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  1. Active Earth Adventures

    Active Earth Adventures

    We are a small and passionate team who get real enjoyment out of matching you to the best possible holiday. We have a real passion for active travel, wild places and their conservation that we would love to share with you. As avid hikers, mountain bikers, canoeists and “give everything a go” people we are able to use our own personal knowledge and experience to provide guidance on which adventures will ensure your travel expectations are exceeded. We are here to ensure you choose a wilderness holiday that is exactly what you want – whether its challenge, rest, discovery or simply getting away from mobile networks (and the boss) .... We are here to help you!
  2. Albatross Encounter

    Albatross Encounter

    Kaikoura has a greater variety of seabird species within a small area than anywhere along the New Zealand coastline. It is Kaikoura's proximity to the deep ocean canyon systems which is largely responsible for providing the abundant wildlife which has led to Kaikoura becoming a "must visit" destination. A large array of seabirds, including albatross (up to12 species) petrels, shearwaters, prions and much more can be found within easy reach of our shores. The Albatross Encounter enables you to get up close to the seabirds, allowing for some fantastic photo opportunities.
  3. Air Safaris Helicopter - Weddings

    Air Safaris Helicopter - Weddings

    We are so lucky to be located at Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie Basin with breathtaking scenery in all directions. We have two wedding photography packages available from our Lake Tekapo base. These unique options are perfect for just the newlywed couple to enjoy a scenic helicopter flight and have the moment captured by their photographer. Each package is exclusively for three people and includes the helicopter and pilot to yourselves, a flight to an exclusive Mackenzie alpine location and a landing with 30 minutes to enjoy the surroundings and have some photos taken. If you’re planning to propose and want to do so with a difference, we have a fantastic spot overlooking Lake Tekapo for...
  4. Big Sky Stargazing

    Big Sky Stargazing

    The darkness of the night sky around Aoraki Mt Cook is unbeatable - its official! Let the team at Big Sky Stargazing introduce you to the wonders above. The 4367sq km Gold Status Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the largest in the world and for this tour you will be the centre of it all. Our experienced guides will introduce you to our beautiful southern night sky with a full hour using the naked eye, astro-binoculars and state of the art 14" and 11" astronomy telescopes. Unleash your imagination as you discover our neighbourhood in the universe including the southern cross, seasonal ecliptic objects, planets, planets, stunning star clusters, moons, distant galaxies and...
  5. Canterbury Trails

    Canterbury Trails

    At Canterbury Trails we don't just pick you up and drop you off, we make the in between, a journey to remember. The company is owner operated by Irene Hayward and Chris Platt. Both are well traveled Kiwis who love nothing better in providing an intimate, personalised and authentic journey around New Zealand's stunning South Island. If you want to explore the North Island, Canterbury Trails can organise that too. Irene, Chris and their hand picked guides understand the Kiwi lifestyle and know the locals and their customs. They guide only small groups on day trips or longer multi-day tours and can adapt the itinerary to meet the needs, interests and fitness levels if everyone in the group.
  6. Akaroa Day Tour and Harbour Cruise with Canterbury Trails

    Akaroa Day Tour and Harbour Cruise with Canterbury Trails

    Travel to Akaroa (New Zealand's only attempted French settlement). Pass through Banks Peninsula on the summit route which gives spectacular views. Arriving at Akaroa which sits in an ancient volcanic crater formed 6 million years ago. From the main wharf in boats depart for a Nature Cruise on the harbour. See Dolphins, penguins, seals, local bird life & learn more about the local history from your boat skipper. Explore the charming 175 year old harbour side village with it’s museum of settlers history, art & craft shops & studios before enjoying lunch at an award winning cafe. On the journey back to Christchurch we visit the Cheese Factory at Barry’s Bay. Courtesy city hotel/homestay...
  7. Canterbury Trails Tranz Alpine

    Canterbury Trails Tranz Alpine

    Canterbury Trails offers a unique 2 day and 1 night (there's an option for a longer trip, pricing differs) that'll take you 'coast to coast' to Queenstown. You'll be delivered to the world famous Tranz Alpine train, travelling through stunning country to the mountains of Arthurs Pass. Here you may get to meet the cheeky mountain parrot known as 'Kea'. The tour continues through the dramatic Otira Gorge and beech forests, to the West Coast of New Zealand on the Tasman Sea. Visit the greenstone/pounamu galleries of Hokitika and discover the importance of this stone to Maori. Head further south along this rugged coast, to the glaciers before crossing the ruggedHaast Pass to Wanaka, the Crown...
  8. Christchurch Garden City Tour with Canterbury Trails

    Christchurch Garden City Tour with Canterbury Trails

    We head towards the Port Hills which overlook Christchurch and present stunning views of the city, Canterbury Plains, Lyttleton Harbour and the distant Southern Alps. After dropping into Lyttleton Harbour you will have time explore a private Garden which has been growing since 1865 and include a great variety of exotic trees, shrub rhododendrons and camellias. Head over the crater rim to another private garden which has a strong New Zealand theme and a largely formal layout. Head towards Christchurch city stopping for a relaxing lunch, then visit the Botanical Gardens including a ride on the famous and informative Caterpillar, Here you will see exotic trees that are some of the largest, the...
  9. Alps2Ocean Cycle Trail

    Alps2Ocean Cycle Trail

    Explore the new Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, which makes some of the South Island's most dramatic scenery accessible to cyclists. There's 300 km of cycling from the tussocky alpine Mackenzie Country with its turquoise lakes, through rural towns to the Pacific Ocean in historic Oamaru. From Christchurch we'll drive you to the rugged Mackenzie Country, with its alps, hydro and glacial lakes, and incredibly starry skies. Then we roll through beautiful rural townships including Omarama, Otematata, Kurow and Duntroon. Finally we make it from the alps to the ocean: the harbour in Oamaru's Victorian Precinct, before a return drive to Christchurch. The tour includes all meals and accommodation,...
  10. Aotea Gifts - Christchurch

    Aotea Gifts - Christchurch

    Our range of merchandise is extensive, and we have everything from fashion, to food to trinkets. We want travellers to be able to collect and capture tangible memories from their New Zealand experience. At Aotea Gifts, customer service is our priority. This ensures a trustworthy, credible, and world-class Kiwi retail experience for our customers. We're also online so all products and brands are available to anyone in the world. The store is staffed by a team who understand our customer’s needs and provide a great New Zealand shopping experience. Our team speak a variety of languages, but we like our products to speak for themselves.
  11. Discover Christchurch City Tour - GreatSights New Zealand

    Discover Christchurch City Tour - GreatSights New Zealand

    On tour we will view some of the areas affected by the earthquakes, see how Christchurch is preserving some of its iconic heritage buildings and hear about the exciting vision to rebuild and restore the inner city. Your experience includes a 1 hour Tour around central Christchurch on New Zealand’s only Open Top Double Decker and a 2 hour Tour on a closed top Double Decker visiting places of interest in greater Christchurch. HIGHLIGHTS Hagley Park, Avon River, Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, Arts Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery, Provincial Chambers, Friendship Corner, Catholic Basilica, Bridge of Remembrance, ReStart Shipping Container Mall in Cashel St And much, much more!
  12. International Antarctic Centre

    International Antarctic Centre

    Journey through modern day Antarctica and experience a taste of this unique and breathtaking continent. Learn about the human impact on the continent, the wildlife and ecosystems and Antarctica’s effect on the globe.Brave an Antarctic storm, go off-road in a Hägglund, befriend a husky, mingle with the penguins, experience Antarctica from all four dimensions and leave with a head full of knowledge, a heart full of love and an inspiration to take action. Just like the explorers before you. See it. Love it. Save it.
  13. Ko Tane

    Ko Tane

    Your evening at Ko Tāne will include a traditional Māori powhiri (welcome), a fully interactive village and a kapahaka performance. In the village you will be shown the tools and skills of Māori hunter, the games he played and traditional instruments. The 45 minute kapahaka performance includes action songs, poi dances, haka, stick games, weapons displays, and the opportunity to learn the poi and the haka. Finally enjoy a Māori kai tasting experience with some Māori inspired canape tasters. Optional extra is entry to Willowbank & a 45 minute Guided Kiwi Tour to make a 'true kiwi experience'.
  14. Christchurch Helicopters Ltd

    Christchurch Helicopters Ltd

    We have a wide range of stunning scenic flight options to take you throughout Canterbury and beyond. A ride in a helicopter is a fantastic gift and creates a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Christchurch Helicopters are located at Christchurch International Airport, operating from ‘The Heli Centre’ in the Harewood Aviation Park. Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is a city of contrasts. Residents enjoy easy access to a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty, as well as an exciting and regenerating urban ambiance. Where else in the world could you ski at a world class alpine resort, bungy jump, mountain biking, whale watching visit world class...
  15. Christchurch Helicopters - City to Lyttelton Scenic

    Christchurch Helicopters - City to Lyttelton Scenic

    Discover Christchurch from a whole new perspective when you fly over the city. See the progress of the massive rebuild and the abandoned suburbs from the 2010/2011 earthquakes. Then on the way back head over Port Hills and Lyttelton Harbour for a dramatic view of the port and coastline. Our pilots will personalise this experience for you by sharing their local knowledge and insights of our big backyard as you fly over remarkable sights and landmarks. We have plenty to share with you and can’t wait for you to experience it.
  16. Soaring Kiwi - Christchurch Hop On Hop Off Tours

    Soaring Kiwi - Christchurch Hop On Hop Off Tours

    The Christchurch City Tour gives you a unique experience to see how the city is regenerating from Earthquake damage and emerging as a vibrant hub of activity. Set across two routes with 12 stops with a combo pass you can experience it all in a total of three hours with one hour spent on the central tour in the heart of the city and then switching onto the two hour Discover route to explore the wider Christchurch area. Explore Christchurch’s central city attractions on-board our ‘hop-on hop-off’ Central Tour. Learn about the history of the city and enjoy incredible views from the top deck of our unique open top bus.
  17. The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

    The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

    A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world’s greatest explorers, the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people and its place in the universe. Designed to educate and entertain, the centre features a spectacular state-of-the-art 3D Mount Cook Magic movie (Chinese & Japanese headset translations available), the world's southern most digital dome Planetarium, documentaries and a Museum which documents the pioneering heart of the region and features the impressive Hillary Gallery. The cafe and bar area offers indoor and outdoor seating and floor to ceiling mountain views. Explorer Passes includes unlimited...
  18. Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand Ltd

    Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand Ltd

    Pristine mountains and streams, crisp clean air, hear the sound of native birds, view wild game animals while on top of the world in the Southern Alps of NZ with Four Seasons Safaris. Only an hours drive West of Christchurch, yet you feel worlds away, is the idyllic Terrace Downs Resort, our luxury hunting or fishing base. Whether it's hunting the royal red stag, elk, the mountainous alpine tahr or chamois, playing a round golf on NZ #1 golf course while your others indulge in a day spa treatment, the options are endless. Stay at the luxury guesthouse or wilderness cabin surrounded by high country beauty. Satisfaction guaranteed. Hunting season runs February - August while fishing is...
  19. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

    Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

    Close encounters of the ‘wildlife kind’ are a Willowbank trademark. Meet New Zealand’s Big 5 with the Kiwi, the cheeky Kea, the ancient Tuatara, our bush parrot the Kaka and the very rare Takahe. Feed the wild eels and make friends with the livestock breeds unique to New Zealand. Listen to the kiwi as it forages by your feet. Embark on a journey through the history of New Zealand. See the impact of introduced species in ‘Wild NZ’ and meet old livestock breeds in ‘Heritage NZ’. Experience native wildlife in ‘Natural NZ’ and share our hope for their future. Relax and enjoy your experience in conservation. Willowbank is a place close to both Christchurch city and the airport where culture...
  20. South Island SOUTH Scenic Tour

    South Island SOUTH Scenic Tour

    Small group travel (up to 10 people); off the beaten track locations; very well organized meals and logistics; interaction with local communities; and perhaps most importantly, one of our fantastic friendly guides to look after you on the tour and make sure you have the best experience ever. Our scenic tours feature a combination of travel to beautifully scenic locations, visiting local sights of interest and museums, short (10-20min unguided) walks, wine tasting and other fun activities such as museums, wineries and glow worm cave tours.
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