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  1. Trans-Divide Excursions from Lake Tekapo to Franz Josef

    Trans-Divide Excursions from Lake Tekapo to Franz Josef

    The West Coast is a short flight away from Lake Tekapo and Air Safaris offers you the opportunity to fly over the main divide of the Southern Alps for a ½ day excursion. On the West Coast at Franz Josef you have a range of activities to choose from including nature tours, heli-hiking, four wheeler adventures, guided glacier walks, and a soak in the hot pools. We are happy to arrange activities for you. Experience a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks flying over New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers. Our aircraft offer a window seat for all passengers and have wings-above for unobstructed viewing below. Your friendly pilot...
  2. Twin Coast Cycle Tours | Adventure South NZ

    Twin Coast Cycle Tours | Adventure South NZ

    In true Northland style, the Twin Coast Cycle Trail is scattered with hidden gems, including the famous mosaic Huntervasser toilets, an 80m tunnel & classic Kiwi pubs. Our expert guides will show you the best highlights on and off the trail including a ferry to Russel & walk up Flagstaff Hill, a visit to the Te Rito Marae & the opportunity to explore the Bay of Islands by kayak, paddleboard or jet ski. Character-filled towns, atmospheric accommodation and friendly welcomes are all part of the package, as is the passion and local knowledge of our crew. This trip includes accommodation, most meals, transport to and from Auckland, guides, ferry crossing and more. Standard bike hire and...
  3. Waka on Avon

    Waka on Avon

    Leaving from our Booking Office at 794 Colombo Street, cnr Oxford Terrace and Colombo Street, opposite Victoria Square.This one hour waka paddling experience is an amazing historical and cultural trip on Ōtākaro Avon River. Experience the excitement of paddling a hand-crafted waka down the River Avon, and learn about the importance of the waka to Māori culture. Enjoy early stories of Canterbury's Ngāi Tahu iwi and the earliest European settlers, and the positive things they achieved building the city of Christchurch together.
  4. Wedding Venue with Southern Lakes Helicopters

    Wedding Venue with Southern Lakes Helicopters

    Either close at hand or further afield, we can fly the bride to the groom or the newly-weds and wedding party to a special somewhere in unforgettable style for the most amazing photo opportunities. Get in touch today and make your wedding day totally perfect.
  5. Weddings & Engagements – Scenic Helicopter Flights from Lake Tekapo

    Weddings & Engagements – Scenic Helicopter Flights from Lake Tekapo

    Our exclusive helicopter wedding or engagement packages mean you’ll have the flight all to yourselves! Celebrate your special day with a scenic flight and 30-minute private alpine or snow landing – the perfect backdrop for spectacular photos. If you’re planning a proposal with a difference, we have an exclusive location overlooking Lake Tekapo so you can ask your beloved that special question. Our wedding options can include a photographer package for three people, on a private flight to capture those perfect photos of your magical day. Flights range from 45 to 60 minutes and all wedding and engagement packages can be individually tailored for you – just talk to our friendly team about...
  6. West Coast Wilderness Cycle Tours | Adventure South NZ

    West Coast Wilderness Cycle Tours | Adventure South NZ

    The 136km West Coast Wilderness Trail showcases some of New Zealand’s most rugged and untamed landscapes from the old gold mining town of Ross to the port town of Greymouth. Ride through ancient rainforests, along glacial rivers and across wetlands, featuring stunning panoramas of the Southern Alps and glimpses of the Tasman Sea. Starting and finishing in Christchurch, our expert guides will show you the trail’s best sights such as gold rush relics, wildlife, and hidden natural wonders. Stop off at the Treetop Walkway, enjoy a seafood Pizza in Hokitika, or experience the World Class TranzAlpine train journey from Greymouth to Christchurch. Standard bike hire and e-bikes available.
  7. Whale Watch Kaikoura

    Whale Watch Kaikoura

    Kaikōura is the whale watching capital of New Zealand, every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant sperm whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins and the endangered wandering albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating humpback whales, pilot whales, blue whales and southern right whales. Kaikōura often hosts the orca - and is home to the world's smallest and rarest - the Hector's. Kaikōura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of albatross, 14 varieties of petrels...
  8. Whale Watching in Kaikōura | Rail Escape

    Whale Watching in Kaikōura | Rail Escape

    Departing Christchurch, your escape begins aboard the Coastal Pacific train, watching beautiful New Zealand scenery rolling by your window. Stepping into stunning Kaikōura, you will enter a world of magnificent marine life and fascinating history. You'll then embark on a sensational excursion with Whale Watch® Kaikōura, enjoy an intimate audience with albatross, the world's largest seabird, and explore legendary Kaikoura and its famous seal colony on a two-hour guided tour. Inclusions: Coastal Pacific train (return), morning tea & dinner onboard, packed lunch, guided sightseeing tour of Kaikōura, Kaikōura accommodation, Whale Watch boat experience,breakfast and transfers.
  9. Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Train

    Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Train

    Departing Christchurch aboard the Coastal Pacific, our two-day package will take you to the quaint seaside town of Kaikoura for an unforgettable day out with Whale Watch Kaikoura and the world's largest seabirds. Our Whale Watch Kaikōura package is simply unforgettable. This package includes: Return travel on Coastal Pacific, Coastal Pacific morning tea. Whale watch Kaikōura tour, Albatross Kaikōura tour and a 2-hour tour of Kaikōura. One night's accommodation with breakfast at your accommodation. Transfers between train, activities and accommodation and Coastal Pacific dinner.
  10. Wilderness Lodge Nature Adventures – Arthur's Pass

    Wilderness Lodge Nature Adventures – Arthur's Pass

    These activities are fun, personal and interactive. Join expert guides to hike alpine trails, discover the wildlife of Arthur's Pass National Park, kayak tranquil lakes, and experience life on a real working farm. See sheep-dogs in action, handfeed lambs and see merino sheep shearing. Sheep have been farmed here for over 150 years and farmer guides delight in sharing their world with guests. The Wilderness Lodge is located midway between Christchurch and the South Island's West Coast.
  11. 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...
  12. Wings Over Whales Kaikoura

    Wings Over Whales Kaikoura

    Whale watching by air offers a rare opportunity to view not only whales, but also dolphins and seabirds, all in their natural environment. Up close and personal, you’ll encounter the true magnitude of the world’s largest toothed predator – the Sperm Whale, which can grow to more than 15 metres in length and weighs up to 60 tonnes. Wings Over Whales operate two different aircraft depending on demand; an 8 seater Gippsland Airvan and a 4 seater Cessna 172. Located in an inviting log cabin terminal, visitors can enjoy great facilities such as a cafe, gift shop, viewing lounge and free car parking. Let Wings Over Whales and their professional, friendly team of pilots ensure your whale...
  13. YouFly Trial Flight - Kaikōura Helicopters

    YouFly Trial Flight - Kaikōura Helicopters

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be behind the controls of a helicopter? Our Youfly Trial Flight is great just for fun, or could be the first step towards a new career. Fly with an Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) qualified instructor who will guide you through the take-off, hovering, flight and landing phases of co piloting our Robinson R44 Helicopter. Allow for 45 minutes to an hour for the whole experience from safety briefing, flight to debrief.
  14. YouFly Trial Flight with Garden City Helicopters

    YouFly Trial Flight with Garden City Helicopters

    Fly your own helicopter with a Garden City Helicopters YouFly Trial Flight. Here's your chance to take off, at the controls of your very own helicopter. A Garden City Helicopters YouFly Trial Flight puts you safely behind the dual controls of helicopter for a 30 minute flight with a qualified flight instructor beside you the whole time guiding you through your take off, flight and landing. A unique flight experience as a one off or maybe the start of considering to train to a obtain a private pilots licence, or as a career as a commercial helicopter pilot. Garden City Helicopters is a division of GCH Aviation, Holders of CAA part 141 Aviation Training Organization Certificate.
  15. Zipline

    Zipline

    Experience the adrenaline rush of racing through the forest while you fly down the longest Zipline in New Zealand, all while taking in the incredible views around you. We have two great options available for customers: The Full Tour Not one, but four great zips – all a little bit different. The first one offers amazing panoramas which seem to stretch forever. The second gets you ready for the highest in New Zealand, soaring at 150m up. Then finish with New Zealand's longest zipline at 1.1km long. The full tour takes approximately 2.5 hours The Long Ride Experience New Zealand's longest zipline. This tour see's you fly high above the forest canopy and runs for approx 1.5 hours.
  16. Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch

    Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch

    Visit the beautiful unspoilt old French whaling depot of Akaroa.  Travel to Akaroa via Sign of Takahe, Sign of Kiwi, Governers bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Forsyth and Little River, stop at the Hill Top to experience panoramic views of Akaroa Harbour, visit the cheese factory at Barry's Bay and sample some fine New Zealand cheese, lunch in the naturally picturesque setting of Akaroa Village at the popular Bully Hayes Restaurant. In the afternoon enjoy a two hour cruise on the Canterbury Cat exploring the delights of Akaroa Harbour and sighting dolphins, penguins and seals.
  17. Akaroa Experience Package

    Akaroa Experience Package

    The perfect combo for you and your group if you wish to properly discover all of what Akaroa has to offer. Start the tour with an exciting, fun, safe harbor cruise to discover the beauty of the water and maybe encounter some of its unique habitant the Hector dolphins. Following this 2 hours trip it will be time to relax and open up your taste buds at French peak vineyard. There, in its cosy cellar door or in a lovely courtyard, you and your group will discover some of the award-winning local produce of Banks Peninsula with wine tasting and a platter to share including cheeses, smoke salmon, cured meat and more seasonal produces. Finish this glorious day with a cocktail at Ma Maison...
  18. Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari

    Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari

    Calling all adventurers! Slap on your life jacket, throw on some sunscreen and prepare your self for a very special experience. We will guide you through an extinct & flooded volcano crater and give you the chance to experience chance wildife encounters with endangered species eg: hector dolphins, white flippered penguins, and NZ fur seals which reside in the marine reserve. Witness some of the most stunning scenery in NZ while joining us on the most environmentally sensitive tours in the harbour. Small group numbers are key as we are visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, enjoy exploring this marine reserve in a low-impact and environmentally responsible...
  19. Akaroa Nature and History Tours - The Seventh Generation

    Akaroa Nature and History Tours - The Seventh Generation

    Discover the scenic beauty, history, nature and culture of Akaroa in one complete comprehensive tour. Visit some of the most important historic sites such as Takapuneke, the site of the Brig Elizabeth Te Rauparaha massacre, Onuku Marae where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed and Britomart Monument, the place of the British declaration of sovereignty. Experience fascinating natural sites like the Heritage Park that provides stunning views over Akaroa, the Wildside Project, a community-driven collaboration for predator control and the protection of native species, and the internationally renowned Hinewai Reserve. You will see, learn and experience the stories of our past, and leave with a...
  20. Alpine Horse Safaris - The Peaks, Hawarden

    Alpine Horse Safaris - The Peaks, Hawarden

    The Monument Memory - 2 hour trip On leaving the stables we ride across horse paddock around to bluff opposite irrigation intake. Leaving the Hurunui River behind us we zig-zag our way up to Stoney Face Saddle, on up ridge to summit and view the splendor of the Hurunui Plain, Balmoral Forest, Amuri Basin and Banks Peninsular to the far south. Riding along the ridge past Monument Rock, we descend down the slope past deer paddocks leaving the magnificent scenery as we return to the stable.
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