On this page you will find current information on Programmes/Seminars available. Support Groups, Holiday Programmes and Activities run by Autism NZ that are held in Christchurch. Please visit this page regularly for updates.


Education & Training Programmes

We offer education & training programmes at various times of the year, please check our Education & Training Programmes page for dates or alternatively you can contact our National Office for further information on (04) 803 3501 or email

Support/Coffee Groups:

Support Groups are informal gatherings over a cup of tea/coffee for parents/carers living with ASD it is a time to share knowledge, experiences and expertise, and to feel supported. Friendships and valuable support networks are formed as a result of attending these groups.

Christchurch (last Friday of the month from 10am to 11.30am)
Autism NZ Office's, Christchurch Park Complex, 250 Westminster Street, Mairehau (parking available).

For more information on these support groups please contact the Branch on
(03) 343 2225.

Adults with Aspergers Monday night group for young adults with Aspergers. This is a social group who meet every Monday evening. Autism NZ employs a co-ordinator to work alongside this group. They plan their own programme for several weeks/months in advance.

For more information please contact the Branch (03) 343 2225.

We also have contact lists of "Parents of University Students" and "Parents/Carers who are homeschooling children" with ASD. If you would like to be added to either of these "shared" lists then please contact the Branch.


Ten-Pin Bowling Group:

Every Tuesday evening a small group meet at Garden City Bowl to 'socialise' and partake in ten-pin bowling. Each session costs $10 and runs for approximately an hour from 7pm. Each week the group enjoys their gathering, enabling them to undertake an indivdual task whilst also combining it with socialising skills.  We also welcome siblings and friends to come along and join in the fun if they wish to. The more the merrier.

Clip 'n Climb at the YMCA Adventure Centre:

The Autism evening runs every Wednesday during the school term at 4.00pm until 5.15pm. These sessions are run under the guidance of expert tutors at The YMCA Adventure Centre.

The cost is $8.00 per person and this includes a support person if children are wanting to climb with a carer.  Entry is payable on the door at The YMCA Adventure Centre, 239 Waltham Road, Christchurch.

Badminton Group:

** Now THURSDAY ** evening sessions, between 4pm and 5pm, at Badminton Hall, Pages Road (next to Cowles Stadium) are run in conjunction with Badminton Canterbury and Special Olympics. These sessions are fun based and allow for skill development.

All ability levels are welcome to attend the sessions which are suitable for children over the age of 8 years to adults. The sessions are also good for family members to come along and join in as well as the group always requires people to hit the shuttle back!