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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!
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes

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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.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 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.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Tramway Restaurant Dinner Tour of Christchurch

Enjoy a 4-course dinner aboard the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant and travel in heritage style through the city center, round-trip from Cathedral Junction. Relax and enjoy views of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Avon River from your window-side table. The 2.5-hour journey in this elegant restaurant on wheels includes a welcome drink upon arrival, with tea and coffee to accompany your gourmet meal, served by professional waitstaff.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

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.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

Aoraki-Mt Cook Tasman Glacier & Alpine Centre scenic day tour from Christchurch

Get ready for a hassle-free day of adventures from Christchurch with round-trip transport, and admission tickets included. The trip will showcase scenic viewpoints along the way, such as Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, the Ben Ohau Range, and sites from Lord of the Rings. Avoid long lines at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre by having admission included. Another highlight is a visit to the Tasman Glacier, and a delicious lunch is included too.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 11 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Akaroa & Banks Peninsula Wild Penguins Eco-Tour from Christchurch

This is a great option for a Christchurch day trip that combines nature, local wildlife, and delicious food experiences too. Save time planning transfers by having round-trip transport in a luxury vehicle included. You won’t have to worry about bringing snacks with you as light refreshments, drinks, and a delicious lunch are all included. Travel in comfort between dispersed sites including Banks Peninsula, Barrys Bay Cheese Factory, and the Wild Side Conservation Area to spot wild penguins.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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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.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

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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.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Bus & Minivan Tours

Christchurch Snow and Kiwi Tour

This guided tour from Christchurch includes a Hagglund snowmobile ride at the International Antarctic Centre and a dinner buffet at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Start with the Snow and Ice Experience and watch the antics of playful arctic birds at the Penguin Encounter, then observe both native and exotic animals — including the endangered kiwi bird — at the wildlife reserve after your five-course meal. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes

Walking Tours

1-Day Guided Walking Tour and Picnic on Banks Peninsula

This is a superb choice for hiking fans. Spend a day exploring Banks Peninsula with the convenience of having a guide to navigate. After a morning pickup, you’ll be taken on a roughly 30-minute journey to start your walk. You won’t have to bring heavy equipment with you as a backpack, walking poles, and bottled water are included. Access scenic photo opportunities that you wouldn’t find alone, and hear about the area’s history. Highlights include visiting Crater Rim, seeing views of Pegasus Bay, and enjoying a picnic lunch.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

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.
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  • 13 hours
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  • 13 hours

Beer & Brewery Tours

Craft Beer Tasting Tour of Christchurch

Taste your way through Christchurch craft breweries on a beer tour that takes you behind the scenes to meet local brewers. With round-trip transport from central Christchurch, you won’t have to worry about driving as you sample the freshest pours at a series of five craft breweries, learning about New Zealand’s local beer scene along the way.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Bus & Minivan Tours

Discover Christchurch Sightseeing Tour with optional International Antarctic Center Admission

View the highlights of Christchurch on a 3-hour city sightseeing tour that introduces you to the architecture, gardens and waterways of ‘The Garden City.’ You’ll drive past significant landmarks in the city center; meander around ponds and perennial gardens at Mona Vale Gardens; visit the seaside enclave of Sumner; and marvel at the vista over the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps from the ‘Sign of the Takahe.’ Choose a morning or afternoon departure, and upgrade to include the International Antarctic Center with an optional Hagglund vehicle ride.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Rail Tours

Day Trip to Arthur's Pass including TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch

The TranzAlpine train is often referred to as one of the world’s most scenic train journeys, and this tour will allow you to experience it. Enjoy the convenience of a day trip where all transport is taken care of— round-trip transfers in a luxury minivan, and a TranzAlpine train ticket are included. See Canterbury Plains, the Southern Alps, Lake Pearson, and get the chance to walk in Arthur’s Pass National Park.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

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.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes

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Christchurch to Mount Cook Day Tour - One-Way

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.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Private Tour Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook & Tekapo Including Lunch

This action-packed private tour is the perfect way to discover the outdoor beauty between Christchurch and Queenstown. Take the stress out of figuring out local public transport by having round-trip private transport in a luxury vehicle included. See Lake Tekapo, Mt. John Observatory, Lake Pukaki, Mt. Cook, Lake Dunstan, and more. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, a tasty buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel is included.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Multi-day Tours

10-Day South Island Adventure from Christchurch

Experience top sights of the South Island during this 10-day, guided, small-group trip that includes transportation and nine nights’ accommodation. See glaciers, take in coastal views, and enjoy walking trails before spending your evenings relaxing at your accommodations in the rainforest and more. Enjoy a scenic bike ride and dare to jump from the A.J Hackett bungy jumping site before visiting places like Queenstown, Mount Cook and more.
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  • 10 days
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  • 10 days

Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

HANMER SPRINGS PRIVATE DAY TOUR INCLUDING HOT POOL & WINE TASTING

The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa is one of the most popular resorts on New Zealand’s South Island and less than two hours north of Christchurch. On this tour, travel from Christchurch in the comfort of a private vehicle, stopping along the way to enjoy wine tasting in the Waipara Hills wine region. Spend the rest of the day at Hanmer Springs, where you can relax in the thermal pools or enjoy optional extras such as a 90-minute hot stone massage or a jet boating excursion.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

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.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

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.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 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.
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours

Day Trips

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.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation


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