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Eight Things You Can Do Now You Couldn’t Do Before

Eight Things You Can Do Now You Couldn’t Do Before

A popular lockdown activity was writing a wish list of things to do once you were allowed out again. Well, here’s ours. Stay safe out there, but also stay active, connected, and proud of this place we call home.

Christchurch Adventure Park

More than mountain biking, Christchurch Adventure Park has the country’s longest zipline, a chairlift giving you access to the top of the Port Hills, and dozens of ways to get down again. Plus, their café sells pizzas and craft beer and is surrounded by mature trees. Epic.

Margaret Mahy Playground

The country’s biggest playground, and it’s in the centre of town. Margaret Mahy Playground is a drawcard for both locals and visitors, designed by children and loved by all. Be sure to explore the nearby businesses on New Regent St for coffee, gelato and all sorts of goodies.


Both a library and a landmark, Tūranga is an epic central city hub. Expansive spaces for reading and relaxing, a whole floor dedicated to kids and fun, and balconies overlooking the city. A must-stop central city destination.

Riverside Market

Riverside Market has quickly become a beacon of local fare and flavour. Laneways lined with shops lead to a seven-day farmers’ market and foodie heaven. All this located on the banks of the Avon River, with ample outdoor space to enjoy your local food and drink.

Council Recreation Facilities

Limited facilities at Taiora QEII, Jellie Park and Ngā Puna Wai are all open from 18 May, with more to come. Who hasn’t been craving an indoor swim during lockdown? Ngā Puna Wai also has sports fields available for public use. Check it out.

The Welder

The Welder is a health and wellbeing hub taking care of you through yoga and meditation, smashed avo and cold pressed juices, sourdough and gourmet doughnuts. Physical health improved, mental health sorted.

Ballantynes and Cashel Mall

Ballantynes has long been an anchor of the central city, and its back open and humming. Check out the Pottery Barn section for homewares and design inspiration, or Contemporary Lounge to keep up with the latest trends.

Farmer’s Markets

Many weekend farmer’s markets are back in full swing, collectively one of our favourite ways to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning. Lyttelton Farmers Market has its first market back on Saturday 23 May. Christchurch Farmers Market at Riccarton Bush reopened last weekend. Yum.