Things to do in Christchurch

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2-Day Trans-alpine Rail Journey with Glacier Visit
Face pressed against the train window, you watch as tough, golden grass gives way to scree fields beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps. Rising over Arthur’s Pass, your epic train journey is only halfway done. Lush forests, rugged... Read More

$697.71
per adult

2-Day West Coast Punaikiki Tour via the TranzAlpine Train
Cross over the Southern Alps to experience the West Coast, soaking in dramatic mountain scenery along the way as you tour the island on the TranzAlpine train. Beachfront overnight accommodations in Punaikiki put you in the perfect place to explore... Read More

Categories: Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

2 days

$574.36
per adult

3-Day Trans-alpine Rail Journey with Guided Glacier Tour
Outside the panoramic window of your train car, bright yellow grassland crashes into the impenetrable grey rock of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Continuing east, you meet snow-strewn mountain passes and say goodbye to the dry, arid east coast. Ahead, dense... Read More

Categories: Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

2 days

$937.48
per adult

5-Day Great Southern Circle Tour by Canterbury Leisure Tours
Glacier-carved fjords, snow-capped peaks, shimmering alpine lakes—it's no wonder New Zealand is nicknamed God's Own Country. Spend 5 full days immersing yourself in the natural splendor and breathtaking scenery of the South Island on this comprehensive tour. Read More

Categories: Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

5 days

$1376.16
per adult

Admission to Tekapo Springs Hot Pools
Pamper yourself with a day of relaxation, rejuvenation, and wellness at the famous Tekapo Springs. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, take in the gorgeous scenery, and enjoy the hot pools as the healing mineral waters restore your body and... Read More

Categories: Spas & Beauty

1 day

$16.96
per adult

Adrenalin Forest Zip Line Course
Take on the challenge as you rush through incredible adventure park in Christchurch. In the ultimate test of wits and bravery, go through an intricate aerial obstacle course surrounded by three hectares of lush New Zealand forest. Read More

Categories: Adventures

3 hours

$32.38
per adult

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Take a 2-hour nature cruise inside an extinct volcanic crater and enjoy the marvelous views and impressive scenery. Marvel at the rare, New Zealand-specific Hector's dolphins, as well as penguins, seals, and a variety of birds. Read More

$57.05
per adult

Alpine Jet Canyon Safari
Take an exhilarating jet boat ride through the emerald-green waters of the Waimakariri River Canyon in the foothills of the Southern Alps. View magnificent scenery and diverse birdlife as you ride up and down the stream. Read More

$74.37
per adult

Alpine Safari Full-Day Tour
Discover New Zealand's spectacular Southern Alps on this 3-in-1 adventure tour. This day combines the thrill and adrenaline rush of jet boating and 4-wheel-drive touring along with riding the world-famous TranzAlpine Train. Read More

$323.03
per adult

Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour with Jet Boat & Farm Visit via TranzAlpine
Embark on a tour of discovery featuring world-class scenery aboard the TranzAlpine Train. Enjoy an exhilarating jet boat ride and afternoon tea on a sheep farm in New Zealand countryside—and discover the ultimate Alpine experience. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours 30 minutes

$327.66
per adult

Discover Christchurch Double Decker City Tour
Explore Christchurch on a 1960s London open-top double-decker bus tour, the only one in New Zealand. Discover the beautiful parks that earned the city its title, Garden City, on a 1-hour city tour—or extend the tour and visit the inner... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour

$24.67
per adult

Full-Day 1-Way Tour to Queenstown via Mount Cook by Gray Line
Immerse yourself in the beauty of New Zealand's snow-capped mountains, glacier lakes, and glorious gardens on this day tour to Queenstown. Visit Lake Tekapo, stop for lunch at the base of soaring Aoraki/Mount Cook, and pass through a vineyard-filled countryside. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

11 hours 30 minutes

$218.39
per adult

Full-Day Albatross Tour in Kaikoura by Canterbury Leisure Tours
On a motorboat off the lush coast of Kaikoura, massive albatross with snow-white bellies and charcoal-grey backs land in the water just feet from your boat. Before long, they’re joined by petrels, shearwaters, shags, and terns, arriving at your bird-watching... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

11 hours 10 minutes

$215.87
per adult

Full-Day Dolphin Swimming Tour by Canterbury Leisure Tours
Lift a flipper and step off your catamaran into the blue-green waters off the coast of Akaroa, home to the smallest and rarest dolphins on earth. Hector’s dolphins are only found in one area of the world and you’ve just... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours 30 minutes

$200.45
per adult

Full-Day Kaikoura Whale-Watching Tour by Canterbury Leisure Tours
Keep your eyes peeled for the explosive blasts of sea spray from resident giant sperm whales that call the Kaikoura Peninsula home. Along the way, you may even catch a glimpse of orcas, fur seals, dolphins, and seabirds as you... Read More

$242.85
per adult

Full-Day Mount Cook National Park, Lake Tekapo & Tasman Glacier Tour
Fringed by snow grass plains, opalescent glacial lakes, and snow-capped peaks, Mount Cook rises 12,218 feet (3,724 m) over the South Island. Spend a day journeying across the rugged landscape of Mount Cook National Park and exploring the icy mass... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours 30 minutes

$265.98
per adult

Half-Day Sheep Farm Tour
Breathe in the fresh air of the New Zealand countryside. Drive through picturesque landscape on your way to a working sheep farm. Enjoy a live sheep-shearing demonstration and even take the opportunity to have a go at it yourself. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

$76.32
per adult

Half-day Sightseeing Tour of Christchurch
Explore museums, art centers, sprawling botanic gardens, and more on this 3-hour sightseeing tour of Christchurch. Starting in the heart of the city, visit famous landmarks before embarking on a loop of the surrounding countryside, stopping at panoramic vistas and... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

$50.11
per adult

Hanmer Springs Hot Pools & Jet Boat Full-Day Tour
Discover the charming village of Hanmer Springs on this full-day tour from Christchurch. Get your heart pumping on a jet boat ride through stunning Waiau Gorge and afterward relax and rejuvenate in hot thermal pools. Read More

$215.87
per adult

Harley Davidson Chauffeured Akaroa Tour
Sit back and absorb the Akaroa Peninsula's natural sights on this chauffeured Harley Davidson tour. Cruise along the Pacific Ocean and journey through local villages on this unique ride-along adventure. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

$481.85
per adult

Harley Davidson Chauffeured Arthur's Pass Tour
Experience the sights and sounds of New Zealand's South Island with a chauffeured motorcycle tour to Arthur's Pass National Park. Enjoy a unique, thrilling journey and take in the breathtaking sights from the back seat of a comfortable Harley Davidson.... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

$481.85
per adult

Harley Davidson Chauffeured Hanmer Springs & Lewis Pass Tour
Journey to the spectacular Lewis Pass and Hanmer Springs and soak up the diverse sights and sounds from the back seat of a Harley Davidson. Ride through majestic mountain passes, along shores of picture-perfect lakes, and past ancient native forests. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

$508.82
per adult

Harley Davidson Chauffeured Kaikoura & Helicopter Whale-Watching Tour
Live in the moment as you take in the views of New Zealand's South Island coast from the back seat of a Harley Davidson motorbike. See the great sights as you ride along the Pacific Ocean. Complete this unique adventure... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

$713.14
per adult

Jet Boat & 4-Wheel-Drive Half-Day Adventure
Experience the best of Christchurch in just half a day. Get your adrenaline pumping on a jet boat ride over the Waimakariri River and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Southern Alps and glacier lakes on a scenic 4-wheel-drive... Read More

$207.39
per adult

Jet Boat Tour of Waimakariri River by Canterbury Leisure Tours
Feel the throttle open as your shallow-bottom high-powered jet boat surges through the cold waters of New Zealand’s Waimakariri River. Flying past waterfalls and thick evergreen forests, all you can do is hold on and smile as your captain swerves... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities

1 hour 30 minutes

$88.66
per adult

Kaikoura 4-Wheel-Drive ATV Adventure from Christchurch
Embark on a full-day tour to Kaikoura and take in the rugged coastline offering magnificent scenery and panoramic vistas. Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling all-terrain-vehicle ride through the spectacular hill country of Canterbury. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

11 hours

$235.14
per adult

Lord of the Rings Edoras 4-Wheel-Drive Full-Day Tour
Journey to Middle Earth on this full-day tour to a key location used by Peter Jackson during the filming of _The Lord of the Rings_ trilogy. Enjoy a 4-wheel-drive guided tour and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Southern... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours 30 minutes

$191.97
per adult

Scenic Helicopter Flight by Garden City Helicopters
Take a helicopter ride through the rapidly changing landscape of Christchurch to see its unique and dramatic history. The tour's aerial perspective gives you an astounding view of the varied environment below you, as well as the developments that are... Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours

20 minutes

$153.42
per adult

Shared Shuttle: Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
Enjoy convenient and cost-effective shared transportation between Christchurch International Airport and your hotel aboard a shuttle. For transfers to and from Christchurch International Airport, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

45 minutes

$19.27
per adult

Swim with Dolphins in Kaikoura by Canterbury Leisure Tours
Put on your snorkel and jump into a splashing, squeaking pod of friendly dolphins as they come up to greet your boat. Kaikoura’s mountain-crusted coast has a rich collection of marine life and your swimming tour brings you face to... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

11 hours 10 minutes

$265.98
per adult

The Best 3 Attractions of Christchurch Tour
This full-day tour offers the crème de la crème of Christchurch's must-see attractions. Explore the Antarctic landscape at the International Antarctic Centre, meet the animals of the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and enjoy the interactive displays at the Air Force Museum. Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

$115.64
per adult

Waimakariri Gorge Jet Boat Ride by Canterbury Leisure Tours
The Waimakariri River—called the Waimak by locals—winds 78 miles (126 km) from the Southern Alps to meet the sea, weaving an intricate braid of crisscrossed channels as it flows. Set out for an adrenaline-pumping exploration of its shallow waterways and... Read More

$119.50
per adult

Waipara Valley Half-Day Winetasting Tour by Canterbury Leisure Tours
The sprawling lowlands of the Waipara Valley, hemmed by the Southern Alps, boast a cool, dry climate and get plenty of sunshine, making them ideal for producing world-class wines. Sip your way through the valley on this half-day tour, visiting... Read More

$76.32
per adult

Waipara Valley Winetasting Tour with Lunch by Canterbury Leisure Tours
It may be on the opposite side of the globe, but New Zealand's Waipara Valley is bottling wines that rival—and often best—the Old World varietals produced in France. Learn what sets this region apart on a tasting tour to 4... Read More

$100.22
per adult

Willowbank Tour and Maori Concert by Canterbury Leisure Tours
Watch adorable kiwis scurry through the bush and witness the powerful dances and songs of the Maori people on your tour of the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Spend your evening learning and interacting with some of the most well-known and celebrated... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

$92.51
per adult

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