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  1. 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.
  2. Arthur's Pass Day Tour & Tranz Alpine Train with Canterbury Trails

    Arthur's Pass Day Tour & Tranz Alpine Train with Canterbury Trails

    Picked up from your accommodation you are transferred to Arthur's Pass by TranzAlpine train. The journey across the Canterbury Plains and through the Waimakariri gorge is spectacular before you make your way to the high mountains of the Southern Alps and Arthur's Pass where you will be met by your Canterbury Trails guide. After exploring the village, Otira Gorge and finding the cheeky Kea (Alpine Parrot), you have the option of taking a number of short walks or one longer hike in the National Park to discover the unique flora and bird life of this ruggedly beautiful area. Lunch is enjoyed at a high country pub with spectacular vistas before we meander back to Christchurch via Lake Pearson...
  3. Ballooning Canterbury

    Ballooning Canterbury

    There is nothing quite so romantic and exciting as Hot Air Ballooning and floating effortlessly over an ever changing Canterbury Plains landscape. Great views of the Southern Alps to the Pacific ocean. This is a family owned business. Experienced pilot Michael has over 5500 hrs aviation experience. Flights 7 days a week, all flights are subject to weather. We fly a minimum of 2 people up to large groups.A glass of chilled champagne or fruit juice and a light snack are served after landing. Courtesy transfers for visitors to Christchurch from most central hotels and motels. Allow approximately 4-5 hours for this remarkable experience. The flight time is approximately one hour.
  4. Banks Track

    Banks Track

    Banks Track, NZ's original private walking track, has delighted visitors since 1989. It offers a glimpse of rural NZ by inviting you into our backyard. You will walk along Banks Track on farm tracks and following forest routes, over an extinct volcano with views of Akaroa Harbour and the Pacific Ocean. Banks Track traverses coast and cliffs, through reserves and rural landscapes. Get up close and personal with a variety of native and exotic birds and wildlife including seals, penguins, lambs and geckos. Each nights accommodation reflects the landowners personality, offering you hot showers and flush toilets alongside the special character of property. We offer private rooms, free penguin...
  5. Banks Track Three Day Classic Walk

    Banks Track Three Day Classic Walk

    Our popular Three Day Classic Walk takes you over the rim of an extinct volcano and into otherwise inaccessible bays. Your packs will be carted for you as you walk at your own pace along the coast and cliffs of two marine reserves, have the opportunity to take part in a free penguin tour (in season) and traverse working farms working towards conservation. Your packs will be carried from accommodation to accommodation. Optional extras include kayaking and a private room. The diversity of scenery, flora and fauna, accommodation and views combine to create a stunning experience, one that many people return to enjoy. The season runs from 1st October to 30 April.
  6. Banks Track Two Day Hikers Option

    Banks Track Two Day Hikers Option

    For the fitter and faster walkers who prefer to spend more time walking, our Two Day Hikers Option follows the same Banks Track route as the Three Day Classic Walk, bypassing a night in Flea Bay. You will hike with your pack. Banks Track is a spectacular two day hike. The track combines hill, forest, and coastal walking at their best, making this a great option for those who like to spend much of their day hiking. This is our hiker’s option and a high level of fitness is required as the 31 kms includes a lot of hill walking. The Banks Track climbs from sea level to nearly 700m twice.
  7. Best of Southern Alps Trek - Adventure South NZ

    Best of Southern Alps Trek - Adventure South NZ

    This is the best trek to not feature in any NZ guide book. Packed full of highlights, this stunning tour includes mountain peaks, remote lake and valley systems and the splendour of Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring from high vantage points. The trip begins with a drive to the highland region of Lake Tekapo with the first night on the trail spent at a private backcountry hut with superb alpine and lakeside vistas. This amazing trek ends in sensational style with a breathtaking helicopter flight to nearby tarns from where we walk in the region overlooking stunning Lake Wanaka and towards the Mount Aspiring range. For spectacular Southern Alps scenery without the crowds, this is most...
  8. Best of Wellington | Rail Escape

    Best of Wellington | Rail Escape

    From the majestic skyline of Auckland to the sparkling harbour of our capital, this four-day Wellington City Break is a tale of two cities divided by an incredible 681km of gorgeous New Zealand scenery. Rolling through the heart of the North Island, you'll witness the full spectrum of New Zealand life, featuring rural farmsteads and remote towns, industrial warehouses and dazzling skyscrapers, craggy coastlines and rugged volcanoes. Package includes: One-way travel on Northern Explorer train from Auckland or Hamilton, including morning, lunch and afternoon tea. 3 nights of 4-star accommodation in Wellington CBD, including breakfast, Wellington City Tour, guided tour of Te Papa Museum,...
  9. Between the Vines - North Canterbury Helicopter Winery Tour

    Between the Vines - North Canterbury Helicopter Winery Tour

    Arrive at Garden City Helicopters Christchurch to board your awaiting helicopter. Sit back relax and enjoy your journey to the North Canterbury wine region in style and comfort. Make a grand entrance, landing between the vines to indulge your senses at 3 unique wineries. Experience tastings, each with their distinctive flavours and award winning blends. Experience the very best North Canterbury has to offer, and let us do the driving. Your 3 wineries visited could include: George Road Wines, Greystone Vineyard, Black Estate, Waipara Hills Winery, Bone Line, Pegasus Bay.
  10. 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 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 even our...
  11. Bike the Alps 2 Ocean Trail Easy - PureTrails NZ

    Bike the Alps 2 Ocean Trail Easy - PureTrails NZ

    Starting and finishing from either Christchurch or Queenstown, this Easy Tour is a great alternative to the full Alps to Ocean Trail Epic Cycle Tour for those wanting a more relaxed and ‘pain-free’ cycle experience. There is ample time for exploring the glacial lakes and alpine towns, and general ‘mountain-gazing’. The awe-inspiring snow-capped landscapes of Mackenzie Basin and North Otago provide a wonderful backdrop and whether biking or catching a ride in the support vehicle you will experience some of the most stunning landscapes in the country. Discover the original Maori rock art, fossil sites and spectacular limestone outcrops of North Otago. Step back in time and take in the...
  12. Bike the Alps 2 Ocean Trail EPIC - PureTrails NZ

    Bike the Alps 2 Ocean Trail EPIC - PureTrails NZ

    Starting and finishing from either Christchurch or Queenstown, the EPIC tour range’s from 25 – 80 km of cycling per day. The gradient is mainly gently undulating, on a mix of purpose built gravel cycle trail, gravel and sealed roads. The distances biked each day will present a challenge to relish and conquer! The awe-inspiring snow-capped landscapes of Mackenzie Basin and North Otago provide a wonderful backdrop and whether biking or catching a ride in the support vehicle you will experience some of the most stunning landscapes in the country. Discover the original Maori rock art, fossil sites and spectacular limestone outcrops of North Otago. Step back in time and take in the vibe of...
  13. Bike the Canterbury Backcountry Trail - PureTrails NZ

    Bike the Canterbury Backcountry Trail - PureTrails NZ

    Explore a huge and sparsely populated area of the South Island made up of braided river valleys, crystal clear lakes, and dramatic snow-clad mountain ranges - a landscape made famous by the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The biking follows Canterbury’s wide open valleys of the Rakaia, Ashburton and Rangitata Rivers, through the ranges towards the ever dominant Southern Alps. Visit the historic Mesopotamia and Erewhon high county stations. Experience an incredible buggy ride led by a team of Clydesdale horses at Erewhon Station. Discover the beauty of Lake Coleridge and Lake Heron, and explore the small Canterbury communities on the fringes of the plains. Stay in cosy, well equipped high country...
  14. Bike the Central Otago Trails - PureTrails NZ

    Bike the Central Otago Trails - PureTrails NZ

    Cycle 191km+ around Central Otago’s stunning lakes & rivers. Take in the spectacular scenery of the Wakatipu Basin. Soak up the relaxing atmosphere of Wanaka. Explore the small communities of Arrowtown & Clyde. Travel through the stunning Roxburgh Gorge by bicycle and jet boat. Indulge in fresh Central Otago produce and local wines. Dial out and enjoy a week away in this most stunning part of New Zealand. Start and finish from either Christchurch or Queenstown.
  15. Bike the Otago Rail Trail - PureTrails NZ

    Bike the Otago Rail Trail - PureTrails NZ

    As well as cycling the 150km trail, you'll also explore the old gold mining towns of St Bathan's and Macrae’s Flat. Try the ancient sport of curling in Naseby, and visit Hayes Engineering Works, A special highlight is a tour of a high country farm - guided by the 3rd/4th generation Duncan family. You'll meet the people as we cycle through communities; learn about the rich history of the area, and more than likely fall in love with 'central'. During the days cycle your friendly guide and vehicle are there to support you during the ride, often appearing around a stretch of trail with a welcome cup of tea and snack. We utilise high quality locally hosted accommodation and the cuisine...
  16. 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.
  17. Canterbury Trails - Kaikoura Day Tour - Whale Watch Cruise or Flight

    Canterbury Trails - Kaikoura Day Tour - Whale Watch Cruise or Flight

    Depart Christchurch and travel through the beautiful rural pastoral scenes of North Canterbury to Kaikoura where the mountains meet the sea. At Kaikoura, a whale watch cruise or flight is made and you will look out for the majestic Sperm Whales and Dusky Dolphins. Sightings can also include Southern Right, Humpback, and Pilot whales. Visit the Kaikoura Peninsula where sightings can be made of the New Zealand Fur Seals. After your cruise or flight, enjoy a café lunch and then experience some local wines in the Waipara Valley with its spectacular views of the sprawling North Canterbury farming countryside to the mountains beyond, before returning to Christchurch.
  18. Canterbury Trails multi day trips

    Canterbury Trails multi day trips

    Explore New Zealand's spectacular South Island. Your local guide will help you experience the natural wonders and heritage of this land. You will meet the local people and walk along deserted beaches, through ancient rain forests, view Pacific Island glaciers and experience the stillness in the magnificent Milford Sound. You will visit National Parks and the South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area, all in the shadow of the Southern Alps and their rugged snow capped peaks. Highlights include the High Country, Arthur's Pass National Park, Glacier Country, Lake Moeraki, Queenstown and Milford Sound.
  19. 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...
  20. Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour

    Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour

    A visit to Christchurch is not complete until you visit the renowned Botanic Gardens. Climb aboard one of our all-weather electric vehicles and tour in eco-friendly comfort. An activity for nature enthusiasts of all ages, allowing you to view some of the best examples of native and exotic flora in New Zealand. Our tour guides really know their stuff and can answer all sorts of questions on your guided tour with live commentary. A must do activity for any season.
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