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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

The Loaded Hog Tips (2)

The Loaded Hog: Great value breakfast

After looking around the strip and seeing the overpriced breakfasts that were being charged we decided to ask a local where to go. Breakfast prices along the river are more than Auckland.

We were told to go to The Loaded Hog. They do bacon and toast and hashbrowns with two eggs cooked however you like for only $7.50. Eggs on toast are $5.00 and hotcakes are $8.00.

You can also have eggs benedict for $11.50. Good hearty honest breakfast here.

Favorite Dish No favourite dish, just generous portions which is good.

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Apr 04, 2011

The Loaded Hog: ... has closed down

October 2010

The Loaded Hog has become Malbas

I really cannot believe that they have closed the Loaded Hog. It was one of our favourites, due to the great decor, the comfortable seating, the casual atmosphere and the big portions of not very healthy food ;-) It was always busy, no idea why they closed.

On the premises you now find a "Number 1 Student Bar", a bar and nighclub full of pool tables. Surely no place for us to go back. If you are young and interested in pool, there are plenty of happy hours and drink specials to get drunken easily. The new name is "Malbas", with an additional sign of "Vodka Cruiser". As if New Zealand did not already had a big enough drinking problem...

My review of the no more existing Loaded Hog

Happy Hours, House Beer and Good Food

The Loaded Hog does not only offer value for money but also has great atmosphere with the fun chalk drawings on the walls (50 per cent rugby orientated), the comfortable high tables with the bar stools in the entrance area, a lot of seating and the wooden floors and bar.

Although there are a lot of huge TV screens on the walls (mostly sports...) they do not disturb the conversations.

The food is not fancy but genuine and served in big portions, from salads, soup of the day, pasta and gourmet pizzas to steaks, spare ribs, fish'n'chips and burgers. The chips for the kids come in mini buckets.

The Loaded Hog brews its own beer, and there is a good selection of different beer to chose from. There are Happy Hours nearly every day. They have special events and late-night dance parties, Swing Nights on Wednesdays, Latin Nights on Thursdays, cocktail specials and Ladies' Nights on Fridays, live bands on most weekends, and, of course, live rugby on TV.

Open 7 days and already for breakfast.

My favourites were pasta of the day and Caesar Salad - just perfect.

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Feb 14, 2011
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Banks Peninsula

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The Christchurch botanical gardens

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Canterbury Museum

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Orana Wildlife Park

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Getting to Christchurch


Corner Manchester/Cashel Streets


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