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Christchurch City - Winter 'Must Do' Guide

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Christchurch City - Winter 'Must Do' Guide

Winter is coming! Don't spend all your time rugged up at home, the crisp, cool days of winter is the perfect time to get out and explore the city.

New Brighton Pier at Sunrise

Sunrise At New Brighton

They say the early bird catches the worm and there's no better way to start the day than enjoying the sunrise at New Brighton Beach. Set the alarm, get up early and be treated to a picture postcard scenery - be sure to take the camera!

Hot tip! Just before the sun rises, the temperature drops and the sand freezes creating beautiful patterns - simply magic!

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Tīrama Mai

Tīrama Mai

A free event illuminating the central city and New Brighton, Tīrama Mai is a celebration of Matariki, our people and our unique local landscape. Running from 25 June – 10 July, head to some key central city areas and the New Brighton Pier to explore lighting trails.

Oh, and did we mention the Matariki fireworks display in New Brighton on Saturday, 10 July? Yes please.

Christchurch Riverside Laneway Shops

Retail Therapy In The Central City

Grab a hot drink and soak up the relaxed central city vibe as you wander the streets and laneways.

Browse high-end fashion, well-loved favourites and hunt down one of our many boutiques stocking locally-made goods. 

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Movie Night

Snuggle into your seat and enjoy a movie with good friends. Christchurch has some great (and slightly different) cinema experiences. Check out EntX for the ultimate movie going experience – and amazing food options on the ground floor.

For the boutique experience go to Alice Cinematheque &  Deluxe Cinema and enjoy a wine and a cheese board during the movie!

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Christchurch Port Hills View of Christchurch City at Sunset

Night Sky

The night sky in the Southern Hemisphere is breathtaking. In winter the early, dark, clear nights are perfect to observe the stars. The view from the Godley Head Reserve or Sugarloaf is stunning, avoiding the light pollution of the city.

Hot tip!  Due to light pollution it’s worth taking the time to drive further out of the city for an uninterrupted view. The Canterbury Astronomical Society run informative star gazing sessions in West Melton. 

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Relaxing at New Brighton Hot Pools

He Puna Taimoana

The only place in the country where you can watch wintery waves while soaking in a hot pool. New Brighton is Christchurch’s original beach destination, boasts one of the best hot pool facilities in New Zealand. The perfect way to spend a winters afternoon. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view! 


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The Pink Lady Sunset
Credit: Sam Rofe

Christchurch Nightlife

Spend your winter evenings at rooftop bars and underground speakeasies, raging dancefloors with live music, cocktails and crafties. Whatever your poison, you’ll find it in the bustling CBD of New Zealand’s second largest city.

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