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Christchurch Tours, Vacation Packages & Travel Experiences


  • 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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Extend Your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your New Zealand vacation at one of Goway's South Pacific destinations. You can choose from  our selection of Australian vacationsTahiti vacation packages or stay at one of our Fiji resorts or perhaps take a Cook Island vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from New Zealand.

 

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Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Classic New Zealand

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: 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 with stops in Queenstown, the West Coast and Christchurch. Experience one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world as the TransAlpine takes you from Greymouth to Christchurch.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,789
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Classic New Zealand: Small Group

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: 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 a trip through the scenic South Island. See stunning Milford Sound, and enjoy the day in exhilarating Queenstown before heading into glacier country.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,156
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Small Group Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Ultimate New Zealand: Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Queenstown

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Embark on a journey through the scenic attractions of diverse New Zealand, staying at some of the most luxurious accommodation available in Auckland, Hawkes Bay and Queenstown. Participate as one of the crew on an authentic America's yacht in Auckland, experience one of New Zealand's best wine regions, fly over the snow capped Southern Alps and cruise magnificent Milford Sound.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,439
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Private Experiences, Stays of Distinction, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • South Island Self Drive

    FIRST-CLASS | 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$ 1,419
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Wine Lovers New Zealand

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: New Zealand is now on the map as one of the world’s best up and coming wine producing and grape growing countries, and the best part is that there is so much else to see and do: Maori culture, stunning mountains, lake and valley experiences, fresh air and fresh sustainable food choices, friendly kiwis and an overall sense that this is the way the world should be!
    Duration:
    16 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,077
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • South Island In-Depth by Coach

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Travel the South Island experiencing all it has to offer. Enjoy whale watching in Kaikoura, Abel Tasman National Park, the West Coast Glacier Region as well as Queenstown and Scottish influenced Dunedin.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,155
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Essence of New Zealand

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Travel from Auckland to Christchurch, visiting Rotorua, Queenstown and Milford Sound in between. Visit the rainforest and black sand beaches in Auckland, experience the Maori culture in Rotorua, cruise the magnificent Milford Sound with its rugged mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls, pass through the beautiful landscape of Otago before arriving in Christchurch.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,529
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Small Group Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Classic Downunder: Auckland to Melbourne

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Journey through New Zealand and Australia’s most spectacular sights including Rotorua, Milford Sound, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef, with exciting, cosmopolitan cities to create the perfect Downunder experience.
    Duration:
    19 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,515
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Ultimate Downunder: Auckland, Queenstown, Sydney, Great Barrier Reef

    DELUXE | PRIVATE GUIDED: On this incredible voyage exploring New Zealand and Australia, relax as you fly to breathtaking Milford Sound, sail iconic Sydney Harbour and unwind in the paradise that is Hayman Island, all while overnighting in world-class accommodations.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,673
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Private Experiences, Small Group Touring, Stays of Distinction, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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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$ 4,450
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Multi Country Vacation Ideas
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  • Alpine Explorer: Christchurch, Queenstown, Franz Joseph

    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$ 1,038
    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$ 2,535
    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$ 4,049
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Escorted Coach Touring, Holidays of a Lifetime, 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:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,375
    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$ 306
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Essence of New Zealand: Christchurch to Auckland

    Discover the best of New Zealand from Christchurch to Auckland on this brisk, first class coach tour that includes the Fiordlands, adventure-loving Queenstown, glacier country, the Marlborough wine region, Rotorua, the Bay of Islands, and more.
    Duration:
    20 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,695
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Escorted Coach Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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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$ 829
    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$ 1,552
    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$ 419
    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$ 7,377
    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$ 654
    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$ 2,129
    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$ 679
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Southern Escape: Value Plus Escorted Vacation

    MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: 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:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,345
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
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  • Southern Tourer: Premier Escorted Luxury Vacation

    MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH: 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$ 3,595
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
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