Canterbury, New Zealand
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  • Mount Cook Ultimate Alpine Helicopter & Ski Plane Experience

    1. Mount Cook Ultimate Alpine Helicopter & Ski Plane Experience

    Explore the Mount Cook area from the ground and the air on this thrilling helicopter and ski plane tour. Start off by driving through the Kawarau Gorge for stunning views, enter the fruit and wine region of Cromwell as you pass huge fields of vines, cross Lake Dunstan and follow this beautiful lake towards Lindis Pass, which offers stunning views of the valleys below. See several of the famous Merino sheep on the drive before arriving in Omarama and continuing to Lake Pukaki, a brilliant blue lake framed by Aoraki and Mount Cook. Next, get ready for an unforgettable ski plane experience and helicopter ride which includes a glacier snow landing on the Tasman Glacier. Spend two and a half hours of free time in the national park before making your way back to High Country Salmon, a local salmon farm, where you can feed the fish and taste some of the freshest salmon in New Zealand.

  • Christchurch Tramway Restaurant 4 Course Dinner Tour

    2. Christchurch Tramway Restaurant 4 Course Dinner Tour

    Climb aboard a vintage tram for a unique dinner tour of Christchurch. Admire the city’s sights illuminated for the night as you dine on a 4-course, chef prepared menu. The colonial-style Christchurch Tram has been fully refurbished inside and out to create a cozy, intimate experience. It’s fully air-conditioned for comfortable dining at any time of year. Enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival. Glide past city highlights, such as the Avon River and Botanic Gardens on a 2.5-hour journey through the city center. See how the city has been rebuilt since the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Popular with locals and out-of-towners, the dinner tour features chef-prepared menus in a dining car for up to 36 people. Enjoy seasonal fare served from the tram’s tiny kitchen, including a first course, main course and dessert. As well as a creative selection of innovative meals, the chefs can also cater ...

    Definitely a must do. Even if you only do it once make a booking you wont regret it. It is a unique experience.

  • Akaroa Harbour 2-Hour Nature Cruise

    3. Akaroa Harbour 2-Hour Nature Cruise

    Experience an award-winning nature cruise of Akaroa Habor. Discover wildlife like dolphins, seals, penguins, and other seabirds. Gaze upon giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa's fascinating past.  Travel on a modern catamaran, which is perfect for viewing the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour. There's lots of room on the two decks for unimpeded viewing and plenty of covered seating for shade and shelter. Inside, for your convenience you'll find a bar and washrooms. Each cruise is fully narrated by your skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and the history of the harbour. As Akaroa Harbour was a live volcano millions of years ago, there are many spectacular ancient lava flows to be seen. One cliff has a sheer 500-foot face and a fascinating history, while Nikau Palm Gully is the southernmost limit for these tropical palm trees. There is also the incredib...

    Everything was good, but as a disabled person, it was difficult to get on/off the boat. When I did get on, the only real option for me to sit was at the stern (outside) and I didn't see as much of the sea life as others. It was a bit chilly at times and it would've been very difficult to get inside. However, the other people in my group (7 of them) really enjoyed the trip and probably would've given you 5 stars.

  • Akaroa: Swimming with Wild Dolphins 3-Hour Experience

    4. Akaroa: Swimming with Wild Dolphins 3-Hour Experience

    Swim with the endangered Hector’s Dolphin, the world’s rarest and smallest oceanic dolphin. On New Zealand’s ultimate dolphin experience, you’ll have the chance to see and swim with Hector's dolphins close up, in the wild.  Check-in at Akaroa’s main wharf and meet the friendly crew who will provide you with a warm wetsuit, mask, snorkel, booties, gloves, and a hood if necessary. Climb aboard the jet-powered catamaran and cruise out into the sheltered harbor. The highly trained crew will give you a safety briefing and explain how to interact responsibly with the dolphins.  With only 12 swimmers permitted per vessel, you’ll have a greater chance of seeing the dolphins up close. Gear up and slip into the tranquil harbor waters to join the dolphins their natural habitat. The covered vessel has no propellers, making it safer for you and the dolphins. Warm up in the heated cabin or take a ho...

    Very well organsied, great safety briefing and clear instructions. We swam with about 8 dolpins and a Royal Albatros landed in the water near our group which was an extra bonus to see such a large majestic bird so close.

  • From Queenstown: Mount Cook Small Group Adventure

    5. From Queenstown: Mount Cook Small Group Adventure

    At 3724m, Aoraki/Mt Cook is by no means among the world’s tallest but with the nearby Mt Cook village just 750m above sea-level, the mountain can be viewed without any acclimatization whatsoever, and so this tour is perfect for people of all levels of fitness. The guided tour begins with pickups in Queenstown and Frankton, before you then travel through the stunning Kawarau gorge to Cromwell. After making a comfort stop in the quaint township of Omarama (where you have the option to taste one of the best creamy chicken pies in New Zealand), you climb your way through Lindis Pass, one of only 3 alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps. As you exit the Pass, you may catch glimpses of the mighty mountain itself; but before arriving there is much more to see, including what many consider one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Lake Pukaki is one of the bluest lakes ...

    Pick up exactly on time. driving was great, tour guide Callum was very funny and friendly and made sure we all got to our activities on time and had a great day. Highly recommend.

  • Mount Cook & Lake Tekapo Day Tour from Christchurch

    6. Mount Cook & Lake Tekapo Day Tour from Christchurch

    Experience dramatic glacier lakes, snow-capped mountains, and beautiful alpine walks on a small-group day trip from Christchurch. Home to Southern Alps, Aoraki/Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand at a height of 3724 meters. After pick-up from your hotel, journey to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, located a 4 hours' drive though spectacular and breathtaking landscapes. Stretch your legs at the historic town of Geraldine and treat your taste buds at an artisan cheese shop, or browse for Merino and Alpaca fleece clothing. Visit the heart of Mackenzie Country, the captivatingly turquoise Lake Tekapo, the iconic Church of Good Shepherd, and the well-recognized statue of Sheepdog. Travel through Lake Pukaki and admire stunning views of Mt. Cook from a distance. Arrive at your final destination of Mount Cook where you'll savor a scrumptious buffet lunch at Hermitage Hotel. Enjo...

    Very informative guide. Great recommendations. Great views of lake tekapo, lake pukaki & the southern alps. Highly recommend if you have a day to spare and would like to sit back & relax while your guide takes you to & back from Christchurch.

  • Waipara Wine Trail Tour from Christchurch

    7. Waipara Wine Trail Tour from Christchurch

    Discover four boutique wineries in North Canterbury on a half-day wine-tasting tour from Christchurch. Depart in the morning or the afternoon, with the option to include a platter winery lunch. After pick-up from your Christchurch hotel, journey 45 minutes to Waipara, one of South Island’s up-and-coming wine regions. The region is well known for its warm, dry climate and rich alluvial soils - ideal for superior wine production. Over forty vineyards and wineries pepper the landscape of the valley, with Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominating local plantings. Visit cellar doors and tasting rooms on guided tours of four boutique vineyards in North Canterbury. Enjoy tastings of a distinctive selection of both red and white wines at Pegasus Bay, Waipara Springs, Greystone Winery and Waipara Hills Winery. Enjoy a lunch of fresh seasonal dishes that pair well with your...

    We enjoyed the tour but feel that lunch would better if it had been provided a little later on the tour- probably at the second winery. Our driver was excellent and very accommodating.

  • Franz Josef Glacier: 2-Hour Scenic Lake Mapourika Cruise

    8. Franz Josef Glacier: 2-Hour Scenic Lake Mapourika Cruise

    Soak up panoramic views of the Southern Alps and glaciers reflecting on the mirror-like waters of Lake Mapourika on this 2-hour scenic cruise. The lake was created by the Franz Josef Glacier as it retreated 14,000 years ago and now sits calm and reflective between the Southern Alps and the sea. Meet your experienced skipper and small group at the office in Franz Josef and take a complimentary transfer out to Lake Mapourika. Board the boat, then sit back and relax onboard the Hanna-k in the comfortable enclosed cabin or on the covered back deck. Your skipper will take you through to the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary on the far shorelines of the lake and will help you spot New Zealand's native birds. Enjoy informative commentary and fascinating stories as you cruise past untouched Jurassic rainforest and 900-year-old Kahikatea trees. Sip on a cup of complimentary tea or coffee as you unwind in...

    Blessed with perfect morning weather we had an exceptionally beautiful still lake and scenery.

  • From Christchurch: Day Trip to Arthur's Pass

    9. From Christchurch: Day Trip to Arthur's Pass

    Get picked up from your hotel in Christchurch and dropped off at the train station to embark on a stunning ride to Arthur's Pass aboard the TranzAlpine train. Admire the incredible natural scenery from panoramic windows and open air viewing decks before hopping off to meet your guide again. Enjoy lunch at a local cafe and explore the village of Arthur's Pass. Take advantage of your guide's recommendations for some popular walks in the National Park with incredible views. Then drive down to Otira Viaduct which provides impressive views of red flowering rata in summer months. Keep your eyes peeled for the inquisitive Kea (alpine parrot) well known for its cheeky nature. On your return journey, travel by road in a luxurious minivan, making a few scenic stops on the way. Take a coffee break and capture stunning mirror images at Lake Pearson. Then wander through the towering limestone rock ...

    Great trip and great guide. The guide was very knowledgable and surprised us with special features such as snacks for the trip.

  • Christchurch: Rock Climbing with Guide, Lunch, and Transport

    10. Christchurch: Rock Climbing with Guide, Lunch, and Transport

    The tour starts with a short scenic drive on the way up to the climbing area, known locally as a “crag.” Only 15 minutes from Christchurch, the road passes through the second longest road tunnel in New Zealand and into the historic port town of Lyttelton. You’ll have some time here to explore the quirky little town that has been the launching port for many Antarctic exploration voyages. Leaving Lyttelton, the road ascends steeply up Evans Pass affording views of Lyttelton Harbour and the busy port below. Just 15 minutes from Lyttelton, near the top of the Port Hills, is Cattlestop Crag and other pop-up climbing areas. Your guide will set up some suitable rock climbs for the group and, before anyone starts climbing, you'll have a safety briefing and learn you how to use the equipment. Once everyone has got the hang of the system, your guide will continue to set up appropriately challeng...

    The days activities were well planned, exciting and, at all times, done in such a way that safety was a priority.

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What people are saying about Canterbury, New Zealand

We had a fantastic time. Anujk was a very informative and experienced tour guide. We were provided with snacks and water. Anujk made sure to made us feel welcome and attended to. The mountains and lakes were absolutely breathtaking and there was snow and ice in winter which is a special sight in New Zealand. Everything looked picture perfect when we went. The hike to see Tasman Glacier was not too difficult albeit a tad slippery when descending, and the view at the top was very pretty. We recommended bringing warm gloves and shoes with good traction. Overall we really enjoyed our day with Anujk and we recommend this trip.

Trails we explored were Blue Lakes & Tasman Glacier View and Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake (to see the icebergs). Both have fantastic views during winter. This trip wouldn’t have been amazing without the excellent service of our guide, Anuj. Thank you Anuj!

Very informative guide. Great recommendations. Great views of lake tekapo, lake pukaki & the southern alps. Highly recommend if you have a day to spare and would like to sit back & relax while your guide takes you to & back from Christchurch.

It was such an amazing experience, our guide Anujk was very kind, he has a big knowledge of the places and he made our trip quite comfortable. I highly recommend this activity

Definitely a must do. Even if you only do it once make a booking you wont regret it. It is a unique experience.