Soak up as much of the city’s relaxed atmosphere as possible by visiting one of the many Christchurch parks. Dotted around the city, these green areas are just a glimpse of the outdoor majesty that New Zealand is famed for.
Travel a little further from the urban area and you’ll discover that this city by the bay is blessed with a bit of everything – mountains to the west, beaches to the east, and plenty of verdant green forests and reserves in between. Spending time exploring the natural beauty of the Canterbury Region is part of a Christchurch holiday that you can’t afford to neglect.
One of the most beautiful natural reserves in the city, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are located in the gigantic Hagley Park, just 15 minutes from the city centre. While away a lazy afternoon on one of the garden’s walking trails, or take a picnic and simply enjoy natural surrounds without leaving the city.
A gorgeous turn-of-the 20th-century homestead surrounded by lush green grounds, Mona Vale is one of Christchurch’s longest-standing tourist attractions. Have a bite to eat and stroll the gardens, taking in a snapshot of what city life in New Zealand was like at the end of the 1800s. This is a place to add to any self-guided walking tour of the city.
Enjoy a more rustic park walk with a trip to The Groynes on the city’s north side. Leisurely walking trails provide waterfront views and the chance to leave the city behind for a few hours. The park also provides fishing, orienteering trails, and picnic areas. While there, keep an eye out for native New Zealand wildlife.
A huge park, and part of a larger network of parks including Bowenvale and Mount Vernon, Victoria Park is substantial. It offers just some of the scenery and nature you were craving to discover when booking your Christchurch holiday. Enjoy walking paths and hiking trails, discover native flora and fauna, explore historical sites, or have a go at downhill mountain biking.
As its name suggests, Halswell Quarry Park was previously a quarry, but is now repurposed parkland that’s full of walking trails and camping spots. This is one of Christchurch’s favourite natural landmarks and it’s located in the city’s southwest. Halswell is the perfect retreat for anyone looking to escape the city to enjoy a bit of nature, and the wide open space makes it great for large gatherings and picnics.