Quality Hotel Elms
456 Papanui Road
Phone: (64) 3 3553577
Fax: (64) 3 3520290
Set in leafy, up-market Merivale, Elmwood Park, with its distinctive ivy-covered chain link fencing, is in a truly delightful setting. Here there are extensive sports fields, a tennis club, and a croquet club, as well as an excellent playground. Younger ones will enjoy the brightly colored activity frame, while children up to the age of twelve or so will enjoy some of the other structures including an extra-high slide. The playground area has a stream boundary, so ducks are an added attraction. Call for additional information.
Only 15 minutes from the centre of Christchurch, you can enjoy the exhilaration of jet boating on the mighty Waimakariri River, flowing down from the Alps, across the Canterbury Plains and into the Pacific. That's right, Jet Thrills offer a door-to-door service and are fairly flexible, with full or half-day tours, barbecues, picnics and variable pick-up times on request. Other options include a heli-jet ride, jet boat safari and farm visits. Bookings can be made at the Christchurch and Canterbury Visitors Centre or at your hotel. For further details do call or check the website.
On those hot summer days, Jellie Park Aqualand transforms into a suburban oasis, just a seven-minute drive from the central city. Outside, the complex has a large children's pool, diving pool, and a host of water slides, including the infamous jet slides, which hurtle you down at tremendous speed. In drier parts, large grassy lawns and shaded picnic areas can accommodate the whole family for a variety-packed day out. However Jellie Park is not only a summer proposition as the complex includes an indoor-swimming pool, spa and gymnasium. Buses regularly travel in the region making Jellie Park a very accessible day of fun. Please refer to the website for open hours.
Since the early twentieth century, English Park was one of Christchurch's major sporting venues. Gone, however, are the days when the stadium was the central attraction for soccer, athletics and cycling in the city. Today the park is still home to the Canterbury Football Association and hosts many of the under-age representative fixtures. The club rooms act as a function center and the playing ground is also a quality training facility.
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.
If buried treasure, eye-patches, galleons, and sharks fire up the imagination of your children, thrill them with this pirate-themed minigolf course. Taking a little over half an hour to complete, children aged over five will adore the large pirate ship and lurid-blue waterfall, while completing their 18 holes. With full wheelchair access, Pirate's Island Adventure Golf caters for younger children in pushchairs, and there are drinks and snacks available. The course is floodlit at night--ideal for kids of all ages!
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.
Located in the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Ko Tane engulfs you in the world of Maoris, a local Polynesian tribe in New Zealand. The Maori experience includes the traditional dance performances of waiata, haka, poi and ti rakau. With a replica village of Ko Tane within the reserve, visitors can explore the Maori way of life and understand their traditions and culture. Local wildlife, including a range of reptiles and birds, can also be seen at the reserve. Among them, the most popular is the Kiwi bird, which has its own house and breeding area. The show is followed by a 4-course dinner which is part of the package. The Maori experience at Ko Tane, gives you a slice of New Zealand's tribal life and culture, and is therefore a unique tourist spot.
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.
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.
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.
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.