Here in Christchurch, we have some beautiful summers. With long sunny days and the occasional tropical breeze blowing in from the north, we just love being outside! Fortunately, Christchurch has plenty of places to go to enjoy the weather. Some of our favourite summer picnic spots are:
- The beaches at Sumner and New Brighton
- Downtown Hagley Park (did you know that Hagley Park is one of the biggest urban parks in the world? It’s third, after Central Park in New York City and Hyde Park in London!)
- The trails in the Port Hills, accessible by hiking from Lyttelton or Cashmere
All of these places can be reached by the simple and efficient Christchurch bus system. Guests at Christchurch Top 10 can catch the bus from Northlands Mall, just a five minute walk from the gate. Summer is also festival season in Christchurch, and we’re treated to a selection of events featuring live music, fireworks and family activities. Be sure to take advantage of these, which are free of charge and a guaranteed great time for the whole family. So pack your picnic basket and head down to…
Classical Sparks This is a Christchurch Classic! Every year ASB Classical Sparks lights up Hagley Park with live music and an impressive fireworks display. Ever popular, this event is a favourite for the whole family. ASB Classical Sparks is Saturday, 5 February at 8pm. The Breeze Lazy Sundays Summer in Christchurch means a selection of live music. One of our favourite events is The Breeze Lazy Sundays, which showcases a new artist every week on the Archery Lawn in the Botanic Gardens. The performances start at 4pm every Sunday from 9 January to 13 March. Tip Top Kite Day On Saturday 29 January, New Brighton Beach will fill with colour as hundreds of kites take to the sky for Tip Top Kite Day. Bring along a kite of your own, buy one there or just admire the show. Remember to bring your camera! For more information on these events and to find other things going on in the Christchurch summer 2011, check out Garden City Summer Times.