5 Things to Do in Christchurch on Weekends

Living in a city that’s trying to get up, move on and rebuild, one would think that there really won’t be much to do and places to hangout & eat. It’s true, there isn’t as much as it used to be, but there are still some treasures in the city that is worth your blessed weekends! :) Here are some suggestions on things to do in Chirstchurch, not only on weekends but during weekdays as well.

 1. Re:Start Mall , Christchurch CBD

Re:Start Mall is a creative effort to bring back part of the city while CBD is being rebuilt. There’s a range of retailers to amuse the shop-a-holic side of not only the locals but also of those who visit Christchurch. This strip of shops is open 7 days a week. If you’re new to NZ, gotta warn you, shops normally close at 5:30pm. Some malls are open till 9pm (yes, that’s “late night” in NZ Shopping scene) – Thursdays & Fridays.

Shopping Addict? Check out the porta cabin shops at Re:START!

Shopping Addict? Re:START is the place to go!

 

The atmosphere is very funky, with shops and cafes made of portacabins. On weekends, there’s also some entertainment – mini performances on a wee stage. Even just walking around and window shopping is a treat already! :)

 

Shopping Addict? Check out the porta cabin shops at Re:START!

Check out the porta cabin shops at Re:START!

 

How colorful and creative are the shops? :)

 

SHOP. SHOP. SHOP.

SHOP. SHOP. SHOP.

 

Porta Cabin Cafes

Porta Cabin Cafes

 

There’s a Souvlaki Chain that’s quite popular and have customers lined up almost everyday! I personally like the chicken + lamb combo!! They use home-made tomato sauce and greek yoghurt! Soooo Yummm As! :)

Extra Large Chicken & Lamb Souvlaki

Extra Large Chicken & Lamb Souvlaki

 

2. Ferrymead Heritage Park

 

Ferrymead Heritage Park features an early 1900s township (Edwardian). When I visited this park, I felt like I was in a movie setting, like that of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. There’s a small church, 1900s houses and homes, a school, train station, small theatre, cinema, post office, general merchandise store, etc. Most displays are accesible on Sundays (show day). It’s a great place to visit, especially for families. There’s an open park where you can have a picnik. It’s best to bring your own picnik basket and food as there’s only one place that actually sells snacks and there isn’t much to choose from.

Here are some photos…

Ferrymead Heritage Park

Ferrymead Heritage Park

 

This one is my favorite room from one of the heritage houses. They have an activity for kids – Treasure Hunting – inside the house. They give the kids a list of things to look for inside the house and their modern counterpart.

Curragh Cottage, one of the heritage houses at the park

The lounge of Curragh Cottage. So pretty! :)

 

The steam train is operational on Sundays.  You can ride the train all day!

Ferrymead Heritage Park Train

Ferrymead Heritage Park Train

I so like this classroom as it’s so-very-Tom-Sawyer! hahahahha  :)

Ferrymead Heritage Park - Classroom

Ferrymead Heritage Park – Classroom

 

And the small cinema that charges $1.30 for a 10-minute film in black & white! Talk about Laurel and Hardy and more! :)

Ferrymead Heritage Park Cinema

Ferrymead Heritage Park Cinema

Ferrymead Heritage Park Cinema Movie Posters

Ferrymead Heritage Park Cinema Movie Posters

For admission fees, check out their website: Ferrymead Heritage Park.

3. Adrenalin Forest

If you’re after some adrenalin rush, Adrenalin Forest is the place for you. With 6 pathways and 102 challenges, you’ll definitely have some good rush and excitement! :) Here are some photos when I went there with friends…

Adrenalin Forest for some Adrenalin RUSH!!

Adrenalin Forest for some Adrenalin RUSH!!

Adrenalin Forrest Weekender

Adrenalin Forest Weekender

Adrenalin Forest Weekend

Adrenalin Forest Weekend

 

I'm a Spider!!! :p

I’m a Spider!!! :p

For rates and location, check our Adrenalin Forest (Christchurch).

4. Riccarton House and Bush Saturday Market

The Riccarton House and Bush Park is a Heritage Site located in the suburb or Riccarton in Christchurch. There are 2 historic houses, Riccarton House and Deans Cottage, a garden bordered by the Avon River and a native forest reserve featuring trees up to 600 years old – Kahikatea Trees.

Riccarton Bush Park Walk

Riccarton Bush Park Walk

Due to earthquake damage, the Riccarton House is closed for rennovations. The grounds, Deans Cottage and forest reserve are open to the public and on Saturdays, there’s a market. Farmers and business owners put up their stalls and sell goodies, foods and crafts. Some of my favorites: French Crepe, Macarons, Belgian Hot Chocolate, Colombian Empanadas, Spanish Chorizo… the list goes on.. :) Fresh produce like veggies and eggs are also for sale!

It’s always a treat to go there on a Saturday as I always have bags of food when I go home. (Mostly chocolates and macarons!)

At Riccarton Bush Park Market

At Riccarton Bush Park Market

 

Riccarton House and Bush Park Market

Riccarton House and Bush Park Market

 

Dayout at Riccarton Bush Park

Dayout at Riccarton Bush Park

 

5. EAT DESSERT!! :)

For a girl who loves to eat, a big part of my weekend is having at least 1 amazing treat – and that’s only meant for DESSERT! I won’t and can’t afford to eat out all the time that’s why I make sure that I get my treat during  weekends. There are some really nice places for dessert in Christchurch. I’ll tell you about the “great & fabulous places” in another post. But as a preview and to make your mouth water, here are some photos of my favorites!!! :)

Strawberry Fare: Sticky Date Pudding

Strawberry Fare: Sticky Date Pudding

 

She Chocolat: Cosmic Kiss

She Chocolat: Cosmic Kiss

 

 

J'aime les Macarons

J’aime les Macarons

 

 

Strawberry Fare's Tiramisu (the alcohol content probably won't make you walk straight LOL)

Strawberry Fare’s Tiramisu (the alcohol content probably won’t make you walk straight LOL)

 

Theobrama Waffles with extra cream, ice cream and bananas! Yumm as!!!

Theobrama Waffles with extra cream, ice cream and bananas! Yumm as!!!

 

Hope this list helps you plan your weekends and even weekdays! Have an amazing time hanging out and eating! :) :)

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