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Our most recommended Christchurch Natural Attractions & National Parks

  • Mount Cook & Lake Tekapo Day Tour from Christchurch

    1. 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: Day Trip to Arthur's Pass

    2. 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.

  • Arthur's Pass with TranzAlpine Train

    3. Arthur's Pass with TranzAlpine Train

    Experience the world famous TranzAlpine train journey on a guided day tour from Christchurch.  After pick-up from your Christchurch hotel, travel by road to Springfield. Board the TranzAlpine train to travel through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass - admire the stunning alpine scenery through the train's panoramic windows.  From Arthur’s Pass, tour over the snow-capped Southern Alps in the Arthur’s Pass National Park into the Otira Gorge, pausing for photo stops along the way. Visit the old village of Otira before returning to Arthur’s Pass for lunch. After lunch, explore the picturesque village of Arthur’s Pass and some of the many local walks.  On the return drive to Christchurch, visit a High Country Sheep Farm for afternoon tea, followed by a sheep shearing and sheep mustering demonstration. The tour concludes with your return to your Christchurch accommodation around 5:30 PM.  

    Janet was an excellent guide. Knowledgeable, voluble, friendly, and experienced. There were only three of us on the tour, too, so it felt very exclusive.

  • Christchurch: Guided Castle Hill Tour

    4. Christchurch: Guided Castle Hill Tour

    Leaving Christchurch via the "Great Alpine Highway", you'll cross the flat farmland of the Canterbury Plains towards the mountains. Halfway across the plains you will discover the small rural town of Darfield, where you will enjoy a short stop which will allow you to sample some of the local delicacies from the famous Darfield Bakery. Your next stop is Springfield, just 20 minutes down the road. Complete with its giant doughnut statue it's well worth a photo, and your guide will explain just how the town ended up with this giant doughnut. From Springfield the road winds its way up over Porters Pass at 900 meters, before continuing past Lake Lyndon and arriving at Castle Hill/Kura Tawhiti. This area is an amazing labyrinth of giant limestone boulders that sit in the Craigieburn Basin, surrounded by mountains. The area is rich with cultural and recreational significance and has a Tōpuni s...

  • Christchurch: Sea Kayaking Excursion

    5. Christchurch: Sea Kayaking Excursion

    Your guide will collect you from your accommodation or at the designated pickup point. Make your way to Lyttleton Harbor as you drive over the Port Hills via Dyers Pass. Enjoy stunning views of the mountains and coast. Your sea kayak journey begins and ends at Charteris Bay just three minutes from Christchurch’s city center. Your guide will teach you some basic paddle strokes and how to steer your boat before heading off. Paddling towards the head of the harbor, explore the many small bays and rocky cliffs along the way. Find secret sandy beaches while hearing stories about the area from your local guide. Leaving the coast, head out to Quail Island, the largest of the three islands in the harbor and learn about its rich local history. Paddle past a ship’s graveyard, with it's the three partially sunken steamships. Lunch is provided on Quail Island or one of the many small beaches in th...

    Sarah was a terrific guide. She thought of everything and was very patient with someone who had not been sea kayaking. I also got a free swim that I hadn't planned on. So everything went well.

  • Christchurch: Guided Crater Rim Walk in Banks Peninsula

    6. Christchurch: Guided Crater Rim Walk in Banks Peninsula

    Enjoy a full day guided walk on Banks Peninsula, an amazing outdoor playground for everybody visiting Christchurch. No more than a 30-minute ride from Christchurch city, enjoy an exhilarating walk around the Crater Rim Track surrounding the caldera of the ancient volcano. Marvel at the amazing views of the rugged Pacific coastline stretching across Pegasus Bay to the often snow covered Southern Alps as well as the picturesque Lyttelton harbor and wide expanses of the Pacific Ocean. The walk provides the opportunity to see and experience New Zealand at its very best. You can choose between a shared walking tour or a private guided walking tour. Begin your journey with pickup from your accommodation from your guide. On the drive to the site of the walk, listen to your guide's entertaining tales of the history of Christchurch and learn about the people who live here. Hot drinks will be pro...

    Nicole is the ultimate tour guide. She thought of everything. Great hike with beautiful views.

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What people are saying about Christchurch

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Sarah was a terrific guide. She thought of everything and was very patient with someone who had not been sea kayaking. I also got a free swim that I hadn't planned on. So everything went well.

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

Good customer service. Paced to your own abilities. Highly recommended