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. To save on the cents after your show, drinks, or whatever, consider staying in one of these 8 Best Backpacker Hostels 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
2. Hit the Christchurch Night Scene
As the largest city in 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.
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 on the Tramway Restaurant. Do some city sightseeing while tucking into a fancy meal and a glass of wine.
Location: Tram Stop number 1, Cathedral Junction. Booking is essential.
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 the 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.
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 favourite cheap eats in Christchurch right here.
6. Watch a Maori Performance
Be captivated with Maori song, dance and the famous Haka at the Willowbank 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. 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
7. 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.
8. 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
9. 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 a Victorian-era theme 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
10. 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.
Location: 291 Lincoln Road