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Margaret Mahy Family Playground
#1 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
‎Congratulations to Catherine Hamilton - Principal Landscape Architect at Opus International Consultants and your team for the best ever family park New Zealand has ever seen.
Great park super interactive for children super hot on the kids feet must take jandles definitely recommend massive trout and eels at dock
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
#2 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
Fabulous walks, fabulous displays of nature maintained by obviously dedicated gardeners, easy to find, easy to park, great cafe in side the grounds or take a picnic, a lovely little train that can take you around...
There was a beautiful rose garden in full bloom and a wonderful succulent /rainforest hall and some gorgous cottage garden large flower beds .The trees here and in the general Hagley park were incredible in size a...
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Hagley Park
#3 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
Hayley Park has something for everyone Fabulous gardens and trees A playground with paddling pool for the kids A first class museum at the entrance Best of all a cycle and walkway around the whole park Various ent...
... year - there is year round interest from the daffodils, snow drops, and bluebells under the trees in spring, to the beautiful autumn colours in the many magnificent English trees planted in and around the park.
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Port Hills
#4 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
From easy nature walks to full on multi-day hikes; easy bike rides to some of the most gruelling and challenging mountain bike trails: fine dining at some amazing restaurants (eg Sign of the Takahe) to cafes or pi...
There's the Victoria Park playground, heaps of great picnic areas and the views are amazing.
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Riccarton House & Bush
#5 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
A great place to take photos of the native bush ,see the Kereru and other native birds ,seeing nature at its best ,lovely old homestead .plenty of places for peace and quiet or a picnic ,,great place to visit in g...
There's shade from the sun and heat, and plenty of park benches from which to soak in the perspectives.
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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
#6 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
Great place for family outings plenty to do and see here A great array of animals inc monkeys deer eels birds farm animals there all here You wonder around the park which is really well planned there’s a Maori are...
Great park to walk around and see all sort of animals, especially the Kiwi.. We also loved the Kea, they are such funny birds.
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Mona Vale
#7 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
It is a park with wonderful walks and quiet places to set and relax, All ages love this place as it is natural New Zealand along the tranquil Avon River, with many other beautiful flowers and trees to enjoy.
The gardens - a peaceful oasis beside the river, are within easy walking distance from Hagley park & the Botanical Gardens.
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Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk
#8 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
Nice scenic picnic area by the car park.
No food stops along the way, all nature <3 Just a water fountain near the beach.
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
#9 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
Best beach around and great views if you take a walk up the hills such as Captain Thomas or Nicholson Park.
The place has public toilets and small coffee shops, you can easily park your car there, on the main road there are restaurants.
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Avon River
#10 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
The Avon River compliments the city and the Botanical Gardens & Hagley Park, very clear, lots of ducks swimming, punting also it runs along many attractions,Kate Sheppard Memorial, Bridge of Remembrance& Canterbur...
Relaxing and enjoyable ride down the river with beautiful scenery along the Avon river :) So close with nature, you get to see the lovely putakitaki too ;)
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Orana Wildlife Park
#11 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
We spent a couple hours at Orana Wildlife Park and it was a great day out, the animal exhibits were spacious and well-planned and the staff seemed to really love working there which is awesome to see.
Great the way you can follow the timetable round the park to see the feeding of lots of different animals and get great information from the keepers who were very well informed and passionate about their jobs.
Diamond Harbour
#12 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
By the time you have explored the village, its library and quaint "old shoppes", walked in the park and had lunch it's time to go.
For those needing some nature, you will not be disappointed with this as a day trip.
Lyttelton
#13 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
Browse the Saturday morning market for all good things Walk up Oxford Street looking to the right for my grandson burning up the skateboard park (v.
We then let the kids play at the park it was small but kids liked it.
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New Brighton Beach
#14 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
Excellent park for kids so they and paddle safely in the play the toddler pools.
There are two water parks next to the pier and both are huge fun for babies and children up to about 9 years old with shade and changing rooms and toilets close by.
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Victoria Park
#15 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
This park is perfect for a hike, a walk, a run, a mountain bike tour, to take your dog out or just to spend a few hours and enjoy the views of Christchurch
Great walks, dog friendly, pleasant drives to get there and close to city but open air with lots of trees, bush and nature.
Godley Head
#16 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
A bit of history and lots of nature.
Park up walk along the sand next to the sea for miles right around the bay.
Corsair Bay
#17 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
Small beach but really nice. 2 car parks, playground, few picnic areas, a platoon, clean and good beach to go with ur kids.... Just lay down ur blanket and have a picnic.
There is a small playground by the car park with a big slide which is always fun too.
Groynes
#18 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
As a regular visitor to Christchurch we were delighted to discover such a fantastic dog park.
Great place to take the family for a BBQ or to use the dog park area to exercise your family pooch.
Quail Island
#19 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
What a gem of nature and history in Lyttelton.
A remote hike to absorb nature and history
Governors Bay
#20 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
During walk we enjoyed some great vistas, nature (birds and plants).
took the 3hour return hike to gully falls in the orton Bradley park,walking through streams,bush and farm land.lovely
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Imagination Station
#21 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
Bottle Lake Forest
#22 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
There is excellent and ample parking at the forest itself for the walks and mountain biking while both golf courses have large car parks.
The trail we were on took us to the beach where we had lunch before continuing the loop back to the car park.
Halswell Quarry Park
#23 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
Awesome Park for Relaxing or Exercise!
Great job in restoring nature back in the place!
Rapaki Track
#24 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
- Close to Christchurch - easy walk - bring the dog - ride your bike - start at Victoria Park and finish at the Sign of the Takahe for ice cream - or carry on right round the crater rim - very cool views - can be...
Christchurch to Little River Railtrail
#25 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
Spencer Park
#26 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
This is one of the largest parks in Christchurch and offers lots of fun for families with a car.
Spencer Park is a well kept secret in Christchurch.
Waimairi Beach
#27 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
Travis Wetland
#28 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
Crater Rim Walkway
#29 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
The nature was untouched, I met only few people on my way, but many sheep.
Styx Mill Conservation Reserve
#30 of 60 Nature & Parks in Christchurch
If you want a longer walk and are worried about getting lost go through the gate turn right always keep the reserve on your right and you will end up back at the Styx mill car park.