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  1. 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.
  2. Ben Ohau

    Ben Ohau

    This short flight provides you with breathtaking views out to the mountains and glaciers, and down the valleys that were carved out by glaciers centuries ago. Our landing site on the Ben Ohau Mountain Range is the setting for a stunning alpine landing.
  3. 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...
  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 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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...
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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...
  14. Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour

    Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour

    Tour Restarts October 2022. A visit to Christchurch is not complete until you visit the historic Botanic Gardens. Climb aboard one of our all-weather electric vehicles and tour in 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.
  15. 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 & 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...
  16. Christchurch Gondola

    Christchurch Gondola

    An unmissable Christchurch experience, the Gondola offers stunning panoramic views of the city, Lyttelton Harbour and beyond from our summit station situated atop the Port Hills. See the snow-capped Southern Alps, sprawling Canterbury Plains and the sparkling waters of Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Explore the many walking tracks amid fresh mountain air, learn about the history of the area on a Time Tunnel ride (free with your Gondola ticket or Annual Pass) and indulge in a spot of shopping at the Shop at the Top gift store. Sit back and relax with a snack from the Red Rock Cafe and take in the spectacular views. A must-do family-friendly experience perfect for locals and...
  17. Christchurch Grand Tour

    Christchurch Grand Tour

    Tour Restarts October 2023. Board our comfortable coach for an interactive and fun guided tour of Christchurch. Let us show you the best Christchurch has to offer: beautiful parks and gardens, rejuvenated inner city and superb views of the cityscape and surrounds. The Grand Tour includes entry to Christchurch’s premium attractions – Punting on the Avon, Botanic Gardens Tour, Christchurch Gondola, Mona Vale Homestead & Gardens (selected days) & the iconic Christchurch Tram. Enjoy lunch at the Red Rock Cafe at the Christchurch Gondola or at Mona Vale Homestead depending on your tour itinerary. The Grand Tour is a great way to experience Christchurch for those with limited time or...
  18. Christchurch Helicopters - Akaroa & Banks Peninsula Scenic

    Christchurch Helicopters - Akaroa & Banks Peninsula Scenic

    The pinnacle of our flights east of Christchurch, this tour first sees you fly over the city centre to view the progress of the massive rebuild. Then it’s on to the beautiful Banks Peninsula and the picturesque French harbour settlement of Akaroa, before touching down on a mountain top to take in yet more magnificent views. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Christchurch Helicopters - Grape Vine Tour

    Christchurch Helicopters - Grape Vine Tour

    New Zealand, and North Canterbury in particular, produces some of the most sought after wine in the world. So take a helicopter flight and drop in at a winery of your choice, at an additional cost you can enjoy a delicious lunch and sample a selection of fine wines before returning back to base. 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. Lunch and Wine Tasting comes at an additional cost.
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