Step up your activity game this summer in the Garden City. We are counting down our top five summer bucket list Christchurch activities. From recreating the classic cambridge punting daydreams we have all had (don’t lie), to exploring New Regent Street, there is something to suit everyone.
1. Punting on the Avon River
Studying at Cambridge is only complete if you have taken to the river on a sunny summer’s evening for a little Punting with friends. For those who haven’t experienced this formative moment, Christchurch has the answer for you. Take a picture perfect float along the Avon River, taking in the lush green riverbanks as you go.
2. Christchurch Hop on Hop off Tram
This made our list of activities in Christchurch because it is iconic and it is the best way to see the city. The city itself has changed but the Christchurch Tram has remained, lovingly maintained it has taken many a smiling face around Christchurch. Take a seat and watch the city pass you by. Stop at the Botanic Gardens, Avon River, Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street to name a few.
3. Swim with Dolphins in Akaroa
This activity technically isn’t in Christchurch but it is worth the drive. If you are anything like us swimming with wild dolphins has been a on your bucket list for too long. Well tick it off this summer – if you are in Christchurch we recommend you take the plunge and become one of the lucky few people who have realised this bucket list adventure.
4. Explore New Regent Street
There is no excuse not to take a walk up and down new Regent street if you find yourself in Christchurch. First developed in the early 1930’s this street is one of the first pedestrian malls ever. Filled with bustling cafes and shops, it is a great way to spend a summer’s day in Christchurch.
5. Botanic Gardens
Founded in 1863 these beautiful gardens are a great place to get out and explore on a warm summer’s day. Get your family, friends and even your distant relatives (who you have to spend the day with but would honestly rather loose in the garden) together for a day filled with some serious flower smelling.