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Easter in Christchurch: What’s open and things to do

Christchurch has a lot to offer for the upcoming mini-break.

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As much as it would be great to travel somewhere nice for the Easter long weekend, you’ve probably already realised that flights are getting more and more expensive. It’s not all that bad staying in Christchurch on your four days off though, since there is plenty to keep you busy both in and outside the city.

Whether you’re spending time with your family, friends, partner or flying solo, we’ve got you covered with things to do in the Garden City this Easter.

Things to do over Easter

1. International Antarctic Centre

1. International Antarctic Centre from RedBalloon NZ

Highlights:

  • 2-3 hours with transport to/from the city
  • Hagglund ride, penguin encounter, snow experience and 4D theatre included
  • Price: Child $29, adult $59
2. The Christchurch Pass

2. The Christchurch Pass from Klook

Highlights:

  • All-day pass to make your way around Christchurch and explore the sights
  • Unlimited tram rides, gondola ride tickets, guided tour of Botanic Gardens and 30-minute scenic punt ride
  • Price: $81
3. Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa

3. Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa from Groupon

Highlights:

  • 3-hour experience with 2 hours in the water
  • Boat trip with no more than 12 people and a dolphin sightseeing guarantee
  • Price: $95
4. Hour Fishing Charter

4. Hour Fishing Charter from Treat Me

Highlights:

  • 4-hour charter for you and your friends
  • Gear and bait provided, morning and afternoon departure times
  • Price: $550 for up to 6 people
5. Forest High Ropes and Ziplining Adventure

5. Forest High Ropes and Ziplining Adventure from RedBalloon NZ

Highlights:

  • 3-hour adventure course
  • Reach heights of up to 25 metres as you tackle challenges; safety gear included
  • Price: Child $30, adult $45
6. Hanmer Spring Thermal Pools Day Pass

6. Hanmer Spring Thermal Pools Day Pass from Klook

Highlights:

  • 11 hours to enjoy the complex with single entry or return-entry ticket
  • Spa, waterslides and 15 outdoor pools plus licensed cafe on site
  • Price: From $18
7. Indulge Day Spa Package

7. Indulge Day Spa Package from RedBalloon NZ

Highlights:

  • 3 hours of pampered bliss
  • Facial, luxe pedicure, body scrub and wrap included
  • Price: From $369
8. Waipara Wine Experience

8. Waipara Wine Experience from Viator

Highlights:

  • 5.5-hour experience visiting 4 boutique wineries in North Canterbury
  • Wine tastings, lunch and transport from Christchurch included
  • Price: From $150

What’s open over Easter?

Due to laws around the closing of stores in New Zealand on public holidays such as Good Friday and Easter Sunday, you won’t have much luck if you head out to shop on either one of these days.

However, the malls, shopping centres, department stores and supermarkets will be ready to welcome you on Easter Saturday and Monday, so make a note of what is going to be open at what time.

While every effort has been made to find the trading hours in Christchurch this Easter, please note that these hours are subject to change as stores confirm closer to the time. Make sure to double-check online before you head out.

Shopping centreGood FridaySaturdayEaster SundayEaster Monday
Westfield RiccartonClosed9am-6pmClosed10am-6pm
The PalmsClosed9am-6pmClosed9am-6pm
NorthlandsClosed9am-6pmClosed10am-6pm
MerivaleClosed9am-6pmClosed10am-5pm
Tower JunctionClosed10am-5pmClosed10am-5pm
BarringtonClosed10am-5pmClosed10am-5pm
Eastgate MallClosed9am-6pmClosed10am-5pm
The Warehouse South CityClosed8am-9pmClosed8am-9pm
The Warehouse HornbyClosed7am-10pmClosed7am-10pm
The Warehouse RiccartonClosed7am-12pmClosed7am-12pm
Kmart RiccartonClosed8am-12pmClosed8am-12pm
Kmart ShirleyClosed8am-12pmClosed8am-12pm
Countdown Moorhouse AveClosed7am-11pmClosed7am-11pm
Countdown Colombo StClosed8am-10pmClosed8am-10pm
Countdown RollestonClosed7am-9pmClosed7am-9pm
Countdown HornbyClosed7am-11pmClosed7am-11pm
Countdown AvonheadClosed7am-9pmClosed7am-9pm
Countdown Church CornerClosed7am-midnightClosed7am-midnight
PAK’nSAVE NorthlandsClosed7am-11pmClosed7am-11pm
PAK’nSAVE MoorhouseClosed7am-11pmClosed7am-11pm
PAK’nSAVE HornbyClosed7am-10pmClosed7am-10pm
PAK’nSAVE WainoniClosed7am-10pmClosed7am-10pm
PAK’nSAVE RiccartonClosed7am-11pmClosed7am-11pm

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