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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. Grand Traverse from Lake Tekapo

    Grand Traverse from Lake Tekapo

    Explore New Zealand's highest mountains, ice and snow fields, see twelve major glaciers and fly over 200 kilometres of breathtaking alpine scenery. From the beautiful, turquoise glacier-fed lakes in the East, to the great ice fields spilling down through the West Coast rainforests into the Tasman Sea below. Our aircraft especially selected for flightseeing ensures that every passenger has a window seat and wings-above to ensure optimum viewing below. Pilots provide a full and informative commentary with multi language commentary brochures supplied. Flights depart from Lake Tekapo, Glentanner Park, Mt Cook or Franz Josef. Very popular inter-airport flightseeing options between Lake...
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Alpine Jet Thrills - Braided Shallows

    Alpine Jet Thrills - Braided Shallows

    Braided Shallows - Christchurch Choose from our brand new AirBoat operation - just like the ‘gator huntin’ AirBoats in the Everglades of Florida USA, or the Kiwi born and bred JetBoat skimming the shallows of the Waimakariri Braided Shallows. Just 15 mins from the CBD located in the Waimakariri Regional Park. Features: AirBoat experiences range from 20 - 30mins JetBoat experiences range from 20 - 90mins Corporate Team Building & Incentive events (including catering) Combo deals available for groups
  10. 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...
  11. Alpine Jet Thrills - Canyon Safaris

    Alpine Jet Thrills - Canyon Safaris

    Skim across the turquoise waters, soak in the towering cliff faces that make up the mountains of the Southern Alps and marvel as waterfalls cascade to join the mighty Waimakariri River. Your jet boating experience offers a diverse combination of a scenic sensory experience and adrenaline pumping exhilaration! Explore jet boating history at our base at Jet Boat World. Features: AirBoat experiences range from 20 - 30mins JetBoat experiences range from 20 - 90mins Conference Facilities available at Jet Boat World Corporate Team Building & Incentive events (including catering) Combo deals available for groups
  12. Alpine Safari Tour

    Alpine Safari Tour

    For a journey you’ll never forget, join Hassle-free Tours on an Alpine Safari Tour: a great opportunity to experience life and adventure in the Southern Alps. You are collected from your central Christchurch accommodation and taken on a scenic journey into the Southern Alps. Our friendly local guide provides an entertaining and informative commentary throughout your journey. Once in the mountains, you'll experience the thrill of a jet boat ride, an off-road 4WD adventure, a guided walk and enjoy a kiwi-style lunch at a country café before boarding the world famous Tranz Alpine train for a stunning trip back through the mountains and across the Canterbury Plains. This is a...
  13. Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Tours | Adventure South NZ

    Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Tours | Adventure South NZ

    From New Zealand’s highest mountain – Aoraki/Mt Cook, to the turquoise hydro-lakes and tussock-lands of the Mackenzie Country and lush farmland of the Waitaki Valley, few cycle trails offer the diversity and variety of spectacular landscapes. Choose from our tried and tested Alps to Ocean itineraries: - 6 Day Alps to Ocean Classic - 6 Day E-Bike Alps to Ocean - 7 Day Alps to Ocean End to End - 3 Day Best of the Alps to Ocean Book online or talk to our team today. Make the most of our COVID-19 deposit security with $200 refundable deposits.
  14. Alps to Ocean Classic Tour | Adventure South NZ

    Alps to Ocean Classic Tour | Adventure South NZ

    Explore some of the most scenic landscapes in New Zealand's South Island by bike on our 6 day fully supported Alps to Ocean Cycle tour. Encounter the majesty of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki, Mt Cook, the sweeping tussocklands of the Mackenzie Country, and the flowing rivers, vineyards, and farmland of the Waitaki Valley as you cycle towards the historic and vibrant coastal town of Oamaru on the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. Included is 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners; 5 nights hotel/motel en-suite accommodation; professional qualified driver/guide; 2 professional guides/drivers on trips with 8 or more people; private vehicle transport; water and snacks while cycling. E-bikes...
  15. Alps to Ocean End to End Tour | Adventure South NZ

    Alps to Ocean End to End Tour | Adventure South NZ

    Meeting in Queenstown, we drive to the base of the mighty Southern Alps. Our journey begins with a stunning heli-flight across the Tasman river before cycling through the vast tussock-lands of the Mackenzie Country, along the braided rivers and vineyards of the Waitaki Valley, all the way to the white-stone township of Oamaru. A highlight of this trip is the hand picked accommodation where we stay at a mix of lodges, premium backcountry farmstays, motels and luxurious glamping tents. We also offer a shorter 6 day Alps to Ocean Cycle itinerary that begins from the alternate trail start at Lake Tekapo. Bike hire and e-bike hire available for hire.
  16. 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,...
  17. Dark Sky Project - Takapō (Tekapo) Lakefront, Lake Tekapo

    Dark Sky Project - Takapō (Tekapo) Lakefront, Lake Tekapo

    Formerly Earth & Sky, Dark Sky Project is proud to be New Zealand’s premier stargazing and observatory experience located in one of the best regions in the world for seeing the night skies. Exclusive to Dark Sky Project, enjoy a world leading experience at any of our evening locations: the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory, the Church of the Good Shepherd and Cowan’s Observatory. Our world-first multimedia Dark Sky Experience allows you to discover the night skies from a unique cultural and scientific perspective during the day and in all-weather conditions. Dark Sky Project is also home to two exquisite eateries: Dark Sky Diner and Astro Café. Both boast spectacular views...
  18. 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 at www.aoteanz.com, so all products and brands are available to anyone in the world. Aotea Gifts Christchurch operates from 10am until at least 6pm; 365 days a year. 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,...
  19. 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!
  20. Aotea Gifts - Tekapo

    Aotea Gifts - Tekapo

    At Aotea Gifts, you can find everything from fashion, skincare and health products, to gifts and trinkets. Our Tekapo store sells locally made crafts and gifts, and stocks a wonderful range of Merino wool clothing. We provide an extensive range of products because we want travellers to be able to collect and capture tangible memories from their New Zealand experience. Come and visit us today. We are multilingual, and will do our best to meet your shopping needs. We're also online so all products and brands are available to anyone in the world.
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