Day Trips from Christchurch

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  • Christchurch Gondola and Tram City Tour Combo

    1. Christchurch Gondola and Tram City Tour Combo

    Climb aboard the Christchurch Gondola cable car and enjoy spectacular 360-degree views across the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps as you glide across the slopes of Mount Cavendish in the Port Hills. See as far as the city and harbor as you ride up to the summit 445 meters above sea level. Make use of the facilities at the top, such as the Time Tunnel ride, a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the region. Revive your spirits at the Red Rock Café before or after going for a walk or bike ride along the many nature trails. Take a unique sightseeing tour of the inner city aboard an antique tram as the driver provides a live and entertaining commentary. A full circuit takes 50 minutes and includes 17 stops, where you can hop on and off as often as you wish. Visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Cathedral Junction, Canterbury Museum, and much more.  

    Both great activities rather busy because of school holididay but overall a great experience

  • Mount Cook & Lake Tekapo Day Tour from Christchurch

    2. 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.

  • From Christchurch: Helicopter Flight to Akaroa

    3. From Christchurch: Helicopter Flight to Akaroa

    Embark on a helicopter flight from Christchurch that follows the spectacular rugged coastline until you head inland to Akaroa harbour. The locals will tell you that no trip to the Christchurch area can be complete without a visit to Akaroa, the jewel in Banks Peninsula’s crown. On the way, discover the lush forests and grasslands that run down the hillsides to the azure water of the endless bays, fed by the Pacific Ocean itself. Upon arrival at Akaroa explore its excellent shops, cafés, and restaurants. Early French settlers gave Akaroa its heritage and distinct French feel that is reflected in the names of the streets and local bays.

  • Akaroa Day Tour with Harbour Cruise from Christchurch

    4. Akaroa Day Tour with Harbour Cruise from Christchurch

    Enjoy a day trip to Akaroa, a charming township nestled in an inner harbour bay of Akaroa Harbour on the Banks Peninsula. The tour begins with pick up from your Christchurch hotel. Head out along the road to Akaroa via Lake Ellesmere, Lake Forsyth, and Little River. Pause at the Hill Top to experience panoramic views of Akaroa Harbour before heading into town. The township contains a host of historic buildings, craft and gift shops along with a multitude of idyllic photo opportunities. An optional lunch is available at the popular Bully Hayes restaurant nestled in the naturally picturesque setting of Akaroa Village. After lunch, enjoy a nature cruise that will showcase the delights of Akaroa Harbour. Keep a lookout for dolphins, penguins, and seals!  On your return journey to Christchurch, stop at the Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory to sample some fine New Zealand cheese. Your tour conclud...

    Picked us up in a comfy van. Very knowledgeable guide with amazing time management. Shout out to Grahams! Get to see some dolphins and seals and truly enjoyed the lunch given. Ordered blue cods and salmons and breads for starters. Perfect weather. Managed to walk around after lunch. All in all, 10/10. Really worth it!!

  • Waipara Wine Trail Tour from Christchurch

    5. 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.

  • Kaikoura Whale Watching Premium Day Tour from Christchurch

    6. Kaikoura Whale Watching Premium Day Tour from Christchurch

    Spend your day getting close to nature on a fully-guided tour to Kaikoura from Christchurch. After pick-up from your Christchurch hotel, travel by road through the rural pastoral scenes of North Canterbury and the wine growing region of Waipara. Arrive in Kaikoura where mountains meet the sea and take in the tranquility of the area.   Transfer to a whale watching vessel for an exciting up-close encounter in an area world renowned for its variety of marine mammals. Keep a lookout for the world's largest toothed predator, the Giant Sperm Whale. Marvel at acrobatic Dusky Dolphins and a great variety of marine birdlife. After your whale watching experience, you have time to enjoy lunch; you can upgrade when booking to include a tasty and filling cafe lunch or alternatively bring your own. After lunch, visit a Fur Seal colony on the rocky shores surrounding Kaikoura and see these adorable c...

    Bus to the boat was cool, boarding quick and easy, commentary was great and thankful we got to see a whale.

  • From Christchurch: Day Trip to Arthur's Pass

    7. 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: 20-Minutes City Helicopter Flight

    8. Christchurch: 20-Minutes City Helicopter Flight

    Discover the city of Christchurch from above on a scenic helicopter flight. The city is known for its English heritage and fondly referred to as the Garden City due to its abundance of parks and trees. Observe the lush banks of the serpentine Avon River and the beautiful botanical gardens, which are a delight to see from above. Your expert pilots will inform and entertain you with all the latest facts and points of interest such as the Cathedral, new landmarks including the library, and the vision for the future of this thriving city. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Banks Peninsula which is formed from three now dormant volcanoes, where you will also see the busy Port of Lyttelton. On the return leg enjoy a bird’s eye view of the estuary and coastline before you return via the seaside suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffs.

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

    9. 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.

  • Christchurch: City to Sea Electric Bike Tour

    10. Christchurch: City to Sea Electric Bike Tour

    Pedal your way along the popular Avon River Trail and take in the sights as you watch the landscape change from the city to the sea. Enjoy a relaxing bike ride as you explore the Red Zone and learn more about Christchurch and the earthquakes that created the Red Zone from your guide.  The 12km Avon River trail takes in a mixture of purpose-built cycle and walking track as well as roads that have been closed to motorised vehicles following the 2011 earthquake. No longer a demolition zone, the Avon River corridor is a green space that bridges the city and coast. Enjoy a coffee in the village of New Brighton, take in the pier and seaside air. There is plenty of time to explore with fantastic views of the Port Hills and a different perspective on Christchurch. Your knowledgeable guide will teach you the impact of the earthquakes that created the Red Zone and the vast history of Christchurc...

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What people are saying about Christchurch

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 80 reviews

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

Lovely time, with several scenic stops along the way. The weather was against us but everything was done to maximise the experience regardless.