Christchurch is the main city located in the province of Canterbury and features ocean, Alps, plains and peaks. It offers an amazing variety of activities and attractions.
Christchurch, known as ‘The Garden City’ has a population of 340,000.
Within two hours of arriving at Christchurch airport you can be; on the ski slopes, wine tasting, white water rafting, cruising Akaroa Harbour, playing a round of golf, challenging yourself to a sky dive, bungy jumping, mountain biking, wind surfing and experiencing whale watching (to name just a few things you can enjoy).
While in this region you can visit Aoraki Mount Cook (New Zealand’s highest peak) or do some hiking in Arthur’s Pass National Park. Closer to Christchurch there is fabulous Banks Peninsula featuring quaint villages and stunning bays.
If you are visiting Akaroa (located near Christchurch) on a cruise ship, there are many Shore Excursions to choose from.
Discover and book activities in Christchurch . . .
Banks Peninsula Walk:
The Banks Peninsula track offers spectacular views of the Peninsula and will suit most levels of fitness. You have the option of a two or four day walk – both commencing and terminating in Akaroa and with huts to stay in on the way. The Banks Peninsula track is renown for its remote scenery where you will find waterfalls, beaches, native bush and an amazing volcanic coastline.
On the outskirts of Christchurch you will find the Adrenalin Forest, challenging you to 100 various hire wire activities and 20 flying foxes. This venue is perfect for all ages and levels of fitness. Here you can challenge yourself/your family & friends or maybe compete as a group.
The Rangitata River is home to some amazing water rafting adventures. It’s make a great fun day trip from Christchurch. The action on the water is matched by the scenery. Parts of the river are grade 5 which provides an adrenalin rush!!
Hot Air Ballooning:
With mountain ranges on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, Christchurch is unique for Hot Air Ballooning. The Canterbury Plains offer spectacular views from above a number of different locations to land below.
Cruise Ship Shore Excursions in Akaroa / Christchurch:
Choose from a variety of Shore Excursions specifically designed and created for cruise ship passengers visiting Akaroa/ Christchurch.
Jet boating thrills:
When it comes to fast paced adventure on the water, nothing beats the thrill of jet boating on a New Zealand river. And not far from Christchurch you will find one of the best and most spectacular places for this – the Waimak River gorge.
The Port Hills, overlooking Christchurch, is a favourite spot for paragliding. Enjoy commanding views of the Southern Alps, Canterbury Plains, Lyttelton Harbour and the picturesque bays and inlets of Banks Peninsula. Some paragliding operators also offer customised adrenaline packed adventures for those looking for something even more exciting.
Hanmer Springs, north of Christchurch, offers Heli-sight seeing tours, a number of amazing helicopter experiences (such as organised hunting and fishing trips), canoe adventures, an Olive grove & gardens tour and Alpine golfing.
Stargazing in the South Island:
New Zealand is home to the darkest skies in the world which makes star gazing something quite unique. The central South Island region of Lake Tekapo was recently named the world’s first “starlight reserve” by UNESCO. Here, light pollution is strictly controlled and monitored allowing a stargazing experience that is simply incredible. Tours are available from Christchurch.
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