cafes. Location: 127 Papanui Road, Christchurch Freephone: 0800 109 699 Phone: +64-3-355 6009 Email:

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Family Accommodation

Poplars Apartment Hotel Private and secure, the Poplars are luxurious, serviced 1 and 2 bedroom apartment suites situated next to Christchurch's poplar lined River Avon. The apartments are modern, spacious and immaculate. Your ideal haven in the heart of the city, with restaurant and room service right on-site! Rooms feature spacious lounges with fabulous views, modern appliances and Sealy Posturepedic beds. Location: Cnr Chesters St East and Madras St, Freephone: 0508 767 527 (NZ only) Phone: +64 3 365 4220 Email: Eyrewell Downs Exclusive use of this family friendly, quality residence, fully furnished with all the comforts of home. An expansive 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom country home (sleeps 10) located in the heart of Canterbury, between mountains, rivers and beaches, yet only 35 minutes drive to the centre of Christchurch. Quality bedroom/bathroom linen, SKY TV, telephone, internet connection, snooker table, gas barbecue, outdoor furniture on terraces overlooking huge beautiful garden (safe for children to play in). Family facilities include portacot, highchair, plastic plates and cups, toys, children’s books and videos, playstation, bikes and sports balls. Fully equipped kitchen and laundry. Perfect accommodation for two families, or extended families, to holiday together! Location: West Eyreton, Christchurch, Canterbury Phone: +64 9 528 7650 / 021 114 8557 Email: Holiday Inn on Avon The ideal family hotel, with quiet spacious rooms within a garden setting. The hotel is close to the CBD in a quiet street, within walking distance to town, restaurants and cafes. The vast majority of the rooms have direct access to a balcony or the courtyard gardens. Hotel rooms range from generous doubles, interconnecting, and family rooms with a queen and 2 single beds. Full kitchen, lounge and laundry amenities can be found in the

2 bedroom stand alone townhouses which also have private, fully-fenced gardens. On-site amenities include guest laundry, gymnasium, indoor swimming pool and sauna. There are also over 70 complimentary car parks. Children under 19 stay free in room with existing bedding and all children under 12 dine free. CLICK ON HOLIDAY INN WEB ADDRESS FOR GREAT FAMILY DEALS, EXCLUSIVE TO KIDZ GO! Location: 356 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Phone: +64 3 379 1180 Email: Middlepark Motel Offering Christchurch accommodation in a uniquely quiet garden setting. Family motel units or self-contained cottages sleeping up to 6 people. The 2.5acre park setting boasts an extensive children's playground and playhouse (all in view of accommodation). We're just minutes away from shops and restaurants, and 15 minutes from Christchurch centre, or the airport - a great base to explore Christchurch and further afield. Location: 120 Main South Road, Christchurch Freephone: 0800 800 876 Phone: +64 3 348 7320 Email: Silverstream Alpaca Farmstay Silverstream Alpaca Stud has available two luxurious self contained farmstay units that sleep up to four persons per unit. Each unit has two bedrooms, a bathroom, lounge, modern kitchen and a carport. The units open out onto a patio that overlooks the alpacas housed in the nearby paddocks. There is an outdoor barbecue, petanque, a basketball hoop and a trampoline for the kids. There is table tennis and plenty of board games not to mention plenty of interesting walks. Horseriding is also available nearby. During your stay at Silverstream you will receive a tour of the alpaca farm. Location: 68 Moodys Road, RD 2 Kaipoi Phone: +64 3 327 3020 Email:


Family Accommodation

Spencer Beach Holiday Park Spencer Beach Holiday Park is set in 80 hectares of parkland and natural reserve. It's right next door to the fantastic summer venue of Spencer Park. The park's facilities include: BBQ pits, sandy volleyball court, tennis, mini golf, adventure playground, flying fox, toddlers' pool and tons of running around space. We're also a stone's throw from a sandy beach and the popular Bottle Lake Forest Park - a perfect forest for walks and familysuited mountain bike trails (we have orienteering maps available at $3 per map). The holiday park has a shop with takeaways on-site, and also hires out bikes, surf boards, pedal go-karts and fishing rods. Accommodation ranges from camping and powered sites to tourist cabins and 2 bedroom units. Events run throughout the Christmas holidays, for example, volleyball tournament, kids' movie night, bouncy castle, clowns, family mini golf and organised kids' activities. Pick up an activity schedule when you check in. Location: Heyders Road, Spencerville, Christchurch Phone: +64 3 329 8721 Email: YHA Christchurch City Central This modern and spacious hostel is the perfect base for your family's Christchurch experience. Close to the heart of the city, our modern and clean accommodation is safe and secure, and includes family rooms to sleep 2 - 4, with ensuites and some with their own kitchen. Highchairs and cots are also available. Our hostel facilities include two spacious fully equipped kitchens (one on each floor), a comfortable common room, a TV room, SKY TV, DVDs, a games room with pool table/foosball/arcade games, internet access including wireless, locker facilities, two laundry facilities, library exchange, shop and disabled access‌ so much to occupy the children and that's before you step outside! We also pride ourselves on being a quiet and eco-friendly hostel while other extras

include free booking service and free Christchurch experiences (walking tour, maori culture talk, winter games night and more!) We have no bar on site, but have plenty of restaurants/bars within walking distance. A few minutes walk to Cathedral Square and close to bike hire, tram, cafes and restaurants. Location:273 Manchester Street, Christchurch Phone: +64 3 379 9535 Email: YHA Christchurch Rolleston House This is a fabulous location - the tram route and Arts Centre, with its colourful weekend art and craft market, are on your doorstep. Hagley Park is also just across the road, with its botanical gardens, large playground, cafes, River Avon, bike tracks and acres of space! We have a shop on site, and plenty of restaurants/bars within walking distance. Accommodation is dorm room style, with rooms sleeping 3, 4, 5, 6 or 8 people, so you should be able to book out a room to keep your family together! Bathrooms are shared and full kitchen facilties are available, as well as book exchange, internet, TV room, DVDs and lounge. Location:5 Worcester Street, Christchurch Phone: +64 3 366 6564 Email:

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Hanmer Springs Forest Camp This camp is situated just a few minutes drive out of Hanmer Springs Village, in the heart of the Hanmer Forest. With 10 acres of land it's an ideal family stop and includes an adventure playground and large play area. Plus, there are walking tracks through the forest that start right from the camp! We specialise in sleeping larger groups, or families travelling together, and can accommodate up to 40 in one building. We also have family cabins that sleep up to 6. Kitchen amenities are shared, but if you're travelling in a group of 15 we can allocate your own kitchen. Family cabins have a double bed and either one or two sets of bunks. Self-contained units are now available, with own kitchen, in our Abilities Lodge. The lodge and units are designed for people with disabilities. Tent sites also available. Amenities include four fully-equipped kitchen/ dining room facilities, ablution block, laundry and drying room. Location: 243 Jollies Pass Road, Hanmer Springs Phone: +64 3 315 7202 Email:

YHA Lake Tekapo Located right on the lakefront with unobstructed views of this amazing, glacier-fed lake and the mountains beyond. YHA Lake Tekapo’s large lounge area directly overlooks the lake and is a comfortable and cosy retreat. In winter relax in front of the roaring log fire with the friendly hostel cat on your lap or take turns making music on the piano or guitar. The accommodation available at the Lake Tekapo hostel is family-friendly (a cot is available), accessible for disabled and all double room accommodation has tea and coffee making facilities. The large kitchen is very well-equipped including a rice cooker, panini toaster and herbs, spices, sugar, tea and coffee - all provided free. The hostel common room has DVDs and books available, plus we have a BBQ area and minisupermarket. The beach front and Tekapo village centre are just a few minutes walk away.Location: 3 Simpson Lane, Lake Tekapo Phone: +64 3 680 6857 Email:

:: Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs Mountain View Top 10 Holiday Park Centrally-located, spacious and set up for families, this holiday park is the perfect family base for exploring Hanmer Springs! Accommodation ranges from camp and powered sites to family cabins and motel units sleeping up to 8 people. Park facilities include adventure playground and trampoline, TV and recreation room, loads of games, wireless internet access, bike hire (for adults and children), picnic and BBQ areas. We also have brand new karts which can be hired for use within park grounds. These can seat 2 - 4 people. Recommendations and free booking for local activities. Qualmark rated 4 star. Location:5 Hanmer Springs Rd, Hanmer Springs Freephone: 0800 90 45 45 Phone: +64 3 315 7113 Email:

:: Mount Cook Region

YHA Mount Cook This spacious, alpine lodge style accommodation is right in the heart of the Southern Alps and Mount Cook National Park. We offer double or twin rooms, or 3,4 or 6 bed private rooms, as well as family rooms with a double bed and bunk. The hostel has warm and inviting living areas with Sky TV, videos and games, internet, central heating throughout, cosy fire and a free sauna! The hostel is eco-friendly and has a garden and BBQ area, as well as being a couple of minutes stroll from local restaurants, DOC office and the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Surrounded by open space, with bike hire available, this is an ideal family location in one of the most stunning settings in New Zealand. Location: Cnr Bowen & Kitchener Drives, Mt Cook Phone: +64 3 435 1820 Email:


Hanmer Springs

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Hanmer Springs - an alpine township famous for its natural, thermal pools, and only 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. The region is a popular family getaway – you’ll find heaps of fun activities, with the icing on the cake being a visit to the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa. There are hot natural pools to relax in, a full size swimming pool or the Family Activity Area, with waterfalls and animal slides. But Hanmer isn’t just about the hot pools….it’s a laid-back village tucked away amongst forests, rivers and mountains. There’s plenty of accommodation, from campsites and holiday parks, to motels, hotels or luxury cottages. Activities include family mountain biking, jetboating, horseriding, bungy jump, mini golf, quad bike hire (including kiddie quads), paintball, farm visits or forest walks and picnics. Getting there from Christchurch Hanmer Springs is 135km (or 84 miles) from Christchurch. Take State Highway 1 north from Christchurch and follow the main highway as far as the Highway 7 and Lewis Pass turn off, just before Waipara. Look out for the signs for Hanmer on your right, taking you for a short drive on Highway 7a, ending in the scenic resort of Hanmer Springs.

ACTIVITIES Alpine Village Cruisers Alpine Village Cruisers are the fun transport around Hanmer Springs! Built for 2 to 6 people you just sit back and pedal gently around the flat streets of Hanmer Springs Village. Enough storage to take a picnic and head to Hanmer Forest, or use as infant seats with seat belts. There are two bikes to choose from, to suit your family size. Sport - 2 person bike, with room for a little one and/or storage.* Limo - 4 person bike with room for 2 extra children and or/storage.* * Extra people, up to 3 on the Sport or 6 on the Limo is dependant on passengers' size and may not always be possible. You're welcome to hire more bikes and ride in convoy! The bikes feature a spacious basket on the front which can seat 2 - 5 yrs olds and includes safety belts. Maps are provided. Opposite Heritage Hotel, Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs Phone: 03 315 5177 Price: Sport, $16 per half hour or $23 per hour (up to 2 people) Limo, $25 per half hour or $35 per hour (up to 4 people) Extra person is $3 or pre schooler is $1 Email:

Hanmer Springs Alpine Crazy Putt Alpine Crazy Putt is Hanmer Springs' central mini golf course - opposite the Heritage Hotel, it's also your starting point for the Village Cruisers. The challenging mini golf course has a historic Canterbury theme with the holes modeled on distinctive local features. The course features a waterfall with a river winding through it. Mini clubs are available for little ones. Opposite Heritage Hotel, Conical Hill Road Phone: 03 315 5177 Price: Adult $8, Child $6 (child is 5 - 15 years), Senior $7, Family $25 (2 ad + 3 ch), Under 5s FREE Email: Wai ariki Farm Park, Cafe and Gallery Here's one of Hanmer Springs' most familyfriendly activities - come visit our purpose-built nature park and cafe and get up close to our friendly farmyard and exotic pets! Our park is home to deer, nz pigs (the loveable but ugly kunekune!), rabbits, chickens and ducks, sheep, llamas and alpacas, donkeys, Scottish highland cattle, yak, emu, guinea pigs and goats. 108 Rippingale Road, Hanmer Springs Phone: 03 315 7772 Price: Adult $12, Child $6 (age 3 - 14 yrs), Family $35 (2 adults + 3 children) Email: Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre We offer a range of activities. Visit our shop, right in the centre of Hanmer Springs Village (opposite Heritage Hotel), and we'll organise your fun-filled day - quad bike trips to suit all ages, exploring Hanmer Springs by bicycle or learn the skill of archer Phone: 03 315 7233 Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools Set in a breathtaking natural landscape, surrounded by forests and mountains, the awardwinning Thermal Pools offers visitors a wide range of experiences, from soothing indulgence to exciting family fun. The Thermal Pools & Spa has nine open-air thermal pools, three sulphur pools and four private thermal pools, as well as a sauna/steam room. Phone: 03 315 7511


Thrillseekers Canyon Choose from bungy jumping (you can even jump as a parent/child combo!), whitewater rafting, jetboating, off-road karts, quad biking and paintball. Most of our activities welcome children and family groups although minimum ages may apply Phone: 03 315 7046 Hanmer Horses Explore the spectacular surrounding countryside and Hanmer Forest Park on horseback. Minimum age is usually 5. Only one child under 10 per group unless experienced rider. Phone: 03 315 7444 A-Maze-N-Golf Adventure maze and mini golf. Come and solve the mystery of the Lost Temple and be in for lots of surprises as you solve the puzzle by finding the clues along the way. Also themed mini golf onsite. Phone: 03 315 7272 BackTrax Quad Bike Tours A Quad bike experience with a real difference, stunning scenery through the whole ride. Our River Valley ride takes you up the Hanmer river where you will view the spectacular "Blue Cliffs" and their razor sharp ridges. Suitable for 4 years and up. Phone: 03 315 7633 ACCOMMODATION Hanmer Springs Forest Camp Location: 243 Jollies Pass Road, Hanmer Springs Phone: +64 3 315 7202 Hanmer Springs Mountain View Top 10 Holiday Park Location: 5 Hanmer Springs Rd, Hanmer Springs Freephone: 0800 90 45 45 Phone: +64 3 315 7113 See full listings on page 47 for more information.


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