The 10 Best Things to Do in Christchurch at Night

Christchurch Art Gallery at night
Christchurch Art Gallery at night | © Francis Vallance/Flickr
Thalita Alves

From Maori cultural performances to dinner with a twist; in a place like Christchurch, it’s practically a given that no single night will ever be quite like the next.

Christchurch doesn’t go to sleep when the sun goes down. In fact, nighttime is when this New Zealand city shows its most enchanting side. Culture Trip has selected 10 great nocturnal activities to help you experience Christchurch like a local.

Quiz nights galore

Love your trivia? Then gather up some friends to test your knowledge at one of Christchurch’s many weeknight pub quizzes. On Monday evenings, head along to Pedal Pusher in Addington for its popular 7 p.m. quiz, as well as some Mexican delicacies – the venue’s “Mexi-Monday” nights conveniently fall on the same day. Armadillos in Sydenham is a good go-to for quiz nights on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays Monza Sports Bar, located upstairs at Christchurch Casino, becomes a trivial haven where teams of four to six people can battle it out for a selection of prizes.

Head to Christchurch Casino’s Monza Sports Bar on a Wednesday night to test your trivial knowledge

If you want to spend the night listening to some great sounds, Christchurch is the ultimate place to do it. Venture into Strange’s Lane for the crooning jazz tunes at Orleans, or watch an array of local and international acts as they grace the stages of Strange & Co. Head to Boo Radleys on Wednesdays for their open-mic nights, or make your way to the nearby Little Neighbourhood Garden Bar for their regular live music and karaoke sessions.

Relish in Christchurch’s buzzing night life

The great thing about Christchurch is that its nightlife is incredibly diverse. St Asaph Street is the party hub where you’ll find some of the city’s best dance joints. Poplar Lane is an awesome place for a casual night out sampling some cool cocktails or craft beers. Victoria Street offers a bit of everything from edgy cocktail haunts and bustling Mexican bars to low-key pubs and eateries.

Christchurch at night
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