As we start to really get into Autumn and plan ahead for the cooler months, there are still plenty of reasons to visit Christchurch. With the opening of the completely renovated Christchurch Town Hall, for example, we are excited to see the number of concerts and other performances that will be back in this wonderful Auditorium and the James Hay Theatre. The Town Hall is also once again, the start and finish line of the Christchurch Marathon at Queen's Birthday Weekend - for the first time since 2010.
Of course we also have the April school holidays and Easter looming very close, and there are plenty of activities on around the city to help keep the family entertained.
So below are some of the events you might not want to miss, coming up over the next few months.
Asia-Pacific Tree Climbing Championship, Botanic Gardens, April 6 -7th
Ever watched competitive tree climbers in action?! Get your whole family on down to the Botanic Gardens to watch the action, explore the dozens of market stalls of the Arbor Fair, and discover some very cool tree stuff.
Asia-Pacific Tree Climbing Championship (APTCC) 2019 is a top-level, international-zoned sporting event that pits champion against champion, battling it out for the men's and women's Asia-Pacific Championship titles.
The competition itself involves in a series of tests of agility, speed and skill, high in the canopy of carefully chosen trees. The event culminates in the Masters’ Challenge on Sunday 7 April from which the 2019 Asia-Pacific champions will emerge.
A series of activities will be running all day designed especially with the kids in mind, including the popular NZ Arb Kid's Climb. Find out more on the event FB page.
Cats, Christchurch Town Hall, April 13 - 14th
One of the world’s best-loved musicals, Cats, will embark on its most extensive tour of New Zealand ever in 2019. This new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber masterpiece will visit 16 cities nationwide in April and May.
As of 2018, Cats is the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history, and was the longest running Broadway show in history from 1997 until 2006 when it was surpassed by The Phantom of the Opera. Cats is the sixth-longest-running West End show.
Since its world premiere, Cats has been presented in over 30 countries, and has been seen by over 73 million people worldwide.
Fans will be very familiar with the story, but for those who are yet to see it, Cats is based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by poet and author T. S. Eliot. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.
You Are Us Concert, Christchurch Stadium, April 17th
On Wednesday April 17 in Christchurch the New Zealand music industry comes together to present YOU ARE US/AROHA NUI to raise funds and donate all proceeds from ticket sales to the Our People, Our City fund which was set up by the Christchurch Foundation helping those affected by the Christchurch mosque attacks.
Performers include Lorde, Anika Moa, The Adults, Bailey Wiley, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, The Exponents, Fat Freddy's Drop, Hollie Smith, Marlon Williams, Shihad, Shapeshifter and Stan Walker, along with many more. Tickets are available from Ticketek,
Time Machine, Court Theatre, April 13 - 27th
Dr Harriet Wells has invented a Time Machine. Snooty patron of the sciences, Lord Lockbottom, thinks that’s nonsense. In order to prove him wrong, Wells sets out on a journey through time that will lead her to being chased by a T-Rex in the past, visiting us in 2019 and travelling to a future that is controlled by mean robots!
The Court is proud to present family-friendly entertainment on the mainstage every school holidays. Time Machine is recommended for children aged 5-8 and all tickets are just $10 for children and adults.
Relaxed performances are special shows for those with sensory needs. Lighting and sound are adjusted, capacity is reduced to allow for freer movement and there is a “chill-out” area in the foyer.
There will be a relaxed performance of Time Machine on Saturday 27 April. You can book your tickets here.
The Mousetrap, Isaac Theatre Royal, Wed 24 April - Sun 5 May 2019
This long running play by crime writer Agatha Christie is coming to New Zealand - and Christchurch, for the first time this April. The West End’s legendary murder mystery drama The Mousetrap is the longest-running show, of any kind, in the world, and is now in its 66th incredible year. Written by the best-selling novelist of all time (Miss Marple, Poirot) and the ‘Queen of Crime’, Dame Agatha Christie, this play has kept audiences guessing for six decades. Now the international production of this whodunit masterpiece comes to New Zealand for the first time.
Christchurch Marathon, Christchurch Town Hall, June 2nd (Queen's Birthday Weekend)
This year will mark the 39th running of the South Island's favourite foot race.
Inspired by the 1974 Commonwealth Games marathon, the Christchurch Marathon event is renowned as one of the fastest courses in the world.
But it is also one of the most scenic and supportive, welcoming all age & ability for a flat, fast and scenic tour around iconic Christchurch landmarks such as Cathedral Square, Hagley Pk, the Avon River & the Red Zone.
With a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & Kids' Mara'Fun, there is something for everyone.
This year, the Start/Finish line returns to the Christchurch Town Hall in Kilmore Street for the first time since 2010, so this year's event is really something special. Get your running shoes on and get training! Oh and if you want to enter or find out more, the details are here.