Akaroa and Harbour Cruise:
Visit the quaint and historic French settlement located on Banks Peninsula. Travel a very high back country road for Panoramic views of the peninsula, the ocean and the distant alps. Relax onboard a nature and eco harbour cruise. Includes a cheese tasting at a cheese factory and time to browse in the village.
Swimming with Dolphins - Akaroa:
The scenic Akaroa Harbour is home to one of the worlds smallest and rarest dolphins, the Hectors or New Zealand dolphin. Join us on an incredible adventure to swim (or watch) the dolphins and other marine wildlife. Our catamaran has been especially designed for viewing and the twin jets provide maximum safety for you and the dolphins. The boat seats up to 20 people and has a covered cabin which can be heated for extra comfort. Highly trained crew will provide information on how to interact with the dolphins along with safety information. (Runs November - April).
The Māori name for Christchurch O-Tautahi - the people of Tautahi a Ngai Tahu Chief. He esablished his pa settlement on the banks of Otakaro.
Tranz Alpine Train Journey:
The scenic Tranz Alpine Train departs Christchurch each day and makes the trip across the Canterbury Plains, through Arthur's Pass to Greymouth and return.
Kaikoura: Whale Watching, Swimming with Dolphins & Albatross:
Kaikoura is a popular day trip from Christchurch.
Punting on the Avon:
An iconic Christchurch activity not to be missed. Admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the changing face of the city centre as you are expertly guided gently along the Avon River on our authentic Edwardian punting tours.