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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

Departure Tax at the Airport Tips (4)

No more Departure Tax

Departure Charge for International Flights
You no longer need to pay a a separate departure charge at Christchurch Airport. NZ$12.50 will be applied to each international arrival and departure as part of the airfare costs.

Refunds

If you believe you have paid more than NZ$25 for your return trip, or NZ$12.50 each way, then you can request a refund from Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL). Write to:

PSC Transition

PO Box 14001

Christchurch

8544

Please enclose: copies of itinerary, boarding pass and relevant documentation which shows the departure charge payment, your original departure charge stickers or receipts, name, phone number and address for correspondence.

CIAL will reimburse you for any overpayments by cheque. Requests must be received no later than 30 days from the time of your return to Christchurch.

sangeetha_85
Dec 11, 2010

Airport taxes

Don't forget to keep NZD25.00 for departure airport tax as this is not included in the ticket prices.

Only cash transactions are accepted to put that aside in advance unless you want to be caught out.

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dmirebella
Sep 25, 2004

Bloody Departure Tax!

International departures, beware: 25 dollars, or you will not be able to enter the departure lounge!! Forgive me for swearing, but this is the least pleasant part of flying out of Christchurch. First, you wait in line for the check-in, then you have to wait in an even longer line to pay your departure tax. It almost seems like some kind of government-sponsored employment scheme so that ANZ Bank can have 4 tellers sitting and counting money from early morning until late night. This is ridiculous! Why can't they include this tax in the ticket price? That would make sense. Anyway, lesson learned: Make it to the airport in good time.

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knerten
Aug 12, 2004

Departure Tax at the Airport

Set aside NZ 25 per person (children travelling with parents of certain age is exempted - but please check) for the airport departure tax. It is payable at the Bank of New Zealand - CASH!!!

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Audrey118
Dec 10, 2003
 
 
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