It’s been over a year since the first of many earthquakes disrupted Christchurch. As a whole, we’ve been moving forward and every day seems to be a step towards getting back to normal. The city is still a little scattered, and it’s always a bit of a trick to remember what’s open and what’s not when you plan a weekend activity with your family.
We’re glad we’ve been able to provide some light relief to so many of you over the past months. It’s always a pleasure to share New Zealand’s unique wildlife with our visitors, and we hope you’ve enjoyed the time you’ve spent here. If it’s been a while, be sure to pop back in sometime soon and see what our animals are up to.
Even though we love to see you at Willowbank, we know that you may be looking for other things to do around town. Earlier in the year, we put together a short list of family-friendly locations that were still open for business in the Christchurch area. Six months later, we think it’s time for an updated list. Read on for some fun things to do in Christchurch:
Action Karts Christchurch at 565 Sawyers Arms Road
Alpine Ice Sports and Entertainment Centre is open for some ice skating at 495 Brougham Street
Black Cat is operating ferries from Lyttelton to Diamond Harbour, Quail Island and Ripapa Island Historic Reserve. www.blackcat.co.nz
Chipmunks Playland is open at two locations: 472 Cranford Street and 218 Main South Road
Garden City Bowls at 15-21 Iversen Terrace
Play a round at Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf at 196 Roydvale Ave
Climb the wall at the Roxx Climbing Centre at 239 Waltham Road
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve www.willowbank.co.nz
If you’re looking for a place to cool off this summer, a few swimming pools are open around town:
Pioneer Recreation and Sports Centre (75 Lyttelton Street) offers a wave pool and lazy river to play in.
Jellie Park (295 Ilam Road) has an outdoor pool with hydroslides that opens for the season in November. Until then, there is an indoor hydroslide open from noon to 6pm on weekends.
Graham Condon (3 Sisson Drive, Papanui) has an indoor 25m pool, spa pool, learners pool and a fitness centre.
A number of theatres closed after the February quake and have yet to reopen. The few that are left tend to get crowded on weekends and evenings—it pays to make reservations ahead of time.
Hollywood Cinema in Sumner
Hoyts at Westfield Riccarton
Hoyts at Northlands
Movieland at Hornby Mall
Reading Cinema at the Palms is currently closed, but will reopen at a later date