Places to visit in Christchurch

The garden city of New Zealand. For our friends who are visiting this city for a day for few these are the ideas

1. Gondola- If you like to see the top view of the city. Time Needed: 3-4 hours

2. Noah’s Ark, Sumner beach and Taylor’s Mistake- There is a life size Noah’s ark beside the cliff in Sumner. Time Needed: 2-4 hours

3. Air Force Museum- If you like planes, visit this place. No entrance fee and might need 1 hour.

4. CBD Tour: go to Canterbury Museum, Hagley Park, Botanical Garden, find the giant tree behind the rose garden. Go around the CBD then find the green big chair, all the paintings from different buildings, art museum and ride the boat

5. Monavale- If you love a quiet place, visit this place.

6. Riccarton Bush and Riccarton House- You can walk on a bush at the middle of the city. Go to Riccarton Bush inn. Every Saturday morning they have market there. Time Needed-1-2 hours

7. Orana Wildlife- Feed the lion, cow, lamb and giraffe at Orana Park. Time Needed: 4-6hours

8. Willow Bank- Check some kiwi birds and feed the eels. Time Needed- 2-3 hours

9. New Brighton- If you like walking beside the beach and eat ice cream

10. Adrenalin Forest- If you like climbing, then visit this place. Time Needed- 2-4 hours

11. Sign of Kiwi and She Universe- If you love chocolate, drive through the mountains and check She Universe.

12. Taylor’s Mistake: If you like walking with beautiful scenery. Time Needed-2-4 hours

13. Margaret Mahy Park- If you’ve got kids, let them enjoy at the largest Playground in the Southern Hemisphere.

14. Halswell Mini Train – I love riding in these mini trains. Search for this place. You will love it.

15. Halswell Quarry Walk- a good place for picnic and and walk

16. Lylleton and Corsair Bay- Going inside the tunnel, we love eating at the Filipino restaurant, then spend 2-3 hours at Corsair Bay

17. Westburn reserve

Here are some of the snap shots of the city

Spring time at Hagley park



Lights show- Hagley Park


Castle Hill

We decided to celebrate my birthday by going to this place. I love nature, same as the kids and my husband. So we left home at 11 and arrived here at around 1pm.


I stopped cause my daughter wanted something and when I went back to the driver side I saw this view and took a snap shot


We always go to this place as its only 1 hr and 20mins drive from home.My kids enjoyed looking for different shapes in the rock formations. They said “mum I can an elephant, I can see a dolphin but it looks like a frog to me”

Art or nature 

On the way you’ll see this. It’s amazing how this place was formed

Strong feet

My kids walked all the way up. They were excited to see more shapes


We found a good spot at the top so can have lunch. This big rock stops the wind and we can see the view.

They found their mini hole and called it their own “Bahay Bahay” or mini house.

Kids explored their creativity by imagining on what shapes they can see, they climbed to the easy part and rolled. Just seeing them like this just simply makes me happy. 

A good place for hide and seek


My son rolled all the way down

This is one of the places where “Narnia” movie was taken

No fees to pay and even parking is free

1 hr and 20mins drive to Christchurch