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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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Discover Christchurch By Open Top Bus.

Our time in Christchurch was limited to a day and a half as we were leaving Christchurch in the afternoon for a flight to Sydney. With this in mind decided that an easy way of seeing something of...
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CDM7
Dec 31, 2016

Cathedral Square art work

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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Kate-Me
Apr 24, 2015

The Press Building – better than The Press LOL

Update August 2012This beautiful building has been demolished. The Press has moved into a new building with tasteful heritage features in Gloucester Street (between Colombo and Manchester Streets).The...
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Kakapo2
Aug 19, 2012

Christ Church Cathedral is being demolished

You can see the spire-less Cathedral best if you walk into Gloucester Street (from Oxford Terrace), and then turn right into Colombo Street. The Red Zone fence only starts right at Cathedral Square....
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Kakapo2
Aug 19, 2012

After quake news: The Wizard is back

Update 26 November 2011Having lost his stage - Cathedral Square - in the February earthquake, the Wizard had been out of action for many months. But now this Christchurch icon has regained his...
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Kakapo2
Nov 25, 2011

Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Centre

For the best advice on where to go and what to see, head down to the Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Centre located at the Cathderal Square.A team of professionally trained, multi-lingual staff can answer...
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imstress
Apr 04, 2011

Bridge of Remembrance

The Bridge of Remembrance is a war memorial that spans the Avon River along Cashel Street. It was unveiled on 11 November, 1924, and commemorates the sacrifice made by those who fought in WW1. The...
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Apr 04, 2011

Our City O-Tautahi

Originally built as Christchurch City Council's municipal chambers, this beautiful Queen Anne building still plays an active part in the city's public life through exhibitions, talks and events. The...
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JohanIsWeg
Jul 09, 2009

Gothic Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings

The Provincial Council Buildings is purportedly the only purpose-built government buildings still in existence in New Zealand. Built with local stone and timbers between 1858 and 1865, the small...
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JohanIsWeg
Jul 09, 2009

Climb the Cathedral Tower

Pay $5pp at the Visitors Centre for a token that gives access to the Christchurch Cathedral Tower. Spiralling flights of stairs and ladders (133 steps in total) take you to the top of the Tower, which...
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JohanIsWeg
Jul 09, 2009

Explore the Lichfield Street Network

Immerse yourself in Christchurch’s architecturally rich lanes. Lichfield Street boasts a number of historic 19th and 20th century warehouses with brick service lanes reminding of its industriousness....
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JohanIsWeg
Jul 09, 2009

Compact Walking Tour in the City Centre - Part 2

Part 1 - click here- At the end of the street on the left is the Arts Centre with its shops, galleries, cafés and restauants. If you are here on a weekend, get your lunch at the international food...
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May 13, 2009
 
 
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Punting the Avon River

While I had never heard of the word "Punting" referring to anything other than the kick of a football or rugby ball, I have now come to learn that Punting is the act of propelling a punt (flat...
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Banks Peninsula

Akaroa, on the Banks Peninsula, is 84 km by road from Christchurch. It is at the end of State Highway 75 which travels along the shore of Lyttleton Harbour before crossing Gebbies Pass. The road then...
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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

It is always amazing to see how amazed people are when spotting the Echo in the main court of the Arts Centre, at the Cloisters. The Echo is a simply shaped black metal frame attached to the...
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Orana Wildlife Park

This park could take you a day or so too get around.. especially if you are a photo freak like me, It's awesome if you just sit & wait. Food, Animals, friends, gift shop.. You can even get a ride...
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