Autumn school holiday activities in Christchurch

Stuck for ideas for keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays? We’ve got some great suggestions for you from Christchurch and Hanmer Springs Attractions!

Ōtautahi Go Wild is a great collaboration between the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Tūranga. Collect a free booklet from any of the sites and visit all four to complete the activities. All four spots are easily accessible from our Christchurch Tram route too!

Grab your walking shoes and enjoy the great outdoors! The Walking Festival is on during the school holidays and there are plenty of great walks to explore all over the city. If you’re visiting the Christchurch Gondola we recommend exploring the walking tracks accessible from the top station. One-way Gondola tickets are also available on request so those with little legs only need to walk one way!

Explore the pretty Avon River. There’s plenty of ways to see the river – bring your own raft, hire a kayak from the Antigua Boat Sheds or join us for a Punting on the Avon tour to sit back and relax amongst nature. There are plenty of friendly ducks who are always keen to say hello, especially if you have some duck-friendly food like cooked rice on offer!

Looking for some adventure during the school holidays? We’ve got plenty of action-packed fun at Hanmer Springs Attractions with jet boating, river rafting, off-road buggy tours, paintball and more on offer! Only 90 minutes from Christchurch, Hanmer Springs is a great option for a day trip away from the city, and if you’re looking to stay for a night or two check out our package collaboration incorporating family accommodation at Hanmer Springs TOP10, a Hanmer Springs Attractions family jet boat pass, and family entry to the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools.

We hope everyone enjoys the school holidays! If you’re visiting our attractions please share your photos with us on social media at @christchurchattractions!