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10 Things to Do in Christchurch at Night

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What to Do in Christchurch at Night

Christchurch is known for being one hell of an artsy city. The cultural hub of the South Island certainly comes alive at night with a vibrant nightlife full of entertainment. See shows, comedy, art cinemas, clubs, bars, restaurants and even murder mystery dinners! After seeing this list, you’ll definitely realise there are a lot of things to do in Christchurch at night!

When in Christchurch city, remember to plan some awesome Christchurch night activities in your travel itinerary for a great dose of culture and entertainment. For somewhere to stay after your show, drinks, or whatever, consider one of the 10 Best Hotels in Christchurch or 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Christchurch.

1. Catch a Show

Christchurch is often dubbed as the artsiest city in New Zealand. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that catching a show at one of the theatres is a must! The Isaac Theatre Royal have been a symbol in Christchurch since 1863 showing ballet, musicals, comedy and much more.

Location: 145 Gloucester St, Christchurch Central

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2. Hit the Christchurch Night Scene

As the largest city on the South Island, it’s definitely one of the most vibrant at night. If you love dancing long into the night, drinking with travel buddies or meeting the locals then the Christchurch nightlife is for you. St Asaph Street has the most party bars, while Poplar Lane is a good place for casual drinks.

Location: Christchurch City.

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3. Have Dinner on the Christchurch Tram

The tramway in Christchurch is so typically, well, “Christchurch”. You can even experience the Christchurch Tram at night at the Tramway Restaurant. Do some city sightseeing while tucking into a fancy meal and a glass of wine. Find out more about the Tramway Restaurant on Viator and Tripadvisor. Plus, see more experiences like this in the 10 Romantic Activities in Christchurch for Couples.

Location: Tram Stop number 1, Cathedral Junction. Booking is essential.

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4. Watch a Movie in Style

In Christchurch, going to the cinema isn’t just about watching a movie. It’s a whole experience. Relax in the bug comfortable seats of the Deluxe Cinema at The Tannery with a local craft beer in hand and a cheese platter. Alternatively, there’s Alice in Videoland, a boutique cinema located in the Old High Street Post Office, which promises yesterday’s ambience in the golden era of film with today’s technology.

Location: Deluxe Cinema at The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston, Christchurch and Alice in Videoland, 209 Tuam St, Christchurch Central.

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5. Treat Yourself to the Christchurch Eats!

Going to a restaurant isn’t exactly the idea of the century when looking for things to do at night. However, Christchurch is packed with restaurants and flavours from all over the world! If you’re only going to eat out once on the South Island, then it might as well be in Christchurch. While there’s a huge amount of choice of restaurants, we pick our favourites in The Foodie Guide to Christchurch.

Location: Christchurch.

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6. Take an Art Gallery Late-Night Tour

If you didn’t get the chance to check out the Christchurch Art Gallery during the day, then don’t worry! You also get the chance to visit the Art Gallery at night on a free guided Late Night Tour starting at 7.30pm. The tours are usually put on every Wednesday night.

Location: Montreal St, Christchurch Central.

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7. Laugh Hard at the Court Theatre

For an affordable night of interactive and improvised comedy, look no further than the Court Theatre! Catch a late-night show every Friday and Saturday from 10.15pm with “Scared Scriptless”. Anything could happen!

Location: 36c Clarence St S, Addington, Christchurch

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8. Solve the Murder at the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

If you’re travelling with a large group then get prepared for a hilarious night at the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. Solve the murder in the Victorian-era theme park, Ferrymead Heritage Park, where a costume is encouraged, ghosts and ghouls are present, and with a tram ride thrown in there too.

Location: 60 Hussey Road, Harewood, Christchurch

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9. Catch a Comedy Night, Open Mic Night, Dinner or Drinks at Sullivans Irish Pub

You know what they say: when in New Zealand, go to an Irish Pub! Ok, they don’t say that, but there are plenty of other reasons to head to Sullivans Irish Pub. If the regular events such as comedy nights, live music and sports played on the big screen don’t draw you in, then maybe the great value food or their famous “largest beer handles in town” will. Check out more activities like this in the 15 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Christchurch.

Location: 291 Lincoln Road

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[Temporarily Closed] Watch a Maori Performance

Be captivated with Maori song, dance and the famous Haka at the Ko Tane dinner and Maori concert. Learn more about New Zealand’s first settlers and their fascinating Polynesian culture before tucking into a four-course meal cooked in the traditional style of the Hangi. Find out more about the experience on Tripadvisor. For more Maori experiences in New Zealand, see 13 Places to Experience Maori Culture in New Zealand.

Location: Willowbank Reserve, 60 Hussey Road, Harewood, Christchurch

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Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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