Attractions

Whether you’re a Christchurch local looking for a new way to spend the weekend or a visitor wanting to try the most iconic experiences the city has to offer, there are plenty of attractions to keep everybody entertained.

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Canterbury Museum has purchased a significant collection of motorbikes and memorabilia belonging to champion speedway rider and local hero, Ivan Mauger, thanks to the generosity of a retired Blenheim company secretary. Mauger is widely considered the best speedway rider of all time. He won more than 1,000 international events in 60 countries. The $1.7 million purchase is the Museum’s largest-ever acquisition. Julie Mauger, spokesperson for the Mauger family says they are thrilled to have secured arrangements for the collection to stay in Mauger’s “beloved home town” as a lasting public tribute to his achievements. “Although he is now burdened with Alzheimer’s and cannot travel here himself, we know that this would have been one of the proudest days of dad’s life! We hope this collection, which charts his every success, will continue to inspire people, especially the young people of Canterbury that they can do great things from humble beginnings ... and...
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Zombie: Red Zone OK, we won’t lie to you Christchurch – we’re big fans of The Walking Dead TV series here and as such are pretty excited by the prospect of dodging the undead in the CBD at Project Z’s Zombie: Red Zone next month. A smash-hit sellout in Auckland last year (under its original title, Apocalypse Z), Zombie: Red Zone yanks theatre audiences out of their comfy seats and sav blanc sippin’ ways, throwing them into the middle of a global zombie pandemic. Quarantined within a specially-built, site-specific military zone where all hell is breaking loose puts the audience at the centre of the experience. There’s no taking things in passively here – audiences must overcome challenges and grapple with their own humanity in the midst of a plague of the undead and their gnarly chattering teeth. Brainchild (mmm, braaaaaains) of David Van Horn (Sione’s Wedding, Avatar) and former Christchurch...
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THE FOOD SHOW Wondering how you were ever going to hold out until The Food Show Christchurch rolled around again in September? Well placate that palate with the news the three-day foodie fave has been brought forward five months and kicks off on 4 April at the CBS Canterbury Arena. For anyone thinking that it might be a little soon, banish those food-show-fatigue thoughts with a heaping helping of the country’s top gourmet goodies and decadent drops. All Good will be there with its Fairtrade bananas (hopefully the Christchurch shortage will be over by then) and Karma Cola. Free from artificial colouring and preservatives, unlike some other colas, money from each bottle of Karma sold is sent back to the village in Sierra Leone where the cola nuts are grown to help provide essential services like fresh water wells – now that is some good karma!Household names like Nespresso and Vogels...
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Choice, bro – Kiwiana and all its Buzzy Bees, paua shells, and jandals will be celebrated at Canterbury Museum throughout November. Sparking the celebration is the 50th anniversary of Bluff couple, Fred and Myrtle Flutey, first opening their home to the public to showcase their incredible collection of paua shells and kitsch collectables. In the decades following, the couple’s paua shell collection became an iconic kiwi attraction, and is now on display in a perfect recreation of their house at Canterbury Museum. To celebrate the anniversary next month, visitors will have an opportunity to have a guess at the number of paua shells in Fred & Mrytle’s Paua Shell House and go in the draw to win a great prize. On 6 November at 6pm, University of Canterbury Associate Professor New Zealand History, Katie Pickles, will present a free public talk on Kiwiana in the Museum’s Bird Hall. Katie will explain...
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Canterbury Museum opens its winter season exhibition Brilliant Brass this Friday. The new exhibition will surely delight music and brass band enthusiasts throughout Canterbury. Canterbury has a long and proud history of brass banding dating back to the mid-19th Century. Well known bands were formed in suburbs or towns such as New Brighton and Woolston, Timaru and Ashburton. Private and workplace bands such as the Addington Workshop Band and the long-disbanded Toomber Boot Factory Band were also formed. Friendly rivalry developed into a healthy competitive spirit that continues today. The Woolston Brass Band (established in 1891) in particular went on to become world-renowned musical performers. Visitors to Brilliant Brass can expect to see a range of instruments, uniforms, programmes, and banding paraphernalia including ‘Sid’s Cat’, the Woolston Brass Band mascot from 1923. Canterbury Museum Human History Curator, Sarah Murray, says the exhibition celebrates the history of banding in Canterbury, including the...
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Experience life in Christchurch as it was in the colonial era! The earthquakes of late 2010 and early 2011 may have damaged many of the heritage in the city of Christchurch, but you can still experience life in days gone by with a visit for Ferrymead Heritage Park. The Park is located in an area of huge historical significance; it built on the site of New Zealand’s first public railway. The Moorhouse Township at Ferrymead Heritage Park is a recreation of life in 1920s Christchurch and features Edwardian replica heritage houses, as well as a church, general store, jail, blacksmith and railway station. Ferrymead Heritage Park is also home to a significant collection of heritage transport and technology and, during weekends, visitors can ride on an electric tram....