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4WD and Jet Boat Adventure from Christchurch
"Your day will begin with a pickup from your hotel lobby. At approximately 8:30am your exciting adventure will start. Enjoy a scenic drive from Christchurch with commentary by your informative and entertaining Kiwi guide.Four-wheel drive on a work where you will see spectacular scenery from the High Country over the Canterbury Plains. After this get your adrenaline pumping with a 45-minute jet boat ride on the mighty Waimakariri River including all the thrills and spins on the Hamilton Jet.Enjoy a Kiwi style BBQ lunch and after lunch you will be transferred you back to your Christchurch accommodation. This is a fantastic day for those wanting to get out of the city for just over half a day.""""Join this tour to experience this exciting 4WD and jet boat package. Enjoy a scenic 4WD adventure in the High Country of Canterbury as well as a thrilling 45-minute jet boat ride. With a delicious BBQ lunch included you are sure to have a blast. You’ll be delivered back to your Christchurch accommodation mid-afternoon."
From NZD279.00
 
Full-Day Alpine Safari 4WD tour including TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch
Your day will begin with a pickup from your Christchurch accommodation in one of our purpose built land cruises. From there you will be taken into the High Country where you can enjoy a 2-hour off-road adventure on a working sheep and cattle station. Take"""The Alpine Safari Tour is an all-inclusive full-day tour which includes a scenic four-wheel drive adventure a thrilling jet boat ride a short nature walk a Kiwi style barbecue lunch and a return journey from Arthurs Pass to Christchurch on the world famous TranzAlpine Train."title=Highlights&1=Full-day+adventure+by+4WD%2C+boat+and+train&2=Ride+across+a+working+sheep+and+cattle+station&3=Explore+the+rugged+landscape+of+New+Zealand%27s+South+Island&4=Cruise+the+Waimakariri+River&5=Take+the+famous+TranzAlpine+train+through+the+m
From NZD429.00
 
Full-Day Kaikoura Tour from Christchurch
"This full-day tour includes a scenic drive from Christchurch over the Canterbury Plains before arriving in Kaikoura. Once in Kaikoura make your way to a lookout to enjoy the breath-taking views. Next make your way around to a seal colony before heading into Kaikoura for some free time to explore and maybe have some lunch. Then board a modern catamaran for an exciting whale watch tour. This tour offers up-close encounters with the giant sperm pods of dusky dolphins and endangered wandering albatross.On the return journey to Christchurch you have the opportunity to stop and enjoy a wine tasting from a local vineyard. A perfect way to end a fantastic day.""""Leave the city behind and come on a scenic 4WD journey over the Canterbury Plains. This tour is sure to suit everyone with an included whale watch tour on a modern catamaran
From NZD320.00

More Local Customs in Christchurch

Ellerslie Int. Flower Show Has Moved to Chch

The first Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch took place in Hagley Park from 11 to 15 March 2009. But already before the start there were discussions if this is a good date, as flowers...
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Jan 18, 2012

World Buskers Festival in January

Update 19 January 2012 - World Buskers Festival from 19 to 29 January 2012Due to the earthquakes Cathedral Square cannot be the main "stage" of the World Buskers Festival this year. The venues are...
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Jan 18, 2012

Be proud of the Crusaders - Viva Red and Black!

If you love to wear red and black you are at the right place in Christchurch. Red and black are the colours of Canterbury, of the Canterbury (Lion) Brewery in St. Asaph Street – and of the Crusaders,...
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Jan 18, 2012

Chinese Lantern Festival on Victoria Square

Date for 2010:6 and 7 March (Sat/Sun)In 2008 they were terribly unlucky with this two day festival in early March. We had great weather all the time, and when the Chinese New Year’s celebrations...
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Feb 07, 2010

Arts Festival Biennially in Winter

The Christchurch Arts Festival is held biennially in mid-winter. The last time it took place was in 2009. The next one is scheduled for 4 to 21 August 2011.The opening multimedia show is normally held...
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Feb 07, 2010

Festival of Flowers each year in February

The Festival of Flowers takes place every year in February and lasts 10 days. This year (2010) the dates are 19 February to 14 March.Christchurch prides itself as the Garden City, and apart from the...
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Feb 07, 2010
 
 
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Summertime Festival: Classical Sparks in the Park

The Summertime Festival in Christchurch is a big fun time with lots of great and free activities and attractions, concerts and other entertainment. The highlight is "Classical Sparks" in Hagley Park...
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Feb 07, 2010

Teddybear Picnic in the Park

Every year in summer - like in other cities in New Zealand - a teddybear picnic takes place in Christchurch. Until 2008 it was in Hagley Park. This pinic is a good opportunity for grown-ups to display...
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Feb 07, 2010

Christchurch Heroes

Although those twelve bronze busts are perfectly executed - despite Margaret Mahy looking like a man, well, she might look like a man... - I find this display of Christchurch Heroes a bit odd.They are...
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Feb 07, 2010

Scared Scriptless = great Comedy Show

I nearly wondered if I should not post this under "Nightlife Tips" because it starts so late. What I know is that I do not want to extend my list of Things to Do because it is getting too long. I have...
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Feb 07, 2010

The Ballantynes Christmas Window

Although I have no children, will never get used to Christmas in summer and therefore do not get into the Christmas spirit, I never miss to go to the city and check out the Christmas Window at...
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Feb 07, 2010

Airport Penguins

Since Christchurch is the official launching point to Antarctica, it would only be normal for the local mascot of the ChCh airport to be the penguin! This fun animal is there to greet you once you...
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Feb 29, 2008

Show Week

The 2nd Tuesday in November is the annual horse race - the NZ Trotting Cup. The Friday of that week is Canterbury Anniversary Day (it's actually 16 December but who cares) aka Show Day. Both events...
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Nov 11, 2007

Housing New Zealand: Pigs have their own Homes

When you drive to the West Coast and look over the paddocks to your left, near West Melton, you will spot something typical for Mid and South Canterbury: Pigs have their own houses! By always staring...
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Jun 26, 2007

Top Hotels in Christchurch

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449 Memorial Ave, (formerly Quality Hotel), Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 1409, New Zealand
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28 - 30 Cathedral Square, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 8001, New Zealand
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50 Park Terrace, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 8001, New Zealand
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45 Roydvale Ave, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 8004, New Zealand
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42 Papanui Road, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, New Zealand
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863 Colombo Street, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, New Zealand
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Top Things to Do in Christchurch

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City Center

Our time in Christchurch was limited to a day and a half as we were leaving Christchurch in the afternoon for a flight to Sydney. With this in mind decided that an easy way of seeing something of...
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International Antarctic Centre

The Snow Storm room at the International Antarctic Centre is a well sealed safe environment with real snow. The temperature is set at -4C but at pre-determined times during the day a 'storm' occurs...
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The Christchurch botanical gardens

Beautiful gardens and spaces. A safe place during the earthquake. Free summer concerts on Sundays. Punt along the river. See my travel guide on New Zealand and photo albums. Don't forget to visit the...
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Christchurch Gondola

I think the Christchurch Gondola is a must. The 10minute ride takes you high above the city in an enclosed 4 person gondola, climbing 445 metres above sea level to the rim of the Mount Cavendish...
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Punting the Avon River

While I had never heard of the word "Punting" referring to anything other than the kick of a football or rugby ball, I have now come to learn that Punting is the act of propelling a punt (flat...
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Sumner

Enjoy a stroll along Scarborough Esplanade and you're sure to see the impressive stone Clock Tower in Scarborough Park. Only meters from the ocean, this is the ideal location from where to watch the...
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Top 5 Christchurch Writers

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"Shaken but not beaten: A city rising from ruins"
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"My Home - The (Shakey) Garden City"
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"Over Looking Lyttelton Harbour"
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"Charming Christchurch"
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"My winter holiday in summer"
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