Top 54 Things to do in Christchurch, New Zealand

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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

Categories: Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$603
per person

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

Free cancellation

$486
per person

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

Free cancellation

$793
per person

4x4 Quad Bike Tour by Thrillseekers Adventures
Find a world of thrills in the crisp alpine air with an ATV ride in the special natural environment around Hanmer Springs. Just a 90-minute drive north of Christchurch, you can admire the forest, streams, and spectacular mountain backdrops as... Read More

Categories: Adventures

2 hours

Free cancellation

$97
per person

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

Free cancellation

$1,164
per person

5-Day Queenstown, West Coast & TranzAlpine Tour by AAT Kings
Travel along historic routes through the beautiful scenery of New Zealand's South Island on this 5-day adventure. Cruise on the century-old steamer TSS Earnslaw, ride the TranzAlpine through the spectacular Southern Alps, and visit some of the most vibrant communities... Read More

Categories: Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

5 days

Free cancellation

$1,032
per person

6-Day Alpine Adventure Tour by AAT Kings
Spend 6 full days taking in the pristine natural beauty of the South Island, from glacier-blue lakes to soaring mountain peaks. Plenty of leisure time to explore vibrant Christchurch, outdoor adventure-packed Queenstown, and New Zealand’s wine country rounds out this... Read More

Categories: Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

6 days

Free cancellation

$1,265
per person

7-Day Great Glacier Explorer Tour by AAT KIngs
Spend a week exploring the incredible scenery of the South Island with this collection of cruises and tours. With unique wildlife in the valleys and fjords, a ride on a vintage steam ferry, and one of the world's most spectacular... Read More

Categories: Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

7 days

Free cancellation

$1,877
per person

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

$14
per person

Adrenalin Forest Zipline Course
Discover an incredible adventure as you zipline through a forest course in Christchurch. In the ultimate test of bravery, zip through this aerial obstacle course, which is surrounded by 7. 5 acres (3 ha) of lush New Zealand forest. Read More

Categories: Adventures

3 hours

Free cancellation

$27
per person

Akaroa Cruise Excursion - Christchurch City & Antarctic Center
Discover Banks Peninsula and the city of Christchurch, enjoying convenient roundtrip transportation from your cruise ship in Akaroa. Visit famed botanical gardens, witness the devastation from the 2011 earthquake, and see penguins at the International Antarctic Center. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

$91
per person

Akaroa Cruise Excursion - Christchurch City Sightseeing & Farm Tour
See both the city and rural side of New Zealand on an excursion away from your ship. Drive through the breathtaking scenery past Lakes Forsyth on your way to Christchurch Botanical Gardens. Explore the city, and then spend the afternoon... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

$98
per person

Akaroa Cruise Excursion - Christchurch Sightseeing & Jetboating
Take a tour of central Christchurch's main landmarks, and then get on a jet boat and speed through the waters of the lower Waimakariri River. Along the way, appreciate a variety of New Zealand scenery, including towering mountains and sprawling... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

$98
per person

Akaroa Cruise Excursion - City Sights & Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Tour
Step ashore and meet your tour guide for a trip perfectly catered to your strict cruise schedule. Explore the countryside of Banks Peninsula where you see breathtaking panoramas, and then visit some of the top highlights of Christchurch including the... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

$88
per person

Akaroa Cruise Excursion - Harbor Nature Cruise
Leave your cruise ship behind to board a catamaran that can show you the many natural wonders around Akaroa Harbour. Journey around an extinct volcanic crater as you watch the local wildlife, including the rare Hector's dolphin, in the water... Read More

$48
per person

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

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$50
per person

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch City Sightseeing Tour
Discover the sights of Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula with a scenic excursion that shows you the best of the South Island's largest city. You can get breathtaking views of the Southern Alps, visit the charming Botanic Gardens, and explore... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

$55
per person

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

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities

4 hours

Free cancellation

$63
per person

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

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours

Free cancellation

$277
per person

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

Free cancellation

$284
per person

Bungee Jumping by Thrillseekers Adventures
Leap into the air over the Waiau River for a thrilling bungee-jumping experience amid New Zealand's famous outdoors. With a 115-foot (35-m) drop into the spectacular river valley, you can experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of defying gravity in the wild.... Read More

Categories: Adventures

30 minutes

Free cancellation

$110
per person

Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour
Experience the natural beauty of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens with an eco-friendly ride aboard an electric tour vehicle. See one of the finest collections of exotic and indigenous plants in New Zealand, and learn about the history of this treasured... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour

Free cancellation

$13
per person

Christchurch Tramway Dinner Experience
The only restaurant Tram in New Zealand offers a unique way to see the city while enjoying a delicious dinner. Sip a welcome drink and savor a 4-course meal while the air-conditioned Tram travels through the city. Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$137
Group ( 2 Travelers )

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

Free cancellation

$23
per person

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

Free cancellation

$226
per person

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

Free cancellation

$189
per person

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

Free cancellation

$173
per person

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

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

Free cancellation

$209
per person

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

Free cancellation

$232
per person

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

Free cancellation

$65
per person

Half-day Sightseeing Tour of Christchurch by Canterbury Leisure Tours
Explore museums, art centers, sprawling botanic gardens, and more on this comprehensive 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

Free cancellation

$45
per person

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

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Spas & Beauty, Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$186
per person

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

Free cancellation

$408
per person

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

Free cancellation

$408
per person

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

Free cancellation

$430
per person

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

Free cancellation

$603
per person

Iconic Sightseeing Tour by Christchurch Grand Tour
Board a luxury coach for an interactive guided tour of Christchurch. See the best the city has to offer including 4 premium attractions—Punting on the Avon, the Gondola, the Botanic Gardens, and the Tram. Read More

$78
per person

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

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$175
per person

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

Free cancellation

$78
per person

Jet Boating Ride by Thrillseekers Adventures
Get a chance to experience an adventure in New Zealand's famous outdoors with a jet boat ride along the Waiau River. A professional driver takes you through narrow gorges and whitewater rapids for an exhilarating ride in the special natural... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities

1 hour

Free cancellation

$75
per person

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

Free cancellation

$195
per person

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

Free cancellation

$166
per person

Port Hills Gondola Experience
Enjoy spectacular 360-degree views across the Canterbury Plains, the Southern Alps, and Lyttleton Harbor with a ride on the Christchurch Gondola. Ride the cable car for more than 3,000 feet (900 m) into the Port Hills, where you admire the... Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$16
per person

Punting Ride on the Avon River
Punting on the beautiful Avon River is an iconic Christchurch attraction not to be missed. Summer or winter, glide along the tranquil Avon River in Christchurch as a skilled punter in traditional Edwardian attire propels you slowly along the water.... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

30 minutes

Free cancellation

$16
per person

River Rafting on Waiau River Canyon by Thrillseekers Adventures
Enjoy a rafting adventure in the idyllic natural environment of Hanmer Springs on this journey through the idyllic Waiau River canyon. With Grade 2 rapids just a 90-minute drive north of Christchurch and a jet-boat ride on your return journey,... Read More

Categories: Adventures

2 hours

Free cancellation

$97
per person

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

Free cancellation

$130
per person

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

Free cancellation

$16
per person

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

Free cancellation

$228
per person

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

Free cancellation

$104
per person

Vintage Tram City Tour
As you travel on the newly extended track of the Christchurch Tram, enjoy this environmentally friendly and historic way to explore the city. Board a beautifully restored vintage Tram, one of the city's leading attractions, and hop off at any... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tickets & Passes, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$13
per person

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

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$104
per person

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

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$65
per person

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

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$85
per person

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

Free cancellation

$82
per person

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