Where to Catchup With Friends During the Week in Christchurch

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Weekends aren’t the only time for catching up with friends, and they no longer hold the monopoly on being when you can have some fun.

Ashburton Art Gallery & Heritage Centre

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The Ashburton Art Gallery & Heritage Centre is home to both the town's art gallery and museum.

Ngaio Marsh House

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Ngaio Marsh House sits in a beautiful spot on the lower slopes of Christchurch’s Cashmere Hills.

Movementor Pilates

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Movementor is a well-known Pilates studio situated within the Beckenham hub at the corner of Christchurch’s Colombo and Tennyson Streets.

Hinewai Reserve

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Not far from the township of Akaroa (walking distance if you’re really game), lies an idyllic haven of regenerating native bush nestled in the wild south east corner...

The Margaret Mahy Family Playground

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If you have kids and are looking for a way to burn some energy in Christchurch’s city centre, look no further than the beloved Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

New Brighton Community Gardens

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Around Christchurch Ōtautahi there are so many unique suburbs and within these, there are amazing communities and initiatives that deserve the spotlight.

Movement Art Practice

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Start the journey into contemporary dance without judgement.

Georges Road Wines

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If you like great wine, stunning scenery and a quick escape from the city head to Georges Road Wines in Waipara.

To Methven & Beyond: A Weekend Getaway Guide

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Methven is an outdoor playground, and thanks to some recent additions to the town scene, there's even more reason to visit this mountainside community on the western edge of the Canterbury Plains.

Tūranga

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It’s not often that grand designs are plucked from the mind’s eye and brought to life. At Tūranga they are, every day.

Rekindle

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This is a place for craft, for making things. Rekindle is focused on creating opportunities for resourcefulness – making what we need from what we have around us.

Canterbury Museum

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It’s exciting times for Canterbury Museum as a major five-year redevelopment is now underway at its Rolleston Avenue site. In the meantime, a pop-up a few blocks away serves as a temporary museum space.

Christchurch Adventure Park

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Christchurch’s unique Adventure Park is a tranquil escape for those seeking more than just thrills.