Discover the charm of the historic buildings, colourful artsy alleyways and lush botanical gardens. Christchurch is sure to be nothing short of vibrant this Summer. If you’re searching for inspiration for your next Christchurch vay-cay, we’re here to help.

Let us inspire you with our Top 6 Moments for your Christchurch Summer Bucket List.

1) Stroll Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens

They call Christchurch “The Garden City” for a good reason – Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens are beyond beautiful and highly picturesque, perfect for that summer stroll or picnic. This summer, several flowers will be in bloom such as roses, begonias, hydrangeas and dahlias so make sure you’ve got your camera ready for those flower gardens.

2) Hunt for Street Art

Not only is Christchurch known as The Garden City, it’s also known as the “street art capital”. Grab a bike and explore the city by hunting down the highly creative murals that several artists have made to make their city even more beautiful and interesting. Some are even tucked away in smaller, lesser known spaces to catch you when you least expect it. It’s almost like a free art gallery and treasure hunt combined.

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3) Hype yourself up for an Adventure

Christchurch is generous in its natural environment that’s perfect for thrilling outdoor activities. Escape the routine and challenge yourself to new heights (literally) with Adrenalin Forest (you can also check out Clip N Climb if you prefer to climb walls instead). If you prefer the water, it’ll be easy to spot areas for kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing near the coasts (we recommend Taylor’s Mistake or Sumner Beach)

4) Unwind in a Punt

If you’re not an adrenaline junkie, you can always opt for a more mellow adventure where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a guide dressed in Edwardian clothing to inform you about Christchurch’s history and development through the serene waters of the Avon River.

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4) Take a smooth ride on the Gondola

Enjoy a scenic view of Christchurch on the Gondola that takes you through the slopes of Mount Cavendish. Rated as one of the top tourist attractions, you will see everything you can think of when on top of a summit: cityscape, plains, alps, bays, oceans, beaches, peninsulas and even a volcanic crater. It’s definitely not something you should miss out on.

6) Observe or Partake in Hot Air Ballooning

We’ve saved the best for last. Depending on when you plan to visit in the year and if the weather conditions apply, this event never fails to be a crowd favourite. Feel the rush of excitement as you watch, ride and pack for this event (just imagine the sunset!). Go on, if you haven’t been hot air ballooning before it’s time to tick it off your bucket list.