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Parks and nature in Christchurch

Top parks

Park
“Founded in 1863, a must to visit for the spectacular flower & tree displays.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Park
“The main park in Christchurch. We are just 10mins walk away! Check out the park for lots of walking options, yearly activities and events, botanic gardens and access to the CBD. ”
  • 98 locals recommend
Zoo
“Willowbank is a local zoo/petting zoo. Its not the cheapest place to go (If you are around for longer its definitely worth to buy a year pass) but an awesome experience. You can feed and pet lots of animals and even see a Kiwi bird in real life! If you are lucky you may also be around for a Haka dance (Native Maori fighting dance) which locals present there occasionally.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Playground
“A playground for all ages and it’s an open space so the adults can enjoy it too! It’s free and lots of fun! ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Park
“There's beautiful, different kind of flowers, huge trees. You can always go on a tree swing if you're lucky to find it :) Best date spot ever. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Zoo
“Orana Park is a large open plan style zoo. You can see a range of animals including Lions, Gorilla's , Giraffe's, Rhinoceros and Zebra to name a few. This is a visit that will last the full day. There are food options onsite, but a backpack and snacks/drinks are recommended.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“Victoria Park has a children's playground, opportunities for walking, cross-country and downhill mountain bike adventures and a designated dog park.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Park
“Orana Park is set in 80 hectares & has many animals including lions, giraffes, monkeys, rhinos, kiwis & other New Zealand native birds. Allow at least 2 hours or up to a whole day. Entry charge is adult $34.50, child $$8.50. The Park is 15 minutes drive.”
  • 10 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Playground
“A playground for all ages and it’s an open space so the adults can enjoy it too! It’s free and lots of fun! ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Park
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

Beach
“Beautiful place with great eatery overlooking the beach and pleasant walk through the town”
  • 49 locals recommend
Beach
“Closest Beach (12-15 min by car); best for walking/swimming at low tide; always swim between the flags. Good cafe nearby.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Beach
Beach
“Corsair bay is one of those hidden gems mostly known by locals. Its one of many little bays around the Banks Peninsula on the way to Diamond Harbour. It has picnic areas, a wharf to jump into the water, a pontoon to swim to and great walking tracks. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

Trails

Forest
“Forests, Chaneys Forest & Bottle Lake  Forest have fantastic tracks that are  easy to follow. You can cycle or walk  there  ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
“Lovely walks along the beach and around the end of the Southshore spit then up and along the estuary edge. Special area for the amazing Godwit seabird. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“Historical route taken by the early settlers who arrived by ship at the port of Lyttelton”
  • 1 local recommends