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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

  • 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$ 2,506
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
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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$ 3,746
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
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  • Classic Downunder: Melbourne to Auckland

    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
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,774
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
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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$ 982
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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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$ 2,489
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Touring
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  • Best of New Zealand: Holiday of a Lifetime

    Take in the wonders of New Zealand on this Holiday of a Lifetime. Passing north to south, you’ll explore the cities of Auckland, Queenstown, and Christchurch, marvel at natural wonders in Rotorua and Milford Sound, and enjoy the incomparable hospitality and beauty of this South Pacific nation.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,959
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Holidays of a Lifetime, Single Friendly
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  • Christchurch: South Island Adventure Premier Escorted Vacation

    Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscape of New Zealand’s South Island and enjoy premier accommodations on this escorted vacation starting in Christchurch. As you explore the island, you’ll cruise across Milford Sound, hike in the shadow of Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and indulge your adrenaline junkie in Queenstown.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,228
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
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  • Christchurch: South Island Explorer Premier Escorted Vacation

    Explore the breathtaking landscape of the South Island and enjoy premier accommodations on this journey across New Zealand. Starting in Christchurch, you’ll explore the natural wonders of New Zealand’s South Island, including Aoraki/Mt. Cook, Milford Sound, and the lake country of Queenstown.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 8,588
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
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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$ 240
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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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$ 1,744
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
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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$ 675
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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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$ 1,414
    Trip Type:
    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$ 365
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • New Zealand Experience

    Experience the glorious natural landscape of New Zealand on this journey across the nation. Venturing from Christchurch on the South Island to Auckland on the North Island, you’ll experience many of the nation’s highlights, from the fjords of Milford Sound to the geothermal pools of Rotorua to the adventure capital of Queenstown.
    Duration:
    18 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,377
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
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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$ 729
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • South Island In-Depth (Self Drive)

    Drive the South Island experiencing all it has to offer. Enjoy whale watching, Abel Tasman National Park and the Glacier Region as well as Queenstown and Scottish influenced Dunedin.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,515
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives
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  • South Island In-Depth by Coach

    Travel the South Island experiencing all it has to offer. Enjoy whale watching, Abel Tasman National Park and the Glacier Region as well as Queenstown and Scottish influenced Dunedin.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,656
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • South Island Self Drive

    Drive full circle from Christchurch and back again seeing the many highlights available on the South Island including the famous Pancake Rocks and Franz Josef, Milford Sound and Dunedin.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,116
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives
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  • South Island Wilderness Escape

    Travel onboard the TranzAlpine Express or by car and enjoy a luxury wilderness escape that takes you to the beautiful Arthur’s Pass region, an area not many visitors are lucky enough to see.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 735
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Southern Escape: Value Plus Escorted Vacation

    This South Island New Zealand tour shows you the Land of the Long White Cloud at its most dramatic, from powerful glaciers, to majestic Mount Cook, plus Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Eighth Wonder of the World,’ Milford Sound.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,758
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
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  • Southern Explorer: Epic Trip for 18 to 39 year olds

    Explore the wonders of the South Island on this journey from Christchurch to Queenstown. On this New Zealand vacation for 18 to 39 year olds, you’ll hike the frozen landscape of Fox Glacier, experience action packed adventure in Queenstown, and marvel at the natural beauty of Milford Sound and Mitre Peak.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 969
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Single Friendly
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  • Southern Tourer: Premier Escorted Luxury Vacation

    You’ll begin and end in Christchurch experiencing the best of New Zealand’s South Island. Travel by coach to view famous sites like Franz Josef, Queenstown, Te Anau, Dunedin and Mount Cook.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,504
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • The Long White Cloud

    Delve into the scenic delights of New Zealand with a small group of fellow explorers. Combine natural beauty with creative comforts as you overnight in the rainforests of Franz Josef at the foothills of Mount Cook, sleep among the treetops in the Coromandel Ranges and journey into the far south to the wild and pristine landscapes of Stewart Island.
    Duration:
    22 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 10,425
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
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  • The Long White Cloud: Christchurch to Christchurch

    Delve into the scenic delights of New Zealand with a small group of fellow explorers. Combine natural beauty with creative comforts as you overnight in the rainforests of Franz Josef at the foothills of Mount Cook and journey into the far south to the wild and pristine landscapes of Stewart Island.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,933
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
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  • Ultimate Downunder

    Travel in style experiencing all that Auckland, Queenstown, Sydney and Hamilton Island Qualia Resort have to offer while enjoying world-renowned properties that are truly the best of the best.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,435
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
    Australia See Trip Details
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