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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

Akaroa Tips (6)

A bit of France in NZ

Akaroa was orginally set up by the French in their attempt to claim the local area for King & country. While the original 63 French settlers were at sea, sailing towards what they believed was a small piece of France in the South Pacific NZ Governor William Hobson despatched Capt Stanley, on "HMS Britomart", with an English flag. Soon after arrival, the 63 French settlers on hearing the truth that they were now living in a British Colony, were offered passage and land grants in Tahiti or the Marquesas. None accepted and their legacy is a beautiful small town.

Akaroa is a great day trip from Christchurch of just over 80km's. The trip takes you past Little River, over Hill Top (worth a stop), past Duvauchelles pub and on, a few km's later, to Rue Jolie and the start of Akaroa. If you follow Rue Jolie to its end you will find the Garden of Tane and the very old cemetary which is worth a walk around.

There are many other activities that can be enjoyed including wildlife cruises, sailing, swimming with the dolphins, boat hire and sea kayaking plus seal and penguin colony tours.

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fishandchips
Apr 16, 2008

Take a drive out to Akaroa

Akaroa is a small community about 75 kilometers from Christchurch, which is a former French and British settlement located inside an ancient volcano. We took a morning trip out to this beautiful little town, and did a bit of shopping. It is also known for its beautiful harbor where you can take a variety of different sea cruises or animal adventures such as swimming with dolphins.

For more information, feel free to visit my Akaroa page.

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ATXtraveler
Mar 02, 2008

It's not really off the beaten...

It's not really off the beaten path, but when your in Christchurch there are a couple of places that you should really go to complete the whole trip. 1 is Akaroa, this is a town that was first settled by the French. It's about an hour or so drive from Christchurch and is just a fascinating wee town. All the streets are actually rues ie: Rue Lavaud. There are some really cool boutique shops, cafes, and some pretty good restaurants, I would probably advise staying a couple of days if you've got time. Also, on your way through to Akaroa from Christchurch, you pass a place called Barry's Bay, this is almost directly after you've complete the big hill descent, you'll know it when you get there! There is a cheese factory there that has some awesome cheese, oh yeah, and don't forget the Akaroa Winery! Definite must!

# 2 is Kaikoura. Kai is food in Maori, and Koura can roughly be translated as Crayfish in Maori...and this is what Kaikoura is famous for....food Crayfish...lots of it. Kaikoura is about 2-3 hours North of Christchurch...just follow state highway 1. Kaikoura is not only known for Crayfish, but is also known for Swim with the Dolphins, Whalewatch, and a lot of people go diving around the area. It is also probably one of the South Island's surf mecca's with Kahutara, Maungamaunu, Meatworks, Graveyards and a few other surfable breaks...Kahutara and Maugamaunu possibly 2 of the more well known breaks but Meatworks is by far the most grunty...short rides, and usually you'll be contending with some pretty high caliber surfers. Maungamaunu is probably New Zealand's second best point break after Raglan.

Just some general info anyway!

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stoner
Aug 24, 2002

Akaroa

Akaroa is beautiful, quaint and packed with good eateries.
I'm dying to try out the "Swim with the Dolphins in the sea" trip

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kris-t
Mar 01, 2006
 
 
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BANKS PENINSULA

It's really a...

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It's really a wonderful peninsula. Take your time especially if you like to walk.

See my Travelogue for more informations.
Thanks to RICHMORS for helping me editing the picture.

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arkadia
Aug 24, 2002

The nearby town Akaroa (south...

The nearby town Akaroa (south east of Christchurch) is worth a day trip, and one can find the coach to Akaroa from the Catheral Square which take 1 hour.

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Aug 24, 2002

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