Christchurch Morning City Sights
Duration: 3 Hours
Overview: Travel through the University of Canterbury, to Riccarton House, Bush and then through Monavale Gardens where you can stroll in 5.5 hectares of richly landscaped gardens, ponds and fountains. Continue to the central city, through Hagley Park, past Botanical Gardens Arts Centre, the Museum, Art Galley and Victoria Clock Tower to the Catholic Basilica. Then to the seaside suburb of Sumner, Lyttleton Harbor, a volcanic crater, now the port of Christchurch. Visit the Sign of the Takahe on the volcanic ridges of the Cashmere Hills for spectacular views of the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps. Return to your hotel.
Ko Tane Experience, Hangi Dinner and Reserve Tour
Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Overview: The tour begins with a traditional Maori welcome (Powhiri) followed by a tour of a re-created Maori village to see how the Maori existed before the arrival of Europeans. Enjoy an entertaining cultural performance filled with song and dance. Learn the traditional women's poi dance or the men's Haka made famous by NZ's rugby team who perform it prior to every match they play. Enjoy a Hangi dinner at a restaurant. Enter Willowbank Wildlife Reserve for a guided tour to observe the Kiwi bird and other native flora & fauna. This is done before the Ko Tane Experience.
Christchurch Hot Air Ballooning over Canterbury Plains
Duration: 3 – 4 Hours
Overview: See the sun rise over the Canterbury Plains on an early-morning hot-air balloon flight from Christchurch. Enjoy unforgettable views and photo opportunities; See the Southern Alps to the west and the endless blue ocean to the east. Enjoy a celebratory glass of chilled champagne or fruit juice after landing; get a personalized flight certificate signed by the Pilot-in-Command. Pickup and drop off from centrally located Christchurch hotels is included. This is an enjoyable, safe experience for families with children over 5 years.
International Antarctic Centre
Duration: At your own pace
Overview: The International Antarctic Centre is Christchurch's leading attraction and New Zealand's best attraction, located across from Christchurch International Airport. Enjoy a fun, exciting and interactive experience. Watch the snow fall in the Four Seasons Room or get 'exhilarated' in the Antarctic Storm that blows every 30 minutes in the Snow and Ice Experience. Chilled to -5 degrees Celsius, this safe all weather environment is great fun for all ages. See Little Blue Penguins in the New Zealand Penguin Encounter, NZ's first combined indoor and outdoor penguin viewing area. At your own expense, take a ride on a genuine Antarctic vehicle - the Hagglund! This outdoor adventure ride is the only one of its type in the world.
Willow Bank Wildlife Reserve
Duration: At your own pace
Overview: 3 main areas here feature native animals, traditional and modern farmyard animals. See the variety of bird life, the ponds full of giant trout or salmon and New Zealand's elusive national symbol - the Kiwi, up close in an open and natural enclosure. Touch and feed animals including Clydesdales, miniature horses, rare breeds of goats and sheep, pigs and cattle. See many foreign animals: Wallabies, Otters, Llamas, Alpacas, Emus, Donkeys and Deer in the part of the reserve that depicts 'Modern New Zealand.'
Lord of the Rings – Journey to Edoras
Duration: 9 Hours
Overview: This great day out includes 4WD access onto Mt Sunday itself, a delicious champagne picnic lunch, fully running commentary from a knowledgeable kiwi tour guide and spectacular scenery you will never forget. The highlights include the summit of Mount Sunday (Edoras) for breathtaking 360 degree views, a selection of movie replicas for photo use and spectacular scenery including rivers, alpine lakes, mountains and high country farm land.
Akaroa Day Tour with Harbor Cruise and Lunch
Duration: 8 Hours
Overview: Visit the beautiful unspoilt old French whaling depot of Akaroa. Travel via Sign of Takahe, Sign of Kiwi, Governors Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Forsyth and Little River. Stop at the Hill Top for panoramic views of Akaroa Harbor. Visit the cheese factory at Barry's Bay and sample fine New Zealand cheese. Have lunch in picturesque Akaroa Village. In the afternoon, enjoy a 2 hour cruise in the harbor to view dolphins, penguins and seals.
Full Day Hanmer Springs and Thermal Hot Pools
Duration: 8 Hours 30 Minutes
Overview: Enjoy the experience of a working sheep farm, see sheep dogs at work and a sheep shearing demonstration. Enjoy Jet boating at Thrill Seekers Canyon. Visit the picturesque and tranquil setting of Hanmer Springs. At the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, sit back and relax in natural outdoor thermal waters, surrounded by towering trees and a superb mountain backdrop. The warm, thermal waters contain a wide variety of minerals including sulphur, sodium chloride, calcium, carbonates, magnesium, potassium and others. Enjoy Hanmer Springs at your leisure before returning directly to Christchurch in the evening.
Waimak Gorge Jet Boating
Duration: Choose from 1 ½ Hours, 3 Hours or 4 ½ Hours option
Overview: Lower Waimak Jet Boat (1 ½ Hours)
When time is limited but you still want to experience the thrill of jet boating then this option is perfect. Jet boat in the shallow river flats of the snow fed Waimakariri River, through the shallow, shifting, ever-changing courses of shingle bottom streams.
Waimak Gorge Jet Boating (3 Hours)
Travel from Christchurch by road through the rural scenes of the Canterbury Plains to the foothills of the Southern Alps. Go jet boating on the Waimakariri River Gorge through the foothills of the Southern Alps with breathtaking views of rugged snow-capped mountains.
Waimak Gorge Jet Boating Safari (4 ½ Hours)
Travel to the upper Waimakariri Gorge, to areas which are otherwise inaccessible. From its birthplace in the rugged Southern Alps, the snow fed waters of the Waimakariri enter the canyons and gorges where steep rock faces are lined with native forests. The spectacular scenery makes this more than just a jet boat experience.
Kaikoura Whale Watch
Duration: 10 Hours 45 Minutes
Overview: Travel to the historic coastal township of Kaikoura with European beginnings, molded by the whaling industry of the 19th century. Kaikoura's oldest house was built in 1860 on foundations of whale vertebrae. The nearby old wharf built in 1882 still accommodates the try pots in which whale blubber was rendered down. Kaikoura is the centre for a crayfishing industry, testament to the Maori name Kai - meal of koura - crayfish. Weather and sea conditions permitting, a purpose built vessel will take you in search of the sperm whales. Visit the Kaikoura seal colony before complimentary wine tasting at Canterbury House.
Christchurch to Mount Cook (one way with or without lunch)
Duration: 5 Hours 25 Minutes
Overview: From Christchurch drive through diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo, to view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd. Continue along the Tasman River before arriving at New Zealand's tallest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook to experience the majestic beauty of New Zealand's South Island. This tour finishes in Mount Cook. It will not return to Christchurch.
Christchurch-Queenstown via Mount Cook (with or without lunch)
Duration: 11 Hours
Overview: Travel through the rich farmland of the Canterbury Plains before a stop in Geraldine for morning tea (at own expense). Continue across the historic Burkes Pass to the stunning glacial fed Lake Tekapo to visit the Home of the Good Shepherd Church. Arrive at the foot of Mt Cook (Aoraki), NZ's highest peak for lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. Enjoy the alpine surroundings and the rugged landscape of the Mackenzie Basin with its Hydroelectric system of lakes and canals. Continue over Lindis Pass to historical gold mining region of Central Otago. See rugged ranges, mirror lakes and winding Kawerau River Gorge, before emerging into the lush farmland surroundings of Queenstown. This tour terminates in Queenstown.