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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

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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2 Day West Coast Glaciers and Tranz Alpine Train - Christchurch to Queenstown

A great way to experience the extraordinary Tranz Alpine train journey and visit the West Coast glaciers. Hailed as one of the greatest train journeys in the world, the Tranz Alpine train journey will take your breath away! Scenic highlights include the train, the wild West Coast, visiting Franz Josef Glacier, seeing Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and of course returning to the wonderful Queenstown!
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation

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

Attraction Tickets

Maori Experience including Hangi Dinner and Guided Kiwi Tour

If you’re traveling to New Zealand’s South Island and skipping the North Island, there’s no reason you should miss out on a combined Maori cultural show, hangi dinner, and kiwi bird sighting experience. This combined package includes them all, and is the only place in the South Island to do so. It’s a fun and convenient way to experience New Zealand’s unique culture, cuisine, and nature.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Christchurch Zipline Tour

Fly through a series of high-speed ziplines on a Christchurch Adventure Park zipline tour that gets you high in the air for sweeping views of the Southern Alps and Pacific Ocean. Zipline guides and fitted protective equipment ensure a safe, fun adventure through the Port Hills, where you’ll ride four dual ziplines that soar more than 518 feet (150 mt.) above the ground.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

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

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Trial Flight - fly a helicopter

If you’re looking for a memorable and adventurous experience when visiting Christchurch—this is the one for you. After select hotel pickups, you’ll start your helicopter adventure at Christchurch Airport. You won’t have to worry about safety, as you’ll receive a full briefing at the start and the helicopter is equipped with dual controls. Enjoy a 30-minute flight with your instructor to guide you through take off, hover, flight, and landing. During the flight, your experience will be enhanced with live commentary.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

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
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Air Tours

13,000ft Skydive

If you’ve always wanted to float to earth under an arching cradle of a parachute, this is the experience for you. From Ashburton, fly into the air and then descend with an experienced skydiver, plummeting before opening the parachute and landing on the ground. See some spectacular views from up high and experience the thrill of freefall.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Horseback Riding

Rubicon Valley Horse Treks - 2 Hour River Trail Horse Trek

Enjoy a guided horseback ride at a high-country sheep farm in Springfield, outside Christchurch. This 2-hour horse trek takes you on a riverside trail that is suitable for the entire family. Beginning or more experienced riders can walk, trot or canter past the Waimakariri River Canyon with views of the Southern Alps. Set out in the morning or afternoon in a small group of six people per guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Attraction Tickets

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Day Entry & Guided Kiwi Tour

Take the chance out of seeing kiwis in New Zealand by going to a place that promises a guaranteed kiwi viewing. Save time waiting in long entrance lines by having an entrance ticket and guided tour of Willowbank Wildlife Reserve included. See over 50 different wildlife species, include kiwis, and kaka—a rare bush parrot.
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  • 1 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Adrenaline & Extreme

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Tandem Skydive

See the sprawling Canterbury Plains and the towering Southern Alps from 6,000, 9,000 or 13,000 feet in the air. Choose the drop that excites you most on this skydiving experience with plenty of customizable options. Take your time and build your confidence before your drop – get hints and tips from your skydiving instructor, a professional sport skydiver, and jump with them on your tandem skydive only when you feel comfortable.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Multi-day Tours

6 Day South Island Tour from Christchurch - Milford Sound, Queenstown, Glaciers

Gorgeous fiords, magnificent glaciers and other scenic landscapes of the South Island comprise this 6-day semi-independent tour by narrated coach and railway. Travel round-trip from Christchurch and climb aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway and TranzAlpine passenger trains — two of New Zealand's  top-rated scenic rail routes. Catch a complimentary shuttle to the Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier lookout point, cruise on Milford Sound, and ride the Queenstown Skyline Gondola above Lake Wakatipu. Overnight stays allow for plenty of free time to explore at your own pace.
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  • 6 days
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  • 6 days

Multi-day Tours

5 Day South Island Tour from Christchurch Including Queenstown and Milford Sound

See the South Island by coach and railway on a semi-independent 5-day tour, traveling round-trip from Christchurch. Hear informative commentary on your sightseeing coach, gaze at the scenic Southern Alps while aboard the TranzAlpine train, and visit the World Heritage–listed Fiordland on a Milford Sound cruise with lunch. Overnight stays in Fox Glacier and Queenstown allow for plenty of free time to explore New Zealand’s magnificent glaciers and national parks.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation

Multi-day Tours

9-Day South Island Adventure from Christchurch

Save valuable planning time and avoid the risk of missing some of the South Island’s picturesque highlights on this nine-day tour from Christchurch. Head through Arthur’s Pass to the West Coast and travel down the coast to Franz Josef Glacier. From there, head south to sights like Lake Matheson, Fiordland National Park and the Mackenzie Basin. Take a calm overnight cruise around Doubtful Sound, cycle around Lake Wanaka and speed around Mt Aspiring National Park by jet boat.
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  • 9 days
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  • 9 days

Multi-day Tours

14-Day South Island Adventure Tour from Christchurch

Spend two full weeks exploring New Zealand's magnificent South Island witht his guided tour. You and your fellow travelers will get to experience the best of the island, including the thermal baths of Hanmer Springs, the seaside town of Picton, the glorious Abel Tasman National Park, and the stunning Franz Josef Glacier, as well as Queenstown, Lake Matheson, and Lake Tekapo. You’ll even have some free time to go bungee jumping, if the mood strikes!
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  • 14 days
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US$2,039.29
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  • 14 days

Helicopter Tours

Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour

Fly over Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula on a 20-minute helicopter tour that takes in city sights. From an aerial view, you’ll appreciate the scale of Christchurch’s devastation and recovery following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Soar above the ruins of ChristChurch Cathedral and see the new sports stadium while the pilot comments on rebuilding efforts. See the suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffe, and view the port of Lyttelton.
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  • 20 minutes
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Multi-day Tours

4 Day Queenstown, Milford Sound and Glacier Highlights from Christchurch

Fitting the South Island’s highlights into one trip can be a challenge: this family-friendly tour makes it simple. Go your own way with a mixture of guided tours and free time to explore. Experience the stunning natural beauty of Fiordland and see the waterfalls cascade down the mountains on a Milford Sound cruise. Witness the magnificence of Aoraki (Mt Cook), the dramatic natural glaciers, and sublime crystal-clear lakes. Visit bustling, action-packed Queenstown, journey through native forest at Haast Pass, and traverse through the mountains on the TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 days
  • 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

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

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

Horseback Riding

Christchurch Horse Trekking

Experience breathtaking views of the Southern Alps during a horseback ride along the banks of the Waimakariri River — just outside Christchurch. This 1.5-hour horse trek, led by an experienced local guide, accommodates both beginning and experienced riders. If you’d like, upgrade your experience to include a visit to a working sheep farm or a jet-boat ride through Waimakariri Gorge. Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located hotels are included.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 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

Nature & Wildlife

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.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation


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