After pickup by coach from selected Christchurch hotels, your 4.5-hour tour begins with a drive to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, where you can observe up to 50 different types of animals and birds — both native and introduced to New Zealand.
On arrival, join an informative park warden for a guided tour of the grounds. See orphaned wallabies, capuchin monkeys, Asian otters, Siamang gibbons, ring-tailed lemurs and more. Don’t miss the endangered national bird, the kiwi, in its natural habitat.
Your memorable tour continues with the Ko Tane Maori cultural experience. Starting with a powhiri (conch) and hongi (pressing of noses) greeting ceremony, immerse in a magical evening in the makeshift Maori village. See an engaging performance of dance and song, including the haka (war dance) and poi (swinging ball) dance. You’ll be amazed as you learn about the pre-European Maori lifestyle of this indigenous population of New Zealand.
Conclude with a traditional 4-course hangi buffet at the Willowbank restaurant.
Returning to Christchurch, you’re taken on a sightseeing tour of the city at night before drop-off at your accommodation.