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.
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!
How colorful and creative are the shops?
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!
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…
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.
The steam train is operational on Sundays. You can ride the train all day!
I so like this classroom as it’s so-very-Tom-Sawyer! hahahahha
And the small cinema that charges $1.30 for a 10-minute film in black & white! Talk about Laurel and Hardy and more!
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…
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.
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!)
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!!!
Hope this list helps you plan your weekends and even weekdays! Have an amazing time hanging out and eating!