If you're visiting Christchurch for the first time and want to experience it like the locals (and you have no money), you've come to the right place! We've got together the top 10 free things to do in Christchurch. Read on.
1. Christchurch Farmers Market
Located on Kahu Road in Riccarton, the Christchurch Farmers Markets run every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. While the food isn’t free, entry is and they often run cooking demonstrations where you can learn a new skill or two. Find out more about these markets here.
2. Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Walking distance from Rendezvous Christchurch, the gardens are packed with so much history and beauty to discover. The gardens are open every day from 7am and the most important information: entry is free!
3. New Brighton Pier
A short drive from Christchurch’s CBD, this famous pier spans 300 metres, making it the longest pier in all of Australasia. Take a stroll along the pier or challenge your travel buddy to a race.
4. The Bridle Path Walk
Christchurch is packed with many hikes but The Bridle Path Walk is the most recommended. The 6km walk takes 5 hours and boasts magical views over the harbour. Trust us, it’s well worth it.
5. A Free Gig at The Darkroom
With gigs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, The Darkroom features bands in a style ranging from folk, indie, metal and electronic. Be sure to drop by and enjoy a beer (note: this isn’t free) while appreciating some of Christchurch’s best local music.
6. The Margaret Mahy Playground
If you’re travelling with small kids, a stop at The Margaret Mahy Playground is a must! Right around the corner from Rendezvous Christchurch, this epic playground features a giant slide, net climbers and a splash pad. Your kids will have so much fun that the difficulty will be getting them to leave.
7. Sumner Beach
Toto, we’re not in Christchurch any more... You’ll feel as though you’re enjoying a tropical island getaway when you arrive at Sumner Beach. Take a walk along on the beach or chill out and read a good book.
8. Follow the street art map
Christchurch is home to a tonne of amazing street art. Luckily the locals have put together this fantastic map that pinpoints all the best spots to appreciate it around Christchurch. Now all that’s left to do is put on your walking shoes and map out your route.
9. Eastern Southland Gallery
If you consider yourself a bit of an art buff, be sure to pay a visit to the Eastern Southland Gallery. It features many local artists including John Money Wing and Ralph Hotere Gallery. And the best part? Entry is free, however you may consider giving a much appreciated donation.
10. Canterbury Earthquake Memorial
185 Empty White Chairs in an unofficial memorial for the 185 people who died during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Visiting this site will give you an insight into how many lives were affected that day.