Top Places to visit on a rainy day in Christchurch

  • Yaldhurst motor museum
  • Air Force Museum
  • Imagination Station
  • Quake City
  • Antarctic Centre

It may be summer in the Garden City, but sometimes we do get a few days of ‘liquid sunshine.’ To keep the cabin fever at bay, we’ve come up with a list of places you can escape to when rain comes down. 

Don't forget, many of the attractions in the CBD can be reached using the Christchurch Tram, a great way to see the city centre on a rainy day.

Imagination Station

Build yourself some holiday memories at The Imagination Station! If you’re a Lego fan, you’ll love this a charity run, not-for-profit play and education centre. Whether you’re a hands on brick builder or you’d like to try creating virtual Lego worlds or playing Lego games on a computer, Imagination Station will get your creative juices flowing. Suitable for kids of all ages, and even better it’s free to enter too (but a donation is appreciated).
3/113 Worcester Street, Christchurch. 

Airforce Museum Wigram

Located on the site of the former Air Force Base at Wigram, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand is the national museum for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).

The museum has a collection 30 historic aircraft from the early days of flight through to the two world wars, the campaigns in Korea and Vietnam and modern air force jets.
With hands-on exhibitions, special feature collections, guided tours and even a Mosquito fighter/bomber flight simulator, the Air Force Museum is a must see for anyone with an interest in flight or aviation history.
General entrance to the museum is free but donations are appreciated. Plenty of free parking onsite.
45 Harvard Ave, Wigram. 

Canterbury Museum

Located on the edge of the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum tells the story of the history of the region from prehistoric organs through to the first Maori and later European settlement. The museum is proud to boast the world’s greatest collection of artefacts from the heroic age of discovery in Antarctica, significant Māori collections and the curious kiwiana of Fred & Myrtle’s Paua Shell House. The museum is also host to visiting exhibits as well as a replica of Victorian Christchurch’s streets.
General entrance to the museum is free but donations are appreciated.
Rolleston Ave, Christchurch. 

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

Newly reopened after more than four years of extensive repairs and refurbishment after the Christchurch earthquakes, the gallery is home to a rich collection of art and artefacts from around the world that spans the last eight centuries. As you would expect New Zealand art is well represented and the gallery is home to works by well-known local luminaries such as Ralph Hotere, Colin McCahon, Charles Goldie and William Sutton.
The gallery offers free guided tours twice daily, as well as those for parents with babies on the first thursday morning of each month. Many of the exhibits also have audio guides available via your smartphone.
Entrance to the gallery is free.
49 Worcester Blvd, Christchurch. 

Yaldhurst Motor Museum

This museum celebrates the history of road transport with one of the largest collections of powered and horse drawn vehicles in the country. With everything from early 19th century buggies through to the earl age of motoring and beyond, the museum’s extensive collection of 400 vehicles is sure to have something to interest anyone with a passion for wheeled transport. right next door to the Motor Museum is the Antler Cafe which caters for families and anyone who is visiting the museum. Grab a coffee and some lunch before or after your visit, or bring the children and know they will be well catered for. You can even organise birthday parties with a fire engine theme!
Admission: Adults $20, children up to 14 $5
26 School Road, Yaldhurst. 

Antarctic Centre

Christchurch is well known as a main gateway to the frozen continent and there’s no better way to discover more about life on the ice than a visit to the Antarctic Centre. In its interactive exhibits you’ll get to experience what it’s like in an antarctic storm, learn about life at Scott Base and find out about the natural history of the continent. There’s also the chance to meet Little Blue Penguins and ride in a Hagglund multi-terrain vehicle.
Various admission packages available, check online at for details. 38 Orchard Road, Christchurch Airport

Quake City

Quake City is a unique attraction aimed at informing, engaging and educating New Zealanders and international tourists about the Canterbury earthquakes. Coordinated by Canterbury Museum,  the exhibition includes shattered pieces of the rose window from Christ Church Cathedral, alongside tributes to organisations like Land Search and Rescue and volunteer groups such as the Student Volunteer Army.
Adults $20, children accompanied by adult are free
299 Durham Street North