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Kaikoura Tours

By Viator, April 2014

4.5 star rating: Recommended 47 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Travel through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where the mountains meet the sea. Only three hours from Christchurch, ...  Read more

3 Days in Christchurch: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2014

4.5 star rating: Recommended 191 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

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 ...  Read more

Outdoor Activities in Queenstown

By Viator, December 2013

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 97 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Don’t be fooled by the Minus 5° ice bar—Queenstown isn’t a city where you spend time indoors. While the downtown pubs and trendy restaurants are good for spending evening out on the town, ...  Read more

Milford Sound Cruises

By Viator, November 2013

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 52 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Nestled in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is described as the 'Eighth Natural Wonder of the World'. Milford Sound is actually a fiord – a drowned glacial ...  Read more

Helicopter Tours of Mount Cook

By Viator, October 2013

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

To the native Maori, towering Mt.Cook was known by a single name: Aoraki—better known as “Cloud Piercer.” It’s a name that makes sense, given that this 12,316 ft. spire can often be the sole peak of ...  Read more

Akaroa Tours From Christchurch

By Viator, October 2013

4 star rating: Recommended 23 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

In 1840, when the French sea captain Jean Francois Langlois sailed into Akaroa Harbor, he planned to establish a French colony on the south end of the Banks Peninsula. After all, on his previous ...  Read more

Overnight Cruises in Milford Sound

By Viator, October 2013

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 97 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

By day, the waters of Milford and Doubtful Sounds are two of the most beautiful corners of New Zealand. By night, the skies above the wilds of Fiordland are blanketed in a canopy of stars. At dawn, ...  Read more

Wine Tasting in Dunedin

By Viator, October 2013

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

When it comes to wine, the city of Dunedin isn’t exactly awash in vineyards. This coastal city of 126,000 residents is better known for the Otago Peninsula, a sprig of land best known for its ...  Read more

Visiting Christchurch’s Earthquake Recovery

By Viator, July 2013

4 star rating: Recommended 26 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Prior to the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, central Christchurch was a teeming district with historic buildings, lively bars, and games of chess in the open squares. All of that changed, ...  Read more

Helicopter Tours of Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

By Viator, July 2013

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

There are two things which make Franz Josef and Fox glaciers such popular New Zealand attractions. The first is that these rivers of ice spill their way through a rainforest, thereby creating a ...  Read more

Wine Tasting Near Christchurch

By Viator, July 2013

4 star rating: Recommended 36 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

When most people think of New Zealand and wine, they immediately think of Marlborough and Sauvignon Blanc. While Marlborough is in fact be the nation’s largest wine region, the country is covered in ...  Read more

Best Day Trips From Queenstown

By Viator, June 2013

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Aside from being situated on the waters of Lake Wakatipu, what makes Queenstown such a popular destination for South Island travelers is the way in which it’s centrally located to many of the area’s ...  Read more

Top 3 Attractions in Queenstown

By Viator, July 2011

1. Te Anau Glow Worm caves The fascinating Te Anau cave system on the western shore of Lake Te Anau offers an underground adventure that charms visitors of all ages. This tour takes you to a ...  Read more

Hiking around Mount Cook

By Viator, December 2010

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Hiking, bushwalking and trekking are called "tramping" in New Zealand, one of the top destinations in the world to strap on your walking boots and follow a trail. The country is crisscrossed ...  Read more

Mt. Cook Tours from Christchurch

By Viator, December 2010

4 star rating: Recommended 46 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

On New Zealand’s South Island, Aoraki (Mt. Cook) soars up to 3,750 meters (12,315 feet) over the country’s Southern Alps. Australasia’s highest mountain, it’s one of the most popular day trip ...  Read more

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