Top Free Things to Do in Christchurch

Christchurch is a vibrant city full of all sorts of things to do and sights to see. Whether you’re travelling on a budget, or just looking for an easy family adventure, there is something to cater for all ages and interests. Take a look at a few of our recommendations for some great family activities in Christchurch that won’t affect the wallet.

Parks & Reserves

You may have heard Christchurch described as ‘The Garden City’, and for good reason. You’ll find a host of parks, gardens & forests spread all throughout the Canterbury region. A local favourite is Hagley Park, located in central Christchurch. Set among century-old trees, it’s a great place to take a leisurely stroll through the greenery and breathe in the fresh air. Another favourite is the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens, complete with walking tracks and plenty of ideal picnic spots.

Canterbury Museum

While you’re there, don’t miss the Canterbury Museum, which is also located at the Botanic Gardens. The fascinating exhibits are always changing, and there’s something to appeal to all interests.


Looking for something to do with your Saturday morning? Head down to the Christchurch Farmer’s Market. If you’d rather head out on a Sunday, the Riccarton Market is the largest market in Christchurch. With over 300 stalls, you’re bound to find a tasty treat, or even a bargain or two. Open from 9am – 2pm, whatever the weather.

Sumner Beach

Make your way out to Sumner and check out the idyllic Sumner Beach. Go for a stroll along the sand, take a dip in the ocean, or even explore the iconic Cave Rock. With its caves and archways below, and vast coastal views from the summit, this massive chunk of lava makes this beach unique among its neighbours. Don’t forget to look out for interesting marine wildlife!

Looking for a place to stay with access to everything Christchurch has to offer? North South Holiday Park is located within 15 minutes of all these activities (except Sumner Beach). It’s also the closest holiday park to Christchurch Airport, just a short 5 minute drive. With our many accommodation options and ideal location, you’ll find North South Holiday Park is the perfect base for all your Christchurch adventures.