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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 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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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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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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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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Mount Cook & Tasman Glacier Helicopter Tour

[wonderplugin_gallery id="125"]   Mount Cook & Tasman Glacier Helicopter Tour: A trip to the South Island is incomplete without experiencing a Helicopter & Glacier Tour. Take a breathtaking scenic helicopter flight to explore the highlights of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and enjoy a snow landing on New Zealand's longest glacier. Get up close to hanging glaciers, blue ice, and deep crevasses, and feel connected to the alpine environment with 600 meters of glacier ice beneath your feet. The tour duration is 35 minutes. Mt Cook & Tasman Glacier Helicopter Tour   Aoraki/Mount Cook, spanning 70,696 hectares, is the greatest alpine park in New Zealand, with t....
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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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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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Church of the Good Shepherd Tour

  Church of the Good Shepherd Tour, Photo by Sergio Del Rosso

The beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd

Picturesque by day and dazzling by night, Lake Tekapo is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it the perfect spot for stargazing. Lake Tekapo is about an 3 hours drive southwest of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin. The township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise colour from the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water. On the shores on the lake you'll see the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd, where t....
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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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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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