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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

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If you're a short guy like me...

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear If you're a short guy like me, remember to bring a spare pair of trousers. Why? Well, all trousers come in "regular" length only, that's 83-85cm or 34in (they use cm here which can be quite confusing) and I am 32in person. I went to 20 or so stores the other day, but found only one-length trousers, in all sizes (widths) of course, but all too long for me. The only place I could get different length trousers are at Just Jeans or Levi's, but then they're rather expensive. I wonder how short men survive here...?

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Jul 21, 2004

August Packing List

Luggage and bags Most likely, Christchurch is not going to be your only destination on this trip, so make sure you pack your bags to be easily transportable for you.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear In August, it was definitely cold, but not freezing. I was perfectly fine with a rugby jersey and an undershirt. My wife went with a fleece coat, but was not too cold. I would recommend bringing a warm jacket, which can be shed during the warmer parts of the day.

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Mar 02, 2008

Four seasons in one day

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Christchurch has warm Summers and cool winters however it can get a bit confused with many wind changes etc. Let common sense prevail & bring a warm top - you can always take it off if needed. In winter Christchurch has been mild and dry over the last few years but has had the ocassional dumping of snow and some very cold and wet weeks thrown in for fun.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies Anything you forget can be easily purchased from the many Chemists & the after hours doctor on Bealey Ave if you need something stronger.

Miscellaneous To see what the weather will be like on your holiday you can visit the 10 Day Weather Forecast site for an idea of what you may need to wear.

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May 11, 2006


Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Make sure you take some clothes for cold weather...we were in Christchurch in the middle of summer and it was really cold (especially the wind)! I had packed my summer clothes only to find that I couldn't wear them at all...haha... Make sure you take a warm jacket and good walking shoes too...

Photo Equipment Take lots of film or memory cards for all the photos you will take...there is some beautiful scenery in New Zealand... :)

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Sep 06, 2006
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Packing List

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear If you are travelling to NZ in June/July, be sure to pack along extra sweaters and jackets as the winter there can be really cold, especially in the early mornings.

Left: A frost covered Bungee bridge in Arrowtown. No jumps for thrill seekers during winter. The cold wind will probably knock them out before the cord stretches to its fullest point.

Photo Equipment Bring many rolls of film!!

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Aug 26, 2002

What to Bring?

Luggage and bags Christchurch is a city that caters to the backpacking and the business/family traveller. I think that the kind of luggage you bring would depend entirely on what you were hoping to do in and around Christchurch. If you are planning a large trip around the South Island then I would suggest the less you bring the better! You may even like to hire a campervan and drive around though, in which case all your luggage can be dumped in the van! Up to you really :-)

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Christchurch gets very hot in summer (30 degrees +/-), so summer clothes are necessary. There are beaches out Brighton way that you may like to go to.
In winter Christchurch is pretty cold and often has snow fall. Many people who visit Christchurch in winter are on there way to the mountains further south to go skiing. If you have your own ski gear then I suggest you bring it. I reckon that ski hire in NZ is expensive (for a kiwi anyway!).

Toiletries and Medical Supplies Everything you will need can probably be purchased in Christchurch.

Photo Equipment Likewise with Photo Equipment!

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear New Zealand is THE outdoors country!! You will be able to find really good quality camping, beach and outdoor equipment in almost every New Zealand city. Christchurch is no exception. If you are planning a long trip in NZ then it may be better to buy some of this stuff here rather than bring it all the way from home.

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Oct 21, 2004

Packing List

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Regardless of what season you decide to visit, make sure you bring with you a range of clothing (from light clothes to warm winter wear). The weather is very unpredictable here and can change in a matter of hours. If you go further south to Dunedin or Queenstown you may encounter snow even during the summer months!!

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Aug 25, 2002

Winter Travel

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Make sure you bring plenty of warm clothing in our colder months of May through September. These months tend to be wetter than usual and often include a cold southerly wind which will make the temperature feel even colder. Given that it is likely to get wet make sure you have a good rain coat.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies Nothing out of the normal is needed for winter. If you find you catch a cold then there are plenty of chemists to get supplies from.

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear Any outdoor related travel around Christchurch and further out should ensure that the emphasis is on warmth. It will get very cold in exposed areas including around the Port Hills so include gloves and thermal gear.

Miscellaneous Bring gear aimed at it being really cold so if it is actually warmer then you can just remove a layer or two.

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Apr 08, 2009

Top 5 Christchurch Writers

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"Shaken but not beaten: A city rising from ruins"
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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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Cold Weather Gear

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear Once I landed here, I was immediately issued my severe cold weather gear for my onward journey to Antarctica!

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Dec 16, 2004

Things to Do Near Christchurch

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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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Banks Peninsula

Akaroa is 84km by road from Christchurch and is at the end of State Highway 75. It has a population of about 600 but in peak tourist time this can rise to about 7,000. The town sits on a large...
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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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Canterbury Museum

The Museum wasn't badly damaged in the Earthquakes, so reopened relatively quickly afterwards. March 2015: The Botanical gardens adjoining it are looking beautiful again and was nice to see the...
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Update May 2011 Some of the crafts and food stalls of the Arts Centre Market have shifted to the Ferrymead Heritage Park after the 22 February 2011 earthquake, as the Arts Centre remains cordoned...
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Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Park gives more a zoo feeling than the cosy and more intimate wildlife park The Willowbank. This is not only due to the many exotic animals like lions, zebras, rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs and...
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