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Alpine Explorer

Alpine Explorer

Aoraki/Mount Cook was named the cloud piercer by Māori. You’ll see for yourself on this flight over the Ben Ohau Mountain Range and peaks of the Southern Alps that surround this storied mountain. Your helicopter will manoeuvre you to an alpine vantage point where it’s safe for a snow landing and time to take it all in.
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 Jet Boat skimming the shallows of the Waimakariri River, 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 - 90 mins. Corporate Team Building & Incentive events (including catering). Combo deals available for groups.
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 - 30 mins. JetBoat experiences range from 20 - 90 mins. Conference Facilities available at Jet Boat World. Corporate Team Building & Incentive events (including catering). Combo deals available for groups.
Alpine Safari - 4WD & Jet boat tour

Alpine Safari - 4WD & Jet boat 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 'once in a...
Alpine Vista

Alpine Vista

This short scenic option is ideal if you're looking for the opportunity to touch snow and experience the thrill of a helicopter flight. Sweep through the rugged high country landscape of the Ben Ohau Mountain Range to a landing site on the snowfield high in the mountains. Enjoy the fantastic vista from this alpine setting as you look out to the mountains and glaciers, and down the valleys that were carved out by glaciers centuries ago.
Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Explore the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, which makes some of the South Island's most dramatic scenery accessible to cyclists. There's 300km 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, luggage...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
Big Sky Stargazing

Big Sky Stargazing

Take a mesmerising journey through the cosmos as you explore the wonders of the night sky, home to planets, stars and a whole other world you can only dream about. Our resident astronomy guides will share their knowledge as they take you on a 90 minute tour of the night sky through high powered telescopes. With no light pollution you will see the Southern Cross, planets, distant galaxies, star clusters, moons and the Milky Way.
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...
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...
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...
Black Estate Wines

Black Estate Wines

Family owned, we craft wines as naturally as possible to express our 3 hillside vineyards. Enjoy our wines in our Cellar Door or Restaurant with local and and organic produce. Experience informative tastings and hear stories about the wine, food and the local suppliers who grow it. Open Thursdays - Mondays, 10am - 4pm. Dogs and bicycles welcome. I summer also offer private tours and tastings at our Netherwood winery and vineyard. Check our website for winter hours. Bookings recommended.
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.
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