Meet NZ’s Wildlife Big 5

Close encounters of the ‘wildlife kind’ are a Willowbank trademark. Meet New Zealand’s Big 5 with the Kiwi, the cheeky Kea, the ancient Tuatara, our bush parrot the Kaka and the very rare Takahe. Feed the wild eels and make friends with the livestock breeds …

Recreation on the River

Built in 1882 to provide recreation river experiences for a young Christchurch, the Antigua Boat Sheds, with on-going thoughtful restoration, essentially serve the same purpose 130 years on. The Boatsheds is one of the oldest wooden buildings in Christchurch. Located beside the Avon River, close …

Weka Pass Railway

The railway operates on the first and third Sundays of each month (every Sunday in January) plus on the Mondays of Easter, Queens birthday, and Labour day weekends. Departures from Glenmark, which is about 40 minutes north of Christchurch, at 11.30am and 2pm. See also …

Orana Wildlife Park

Set in 80 hectares within 15 minutes’ drive of Christchurch Airport, Orana Wildlife Park is a must do attraction in Christchurch and provides the ultimate animal adventure. We get you up close and personal with the animals. Imagine hand feeding a majestic giraffe; seeing New …

Selwyn Aquatic Centre

There’s something for the whole family at Selwyn’s indoor heated pools – Lazy river, leisure pool, toddlers pool, hydro therapy and 8 lane 25 metre pool. Plus weekend paddle boats and inflatables, swimming lessons, relaxation www.selwyn.govt.nz/sac


Entertain your little ones with Monty’s World. Play games, get creative with lots of fun activities and stay up to date on Monty’s latest news and events online at Monty’s World. For lots of monkey fun, head to montysworld.co.nz

The Plains Railway

Pioneer Village museum buildings, steam trains, vintage tractors, relics of Mid-Canterbury’s pioneering past on display. Maronan Road, Tinwald, Ashburton. Visit www.plainsrailway.co.nz, phone 03-308-9600 for open days.