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Rainy Day Fun In The Central City

Rainy Day Fun in the Central City

A rainy day doesn’t mean you need to be stuck inside, check out our list of activities to keep you entertained.

Travelling into town

Bus – getting the bus into town has never been easier. Visit Metro to plan your bus trip. Make sure you get a Metrocard to make travelling faster and cheaper.

Car – the central city has plenty of on-street and covered car parking options, check out the car park map to find the best option for you. 

Rock climbing at the City YMCA

Burn off some energy and test your skills on the YMCA rock climbing wall. There is no minimum or maximum age so all the family can have a go. All Clip ‘n’ Climb sessions start on the hour, for thrill seekers make sure you also try out the Vertical Drop and the Leap of Faith.


You could easily spend half a day at Tūranga. There’s so much to do, start at the top and take in the sites of the city from one of the two roof gardens. Let the kids get creative with LEGO or DUPLO, technology such as 3D printers and sewing machines or create and edit music. For those looking for something more relaxing grab a drink from the espresso bar on the ground floor, choose some good books and pull up a bean bag for some quiet time.

Christchurch Art Gallery

The size of the gallery alone is enough to keep kids entertained for hours. Not only does it house collections from classics to modern art, it regularly showcases work from New Zealand and international artists. The gallery often runs free workshops for budding young artists and free guided tours.

The Canterbury Museum

Possibly the best rainy day activity in Christchurch, the Museum has it all. Space to explore, exhibitions to wander, a café to relax in. Firm favourites include Fred & Myrtle’s Paua Shell House the mini-cinema set up inside the house is a must-do. The ever popular Discovery is an amazing place for kids to learn about our amazing world and the creatures that share it by digging for fossils, watching the live tarantulas or investigating the beautiful butterfly room.

NZ Museum of Toys and Collectibles

Miserable outside? No worries, we’ve got you sorted! Take a trip down memory lane at the NZ Museum of Toys and Collectibles and The Toy Collector. Fun for children young and old, the eclectic collection of toys on display will be sure to delight and surprise all visitors to the museum.

The Christchurch Tram

Even on a wet day the Tram is a great option for kids. Jump on at Cathedral Junction so you don’t get wet while waiting, sit back and enjoy a guided tour of the city from one of the friendly and knowledgeable drivers. 

Quake City

Learn about Christchurch’s earthquake history and the extraordinary response of the emergency services, international rescue teams, the thousands of volunteers who pitched in to help.


Settle in for rainy day entertainment at EntX. Enjoy the latest cinema offerings in plush surroundings followed by a delicious meal in the dining precinct. With lots of options, you'll be sure to find something to suit every family member.

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