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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

Sign of the Kiwi Tips (2)

The Sign of the Kiwi: Warm and welcoming

Stopping off at the Sign of the Kiwi on the Dyers Pass section of Summit Road for tea and scones on a misty afternoon was like stepping back in time to the days of the early 20th century when the solid stone teahouse was first built. Then a whole string of resthouses bearing the name "The Sign of ...." were planned for the scenic route but only four were built and time has seen The Sign of the Bellbird become simply a picnic shelter and the Sign of the Packhorse a trampers hut.

There's no accommodation on offer at The Sign of the Kiwi these days, but the lovely old stone building has recently been refurbished, recreating the strong Arts and Crafts motif of its original brief - form and function coming together in sympathy with the natural surroundings. The cars across the road in the carpark and a few of the dishes on the cafe-style menu (I'm sure nachos weren't a feature of tearoom menus in 1917) may have changed but not much else has. The views are still as expansive as ever, the scones as light as Granny's, the choice of jams and preserves a reminder of the sort of jam she used to make and the hospitality just as welcome as when the doors first opened.

As we were placing our order for tea and scones, the mist rolled away and we were able to sit outside in warm(ish) sunshine to enjoy the view in the late afternoon light - a lovely end to a great day.

Favorite Dish The menu promised some delicious sounding soups, home-baked pies and cakes and other goodies but we opted for old-fashioned scones with our tea. They were delicious, light and fluffy, fresh as fresh, served with my choice of pear and ginger jam (something my Grandmother always made) and lashings of thick, yellow cream. Perfect!

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Aug 24, 2008

Top of the Cristchurch

The Sign of the Kiwi was a roadhouse, opened in 1917. It is one of four thet formedpart of the vision of an erly conservationist, Harry Ell. He wanted aseries of reserves to be established along the Port Hills, linked by a summit road that would trevel right across Banks Peninsula. The roadhouses were to offer shelter and refreshment. You can't stay there any longer, but the Sign of the Kiwi is now a tearoom. It'salso an exellent starting point for many of the Port Hills walking routes.

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Jul 13, 2003
 
 
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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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ARTS CENTER

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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