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3 Days in Christchurch: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, December 2014

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Christchurch is often described as the most English of New Zealand's cities. But for all its self-consciously inherited charm, it can hold its own as a thoroughly modern New Zealand city.

Kiwi art has pride of place in the city's gallery, the wildlife reserves teem with native animals, and the multitude of great cafes, restaurants and bars that fill the city center prove that Christchurch has a special charm of its very own.

Day 1: Christchurch Meander

Get around and see the sights in style on a hop-on hop-off tram tour, running from the Botanic Gardens to the River Avon. Enjoy the central city highlights, including Cathedral Square, Victoria Square, the floral clock, Christ's College, Arts Center with craft market, and the Bridge of Remembrance. Visit the Big 5  most popular attractions in Christchurch: Antarctica's beautiful icy wilderness has been re-created at the International Antarctic Center, view native kiwis at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, ride on a historic Christchurch tram, take a relaxing two-hour harbor cruise, and soar to the summit on the Christchurch Gondola  with breathtaking 360-degree views of the city, Canterbury Plains and Banks Peninsula.

In the evening, combine dinner with sightseeing on the Tramway Restaurant Tour, not only a culinary delight but also a trip back in time, or discover Maori culture and savor a traditional hangi dinner at the Tamaki Heritage Village, as guests traverse 20 acres of land and 180 years of New Zealand history.

Day 2: Get Outdoors

It's easy to see why New Zealand is the world's outdoor activity capital. Think of an active pursuit, and you'll find it here: swimming with dolphins, jet-boating, white-water rafting, horse trekking, eco-cruising, fishing, and that's just for starters. The sensation of floating over the patchwork farmland at dawn is something you'll never forget when you go hot-air ballooning. Frolic with Dusky Dolphins and whales in Kaikoura , ride a horse on the Banks of the Waimakariri River, or use Christchurch as a base to go skiing at Mt. Hutt, with a stunning backdrop of snow clad peaks and staggering views to the Pacific Ocean. Discover the historic town of Akaroa, the only French settlement established in New Zealand.

Day 3: Day Trips from Christchurch

Christchurch is brilliantly positioned for multi-day South Island excursions. Choose from three-to seven-day tours taking in the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin, the rugged, unspoiled landscape of Otago on the journey to Queenstown, cruising majestic Milford Sound and admiring the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier. Ride the rails aboard the TranzAlpine train on a stunning rail journey through the Southern Alps, or take a gorgeously scenic day trip to Mt. Cook, New Zealand's tallest mountain, through the spectacular scenery of the Canterbury Plains, MacKenzie Basin, Lakes Tekapo and Pukari and the Tasman Glacier.

Tours & Tickets

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3-Day Queenstown to Christchurch including West Coast Glaciers and the TranzAlpine Train

Visit highlights of New Zealand’s South Island on a 3-day tour from Queenstown to Christchurch. Be amazed by the Fox Glacier on a 3-hour guided hike that gives ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $723.52

Swimming with Dolphins in Akaroa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Make a date with the worlds smallest, rarest and friendliest dolphins only on Akaroa Harbour. There is only one place on the planet where you can swim with ...  Read more

Location: Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.73

Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Travel by road on a full day tour from Christchurch to Mount Cook, Australasia's highest mountain. Along the way you'll pass through the spectacular scenery ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 13 hrs

From USD $273.93

Christchurch Horse Trekking

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Experience the pleasures of a 1.5 hour horse ride on the Banks of the Waimakariri River, with magnificent and breathtaking views of the Southern Alps. You ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hrs

From USD $115.13

Christchurch Super Saver: Christchurch Double Decker Bus Tour plus Lord of the Rings Journey to Edoras Tour

See the highlights of Christchurch and a nearby 'The Lord of The Rings' film location by combining two best-selling guided tours at a discounted price! The ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $227.08
$252.49 Save $25.41

Waimak Gorge Jet Boating from Christchurch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Take the plunge on a jet boat ride through Christchurch waters and admire striking scenery! Weather you're pressed for time or can afford a half day, this ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $91.31

Christchurch Gondola Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Celebrate the recovery of Christchurch following the 2011 earthquake, and take a trip aboard the newly reopened Christchurch Gondola. The upgraded cable car ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $19.85

Christchurch Sheep Farm Visit

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Visit one of three working sheep farms all set in tranquil and picturesque locations in the heart of Canterbury's sheep farm land on this tour. On your return ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: All tours are approximately 3-hours in duration

From USD $78.60

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Jet Boat Day Trip from Christchurch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Discover the picturesque village of Hanmer Springs on this full-day trip from Christchurch. Relax and rejuvenate in the hot thermal pools, ride a jet boat ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $222.32

Christchurch Helicopter Tour

It is only from the air that you can only appreciate the scale of Christchurch City's devastation and recovery following the 2010 earthquake. This 20-minute ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $158.00

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