Adventures in nature

In these days of screen time, it’s important to encourage children to be active outdoors. Just 15 minutes from the city, Christchurch Adventure Park (CAP) is an ideal place to inspire your children into active play.

Whether your family prefer their adventures adrenalin-fuelled or more laid-back, there is something to satisfy every youngster from toddlers through to teens. Thrill-seekers will be excited by a downhill mountain bike ride (coaching and bike hire is offered) or zipline, but there are plenty of other options at CAP that do not have to cost a thing.

The younger visitors will love burning some energy on the trampoline, while any age can hone their skills on the pump track. Make them feel like they’re on top of the world by taking a ride up the chairlift, or walk to the top for a real sense of accomplishment and then catch the lift down for free.

As well as building their brains, imaginations, stamina and confidence, all of this outside activity will build up a healthy appetite. The Handle Bar & Café – with a large covered deck and indoor kids’ area – will satisfy hunger and thirst.

CAP is also a great venue for a children’s party with qualified instructors who can take the kids off your hands for a while with a group mountain bike lesson; give them an experience to remember with a zipline tour; or just let them loose on the pump track and trampoline, which are free to use. The cafe can provide a party spread to suit, including the Kid’s Party Special of chicken nuggets and chips, fresh fruit platter, cheerios & tomato sauce, cupcakes and a juice, for $15 per child. You can order a birthday cake too!

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