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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.