10 Free & Cheap Things to do in Christchurch

 10 Free & Cheap Things to do in Christchurch

We get it, travelling’s expensive. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun even if you’re at the end of your stay and budgeting has become a priority. If you’re planning to wind up in Christchurch during any stage of your trip, then you’ll have no shortage of free or cheap activities to keep from burning holes in your wallet.  

Here’s the top 10: 

Free festivals and events

Plan your trip right and you may just be in Christchurch during one of their many free events and festivals that occur year-round. Check out this Christchurch event calendar to see what’s on while you’re there.

Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Lovers of aviation and military history will enjoy walking amongst the historic fleet of planes on display at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand – better yet, it’s completely free.

Sumner beach

Grab a rental vehicle at Ace Rental Cars and drive out to the nearby suburb of Sumner Beach. Here you’ll be able to walk across the sand and straight into the many caves that dot the rocky outcrop breaking up the beach.

Imagination Station

This one’s a true saviour for all exhausted parents. If your little angels aren’t being quite so angelic anymore, take them to the Central Library where the folks at the Imagination Station will let them play with Lego for free! 

Free gigs

Who doesn’t love free live music? Go on, I’ll wait. Settle in for a night at the Darkroom on St Asaph Street to have a few drinks while enjoying the free gigs every night from Wednesday to Saturday.

Bridle Path hike

Sure, you could take the Christchurch Gondola to the peak of Mount Cavendish, but that involves money. No thanks. Do your calorie count and bank account a favour and tackle the three-hour return hike up the Bridle Path.

New Brighton beaches

These beaches are popular during the warmer months for surfing and sunbathing. Otherwise, it’s worth strolling to the end of Brighton Pier to stare wistfully out at the horizon and ponder life’s mysteries. 

185 empty white chairs

This unofficial memorial was put together in honour of the 185 souls who lost their lives in the Canterbury Earthquakes. The 185 white chairs are spread out over 185 square meters of lawn and are certainly worth a look.

Canterbury Museum

Immerse yourself in New Zealand’s history and art while learning about its natural landscape at the Canterbury Museum. Learning’s always better when it’s free.

Brockworth Street Art 

If you’re after more of a modern, urban art gallery, then head to Brockworth Street to discover an impressive art gallery where the canvas is brick and cement.