Day trips from Christchurch
Visit the unspoilt old French settlement of Akaroa, an old whaling depot. The French influence remains today through family names, street signs and historic buildings.
For the ultimate Akaroa experience cruise the waters on the Black Cat. This two hour cruise enjoys a wide variety of marine life in their natural habitat.
Swimming with the dolphins is also offered to discover New Zealand’s unique Hector Dolphin – the smallest and rarest in the world.
On your way to Akaroa you can enjoy many historic Maori pa sites, wineries and even a cheese factory around the spectacular coastline.
With mountains, rivers and lakes this exquisite wilderness is a stunning natural attraction.
Arthurs Pass National Park is the spectacular crossing between the east and west coasts of the South Island.
The Tranz Alpine train journey is the best way to take in the experience.
Enjoy dining in the most beautiful setting on board with the ‘cheeky’ kea one of New Zealand’s native birds a must to watch out for.
Just 15 minutes out of Christchurch you encounter a special part of Canterbury.
With two sea filled harbour craters it boasts the most fascinating geological and marine environment.
Lyttelton Harbour is an historic port town, take a walk and peruse its arts and crafts, or just relax in its sea side cafes.
Enjoy a day fishing of walking one of the heritage trails throughout the Peninsular to experience the landscape and indulge in the beauty.
If it’s a tour you are after either drive or cruise the harbours and bays.
For a day trip where you are spoilt for choice, Hanmer Springs offers everything frombungee jumping, 4WD tours to massage and beauty therapy, one of the highlights being the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa.
This relaxing experience offers nine open air thermal pools, three sulphur pools, four private thermal pools, sauna and steam room with plunge pool just to name a few.
Hanmer Springs offers a choice of recreational attractions for all types of people. Just over an hour out of Christchurch Hanmer Springs is an experience not to be missed.
Below the mountains, beside the sea Kaikoura is renowned for whale watching.
Touring daily you have the opportunity to encounter Sperm Whales, Dusky Dolphins and the Royal Albatross.
This small seaside town also offers fishing charters, guided wilderness walks, 4WD bike tours, golf and horse treks. Stop in at the Kaikoura Winery situated on limestone cliffs to soak in the relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking views.
Kaikoura is a definite on your list of things to do.