You're only limited by your imagination.
Twelve things to do in nature and the best parks for doing them in.
The pine forest at Spencer Park is perfect for hut building.
Gather large sticks and pine needles to create a cubby.
There's nothing like the dizzy feeling you get from rolling down a really big hill. It can be really fun to do with friends, racing each other to the bottom.
To pick up speed make your body into the shape of a sausage with your arms tucked in tight and roll down the hill sideways – watch out for poo though.
Great hills to roll down can be found at Findlay's Picnic Area at Halswell Quarry Park, Walter Park(external link) in Mareihau and Heathcote Domain(external link) – and possibly a local park near you.
Photo by Celia Hoga.
Christchurch Botanic Gardens has some super trees from all over the world both large and small. The native forest section is great for exploring, with lots of winding paths.
Riccarton Bush is home to our tallest native tree, the kahikatea. Check out their awesome buttressed roots or sit in the kahikatea grove and marvel at their magnificence.
Edmonds Factory Garden has old, English trees that drop their leaves in winter, and ponds and channels where you can float your leaf boat.
You can access the Otukaikino River at The Groynes or visit Picton Reserve in Riccarton, which has a kid-size, spring-fed stream. Parents, supervise your children near water.
Victoria Park has a great rock wall for easy climbing.
Many of our harbour beaches have rock pools for exploring at low tide; Rapaki Beach and the rocky shoreline at Diamond Harbour are two fantastic spots.
Sumner Beach at low tide has awesome pools that are perfect for splashing and exploring.
Corsair Bay in Lyttelton Harbour has nice gentle waves, or you could visit Purau Bay on the Diamond Harbour side.
Some parks have remnant forests that give you an idea of what it might have been like for early explorers.
Or for something different push through tussocks and explore the caves at Mt Vernon Farm Park.
Lots of parks are great places for seeing some of our amazing wildlife.
Travis Wetland has a bird hide where you can spot wetland birds without them spotting you! Take some binoculars or make your own.
There is something pretty cool about figuring out where to go on a map.
Permanent orienteering courses are set up in four of our parks:
Taylor's Mistake(external link) is such a beautiful spot, definitely worth the extra effort to drive over Scarborough Hill.
Sometimes, at the right time of year, you might see whales migrating up the coastline.
Photo by Celia Hogan.
We've made this nature's treasure hunt card(external link) for you to take with you when you visit any park.
Or you could check out the treasure hunt at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
Each season there are new treasures for you to find.
Photo by Celia Hogan.
Enjoy the great outdoors with your family by doing a nature play challenge in Christchurch's fantastic parks.
Check out the nature play parks map(external link) for some great locations to complete your challenge.
Discover awesome Kiwi Guardians(external link) adventures around Christchurch or take action in your own backyard.
This DOC programme sponsored by Toyota encourages kiwi kids to explore new places and earn a medal.