Explore Otautahi — the Two Moon’s Farm guide to Christchurch

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Caitlin Kanis

Explore Otautahi — Christchurch

This is the Two Moons Farm guide to the Garden City!

Otautahi

Get to know Christchurch

Image - Punting On The Avon
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Punting On The Avon
Caitlin:A really fun and relaxing way to settle in to the vibes of the city. Just as fun for families as it is for a pre-dinner date!
Image - SCAPE Public Art Exhibit
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SCAPE Public Art Exhibit
Caitlin:Christchurch is the capital of street art. Find out why!
Image - Christchurch Botanic Gardens
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Caitlin:Beautiful and free to visit, these beautiful gardens have something for everyone. A very cool playground and shallow pool for little ones, along with ducks and eels to feed, it’s great for kids too.
Image - Gap Filler
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Gap Filler
Caitlin:More street art and interactive design.
Image - Cave Rock / Tuawera
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Cave Rock / Tuawera
Caitlin:Visit this popular stretch of beach, enter the cave and make a wish in the rock pools!
Image - The Crossing
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The Crossing
Caitlin:Shop til you drop!
Image - The Tannery
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The Tannery
Caitlin:Boutique shops and good eats!
Image - Christchurch Gondola
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Christchurch Gondola
Caitlin:See it all. Christchurch attractions have packages for this with the tram in the city and punting on the Avon. It’s a great way to see the city!
Image - Ohinetahi
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Ohinetahi
Caitlin:Art gardens!
Image - The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora
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The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora
Caitlin:Something for everyone.
Image - Christchurch Town Hall
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Christchurch Town Hall
Caitlin:A beautiful place to catch a show
Image - Riccarton Bush
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Riccarton Bush
Caitlin:The last remnant of the ancient beech forest once covering the area.
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You gotta eat!

Choice places to chow down.

Image - Little High Eatery
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Little High Eatery
Caitlin:Something for everyone at this collection of restaurants, featuring delicious cuisine from around the world.
Image - Kawa Cafe
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Kawa Cafe
Caitlin:A favorite secret spot for lunch! Healthy food, made mostly from ingredients grown onsite!
Image - Terra Viva Home & Garden
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Terra Viva Home & Garden
Caitlin:One of the best cafes in town.
Image - Hartnell's
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Hartnell's
Caitlin:Delicious coffees just up the road.
Image - The Old Vicarage Cafe, Restaurant & Bar
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The Old Vicarage Cafe, Restaurant & Bar
Caitlin:Serving food all day every day, this is a neighbourhood happy hour favorite!
Image - Amazonita
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Amazonita
Caitlin:Try the Caprese salad!
Image - Tutto Bene Restaurant & Pizzeria
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Tutto Bene Restaurant & Pizzeria
Caitlin:Eat like one of the family at this traditional Italian restaurant.
Image - Little River Gallery
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Little River Gallery
Caitlin:Find a wide array of local art as well as delicious food. Halfway to Akaroa, it’s perfect to stop for brunch!
Image - Cassels & Sons Brewing
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Cassels & Sons Brewing
Caitlin:Best pizza in the city! The calamari is good too! Oh... and the beer!
Image - She Universe @ The Tannery
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She Universe @ The Tannery
Caitlin:Chocolate!

Adventures!

Get out and amongst it in nature!

Image - Birdlings Flat Beach
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Birdlings Flat Beach
Caitlin:A fantastic place to collect rocks! See geology in action, and spend time combing the rocky beach for the perfect pebble.
Image - Cave Stream Scenic Reserve
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Cave Stream Scenic Reserve
Caitlin:A great scenic walk around the area. For those who are more adventurous, you can hike upstream as it runs through a cave. Take a headlamp and some warm clothes!
Image - Castle Hill
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Castle Hill
Caitlin:This sacred site is one of my favourite places to be. It’s a great excursion for families or solo travelers alike, and has some level of adventure for everyone. Large limestone rocks rise out of the hillside, making it look like a castle from afar. Explore the maze of rocks, do some bouldering, or just take a million photos for instagram.
Image - Victoria Park
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Victoria Park
Caitlin:See the city from above! Several short walks get you into the bush in the heart of the city!
Image - Black Cat Cruises
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Black Cat Cruises
Caitlin:Get up close and personal with the wildlife in Akaroa Harbour!
Image - Rakaia Gorge Walkway
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Rakaia Gorge Walkway
Caitlin:A beautiful area with short walks along the Rakaia river. If you love rocks, this is great place to find them!
Image - Porters Ski Area
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Porters Ski Area
Caitlin:A great local ski club just an hour away!
Image - Bridle Path walk
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Bridle Path walk
Caitlin:Hike this popular port hills track and see Lyttleton harbour from the top!
Image - The Giants House
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The Giants House
Caitlin:Visit this large scale art garden while in Akaroa, enjoy the views to the harbour.

Nora knows best

All the best spots, according to our 5yo daughter

Image - Margaret Mahy Playground
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Margaret Mahy Playground
Caitlin:No kids trip to the city is complete without a trip to Margaret Mahy!
Image - Foster park
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Foster park
Caitlin:My daughter’s local spot. Across the street from the Selwyn aquatic
Image - The library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
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The library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Caitlin:This is a library, and a pool with a big hydro Slide! A neighbourhood favourite.
Image - Tūranga
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Tūranga
Caitlin:Get your knowledge on at this enormous public library. Boasting a great cafe and huge children’s area, it’s a great rainy day retreat!
Image - C1 Espresso
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C1 Espresso
Caitlin:The kids love it.
Image - YMCA's Clip 'n' Climb
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YMCA's Clip 'n' Climb
Caitlin:Adventure inside at clip n climb! Hourly sessions, fun for all ages.
Image - Botanic Gardens Children's playground
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Botanic Gardens Children's playground
Caitlin:A sprawling playground and a pool!
Image - Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Caitlin:See and feed the animals!
Image - Orana Wildlife Park
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Orana Wildlife Park
Caitlin:A very cool zoo with a relaxed atmosphere and awesome animals.
Image - Selwyn Aquatic Centre
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Selwyn Aquatic Centre
Caitlin:Check out the pool!
Image - Canterbury Museum
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Canterbury Museum
Caitlin:A great free museum with cool attractions and a neat kids area.

Something Different

Local Gems

Image - C1 Espresso
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C1 Espresso
Caitlin:Get your food delivered to you via pneumatic tube! This creative cafe is sure to please any tastebuds. It’s also very Insta
Image - Red Light District
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Red Light District
Caitlin:Enter this speakeasy through a dry cleaners!
Image - Halo Venue
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Halo Venue
Caitlin:There is always something a little different on offer at Halo!
Image - The Court Theatre
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The Court Theatre
Caitlin:Check out scared scriptless for a night of laughter!
Image - Exchange Christchurch (XCHC)
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Exchange Christchurch (XCHC)
Caitlin:See what’s on at the XCHC!
Image - Canterbury Astronomical Society
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Canterbury Astronomical Society
Caitlin:See the universe from the telescopes at the RAF observatory.
Image - Steam Scene
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Steam Scene
Caitlin:Mini trains and steam train and mini steam trains!
Image - Ballooning Canterbury
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Ballooning Canterbury
Caitlin:See Canterbury from above

MTB

Get on your bikes and ride!

Image - Orton Bradley Park
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Orton Bradley Park
Caitlin:Great tramping and MTB or BMX tracks!
Image - Halswell Quarry
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Halswell Quarry
Caitlin:Ride for free till your heart is content. The MTB trails are popular with locals.
Image - McLeans Forest
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McLeans Forest
Caitlin:Casual tracks, great for begi
Image - Travelade Image
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Little River Rail Trail
Caitlin:Awesome scenic track following the old railroad line to Akaroa.

Farther Afield

More than 3 hours away

Image - Hokitika
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Hokitika
Caitlin:Go west over Arthur’s pass and get some Pounamu!
Image - Hanmer Springs Animal Farm Park
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Hanmer Springs Animal Farm Park
Caitlin:Feed and snuggle the wallabies
Image - Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
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Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Caitlin:Get into it
Image - Roundhill Ski Area
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Roundhill Ski Area
Caitlin:Love round hill!
Image - Punakaiki
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Punakaiki
Caitlin:See the pancake rocks and explore this ancient site.