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Weekend Breaks to Christchurch

Planning a short break to Christchurch? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Christchurch. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Christchurch. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Ferrymead Heritage Park

The site marks the site of the first railway which operated between the park and the city centre from 1863. Step back in time to experience an Edwardian township and exhibition area with streets, buildings, fashions and transportation of the colonial Christchurch.

Open daily from 10am – 4.30pm, the Park is situated on Ferrymead Park Drive.

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Swimming with Dolphins

Akaroa – This harbour is the only place in the world where you can swim with the smallest and rarest Dolphins – the Hector’s Dolphin. Dolphins Up Close operates a jet powered catamaran which takes you out to the dolphins. Everything for your swim is provided including wetsuits, masks, snorkels, hot showers and chocolate.

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Orana Wildlife Park

Just 10 minutes drive from Christchurch Airport, this park set in 80 hectares of park land is home to rare and endangered New Zealand and African animals. Giraffe, cheetah, lion and monkeys live in harmony with the Kiwi, New Zealand’s national bird, as well as other native birds and the rare reptile, the Tuatara. Enjoy the view of the whole park from the Serengeti Restaurant. Open every day of the week from 10am – 4.30pm.


Bard On Avon

Situated on the corner of Gloucester Street and Oxford Terrace this pub, in the Shakespeare theme, serves fine English Grub, including rack of lamb and bangers and mash, with great English ale on tap or by the bottle. The ambience is relaxed and laid back and a good place to spend an evening. Visit at the weekend and get into the sounds of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

'Canterbury Tales

Situated in the Crown Plazza Christchurch, this award winning establishment has friendly service and an ever changing menu. It is far from cheap but you will be offered the best of everything. The trick here is the way the chef is able to skillfully blend flavours, such as roast duck leg with orange poached figs, baked apple and rosti. Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm.

The Arts Centre Leather Shop

Located in the historic buildings of the Art Centre, The Leather Shop is packed with locally made leather products ranging from handbags and belts, to slippers and possum fur accessories. The handmade belts can be finished to fit you while you wait. The staff are friendly and welcoming and the goods fantastic. The shop is open seven days a week, just five minutes walk from the centre of town at 28 Worcester Boulevard.

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'International Antarctic Center

An amazing attraction for you and the kids, this is where you will learn everything there is to know about visiting the Antarctic without actually being there. Through sound and light shows and spine-tingling audiovisual presentations and interactive exhibits, spending 2 hours in this extraordinary place will either fire you up or cure you of ever wanting to explore that great expanse of ice out there. Open daily from 9am – 8pm, the centre is located on Orchard Road adjacent to the Christchurch International Airport.

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Air Force World

his past winner of the Best New Zealand Attraction, will have you fascinated for hours, if flight and taking to the skies has ever had you interested in what it’s all about. Everything from Spitfires and Skyhawks to Tiger Moths, flight simulators and the history of the plane are all here in great detail. Open daily between 10am and 5pm, this attraction is located at 45 Harvard Ave. Wigram, just 15 minutes from the centre of the city.

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Cathedral Garden Festival

Held in late November this festival has the whole of Christchurch adorned in flowers from the beautiful parks to exquisite private gardens, which are opened to the public. If you are not there for the festival, take a punting excursion on the Avon River which runs along the border of Mona Vale, with its turn of the century homestead and 14 acres of rolling lawns, rose gardens and fountains and take a peak at the beautiful private gardens situated along the river. Guided tours are held daily between November and March.

'Canterbury Museum

Houses a superb Natural History Discovery Centre, quaint Victorian Canterbury Street and a Maori section. The Museum also houses an amazing Antarctic display, which will whet the appetite for visiting the International Artic Centre.

Open daily from 9am – 5.30pm and situated on the edge of the Botanic Gardens on Rolleston Avenue.


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