Christchurch City is alive with colour, atmosphere and world-class attractions. Christchurch is known internationally as the "Garden City" because of its spectacular gardens.
Christchurch has many tourist attractions and travel activities with something to suit all ages, tastes and budgets. From adrenaline-pumping adventure to a relaxing day out, you need never be bored in Christchurch.
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Exclusive chauffeured / guided off-road Lord of the Rings and Custom Made tours from Christchurch. One day to six weeks throughout the Southern Alps and South Island. Friendly experienced hosts, small groups (Min 2, max 8). Magnificent views guaranteed, no crowds or coaches, unlimited photo stops, homemade refreshments and meals, homely Kiwi accommodation. We offer exclusive quality, not quantity.
We provide the only environmentally sustainable and exciting harbour cruise around Akaroa Harbour. Enjoy an encounter with wildlife, on their terms, without disrupting their environment. Our 47-foot classic ocean sailing yacht, Manutara, is one of the last A-Class keelers built. Enjoy a 2.5-hour sail experience cruise around Akaroa Harbour, with basic, personal sail training included.
If you're up for an adventure of a lifetime, we'd love to take you hiking, kayaking and biking around New Zealand! We've handcrafted each itinerary so our legendary guides share the best way to experience the outdoors, explore the local spots and have plenty of laughs while you enjoy the highest level of personal service every step of the way.
An adventure and playing field in the heart of the forest. A test against gravity, balance and agility. A fun and exciting entertainment option for the whole family or as part of a group. Each park has several levels of difficulty allowing for a different experience of pleasures, emotions and challenges.
Enjoy the thrills of offroad motorcycle and quadbike fun, riding the best high country trails in New Zealand. Trails suitable for novice to experienced riders. Coaching can be arranged for beginners. Includes transport from Christchurch, all riding gear, experienced guide, snacks, drink, latest model trail and quad bikes from 100cc to 450cc. Half-day/day tours departing daily all year.
Adventure Trailrides New Zealand offer corporate tours allowing us to put your team through their paces on an enduro motorcycle or atv quad bike in Christchurch. Our tours are suitable for beginners with coaching available and we can cater for up to 16 people. Single or multi-day options are available as well as lunch or corporate meals.
Want to see all the highlights of the South Island? From our Christchurch base, we have a great range of flights that are perfect if you have limited time in the South Island. Whether it's a day trip to Mt Cook, an overnight at the Hanmer Springs or just an un-scheduled charter, check us out first, you won't be disappointed.
Discover one of the world's premier military aviation collections at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand; from aircraft, engines and assorted parts to medals and personal war stories. Come marvel at our collection, fly a simulator, take a guided tour and enjoy our children's activities. FREE ADMISSION, open daily.
Scenic flights over the South Island’s spectacular Southern Alps. Our high wing Cessna seats five and provides fantastic viewing and photo opportunities. Enjoy unimpeded views as you fly through a landscape of unbelievable grandeur and beauty. Scenic routes include Mt Cook & West Coast Glaciers and the Rangitata Headwaters. Airport transfers from Christchurch to Queenstown or anywhere in between.
Sail with dolphins on New Zealand's oldest ketch—Fox II. See penguins, seals, albatross, and other sea birds. A real sailing experience; as crew, or just relax. Quiet, eco-friendly green boat, two masts, six red sails. Food, refreshments, complimentary coffee/tea. 2.5 hour cruise, departing 10:30am and 1:15pm from Main Wharf, Akaroa late Dec-May. Satisfaction guaranteed! Private charters. Company functions. Weddings.
Your Akaroa Alpaca Farm Experience Tour takes you on a scenic-drive to the western-side of Akaroa Harbour to Shamarra Alpaca Farm. Our Akaroa alpaca farm has breathtaking views of the harbour. Alpaca farmers, Frank and Anya, will treat you to an interesting, interactive introduction to these animals (renowned for their ultra-fine fleece). Light refreshments included on your Akaroa farm tour.
Alpine Jet will take you deep into the foothills of the Southern Alps through the breathtaking Waimakariri River canyon. We are situated only 50 minutes from Christchurch Airport. Breathtaking views, excellent mixture of scenery and excitement, our safari tour option doubles as an eco-experience with magnificent scenery, native bush and wildlife.
APT is the leading tour operator in New Zealand. Brands include Australian Pacific Touring and Travelmarvel. Select escorted touring itineraries from eight days to three weeks duration by coach and rail, ranging from luxury through to affordable value.
At the Arion Farm Education Park, you can see, touch, and feed a variety of farm animals and learn about their history and contribution to the New Zealand economy. Bring out your students and families to hand feed and learn about the animals. Pony rides and children's parties are also options, as well as picnics or barbeques.
Escape to a world of peace and tranquility. Hot Air Ballooning - A magical experience. A flight with Ballooning Canterbury offers panoramic views across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. Courtesy transfers to and from most Christchurch Hotels. Allow 4-5 hours for this 1 hour flying experience. Fantastic photo opportunities. Glass of champagne, fruit juice, light snack after landing.
Looking to cycle during your visit to New Zealand? Explore the South Island with our cycling tours, travel the Central Otago Rail Trail. Customised tours, bus charters, minibus rental, cycle-trailer hire. Cycle hire for short/long term, groups/individuals, touring bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes. Try our Mountain Bike Adventure; ride up on the Christchurch Gondola, and cycle down, on-road or off-road.
Explore Lyttelton Harbour with Black Cat Cruises. We offer ferry services to Quail Island and Diamond Harbour. Spend half the day walking and learning about the history of Quail Island, or take a trip to Diamond Harbour for swimming, visiting the farmers market or enjoying a picnic. Private charters also available. Winner of the Supreme Tourism Award 2003/4.
Black Estate is a remarkable place for wine. The Tasting Room & Eatery overlook the vineyard taking in stunning views across the Waipara Valley. Black Estate craft renowned and expressive wines from their hillside vineyards. Enjoy them in the Tasting Room or in the Eatery with lunch, prepared with best-quality local and organic ingredients. Open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10am-5pm. Bookings recommended.
A sincere and warm welcome awaits you as soon as you step inside Christchurch's Bryce Gallery which occupies a stunning contemporary ex show home. Our diverse array of New Zealand artworks looks perfectly at home at our place, so it’s easy for you to imagine it in yours! Choose from emerging, established & investment artists – the choice is yours. Open 7 days.
Buy New Zealand Made promotes and connects manufacturers, retailers and shoppers with New Zealand made products. The campaign began in 1988 and member businesses may use the iconic logo on their products and marketing. Visit www.buynz.org.nz for a huge range of genuine New Zealand made products, including souvenirs, arts and crafts, food and drink, clothing and more.
Relax in, and enjoy our stunning, secluded and quiet, 1.5-acre gardens in Rolleston, on the southern outskirts of Christchurch. Enjoy our beautiful accommodation rooms, substantial breakfasts, and friendly hosts. Complimentary airport or TranzAlpine Railway transfers, Internet, secure parking, NO steps. Ideal setting for a relaxing getaway or base for Christchurch/Canterbury adventures. Garden tours by appointment.
The award winning Champs-Elysées Day Spa, located in a beautiful, tranquil setting in Merivale, is the perfect place to escape the stresses of life and surrender to an experience of relaxation and pure pampering. A tantalising selection of luxurious spa services are on offer, from pamper packages, decadent facials and speciality massages to gloriously restorative body treatments and beauty essentials.
Chipmunks' Playland and cafe's aim is to make sure the kids have fun in our superior playlands and playgrounds, which offer the latest, safest and best play equipment available . For all the parents out there - relax over a coffee in Charlie's Cafe while the kids have fun at our Cranford St venue.
Exploring Christchurch by bike or on foot with a local is the best way to see and experience the city's history, beautiful gardens and hear about the future CBD rebuild projects. On this two-hour guided bike tour there is plenty of time to ask questions, explore and take photos. Tour groups are kept small. Suitable for all fitness levels.
The gardens are at the heart of Christchurch's reputation as the Garden City. From a solitary oak planted in 1863 the 21 hectares of gardens have flourished and feature one of the finest collections of exotic and native plants in New Zealand. A stylish new multi-purpose visitor centre opened in 2014 adding an exciting dimension to this popular attraction.
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