Links to Activities in and around Christchurch


In Christchurch


Canterbury Museum

Christchurch's city museum is near the city centre.


Christchurch Botanic Gardens

The Gardens are next door to the Museum, near the city centre.


Punting on the Avon

Punting from two locations near the city centre. 


Antigua Boat Sheds

You can also hire boats if you want to paddle yourself on the Avon river.


International Antarctic Centre

Near Christchurch International Airport.


Air Force Museum of New Zealand

At Wigram.  Free entry. 


Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

See New Zealand native animals including Kiwi, stock breeds.  Early evening Maori Cultural Experience and hangi meal.


Roxx Climbing Centre

The South Island's largest indoor climbing centre, suitable for all ages as well as social functions.



Near Christchurch


Black Cat Cruises, Akaroa and Lyttelton

Popular nature cruises on Akaroa and Lyttelton Harbours, featuring Hector's dolphins and fantastic coastal scenery.  Also swimming with dolphins cruises.


A-Class Sailing Akaroa

Enjoy the serenity of sailing around lovely Akaroa Harbour in the classic 47-foot ocean sailing yacht 'Manutara' - often with dolphins and penguins for company.


Rangitata Rafts

White water specialists who bring you some of the best rafting in New Zealand, in the Rangitata River.  Day trip from Christchurch.


Dolphin Encounter

Swim with dusky dolphins at Kaikoura.


Maori Tours Kaikoura Authentic family-run tours.

Enjoy genuinely warm hospitality and have fun learning about the history and culture of the Maori people at Kaikoura.



Elsewhere in New Zealand


Elm Wildlife Tours, Dunedin

Award-winning tour company specialising in eco-tours, viewing the fascinating wildlife around the Otago coastline.


Wild About Wellington

Colourful small-group tours of Wellington city.  Tours for foodies, chocaholics and beer connoisseurs.


Hiking New Zealand

Visit our Hiking New Zealand website for a huge range of hiking options.  Choose from a full range of hiking safaris involving camping and overnight hikes, to the guided Abel Tasman and Queen Charlotte Tracks and Ball Pass Alpine Trek.  See also our new Adventures and Antarctic Expeditions sections.




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