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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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City of Christchurch Marathon

Each year the City of Christchurch Marathon is run over a very fast, flat route through Christchurch. The run takes place on the first Saturday in October and includes a 10Km & Halk Marathon option....
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Scrum Down!

For those of you who have met me, you will likely know that I played Rugby for 10+ years until my official retirement in 2007. Going to New Zealand in general made me so happy, but especially teary...
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Full Contact Chess!

In downtown Christchurch, directly in front of the church is actually a full sized chess board, designed with grey and darker grey tiles on the ground, and someone brings out full sized chess pieces...
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Jade Stadium

For those of you who have ever followed World Rugby, I am sure the words Jade Stadium have come up on multiple occassions. Although it is now known as AMI stadium, this place is a wonderful place to...
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Rugby for all

Rugby is a sport played in NZ by all ages - starting from age 4 until the time that you can't run anymore. In a recent golden oldies tournament an Argetinian player was 93 so just goes to show that...
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Canterbury Provincial Rugby

Christchurch is the home to the provincial rugby side (team) for Canterbury. Each Province in New Zealand fields an all-star team of the best rugby players in their province each year, and the top...
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Changing face of Lancaster Park

Lancaster Park has been the focal point of many big sporting occasions for more than 125 years. Everything from Rugby to Cricket to Athletics and League has been played here though it's Cricket and...
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Netball

This another sport not too widely played around the world. It is very popular in NZ, Australia, the UK and the Carribean. In Christchurch the main place to play is at the Netball Courts on South...
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City Council Pools & Gyms

There are three main Christchurch City Council sport complexs - those being QE2, Centennial and Pioneer.QE2 is in New Brighton and is the biggest of the complexs including a good gym and excellent...
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Petanque

This French game is alive and well in the middle of Christchurch. At the old RSA Bowling Club Petanque is now played on the old bowling green converted into the required shingle pit of a Petanque...
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Horse races

New Zealanders love horse racing and betting on horses. There are two big race courses in Christchurch with races year-round. The biggest harness and gallops races take place during Cup and Show Week...
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Serious CC and Downhill MTB on Bowenvale Tracks

If you are seriously into mountainbiking the Port Hills are a great place for you. I have seen some MTB'ers crash (and myself while running LOL) and I would not dare to use many of the tracks. This is...
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Indoor Swimming Pools in Christchurch

Several people have asked me for indoor swimming pools in Christchurch, so let me post a selection here.The best pool is at QEII (Queen Elizabeth II) Park, between Burwood (Travis Wetland) and New...
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Play Handball

Handball is a very European sport which has its roots in Germany and Scandinavia - and it has nothing to do with throwing a ball against a wall... ;-) A team consists of 12 players. 6 court players...
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Top Hotels in Christchurch

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449 Memorial Ave, (formerly Quality Hotel), Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 1409, New Zealand
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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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"Over Looking Lyttelton Harbour"
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"Charming Christchurch"
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"My winter holiday in summer"
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