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Things to Do in Christchurch


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Top Attractions in Christchurch

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What travellers are saying

  • Anonymous855
    Trabuco Canyon, California1,729 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I fell in love with dahlias here! Who knew there were so many species and right next to the rose garden that could easily steal the show. Our tram guide was very helpful pointing our various trees and the delightful stories that go with some of them. I wish we could have spent an entire day leisurely walking through, sitting next to the mermaid fountain,etc. The pathways and the Avon river that runs through it along with Hagley park on the backside...wow!
    Written 29 April 2024
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  • TIm M
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was fun and we liked the tram museum which was free. Then it’s a nice walk down through the botanical gardens - nice roses
    Written 8 December 2023
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  • Douglas C
    Perth and Kinross, UK9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    360 views from the restaurant. Do the mini tour on the ‘ghost train’ when at the top as it’s really informative and interesting. Great views of Lyttleton where Captain Scott and The Endeavour last berthed and stocked before heading to Antarctica. Fascinating and a great attraction.
    Written 6 May 2024
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  • KiwiWanderers02
    Whanganui, New Zealand80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent about 3 hours here and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    The Husky presentation was interesting. Great to see a bunch of obviously well cared for and obedient dogs.

    Saw quite a number of penguins from below and above the water, some great swimming antics!

    The Haggland ride was a nice end to our time here.

    All staff were friendly and helpful which also added to our experience.

    Highly recommended!
    Written 22 May 2024
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  • JaneMLondon
    London131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an amazing exhibition, covering all aspects of the Christchurch Earthquake. It is both informative and sobering (the name of the museum is a bit odd as it implies entertainment and that's not what it is about) . We were particularly affected by the personal testimony films - it is well worth watching them all, even if you have to stand up (they are shown in quite a small space).
    Written 16 May 2024
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  • Sandy W
    Vancouver, Canada1,764 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent several hours walking on the wooden and dirt paths slowly throughout the park. What a delight it was! There are birds everywhere. And not just sparrows. There are attractive and easy to read signs all over the place detailing the unique animal species that are located at Willowbank. There are pond areas and water areas everywhere.

    It was a delight to see the children feeding the eels as soon as you walk into the park after paying admission. We caught the latter part of the magic show and loved it. There is a small little-used lunch area with picnic tables behind the magic show, and adjoining the toilets.

    A great place for families. Easy to walk. Children love the smaller and larger animals, Especially the birds that are often roaming freely.

    You can purchase a bag of small food to feed the birds and also a different bag of larger food pellets to feed the larger animals such as the deer. Make sure to purchase these small white bags when you buy your admission as they are not available elsewhere in the park.

    And, yes, we were able to spot two kiwis in the darkened kiwi shelter. It was magical.

    Thank you, Willowbank, for a delightful day. Please give me a link if you find this review helpful. You can also look for reviews that I have written for Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington as well as Brisbane.
    Written 16 January 2024
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  • AshimaM
    New York99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best place to run! Great route and cleanest fresh air! Beautiful park in the heart of Christchurch! Cant miss this on your visit!
    Written 28 April 2024
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  • Trail62784974706
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow, this museum was absolutely amazing! I was blown away by all the incredible exhibits and displays. I highly recommend that everyone pays a visit to this fantastic museum.
    Written 24 March 2024
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  • Kelly
    Lyttelton, New Zealand5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went with family in April 2023 and there was something for everyone to do. A must see for a wet day. Adults and children enjoyed the tour at the museum with the volunteers. We also particularly loved the flight simulator.
    Written 12 February 2024
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  • Michael C
    Derby, UK1,980 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Within an easy drive from Christchurch, this is a very beautiful area, especially as you approach Akaroa. The road winds across the hills in a series of zigzags with great view all around. Little River is a great place to stop along the way.
    Written 30 November 2023
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  • Jessica G
    Emerald, Australia54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My 3 year old loved this playground and found plenty to do!
    There's definitely a few pieces of equipment better suited to older kids but we managed 90mins here and still had to pry our daughter away at lunch time!
    The food trucks are brilliant and offer parents and caregivers a coffee or snack.
    A bit of shade might be nice especially during sunnier days!
    Written 22 March 2024
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    1 contribution