Excursions in Canterbury-Christchurch MT Cook
Discover the charming French colonial village of Akaroa and its surrounding area with this charming full day excursion from Christchurch. Travel by road via Sign of the Takahe, Sign of the Kiwi, Governors Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere, Lake Forsyth and Little River. Stop at the Hill Top on the volcanic rim above Akaroa Harbour to experience panoramic views of Akaroa village, harbour and surrounding areas.
Depart Christchurch and travel by road to Akaroa via Sign of the Takahe, Sign of the Kiwi, Governors Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere, Lake Forsyth and Little River. Stop at the Hill Top on the volcanic rim above Akaroa Harbour to experience panoramic views of Akaroa Village, harbour and surrounding areas.
Board the world-famous TranzAlpine train, sit back and relax on a journey that will take you across the Canterbury Plains, wind its way through the stunning Waimakariri Gorge, pass over massive viaducts, through tussock-covered high country before heading into the Southern Alps.
Depart Christchurch and travel through diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the remote Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps mountain range. Continue to the location of New Zealand's tallest mountain Aoraki/ Mount Cook.
See rural New Zealand at its finest with a visit to a farm followed a white-knuckle river adventure and a visit to the famous Hamner Springs thermal resort. And on the return journey, stop off at a winery for a tasting of brilliant local wines that are simply bursting with character.
Be at one with nature with this epic full day whale watching tour that takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in New Zealands South Island before embarking on a voyage of discovery in the seas off Kaikoura to meet some of the worlds most awesome animals.
Travel to Akaroa over the beautiful Banks Peninsula, formed following violent eruptions of two ancient volcanoes. The high summit route gives glorious views of Akaroa Harbour, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Southern Alps as well remote bays and farmlands. The Akaroa crater nurses the picturesque harbour and Akaroa village, the only French settlement established in New Zealand.
Join us on the Lord of the Rings Tour and journey to the LOTR filming location. Journey to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday; see how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Your Alpine adventure begins with a scenic tour over the Canterbury Plains to the Waimak Gorge, where you will board the famous Hamilton jetboat for an exciting 45 minute spin ride on one of New Zealands most spectacular rivers. On return, board an off-road vehicle for a scenic four-wheel-drive adventure across Mount Torlesse Station, a 10,000-acre working sheep and cattle farm located in the spectacular foothills of the Southern Alps.
A day of fun and adventure begins in Christchurch on board the world-famous TranzAlpine train. Sit back, relax and enjoy a journey across the fertile Canterbury Plains, through rugged foothills, along stunning river gorges, through tunnels and across viaducts into the picturesque Arthur's Pass National Park, in the heart of the stunning snowcapped Southern Alps.
Originally an island, the Kaikoura Peninsula has over time been joined to the mainland by steep plains built up of debris swept down from the mountains by rivers. In Maori lore, the peninsula was the place where Maui braced his foot when he fished up the North Island and was named the seat of Te waka a Maui MauiÂ´s canoe. The name Kaikoura means meal of crayfish.
After being greeted with a remarkable real hot chocolate, spend 2 hours with the a chocolatier who will guide you through learning about the history of high quality chocolate, with tastings along the way.
Receive hands on experience on how to work with chocolate and make your own chocolate treats to take away with you.
Following the pickup from guests accommodation, the tour commences by covering the central city highlights, including Cathedral You will be collected from your Hotel/Motel, the tour then travels through the University of Canterbury, down to Riccarton House and Bush and then through Monavale Gardens where you will have a chance to have a short stroll with 5.5 hectares of richly landscaped gardens, ponds and fountains.
Akaroa harbour is around 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. ItÂ´s the only place on the planet where you can swim with the worldÂ´s smallest and rarest dolphins, the HectorÂ´s or New Zealand Dolphins. Black Cat Cruises operate a jet-powered catamaran for ultimate safety for you and the dolphins.
The historic French village of Akaroa is 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. Here you can cruise around an extinct volcanic crater. Experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife on daily harbour cruises. You will see the rare, native dolphin - the HectorÂ´s or New Zealand Dolphin. There is also the chance to spot the worldÂ´s smallest penguin, the white flippered little Blue Penguin, fur seals and other sea birds. Other cruise highlights are a working salmon farm, Cathedral Cave and signs of AkaroaÂ´s fascinating past including early Maori, French and British settlements. The two hour cruises depart daily from AkaroaÂ´s main wharf.
Akaroa Harbour is around 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. Akaroa Township is a quaint, French inspired seaside village which is very romantic and unique in New Zealand. ItÂ´s the only place on the planet where you can swim with the worldÂ´s smallest and rarest dolphins - the HectorÂ´s or New Zealand dolphin.
Discover rare dolphins just 15 minutes from central Christchurch. Cruise the scenic Lyttleton Harbour aboard the sleek Canterbury Cat. You'll catch a glimpse of one of the world's rarest and smallest dolphins - the Hector or New Zealand dolphin. You'll also discover Little Blue Penguins and other coastal marine birdlife such as breeding spotted shags, white fronted terns and numerous species of gulls. As well as the natural wildlife, you'll see evidence of the harbours violent, volcanic past. Lyttelton has a fascinating history; your skipper will point out the many significant sites including those of the early Maori and European settlers.
Experience the sights of Christchurch at night combining a tour of the city with Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, where you will be treated to a truly memorable Maori cultural performance, an intriguing tour of the reserve and a five course buffet dinner.