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  • Punting on the Avon River - one activity that should be included on all New Zealand tours
  • Christchurch - from the ocean to the Alps.
  • Cycling in Hagley Park is a great activity to do on your New Zealand vacation.
  • The Ferrier Fountain in Victoria Square
  • The old provincial council building
  • Christchurch - the "Garden City"
  • Christchurch Canterbury provincial council

Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains and the second largest in the country to be experienced on a New Zealand vacation. It is known as the Gateway to the Antarctic. Scott’s expedition set out from here and there is a statue of this person in central Christchurch.

It is also known as the “Garden City” due to its well planned expansive parks and public gardens such as Hagley Park and the Botanic Garden both with stunning displays of native and exotic trees, flowers and plants. It also has a distinct English flavour which can be experienced on a New Zealand vacation by walking along the gently winding Avon River.

The city is fairly compact with Cathedral Square being the centerpiece together with the outstanding Christchurch Cathedral dating back to 1881.

Just outside Christchurch, you can take the Christchurch Gondola one kilometer up to the Crater Rim in the Port Hills which provide an exceptional backdrop to the city and where, on  New Zealland tours, you can experience wonderful views of the city and the coastline.

Being close to the sea, Christchurch has a number of good beaches offering swimming and surfing as well as being great places to walk or just relax.

Last February 2011, the Central Business District area of Christchurch suffered a devastating earthquake and some parts are still closed off. Some of the above mentioned may still be in a state of repair or closed. Despite this tragedy, there is still a lot to see and any trip to New Zealand should include one of our Christchurch tours.

 


 

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Christchurch, New Zealand

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    Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Visit Australia's iconic sites and cities before commencing a journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands.
    Duration:
    19 Days
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    Trip Type:
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  • Classic Downunder: Auckland to Melbourne

    Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands before embarking on a tour of Australia.
    Duration:
    19 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,762
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  • Classic New Zealand

    This is the ultimate classic New Zealand tour. Begin in Auckland and then it’s on to Rotorua, next head south to the capital, Wellington before embarking on the scenic South Island.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,351
    Trip Type:
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  • Essential New Zealand (Coach)

    Get to know both of New Zealand’s islands by taking in some of their most popular sites. Travel from Auckland to Christchurch, visiting Rotorua, Queenstown and Milford Sound in between.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,714
    Trip Type:
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  • Alpine Explorer

    This tour offers a unique opportunity to see some of New Zealand’s most incredible landscapes. Visit Mount Cook National Park, cruise Milford Sound ride the Skyline Gondola and more.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 942
    Trip Type:
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  • Alps & Ice

    New Zealand’s South Island is an astonishing land filled with dramatic gorges and powerful glaciers.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,401
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Small Group Touring
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  • Christchurch: Akaroa Full Day Tour

    Take a full day to explore the beautiful and unspoiled French whaling depot of Akaroa. On this tour, you'll enjoy lunch in this picturesque village, visit a local cheese factory, and spend the afternoon cruising the natural harbour in search of dolphins, seals, and penguins.
    Duration:
    8 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Christchurch: Akaroa Small Group Full Day Tour

    Visit the French harbourside village of Akaroa and explore the gorgeous Banks Peninsula on this full day tour. As you travel along a high summit route with stunning views, you'll explore farmlands, learn about the region's history of arts and culture, and enjoy lunch at an award-winning café.
    Duration:
    9 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Christchurch: Arthur's Pass Full Day Tour

    Spend the day exploring picturesque Arthur's Pass. First, ride the TranzAlpine train through the Southern Alps to connect to Arthur's Pass. Once there, spend your time exploring national parks, visiting the quaint village of Otira, and heading to a farm to enjoya a sheer shearing demonstration.
    Duration:
    10 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Christchurch: Arthur's Pass Small Group Hike Full Day Tour

    Explore the picturesque Arthur's Pass on this small group tour from Christchurch. First, ride the TranzAlpine train through the Southern Alps. Upon reaching Arthur's Pass, you'll head on a hike to explore the area's natural splendor and visit the Castle Hill Rocks, weatherworn limestone rocks famed the world over.
    Duration:
    10 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Christchurch: Arthurs Pass Small Group Full Day Tour

    Board the famous TranzAlpine train for a morning journey to Arthur's Pass. Once there, explore this breathtaking region, passing from the local village, through the national park, and down into Otira Gorce, where you'll see an underground area of limestone cliffs and gorges. Alternatively, visit the famous Castle Hill Rocks before returning to Christchurch.
    Duration:
    10 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Christchurch: City & Wine Small Group Full Day Tour

    Deep dive into the city's history and culture on this full-day tour. As you explore the city, you'll see rebuilding projects from the 2010/2011 earthquakes, visit the historic Botanic Gardens, and tour local wineries to see why New Zealand's wine is well-regarded the world over.
    Duration:
    7 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Christchurch: Discover Christchurch Half Day Tour

    Discover the treasures of Christchurch on this half-day tour. First, ride a double-decker bus to see the sights and learn about the rebuilding process following the earthquakes of 2010/2011. Afterwards, explore points of interests on foot, including the Mona Vale Gardens and the Sumner and Port Hills.
    Duration:
    3 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Christchurch: Hanmer Springs Full Day Tour

    Explore the tranquil setting of Hanmer Springs and take advantage of its mixture of incredible landscape and sleepy village atmosphere. Choose how to spend your time in Hanmer Springs, whether that means relaxing in its thermal pools, visiting a sheep farm to engage with Kiwi tradition, or bungee jumping at Thrillseekers Canyon.
    Duration:
    9 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Christchurch: Lord of the Rings Edoras Full Day Tour

    Take a day to explore remote and beautiful Mount Potts High Country Station, home to Mount Sunday, which was transformed into Edoras in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This full day tour takes you through unspoiled and beautiful landscape and shares behind-the-scenes secrets about your favourite movie trilogy.
    Duration:
    8.5 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Christchurch: The Alpine Safari

    Embark on the ultimate alpine safari on this day trip from Christchurch. Beginning with a jetboat ride at Waimak Gorge, you’ll off-road on Mount Torlesse, lunch at a country café, and ascend to Arthur’s Pass, where you’ll board the world-famous TranzAlpine Train and enjoy breathtaking scenery as you return to Christchurch.
    Duration:
    10 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Christchurch: The Garden City

    New Zealand’s South Island is one of the most stunning places in the world and Christchurch is its gateway. Enjoy some leisure time then take in a few of the “Garden City’s” attractions.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 220
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Christchurch: Tramway Restaurant

    Enjoy an exceptional dinner at the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, a one-of-a-kind restaurant that offers luxury meals in a 36-seater air-conditioned, colonial-style tram car. The Tramway Restaurant combines modern flavours with old-world design to deliver a night to remember.
    Duration:
    2.5 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Christchurch: Whale Watch Full Day Tour

    Explore the rural landscapes and waterways of Kaikoura, which is renowned for the incredible marine mammals that call it home. After climbing a lookout to enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline, visit a seal colony and head out on a catamaran to have an encounter with giant sperm whales.
    Duration:
    9.5 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Christchurch: Wine Trail Half Day Tour

    Follow the wine trail of North Canterbury to four boutique vineyards, Canterbury House, Mark Rattray, Pegasus Bay, and Waipara Springs, where you’ll sample a selection of fine white and red wines and learn about the country’s penchant for wine production.
    Duration:
    4 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Luxury Wilderness Escape (Self-Drive)

    Travel by car across farmland, through Waimakariri Gorge and over the spectacular Southern Alps to the beautiful Arthur’s Pass region, an area not many visitors are lucky enough to see.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 696
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Mount Cook: Mount Cook to Christchurch

    Peeking out from the Southern Alps, keeping watch over the South Island of New Zealand, Mount Cook is the highest peak in Oceania, and a specatcular starting point to a trip that takes you past solitary churches and flawless azure lakes to Christchurch - the ultimate way to cap off your New Zealand trip.
    Duration:
    5 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Mountains & Plains

    From peak to valley, New Zealand’s South Island never fails to inspire.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,465
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Small Group Touring
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  • Mt Cook Discovery

    Enjoy a wonderful 2 day overland tour from Christchurch to Queenstown and marvel at the beautiful and striking scenery en route. Stop overnight in the Mount Cook National Park and sleep under the shadow of New Zealand’s highest mountain.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 395
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Pancake Rocks from Christchurch

    Discover Pancake Rocks, one of the South Island’s most iconic sights. Visit the Seal Colony in Abel Tasman National Park then board the TranzAlpine, an incredibly scenic rail journey.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 730
    Trip Type:
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