Top Things to do in Christchurch & Canterbury on a rainy day!

1. Christchurch Tram


Wet weather doesn’t need to stop you exploring Christchurch City. The all-day tram pass means you can hop on and off the beautifully restored historic tram as many times as you like, or just stay on, enjoy the ride and take a tour of the city sights.


2. Christchurch Gondola


Stay nice and dry suspended inside a cable car while you enjoy spectacular 360 degree views.


Once you reach the top you can take a multimedia journey through the Time Tunnel and learn about the history of the region. The Gondola can become pretty exciting when a breeze picks up, but after a certain level of wind they stop running so be sure to pick a relatively calm day for your visit. Gondola tickets can also be bought as a package deal with the Tram.  


3. International Antarctic Centre


Visitors to Christchurch shouldn’t miss the Antarctic Centre, rain or shine! The kids will be endlessly entertained by the tiny blue penguins, the 4D movies and the freezing Storm Room experience. And if it’s wet, the Hagglund ride will just be muddier fun! Locals can purchase an annual family pass and enjoy what’s on offer at the Antarctic Centre all year round.


4. Airforce Museum of New Zealand


This stunning museum is one of the best free indoor activities in Christchurch. Even kids that aren’t interested in planes will have changed their minds by the time they leave. The museum is free to enter or for $6 you can grab a Museum Hunt and make your visit into a fun family challenge. With an impressive display of aviation history, from jets to Iroquois Helicopters, all ages will enjoy this rainy day outing.


5. Mega Air Indoor Trampoline Park


A room full of trampolines–what is there not to love? Book an hour or two at Mega Air and let the kids bounce their wet-day energy away. The whole family can get some fitness and fun in with a toddler foam pit, a huge air bag, rows of trampolines and soft dodge-balls to throw, or you can relax with a coffee and let the trained supervisors watch the kids!    


6. Bouldering Gym and Climbing


Get some family fun and fitness on a wet day at two exciting indoor climbing venues. Clip and Climb is great for beginner climbers and preschoolers right up to older kids wanting a challenge. Climb the swiss cheese wall or a fairytale vine into the clouds! This is a climbing playground both you and the kids will enjoy. If you’d rather climb without a harness, then bouldering is for you! Uprising Bouldering Gym is a fantastic place to give this exciting sport a go. Great for kids who love to clamber over things, bouldering is safer and simpler than traditional rock-climbing.   


7. Afternoon tea at a child-friendly cafe


There’s something about a fluffy at a cafe that kids just love. If the kids are getting cabin fever but you’re too tired to do anything too active, head to a child-friendly cafe, grab your favourite hot drink and relax while they play with the toys. For an even more enjoyable outing, invite a friend along. Find a child-friendly cafe near you.  


8. The Christchurch Art Gallery–Te Puna o Waiwhetu


Even young children can learn to appreciate art, become mini art critics or get inspired to create their own masterpieces. Explore the different exhibits at the gallery and discover what kind of art form each family member loves, hates, or just finds confusing! Interactive displays draw kids into the art and, with new exhibits regularly, there’s always something different to encounter. 2-4 year olds can even have a go at creating their own art in the Art Safari room.    


9. Imagination Station


With a brand new space in the Christchurch Central library, the Imagination Station is Lego heaven! Six building tables, two building pits and unlimited blocks means your kids can let their imaginations go wild. Spend as long as you want building and then take a trip around Turanga–the brand new Central library. Try out New Zealand’s largest digital touch-wall, or give Augmented Reality a go with the Bookbot challenge.


10. Canterbury Museum


Located in central Christchurch, right next to the Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum is a free family activity to be enjoyed over and over again. The historic museum blends old and new in a way that make every room an experience. From the recreated late 1800s Christchurch Street, the huge Allosaurus skeleton, to the kids’ Discover Centre there’s something for everyone to learn and love. To see what’s on now check out the Canterbury Museum official website.