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Arthur's Pass Day Tour including TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch

Explore the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps on this Arthur’s Pass day tour from Christchurch. Travel through the pastureland of the Canterbury Plains to Springfield with your guide. Hop aboard your TranzAlpine train and journey through the Waimakariri Gorge. Explore the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass in the Otira Gorge and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Visit a sheep farm, and admire native birdlife in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Upgrade to include a hair-raising jet-boat ride on the mighty Waimakariri River!
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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USD256.13
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  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Lord of the Rings - Journey to Edoras from Christchurch

Visit Edoras of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fame on this full-day excursion by 4WD vehicle to the peak of New Zealand’s Mt Sunday. Get a look at exclusive photos of Edoras under construction and learn from a knowledgeable LOTR guide about its transformation from tranquil countryside to mythical capital city of the Rohan people. Pose with replica props from the popular trilogy, such as Aragorn’s sword, Gimli’s axe and the flag of Rohan. Includes round-trip hotel transport from Christchurch plus a picnic lunch with sparkling wine.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD209.82
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  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Waipara Wine Trail Tour from Christchurch

Visit four boutique wineries of North Canterbury on a half-day wine-tasting tour with optional lunch. Departing Christchurch, you’ll taste a quality selection of wines in the up-and-coming Waipara wine region, including stops at Pegasus Bay, Waipara Hills, Torlesse Wines and Waipara Springs. Learn from a knowledgeable guide about Waipara’s unique terroir as you sip a range of superior reds and whites.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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USD70.17
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook One-Way Tour

Ride a coach from Christchurch to Queenstown during a fully narrated sightseeing tour via Mount Cook village, situated at the base of New Zealand's tallest mountain. Other South Island highlights include the fertile farmlands of Otago’s Canterbury Plains, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo and the grandeur of the Southern Alps in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt for an included 3-course buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. If you’d like, take a helicopter or ski-plane flight (own expense).
  • Duration: 11 hours
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USD212.62
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch

Surround yourself with the snow-capped peaks of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, on this day trip from Christchurch. Travel by coach past the foothills of the Southern Alps to the Canterbury Plains and the MacKenzie Basin; stop at Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukari; and enjoy views of Tasman Glacier. Enjoy lunch at the Hermitage Hotel in UNESCO-listed Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park. Includes round-trip hotel transport by coach with morning and afternoon tea.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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USD263.15
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  • Duration: 13 hours
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Day Trip to Arthur's Pass including TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch

Experience the South Island's remarkable natural landscapes by taking a journey on the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass, which is considered one of the world's greatest train journeys for the scenery through which it passes. Enjoy breathtaking views of Canterbury Plains, Southern Alps, ice-fed Waimakariri River, lush beech forests and stunning landscapes. Explore walking tracks in Arthur's Pass National Park with spectacular mountain views & pristine waterfalls. Capture mirror images at Lake Pearson & wander through the majestic limestone boulders at Castle Hill. A perfect day trip for nature lovers, hikers & adventure seekers.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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USD242.10
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Mount Cook Private Day Tour via Lake Tekapo including Lunch

Getting to Aoraki/Mount Cook from Christchurch is half the fun on this private day trip. Get a look at New Zealand’s tallest mountain and dig into a delicious buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. Then take a walk in Mt. Cook National Park or stroll the village during free time. En route, admire gorgeous views from Lake Pukaki and make a stop at the alpine waters of Lake Tekapo.
  • Duration: 12 to 13 hrs
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USD244.90
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  • Duration: 12 to 13 hrs
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Full-Day Kaikoura Tour from Christchurch

Watch for whales, seals and dolphins on a full-day wildlife tour of Kaikoura from Christchurch. Enjoy views of surf breaks and vineyards as you cross the Canterbury Plains to Kaikoura Township, then visit a thriving colony of fur seals before browsing downtown shops. Explore the coast by catamaran on a whale watching tour, and try to spot giant sperm whales, endangered albatross and dusky dolphins. See the sun slip behind the mountains on the return trip to Christchurch for the conclusion of your tour.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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USD245.61
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  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch

Travel by TranzAlpine railway to Arthur's Pass National Park, riding across the Canterbury Plains, then winding through Waimakariri Gorge and into the heart of the Southern Alps on this day trip from Christchurch.  An informative guide takes you on a minivan tour of Arthur's Pass, including short rainforest walks past rivers to mountain vistas at Castle Hill. Enjoy a hotel lunch and light refreshments before the return trip via Waimak Gorge. Small-group tour is limited to eight participants, ensuring a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD372.62
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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HANMER SPRINGS PRIVATE DAY TOUR INCLUDING HOT POOL & WINE TASTING

Discover Hanmer Springs on a private day tour from Christchurch including a visit to the Thermal Pools and wine tasting. Upgrade to include a thrilling jet boat ride or a relaxing 90-minute hot stone massage. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Discover the picturesque village of Hanmer Springs nestled in the Southern AlpsSavor Pinot Noir and Riesling with wine tastings at three Waipara wineriesSoak in the renowned thermal waters of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & SpaThrill yourself with 360-degree spins on an optional and exciting jet boat ridePamper yourself with an optional traditional hot stone ritual massage
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hrs
  • Free Cancellation
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USD192.98
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  • Duration: 8 to 10 hrs
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Jet Boat Day Trip from Christchurch

Rejuvenate in the natural thermal pools of Hanmer Springs after a thrilling jet-boat ride through Waiau Gorge. Start your full-day trip from Christchurch with the exciting ride at Thrillseekers Canyon, then visit the resort village of Hanmer Springs, where you’ll melt your stress away with a relaxing soak. Have lunch at the on-site cafe and enjoy the convenience of round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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USD207.01
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Christchurch to Wanaka via Mount Cook One-Way Tour

This one-way coach trip to Wanaka departs Christchurch in the morning, stopping for free time in Mount Cook village along the way. Enjoy fully narrated sightseeing as you skirt Otago’s Canterbury Plains, travel across Burkes Pass and the Mackenzie Basin, visit Lake Tekapo, and enjoy tea breaks in small farming townships. Marvel at the grandeur of UNESCO-listed Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, a South Island highlight of the Southern Alps. Opt for lunch and, if you’d like, take a helicopter or ski-plane flight (own expense).
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD239.29
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Akaroa & Banks Peninsula Wild Penguins Eco-Tour from Christchurch

Enjoy the luxury and comfort of a top-of the range Mercedes Benz 4x4 bus as you journey from Christchurch proceeding into the rugged splendor of Banks Peninsula, You will really love stopovers at the quaint Little River Gallery, and the award winning Barrys Bay Cheese factory. At your final destination, undertake a unique nature safari incorporating a wild penguin colony in their natural habitat, in the spectacular, award winning Wild Side Conservation area! Learn about the area’s native flora and fauna and Pohatu’s unique penguin conservation program. Be greeted by the farm’s friendly pet sheep and see wild White-Flippered penguins as Pohatu monitor nesting sites. Fully inclusive price includes pick up from major Christchurch city hotels, special lunch, morning & afternoon tea, nature safari, luxury mini-coach travel including on-board WIFI and USB & an entertaining, knowledgeable tour guide.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD160.70
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Christchurch to Mount Cook One-Way Tour

Take the scenic route from Christchurch to Mount Cook on a one-way narrated tour. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned coach as you admire magnificent scenery along the way. You’ll hear informative commentary from the driver-guide while traveling via Otago’s Canterbury Plains and make a photo stop at Lake Tekapo. Opt for an included 3-course buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel at the base of Aoraki/Mount Cook. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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USD153.68
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Tour Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook & Tekapo Including Lunch

Travel in a luxurious minivan with this tour from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt.cook and Lake Tekapo, and reach your destination relaxed & refreshed. It is a great alternative to enjoying New Zealand landscape, making frequent stops for photos on the way. Highlights Private tour means more personal service from the guideVisit the iconic Church of Good Shepherd and Bronze Sheepdog Statue in Lake TekapoAdmire Lake Pukaki, the largest lake in Mackenzie region, and stunning alpine scenerySavor a delicious buffet lunch with spectacular views at the Hermitage HotelExplore one of the many alpine walks in Mount Cook National Park
  • Duration: 12 to 13 hrs
  • Free Cancellation
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USD189.47
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  • Duration: 12 to 13 hrs
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Christchurch Sheep Farm Visit

Visit a working sheep farm in the heart of the Canterbury Region on this day trip from Christchurch. Enjoy New Zealand hospitality with morning or afternoon tea and then watch a sheep shearing demonstration. You can upgrade your tour to include a thrilling jet-boat ride on the Waimakariri River or go wine tasting at Waipara Valley vineyard, where you can sip various vintages. Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located hotels is included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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USD84.21
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki Day Tour

Visit the scenic areas of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki on this picturesque day tour. It can be difficult to get to remote rural areas without a car, but you won’t have to worry about planning transport as Christchurch pickup and drop-off is included. The journey itself will showcase spectacular landscapes along the way. Once you get to Lake Tekapo, highlights include visiting Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Pukaki, and Tekapo Springs.
  • Duration: 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD196.49
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  • Duration: 10 to 12 hours
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Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula Eco Marine Harbour Cruise Small Group Tour

Wander the charming village of Akaroa, and opt for either a harbor cruise or dolphin swim on this small-group tour from Christchurch. Start with a scenic drive through the magnificent Banks Peninsula where you’re treated to summit views of Akaroa Harbour, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Southern Alps. Sample locally made cheeses at a cheese factory, explore Akoroa and enjoy a cafe lunch before a nature cruise or dolphin swim alongside Hector's dolphins. Numbers are limited to eight people for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Kaikoura Albatross Encounter Tour from Christchurch

This full-day Albatross Encounter tour in Kaikoura takes you on a narrated boat ride from the rugged coastline. Kaikoura may be famous for its whale and dolphin sightings, but it’s also one of the world's most abundant regions for oceangoing birds like the southern royal albatross. The Kaikoura Peninsula offers spectators a look at petrels, shearwaters, terns, shags and gulls as well as a fur seal colony. Round-trip coach transport from Christchurch hotels is included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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USD221.05
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Akaroa Day Tour including Harbour Cruise and Alpaca Farm Tour

Discover a French-influenced coastal town known for gourmet cuisine and scenic farms on a full-day, private tour from Christchurch to Akaroa. Visiting Akaroa with a private guide takes care of logistics while ensuring you won’t be limited by a group itinerary and schedule. Stops to taste cheese and tour an Alpaca farm explore Akaroa’s culinary heritage, and you can watch for Hector’s dolphins, penguins, and seals on an included Akaroa harbor cruise.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
  • Free Cancellation
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USD203.50
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  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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USD203.50

Christchurch to Queenstown One-Way Tour

Avoid the stress of navigating and planning with a one-way tour and transfer from Christchurch to Queenstown, or vice versa. In addition to stopping at ideal locations for photo opportunities throughout the trip, your guide offers stories and commentary about historic landmarks and landscapes along the way. Lunch and tea stops are included for your convenience.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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Gallipoli Day Tour from Istanbul

Get a first-hand look at some of the world’s most legendary battlefields during this full-day private tour to Gallipoli. Tick off all the major historical sites in a single day, stopping for a tasty breakfast and lunch in local restaurants. Listen to detailed background on 12 history-rich stops from your own group guide, from trenches and tunnels to cemeteries and memorials. Tours include front-door hotel transfers.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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USD120.49
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  • Duration: 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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USD120.49

Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching

Travel to Kaikoura from Christchurch on a small-group full-day tour that includes a whale-watching cruise. Look for whales, dolphins, and other wildlife during the whale-watching cruise, and get great views of the Kaikoura Range and Pacific Ocean. You’ll also stop for a cafe lunch, visit a Waipara winery (if time allows), and go to viewpoints where you can spot New Zealand fur seals.
  • Duration: 10 to 11 hrs
  • Free Cancellation
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USD392.97
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  • Duration: 10 to 11 hrs
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Wine trail and Christchurch City day tour

Here is your opportunity for a personally guided experience taking in Christchurch and the world renowned Waipara wine valley.You'll be picked up in a luxury mini van and shown the highlights of this wonderful city. Though badly damaged in earthquakes earlier in the decade, the progress of the rebuild is an exciting testimony of what's to come. A trip onto the Port Hills overlooking Lyttelton port and beyond to the Canterbury farming plains is also included.North of the city lie a number of boutique vineyards and all are within easy reach. The area produces a range of varietals especially aromatic whites and Pinot Noir. We'll visit a selection of these vineyards as well as enjoying some of Canterbury's finest fare over a bistro lunch. A visit to " She Chocolate " is also possible.
  • Duration: 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD263.15
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  • Duration: 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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