Children walking on Quail IslandPHOTO: DOC
Go back to 1939. Built at the beginning of WW2, Godley Head coastal defence battery sits above sheer 120 metre-high cliffs. And big cliffs mean one thing – big views! On a good day you can see all the way to Kaikoura and beyond! Look out for little blue penguins, dolphins or even whales in the bay.
Jump on your bike for a lakeside ride along this historic rail trail. Stop at the world famous bird watching lake Te Waihora - a migration destination for some amazing birds. Spot the long distance godwit, or a velvet-black tuna/eel.
This isolated island in Lyttelton Harbour is the ultimate day trip! Rich in history; sea birds; Hector’s dolphins; skinks, fascinating geology; beach swimming and shady picnic spots; plus a magic harbour boat trip. The question is: can you handle it all?
In the heart of Christchurch is a wild forest, home to over 400 mighty kahikatea trees with their impressive buttress roots. There’s also the oldest remaining building in Canterbury, a large grassy spot for picnics and if you’ve got sharp eyes you might spot geckos. Too much!
Travis Wetland is the ultimate inner city adventure, with a tower to climb, hides to spy from, and wetlands alive with birds. Imagine the Ōtautahi of long ago, as this landscape transforms from farmland back to wetland.
Earn a medal in your own backyard by doing one of these conservation actions at home.