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It’s not surprising that visitors to Christchurch see Tittle glimpses of England in this beautiful garden city, Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens are an absolute must for visitors – no matter what the season, take home the memories of brightly coloured daffodils or rich red and gold autumn leaves, Christchurch Cathedral, the Art Centre with its neo-Gothic architecture and the vintage tram, blend easily with the new contemporary art gallery and the inner city cafés and bars nestled below the Port Hills.


Experience Christchurch – Canterbury Region

  • The Garden City
  • Daffodils and Spring blossom
  • Historic Bridge of Remembrance
  • Banks Peninsula
  • Christchurch Cathedral

You´ll ❤️ these great things to see & do…

  • Punting on the Avon River
  • Buy authentic kiwi gifts from the Arts Centre
  • Enjoy a picnic in the Botanic Gardens
  • Walk through Hagley Park especially in Spring and Autumn
  • Take the ferry to Diamond Harbour
  • Soak up the French ambience at Akaroa
  • Indulge in a spa treatment at Hanmer Springs
  • Take a horse trek in peaceful Peel Forest
  • Raft or kayak the Rangitata River
  • Savour the North Canterbury Food and Wine Trail


To the North -Kaikoura

  • Whales and Dolphins
  • Crayfish/lobster
  • Eco tourism destination
  • Spectacular coastline


Hanmer Springs and Hurunui


To the South – Aoraki/ Mt Cook +Mackenzie


 Useful Christchurch, New Zealand Resources


Christchurch and the Canterbury region of New Zealand have always been popular destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. The area offers a wide range of activities to suit everyone, including mountain biking, hand gliding, bungee jumping, snowboarding, jet boating, skydiving, paragliding, and 4-wheel driving.

For those who prefer a more relaxed experience, the region also offers tramping, hiking, golfing, fishing, swimming with dolphins, cruising, horse-trekking, and kayaking, as well as sightseeing. The locals are known for their warmth and hospitality, making visitors feel welcome and at home.

The Best Tours & Day Trips from/in Christchurch – Canterbury Region

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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise


The historic French Village of Akaroa and its spectacular harbour is just a 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. Here you can cruise around an extinct volcanic crater and experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife on daily harbour cruises. Your cruise is packed with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin - the Hector's Dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. And you'll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa's fascinating past. Cruises depart every day, weather permitting. Your modern catamaran, the 60 foot /20 metre Black Cat (previously the Canterbury Cat), is perfect for viewing the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour. Our vessel is the largest and most luxurious on the harbour. Each cruise is fully narrated by your skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and history of the harbour. The highlight of this trip is undoubtedly the sighting ....
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Akaroa Nature Tour – Pohatu Penguins – 4WD Safari

Breathtaking Views of Akaroa Harbour

Akaroa Harbour Tour   Join a 4WD safari starting from Akaroa Village and enjoy the breathtaking views of Akaroa Harbour, the outer coast, farmland, and forested hillsides on your journey towards the stunning Wildside Conservation area. During the safari, you will get to learn about the rich history of the area, the native flora and fauna, and Pōhatu's unique penguin conservation program. Upon reaching Pōhatu Bay, you will be welcomed by the farm's friendly pet sheep that will be eager to be fed by your hand. FavoriteLoadingAdd to Wishlist
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Akaroa Swim with Dolphins

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Akaroa Harbour is the flooded crater of an extinct volcano. Apart from the huge and awe-inspiring volcanic cliffs, this also means that the harbour is very sheltered. A lot of the time, especially in summer, your dolphin swim will be inside the sheltered harbour. With Black Cat Cruises you will enjoy an incredible experience, swimming with some of the world’s smallest, friendliest and rarest dolphins. Hector’s Dolphins are protected in Akaroa Harbour by a marine mammal sanctuary and our cruise gives you the chance to see these beautiful marine mammals close up. Black Cat’s Dolphin Swimming adventure allows only 12 swimmers per vessel, so you’ll have more chances to come face to face with the dolphins We operate up to 16 cruises per day November – March (Summer), up to 8 per day in April and October and 1 per day May – September (Winter) With only 12 swimmers allowed per vessel, cruises are frequently sold out, w....
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Antarctic Centre Christchurch

Antarctic Centre Christchurch

Experience a slice of the amazing continent of Antarctica

The International Antarctic Centre is located just an 8-minute walk from Christchurch Airport or a 20-minute drive from the central area of Christchurch. This Centre offers an opportunity to experience a slice of the amazing continent of Antarctica, which will leave you feeling inspired and in awe. You can brave an Antarctic storm, take a ride on a Hagglund Antarctic vehicle, befriend a husky dog, enjoy a 4D theatre experience, and even mingle with the adorable little blue penguins. You can experience the wonders of Antarctica in all four dimensions and leave with a head full of knowledge and a he....
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Arthur’s Pass Day Tour from Christchurch

New Zealand Day Tours - Arthur's Pass National Park   We want to invite you to join us on an exciting discovery tour showcasing some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. The journey begins in Christchurch, from where we'll take a road trip to Springfield, located at the foothills of the Southern Alps.

Tranz Alpine Train Journey

At Springfield, we'll board the world-famous TranzAlpine train, which will take us on a breathtaking journey through the Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass. The train offers panoramic views of the alpine scenery and has been recognized as one of the top ten train journeys in the world. After reaching Arthurs Pass, we'll continue our tour by road, driving over the s....
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Christchurch Sightseeing Tour

  On tour we will view some of the areas affected by the earthquakes, see how Christchurch is preserving some of its iconic heritage buildings and hear about the exciting vision to rebuild and restore the inner city. Your experience includes a tour around central Christchurch on New Zealand’s only Open Top Double Decker and a 2 hour Tour on a closed top Double Decker visiting places of interest in greater Christchurch. During the winter months (May-October) the Open Top bus may not be operating on Tour due to weather. The Central City Tour will continue to run on the closed roof Double Decker bus. Open Top Bus highlights Hagley Park and Antigua Boatsheds Botanic Gardens and The River Avon Canterbury Museum and Arts Centre Christchurch Art Gallery Provincial Chambers Catholic Basilica Bridge of Remembrance and Friendship Corner Cashel St ReStart Shipping Container Mall Christchurch Cathedral and new Cardboard Cathedral Art....
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Christchurch Tram Tour

The Canterbury Museum, Botanic Gardens, The Terrace and Riverside Market, Margaret Mahy Playground, New Regent Street, ...

Explore Christchurch’s city centre on board a beautifully restored heritage tram, one of the city's best-loved attractions. The all-day hop-on hop-off ticket allows you to visit the best of the central city sights at your leisure while friendly and knowledgeable drivers update with informative live commentaries. The Canterbury Museum & Botanic Gardens, The Terrace and Riverside Market, Margaret Mahy Playground and New Regent Street are just some of the sights to be seen from the comfort of your Tram and accessed from the 18 stops en route. A must-do family-friendly activity. CHRIS....
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Coastal Pacific Train


This memorable journey between Christchurch and Picton stops at Blenheim and the renowned whale watching town of Kaikoura. Along 98 kilometres of ruggedly beautiful coastline you’ll get astonishingly close to the surging Pacific Ocean and steeply rising Kaikoura Ranges. You’ll also travel through beautiful wine growing regions, across broad, braided rivers and the rich patchwork farming landscape of the Canterbury Plains. The Coastal Pacific will operate a winter timetable dates of this service are as follows: Operates 7 days a week (Monday to Sunday) to Thursday 10 May 2012 Operates 4 days a week (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday) from Friday 11 May 2012 to Monday 10 September 2012 Operates 7 days a week (Monday to Sunday) from Tuesday 11 September 2012 to Sunday 30 September 2013 excluding Christmas Day. Christchurch - Picton via Kaikoura Christchurch depart 7.00 am / Kaikoura dep....
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Dark Sky Experience Tekapo

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13.8 Billion Years Journey

Get ready to embark on a journey 13.8 billion years in the making. A treat for the senses, the Dark Sky Experience brings science, Māori heritage, and fascinating multi-media installations together in a ‘Big Bang’ of awe and inspiration.

Dark Sky Project

At Dark Sky Project, manuhiri (visitors) are connected to New Zealand’s night skies, igniting a lifelong passion for dark sky preservation and what lies above.


Located in Tekapo at the Dark Sky Project Base, situated between Queenstown and Christchurch approximately a three-hour drive from both cities. Set on the main hig....
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Glacier Explorer

Bus Trip - Alpine Walk - Boat Tour

Tasman glacier boat   Depart from Mount Cook Village on a thrilling bus trip that takes you to Tasman Valley. After a 25-minute alpine walk, you will board a unique boat tour like no other. The experience will be truly magical as you will witness the gigantic Tasman Glacier Ice wall surrounded by snow-capped alps, with expert guidance throughout the journey. Get ready to explore and learn about the ever-changing glacial landscape. You will have the chance to listen to the huge ice-face melting in the peaceful glacial lake. The icebergs of every shape and size periodically tear away from the face of the glacier into the rapidly growing lake, making it o....
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Hanmer Springs Day Tour from Christchurch

Waiau River Gorge & Thrillseekers Canyon

Waiau River Gorge   Travel through the breathtaking Waiau River Gorge and Thrillseekers Canyon to reach the naturally picturesque and peaceful town of Hanmer Springs, nestled in a valley surrounded by a stunning expanse of mountains and forest-clad hills.

Alpine Village, Hot Thermal Pools & Therapeutic Massage

Hanmer Hot Thermal Pools & Therapeutic Massage You will have lunch at a local café and then spend t....
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa   Located in the center of town, Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa is a large thermal complex situated in an alpine environment that boasts extensive native gardens. The complex offers a variety of pools including thermal mineral, sulfur, and freshwater pools. There is also a large children's activity area. With 22 outdoor thermal pools to relax in and four hydro slides, there is always something for everyone. You can soak in the mineral-filled hot pools while enjoying the stunning view of giant redwood trees and mountains above, or enjoy some fun activities in the freshwater leisure pools and waterslides. Tour includes the convenience of complimentary pi....
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International Antarctic Centre


Explore our Gallery area which is packed full of informative displays showcasing modern day Antarctica, including the Antarctic Treaty partners, the human impact on the continent, the wildlife and plant systems and Antarctica’s effect on the globe. Our Gallery area encourages ‘touching’ of most of the exhibits to ensure visitors experience Antarctica in a fun and interactive way. Visitors conclude their Antarctic journey with a 17 minute sound and light show "Beyond the Frozen Sunset". Filmed by Emmy award winning film maker, Mike Single, it follows a seasonal arc from sunset to sunrise, weaving in stunning footage shot by mounting a camera to the underside of a helicopter. This majestic audio visual show captivates its audience and leaves visitors with a moving experience of “having been there”. The nocturnal nature of the Little Blue penguin means that most people miss out on sharing in....
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Kaikoura Day Tour incl. Whale Watch

Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour

North Canterbury, Whale Watching & Dusky Dolphins

Spend your day getting close to nature. Travel by road from Christchurch through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins. On your arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour; by boat, light aircraft or helicopter, the choice is yours. In the afternoon you will visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close....
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Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour Christchurch

4WD Adventure Tour & Guided Walk

Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour from Christchurch   Join an exciting Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour led by an informative and entertaining guide. You'll cross several small streams and take a short guided walk to reach the summit of Mt Sunday.

Lord of the Rings

During the Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour, you'll see how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. You'll also get to view the Misty Mountains and the area that formed the backdrop to Helms Deep. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to handle replicas of movie props such as Aragor....
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Mt Cook & Tekapo Tour from Christchurch

Mount Cook

Comfortable minibus & Driver-Guide

Join our small group tour on a modern & comfortable minibus, led by a passionate driver-guide. Our specially designed vehicle offers plenty of legroom and is equipped with many extras, including an entertainment screen, phone charging stations, WiFi access points, Bluetooth music system, and a full PA system, so you don't miss anything. You will experience secret stops, wildlife viewings, and complimentary refreshments, making it an unforgettable experience. We provide complimentary accommodation pick-up and drop-off from central hotels.

Tour Highlights

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Mt Cook Scenic Flight


This short scenic option is the ideal opportunity to touch snow and experience the thrill of a helicopter flight. Sweep through the rugged high country landscape of the Ben Ohau Mountain Range to a landing site on a snow field high in the mountains. Enjoy the fantastic vista from this alpine setting as you look out to the mountains and glaciers, and down into the valleys that were carved out by glaciers centuries ago. Duration - 20 Minutes....
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New Zealand Hot Air Balloon Flight

  New Zealand Hot Air Balloon Flight: Escape to a world of peace and tranquility with hot air ballooning, a magical experience that is both romantic and exciting.

Canterbury Plains Hot Air Ballooning

New Zealand Hot Air Balloon Flight   Float effortlessly over the ever-changing landscape of Canterbury Plains, enjoying breathtaking views from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean. After landing, you'll be served a glass of chilled champagne or fruit juice and a light snack. This family-owned business is run by experienced pilot Michael, who has over 5500 hours of aviation experience.

Flight Time

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Opuke Thermal Pools & Spa

Opuke Thermal Pools & Spa   This wellness destination is located just an hour away from Christchurch and sources its water from the mountains while being powered by the sun. The Discovery Pools, with temperatures ranging from 34°C to 37°C, offer something for everyone. You can relax in the observation pool or explore the star-lit caves and relaxation pools. For those who want to unleash their inner child, the Aqua Play Zone is the perfect place, featuring a crazy river and a leap-of-faith plunge pool. CHRISTCHURCH & SOUTH CANTERBURY....
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Pohatu Penguin Tour from Akaroa Village

Evening Penguin Tour & 4WD Scenic Drive

Pohatu Penguin Tour   Pohatu is the largest Australasian Little Penguin community on mainland New Zealand. A lot of effort has been put into protecting these white-flippered Penguins from predators. If you're interested in conservation and want to learn more about these creatures, you can take part in a monitoring program. Starting from Akaroa Village, you'll go on a breathtaking 4WD scenic drive to peaceful Pohatu Bay. There, you'll take a walk around the colony to monitor nesting sites and ensure that the Little Penguins are healthy. You'll also have the opportunity to see some undisturbed penguins from hides and observe them socializing on the wa....
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Punting on the Avon River Christchurch

punting on the avon river christchurch Sink back into the plush seats of your boat and let your thoughts drift away on this relaxing 30 minute eco-friendly journey through the centre of Christchurch City. Your skilled punter dressed in traditional Edwardian attire expertly propels you past the trailing willows and leafy banks of the prettiest stretch of the Avon River. CHRISTCHURCH & SOUTH CANTERBURY....
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Sea Kayaking Safari from Akaroa Village

Sea Kayaking & Scenic Wildlife Tour

Sea Kayaking Akaroa   Embark on a thrilling adventure at Pohatu Marine Reserve and witness its unique wildlife amidst towering volcanic cliffs, reefs, and sea caves. The adventure starts from Akaroa Village, where you will board a 4WD vehicle and head out on a scenic wildlife tour. You'll get to see a variety of seabirds, little penguins, and playful fur seals frolicking in the rock pools. If you're lucky, you might even glimpse the world's smallest dolphin gliding under your kayak. FavoriteLoadingAdd to Wishlist
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Sir Edmond Hilary Alpine Centre


A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world's greatest explorers, the centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people and its place in the universe. Designed to educate and entertain, the centre features a spectacular state-of-the-art 3D movie, New Zealand's first full dome digital Planetarium and Museum which documents the pioneering heart of the region and features the impressive Hillary Gallery. Located adjacent to The Hermitage Hotel in the majestic Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre is an opportunity to explore and connect to the national identity and celebrate the cultural characteristics New Zealanders hold dear.....
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Tekapo Springs – Lake Tekapo

Year Round Destination For The Whole Family

[wonderplugin_gallery id="122"] Located at the foot of Mt John in Lake Tekapo, Tekapo Springs is a destination that can be visited throughout the year and is suitable for the entire family. The place offers breathtaking views of Lake Tekapo and the Mackenzie region. It also has a variety of exciting activities such as Hot Pools, an Ice Skating Rink, a Day Spa, a Snow Park, and the fully licensed Tahr Bar & Café. Tekapo Springs has recently introduced New Zealand's first Summer Tube Ride, making Tubing an all-year-round attraction in Lake Tekapo.

Relax & Enjoy the Beautiful Views over Lake Tekapo

The Hot Pools are open daily from 10 am to 9 pm. They provide a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful views over Lake Tekapo while also offering a wide range of activities. The outdoor Skating Rink, which offers views of Lake Tekapo, is open from 10 am to 9 pm. On Friday and Saturday nights throughout the wint....
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Tranz Alpine Scenic Train Journey – Rail Tour

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TranzAlpine Train - Christchurch to Greymouth Train

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand's South Island with the Tranzalpine Scenic Train Journey. Renowned as one of the world's most spectacular train journeys, this awe-inspiring experience takes you from coast to coast, unveiling stunning scenery that simply cannot be witnessed from the road. TranzAlpine Train Route Map As you board the Tranzalpine train, get ready to immerse yourself in a visual feast of natural wonders. From towering snow-capped mountains and rugged gorges to pristine rivers and lush forests, every ....
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Waipara Wine Trail with Lunch

Waipara Wine Trail   Embark on a journey to explore the boutique vineyards of North Canterbury. This amazing tour will take you on a 45-minute drive through the countryside to the Waipara Valley, which is known for its warm, dry climate and rich alluvial soils that make it an ideal region for superior wine production. The valley is home to over 40 vineyards and wineries, and you'll be stopping by Pegasus Bay, Waipara Springs, Torlesse, and Waipara Hills Winery (or similar) for tastings. Additionally, the tour includes a platter lunch and complimentary pick up and drop off from central Christchurch accommodation. The duration of the tour is 5 hours. CHRISTCHURCH & SOUTH CANTERBURY....
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Waka Paddle Avon River, Christchurch

Waka Paddle Christchurch: The Maori people have a rich history of sailing to New Zealand in Waka canoes. For centuries, these Waka have been used for transportation and trading goods on the Avon River. Waka Paddle Christchurch   If you're interested in experiencing the team-building and skill-building of paddling a hand-crafted Waka on a cultural journey, you can depart from the banks of the Avon River in central Christchurch. This experience lasts for 45 minutes. CHRISTCHURCH & SOUTH CANTERBURY....
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Whale Watching Cruise Kaikoura (3 hours)

Whale Watch Kaikoura   Whale Watching Cruise Kaikoura: Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine-based whale-watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. Whale Watch scheduled tours operate daily. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. Whale Watch tours are extremely popular so we advise to book early.

What is Whale Watching?

Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky dolphins and the endangered Wandering....
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