Top 5 activities in Christchurch this weekend

This weekend is forecast to be a warm one in Christchurch, here are some ideas to make the most of it!


Rapaki Track

Sunshine, the outdoors and fresh air is the perfect combination for stress relief after a long week. You’ll thank yourself at the top when the stunning views greet you. You can get in amongst the hillside by walking the dog, running or biking. Magnificent scenery of the Lyttelton harbour will be worth the effort. The track is approximately 3.5km and has a good incline with a flatter mid-section. Take it at your own leisurely pace or challenge yourself with speed. Click here to look at the track.

Where:  Junction of Rapaki and Centaurus roads, Hillsborough.

When: Best during the hours of daylight. Don’t forget the sunblock and water (this weekend’s weather forecast is looking to be a warm one).


Canterbury Museum

There is always so much going on at the Canterbury Museum. This is the last weekend to see the special exhibition – Postcards to Antarctica. Learn about Antarctica, Scott Base and the scientists’ day-to-day life. Afterwards, stop by the featured artworks from SCAPE Public Art that are being exhibited until November 18th. In the Discovery area of the museum kids can explore natural history interactively. Fossil digging, live tarantulas, pinned insect displays… the list goes on! Entry into the museum is free; donations are appreciated. Entry into Discovery is $2 per person.

Where: Rolleston Avenue

When: Opens 9am-5.30pm, daily.


Day of the Dead – Garage Project

It’s that time of year for Dia De Los Muertos! Have a taste of what Garage Project have been brewing up. They are releasing two beers: Day of the Dead, a black lager, and La Calavera Catrina, a blonde lager. Both have been brewed with Mexican influences in mind – think chipotle, cacao and Habanero chilli! What goes well with those flavours? Tommy Taco, of course. Eight-hour braised meat in a taco is not to be passed up. Get dressed up, your face painted, a drink in one hand and a taco in the other. Click here to find out more.

Where: 44 Welles Street

When: From 12pm, Saturday, November 4th



Performing at Edgefest this year are Jason Derulo, Jonas Blue, Astrid S, Kings, P-Money, Savage, Openside and Mitch James. It’s definitely a good opportunity to see some international stars as well as Kiwi talent, too. Heaps of activities will be happening on the fringes too – Instax photos, celeb selfie-stations and a pop-up tattoo station! Once it’s all over, head to Baretta for the official afterparty. You can grab your tickets to Edgefest here and see the line-up here.

Where: Horncastle Arena

When: Doors open at 3pm, Friday, November 3rd


Guy Fawkes

The famous Guy Fawkes fireworks show is back with a bang! This year’s theme has an intergalactic feel. The Christchurch City Council have been dropping hints about seeing some intergalactic heroes out and about. Before the show, food trucks will be serving up a storm for all the troops from 6pm at the New Brighton Mall. A huge pyrotechnic display has been promised to be bigger and bolder than ever. Check the event page for more information on road closures and parking. Expect a stellar night!

Where: New Brighton Pier

When: Fireworks display begin at 9pm, Sunday, November 5th