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Here is a massive skating playground for the young at heart. Located next to Christchurch's Westpac Trust Centre, Skatezone includes two roller rinks where roller hockey and discos take place. Pull out your moves on the half pipes and numerous ramps inside. Refreshments are available, as well as a host of amusement machines. If you do not have your own gear, Rollerblades and skateboards are available for hire. Created with youth in mind, Skatezone is a great place to hang out, wipe-out and make some friends.
Formerly the old Addington Showgrounds, Rugby League Park has been the base for rugby league in Canterbury since the early 1970s. At present the arena acts as the home ground for the Canterbury Bulls franchise, in the Bartercard National Rugby League Competition. The competition is in its inaugural season and the Bulls are the South Island's only competing team. Rugby League Park's capacity is 10,000 people, however it is rarely full, because most international fixtures are played in Auckland. Perhaps its greatest moment was hosting the World Cup rugby league semi-final between New Zealand and Great Britain in 1988.
Commonly referred to The Met by the Kiwis, Addington Raceway plays host to a number of important events like the Dominican Handicap and the New Zealand Trotting Cup. Needless to say, the amenities offered here in terms of catering, security, technical logistics and crowd-management are superlative. An events center and numerous restaurants are part of the raceway. Check website for details on upcoming races.
In recent years, Wharenui has become a popular center for both sport and leisure. This complex provides a top-rate indoor pool, modern gym and aerobics studios. The center also hosts a number of indoor sports in its large gymnasium. Basketball and volleyball are two sports regularly played at Wharenui. Flexible membership terms grant access to all parts of the center, otherwise there is a casual entrance fee.
Supa Karts will prove to be quite a break for those who want to be race car drivers; well, at least for a short while. The indoor circuit is a tyre-laden mixture of chicanes, hairpins and straights. The go-karts zoom around the course getting up to the speed of 30 kilometers per hour. The experienced crew monitors provide you with the ground rules before racing commences. Pre-booked groups can organize a Grand Prix-style race, otherwise just roll up and strap yourself in! Light refreshments are available. Children must be supervised and there is a minimum height restriction.
This is where you take busy little people when you do not know what else to do with them! Lollipops Playland has a large indoor playground divided into separate areas for toddlers and for older children. Equipment includes climbing frames, a ball pool, computer games, dressing-up costumes, ride-on cars, Lego and a play kitchen. For adults, there is the respite of a café, selling drinks and hot and cold food. If you can afford to take your eyes off the children, there is also a great range of current magazines.
What a spiffing way to explore the Avon River! While you relax in your authentic Cambridge punt, a boatman from Punting On The Avon, dressed in flannels and a straw boater, poles your craft gently through the idyllic Botanic Gardens. Take a hamper and a bottle of wine, (this is the only punting company licensed to serve alcoholic drinks) and whisper sweet nothings to your loved one as you drift lazily down the river. How English can you get? For timings, log on to the website.
The quaint, English-style wooden boat sheds on the banks of the Avon River (Otakaro) are a reminder of yesteryear. Built in 1882 by two boat builders, the distinctive green-and-white striped, rustic boat sheds continue to launch vessels onto the water, although the clientele today are more likely to be novice canoeists. At Antigua Boatsheds, you can hire a punt or boat to head upstream to the Botanic Gardens, or watch the flotilla from the popular cafe, which serves breakfast and brunch from 7a daily. Caters for cocktail parties and children's birthdays. Check website for further details.
Situated right in the center of Hagley Park, the Hagley Golf Club is the most convenient of all Christchurch clubs. The course is within walking distance of many of Christchurch's hotels and attractions. Club and trundler hire is available from the clubhouse, as well as simple refreshments. The most novel aspect of this course is that it only has 12 holes. Nevertheless, it doesn't make the golf any easier - just more fun instead. Hagley is perfect for the casual golfer and those who don't want to travel too far for a round.
Cross a natural history museum with a child's fantasy bedroom and you have something approaching the Discovery Centre. Bright and funky, 3-13 year olds will have all their senses stimulated by jars full of weird biological specimens, quirky stuffed animals, drawers filled with animal skulls, a live bee colony, and all manner of animal puzzles and toys. The interesting levels, ramps and pits will suit the busier types, while parents can relax in cushioned comfort reading or playing with the quieter ones. Birthday parties and school holiday programmes are available to Discovery Club members. Timings vary seasonally.
You can't miss the bright exterior of Canoe & Outdoor World. Inside you will find only the best outdoor and kayaking equipment. Whether camping, hiking or kayaking, the knowledgeable staff will supply all the gear you need for your next adventure. In store, a bulletin board posts all the news from local events and clubs in the adventure scene. If you can not decide on a destination, leave it to the professionals. They can book you on a tour and kit you up with all your gear requirements.
Explore the city's historic sights, gardens, food markets and culinary delights by bicycle or on foot with Christchurch City Bike Tours. Tours include: the Original Christchurch Bike Tour, the Farmers' Market Tour, the Gourmet Bike Tour and the Gourmet Walking Tour. Christchurch is flat and has many purpose build cycle-ways, so it is perfect for biking. This makes their tours suitable for all fitness levels. A friendly and entertaining local guide will lead you at a relaxed pace around the city’s top attractions. Comfortable retro style bikes are used, each with a basket on the front for your bag and camera. The bikes are built for comfort, not speed! Modern helmets are provided.