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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 Off The Beaten Path in Christchurch

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The RNZAF Museum

New Zealand's Air Force may have been reduced to maritime patrol and transport duties in support of the navy and army in these days of defence cut spending but this section of the nation's armed...
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Wartime heroines

Just a short walk from Christchurch's beautiful Botanic Gardens, standing on Riccarton Avenue in front of the hospital, there's another small garden of old fashioned roses and herbal plants. The...
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Christchurch's other cathedral

Not many visitors make the pilgrimage to Christchurch's magnificent Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (usually referred to as Christchurch Basilica) on Barbadoes Street. Whilst the...
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High Street Kids for Peace Tiles

Just off the Cathedral Square in Christchurch, is High Street, which diagonally heads away from the square in a Southeasterly direction. On this street you will find a small arcade with some...
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Christchurch Gondola

Christchurch Gondola, base station 10 Bridle Path Road (or take Best Attractions Express Shuttle from Cathedral Square, $5 adult, $3 child, or Leopard No. 28 Lyttleton Bus from Bus Exchange). Daily...
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Feed Ducks, Walk or Picnic at The Groynes

Christchurch having such an abundance of beautiful parks and gardens, The Groynes are not mentioned in travel guides. But still it is a nice place to spend some hours, and many locals do on the...
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Mona Vale: Roses, Ferns and Historic Buildings

Mona Vale is a beautiful historic homestead with a romantic garden with roses, big trees, superb ferns and other historic buildings. In the indoor fernery you can check all the ferns, turn around the...
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Cycling and jogging at the Bottle Lake Reserve

It is not always easy to go jogging and cycling in non-danger zones in New Zealand. Big parts of the country are either fenced (long live farming... ;-) or the terrain is difficult. Or, of course, you...
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McLeans Forest great for MTB, jogging and walking

The Waimakariri River Regional Park near Christchurch International Airport opened for the public at the end of September 2006. The first stage covers about 11.000 hectares and is mainly aimed at...
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Windy point

Right at the northern tip of Lyttleton Harbour, the high cliffs and open spaces of Godley Head offer wonderful views across to the Port Hills and the quaintly named hamlet of Taylors Mistake. (Who was...
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Marvellous and Unique St. Michael’s and All Angels

Finally I have made it into this Parish Church in the city centre. Although only some steps from the City Mall, on Oxford Terrace, across Lichfield Street, it is a bit off the radar. Many, many times...
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Coffee on a Toilet Seat - CLOSED DOWN

Update 25 July 2009What a pity - the Bathroom Café has closed down. Despite its inner city location I have never seen a lot of people there - perhaps because they thought, like me at the start, that...
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Deans Bush: Native bush in the middle of the city

Deans Bush is a great place for picknicks or coffee at Riccarton House which is situated near the entrance of the reserve. But the spectacular thing about Deans Bush is that it is a fragment of...
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The Magnificent Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

Every time I walk or drive past the wonderful Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Barbadoes Street I get the feeling it is a kind of forgotten place, and it seems as if it was not blessed with its...
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Top Things to Do in Christchurch

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City Center

I was rather taken with this cone - I think they call it the Chalice - and was surprised to see it there in the Square still in March 2015. I hadn't expected it to survive the quake (maybe it's been...
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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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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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Christchurch Gondola

The Gondola had been closed after the earthquake on 22 February 2011 - not because of structural damage but because of flooding at the summit station. Now everything is ok again, some pillars have...
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Punting the Avon River

The tours from the Antigua Boatsheds – called Punting in the Park – are not the only option for such guided boat trips on the Avon. Other tours start at the Worcester Boulevard bridge (beside the...
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Sumner

Earthquake update June 2010 Sumner has been hard hit by the February earthquake, and again on 13 June. The areas on top and at the bottom of the cliffs have either crumbled, with a house finally...
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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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