Family Activities in Christchurch

If your family is looking for things to do in Christchurch, you’re in the right place! There are many family friendly activities located all around the city, without having to go too far.

Christchurch Tram

You just can’t miss taking a ride through the city on one of the iconic Christchurch trams. Kids will love the novelty, and the knowledgeable operators can tell you all about the city’s history, sights and landmarks. While the tram is an enjoyable family activity on its own, it also has convenient stops along the way for other interesting things to do in Christchurch. The Avon River, Re:START Mall, Canterbury Museum and Cathedral Junction are just a few of the local hotspots you’ll come across on your journey. Your tram ticket also allows you to get on and off as much as you like throughout the day, so it’s great value as well!


What better way to see Christchurch than all at the same time! Suspended above Mt Cavendish, the Christchurch Gondola is an unforgettable sightseeing experience for all ages. The 360 degree views are nothing less than breath-taking, looking over Christchurch's cityscape, the majestic Southern Alps, the rolling hills of Banks Peninsula and the Canterbury Plains. Once you reach the top, you’ll then be able to enjoy even more views from the Red Rock Café, or take a stroll through the summit trails. You’ll also not want to miss the Time Tunnel, a very entertaining amusement park style ride. Included with your gondola ticket, this one is also a real hit with the kids!

Adrenalin Forest

If you’re after a unique family activity to suit the more adventurous kids, look no further than Adrenalin Forest! At this invigorating high-ropes course, you can zipline through the trees, climb the ladders, swing from platform to platform and balance across rope bridges and tightropes. There is no age requirement to enjoy adrenaline forest, though the younger ones must be at least 130cm tall. With courses from 1m off the ground to 20m into the canopy, the park is sure to provide hours of fun for the whole family!

Antarctic Centre

The International Antarctic Centre is without a doubt one of Christchurch's must-do activities. An extremely innovative attraction, highlights include the world’s first indoor snow & ice experience, and the exhilarating indoor snowstorm, also a world first! The Antarctic Hägglund Ride is also a must, taking you on an adventure course in a genuine Antarctic vehicle. Other activities include trying on your own Antarctic clothing, fantastic audio-visual presentations, and even meeting penguins and huskies! The beauty of the Antarctic Centre is that all of the activities are enjoyable for all ages, making it easily one of the best family activities in Christchurch. It’s also just a 6 minute drive from North South Holiday Park!

Quake City

Quake City is an interactive museum dedicated to the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Both educational and inspiring, the museum tells stories of hope and heroism in light of the devastating events that took place. You’ll also learn the fascinating science behind earthquakes and liquefaction. Precious objects from the quakes are also found here, such as the clocks from the now-demolished railway station, and the spire of the iconic ChristChurch Cathedral.


North South Holiday Park is located just 5 minutes from Christchurch Airport, and close to many great family activities. With excellent facilities and a serene setting, it is the perfect base for travelling families. Check out our range of Christchurch accommodation options. If you’d like us to help you book activities in Christchurch and give you the best advice for your holiday, please give us a call, email or let us know when you arrive.