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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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Jetboating on the Waimakariri River

You do not have to travel as far as Queenstown if you want to go on a jetboating trip. The Waimakariri River near Christchurch is one of the not so famous NZ jetboating destinations but you can have a lot of fun there, too.

The "Waimak" is one of the most spectacular braided river systems we have and Canterbury is famous for. It flows into the sea 25kms north of Christchurch.

The trip leads deep into the foothills of the Southern Alps, and like on the Shotover the drivers perform a 360 degree spin, called the Hamilton spin - a guy with this name invented jetboating in the 1950s. The company is recognized for its safety record.

The boats offer seating for up to 22 passengers.

The company offers pick-up service from Christchurch.

Check the actual prices by phone as they are not provided on the website (which is something I hugely dislike about tourism operators because it gives the impression they are hugely overpriced and try to hide it).

Equipment Normal clothes depending on the weather plus windbreaker for the windchill factor on the boat. Swimvests are provided, nothing else is needed. People with back or heart problems should not make the trip.

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Jan 24, 2007

Jet Boating

Jet boating was invented for the typical snow fed rivers like the Waimakariri River. These Jet Boats go flying through shingle banks, skipping across shallow streams and over narrow, ever shifting courses.THRILLING!!!

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Apr 15, 2003
 
 
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