On a recent visit to Spencer Park, we were surprised to discover a free animal park across the road at the Seafield Wildlife Park (right next to the Adventure Forest).
I can’t believe I never knew about this as I used to come to Spencer Park a lot as a kid.
There were plenty of birds in the aviarys including a beautiful and very friendly parrot.
There were also plenty of chickens wandering around, a beautiful peacock and loads more (bird identification is not my strong suit!).
It’s a lovely big open area for the kids to wander freely.
A separate section to the birds houses 2 lovely Kune Kune pigs. Pictured below is my youngest ‘patting’ Rocky while he slept.
I’ve always loved these odd looking pigs so it’s great to be able to take the kids to see them for free.
Close to the entrance are various types of rabbits, they looked well cared for and healthy.
The Seafield Wildlife Park is managed by the city council. There are no staff onsite that I could see, however, there does appear to be housing for a park ranger behind the park that you could report issues to if needed.
According to the council website, the park has been in existence for over 30 years. It used to play an important part in preserving rare breeds of goat and pigs, introduced by Captain Cook.
The park is open from 9am until 4pm daily and is best suited for younger kids, although on our visit there were plenty of tourists and adults having an enjoyable time.
Parking is available right outside the gate (free) or you can just walk over from Spencer Park. There are a lot of other things to do in the area in including walks along the Brooklands lagoon and visiting the beach and wetlands.
It’s such an asset to our Christchurch to have an accessible and FREE place like Spencer Park and Seafield Wildlife park on our doorstep. I’m delighted to add it to my list of the best free things to do in Christchurch with kids.