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Parks & nature in Christchurch

Park
“The large park in central Christchurch with great paths for walking , cycling and Lime scootering. ”
94 locals recommend
Park
“Enjoy a pleasant walk through Christchurch's botanical gardens. Visit the hot house, rose gardens and children's playground.”
58 locals recommend
Zoo
“See native animals and farm animals. Feed and pat farm animals. Especially great for children.”
45 locals recommend
Playground
“Open 24/7 - go after the kid's bedtime to play on the sophisticated equipment.”
38 locals recommend
Park
“There's beautiful, different kind of flowers, huge trees. You can always go on a tree swing if you're lucky to find it :) Best date spot ever. ”
42 locals recommend
Park
“Victoria Park has a children's playground, opportunities for walking, cross-country and downhill mountain bike adventures and a designated dog park.”
24 locals recommend
Park
“Orana Park is set in 80 hectares & has many animals including lions, giraffes, monkeys, rhinos, kiwis & other New Zealand native birds. Allow at least 2 hours or up to a whole day. Entry charge is adult $34.50, child $$8.50. The Park is 15 minutes drive.”
10 locals recommend
Garden
“Beautiful gardens to wander through, in the summer there is also theatre/music and other performances in Hagley Park”
20 locals recommend
Park
“Forest Park nearby great for mountain biking (we have bikes available on request) Also kms of forest walking tracks to the beach.”
18 locals recommend
Park
“The only bit of virgin native bush left in Christchurch, Riccarton bush is a definite must-visit for travellers. Saved and closed off by the Deans family in the 1800s, this little piece of native sanctuary will help you imagine Christchurch before colonisation. Hear the birds warble, see the native plants, and enjoy the tranquility.”
20 locals recommend
Garden
“This elegant Victorian homestead was built at the turn of the 20th Century in the Arts and Crafts style, reflecting the Tudor houses of England. Surrounding it are 5.5 hectares of beautifully crafted traditional lawns and gardens, with the Avon River meandering through the middle. The building is now used a restaurant and cafe, and the Gardens are open to the public. If you like you can take a relaxing punt down the Avon.”
11 locals recommend
Park
“A lovely walk taking you around the edge of an old stone quarry and then through a patch of native bush. Also botanical garden areas and picnicking spots are great here”
10 locals recommend
Park
“This is a hidden gem offering a good size playground with bike tracks, walking tracks, camping ground and a lovely wee stream. Only 3km down the road.”
13 locals recommend
Park
“Construction of the SH bypass has moved the entrance to the Groynes 300m further down Johns Road (State Highway 1) from the usual entrance on Groynes Drive. Metroinfo (external link) has up-to-date bus information. Picnics and play Picnic areas and free barbeques are dotted throughout the park. View the map [PDF, 659 KB] for bookable picnic areas or bbqs. Please remember to take your rubbish home with you. There are multiple playgrounds throughout the Groynes including a flying fox, see-saw, slides and swings. Orienteering There are two permanent courses; white (1.9 km) yellow (2.6 km). Purchase a map for $4 from the Rosebank Cafe (near the entrance to the Groynes Park) or download ”
6 locals recommend
Park
“Just at our back door, beautiful 1 hour loop track through the wetlands over board-walks. Spot pukeko, fantails, kingfisher and more!”
10 locals recommend
Park
“Historic homestead that is open to the public plus a small slice of NZ native bush right in the heart of the city, lots of native birds and well sign posted plants/trees. Well worth a visit. Walking in the bush is free, there is a fee to have a tour of the homestead. There is a wonderful farmers market here every Saturday morning. ”
6 locals recommend