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Spring is here…get out and enjoy it.
After saying goodbye to winter,the little ones are undoubtedly desperate to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Here are some ideas for great places in Canterbury to lap up the warmer weather, explore nature, and let them burn off some energy in the process.
• There’s loads of space to run around in Hagley Park, and it’s great for shade on a hot day. Smooth pathways here are fantastic for bikes, scooters and buggies – and quite a rarity in Christchurch these days!
• The nearby Botanic Gardens offer up some superb picnic spots by the river, a large playground, lots of ducks to be fed and a paddling pool for cooling off when things really heat up.
• There’s many a nature lesson to be had at Riccarton Bush. 12 hectares of native forest reserve, and the chance to see a Kiwi if you’re very lucky.
• For a true appreciation of the beauty of flowers, take the family to Ilam Gardens, near the University of Canterbury. There’s plenty of shade, and flowers flowers everywhere.
• Just out of town, there’s no excuse for boredom at The Groynes. Picnic, walk, bike, or check out the native and exotic plants.
• Head out on a family bird-spotting mission, or nature trail, at Styx Mill Conservation Reserve or Travis Wetlands.
• Or take to the hills to Victoria Park. Picnic spots with stunning views, short bush walks, and a great playground.
• Take on a walking or biking adventure at Bottle Lake Forest. Lovely and cool on a hot day.
• Spencer Park is a favourite with families – lots of grass, picnic spots and unique play areas that cater for different ages of children.
• Take a trip to Halswell Quarry Park for lush gardens, grasslands and wetlands.
• Or enjoy a traffic-free walk or bike-ride on the Christchurch Little River Rail Trail.
• Introduce the children to the delights of fresh local produce and goodies at a Farmers’ Market – Riccarton House, Lyttelton, Oxford, Ohoka and Akaroa are just some on offer.
• And don’t forget Canterbury’s beautiful coastline. There’s hours of fun to be had with a bucket and spade at the beach, followed by a cooling dip in the ocean.
• The lake at Pegasus Township is a great option for a swim.
• If you want to enjoy the beach without the sand, take a stroll along Brighton Pier or the Sumner Promenade. Both have interesting playgrounds nearby, and the chance for an ice-cream stop.
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There's a lot to do with kids in Christchurch and Canterbury.
Here are some suggestions.