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From the silvery beaches of the coast to the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps, the Canterbury landscape offers some of the most spectacular scenery. The highest point of the region is the highest point of New Zealand. The spectacular Aoraki Mount Cook stands at 3754 metres. At the other end of the scale, the submarine trenches off the coast of Kaikoura are thousands of metres deep, providing an ideal environment for the whales, dolphins and seals that live there permanently. Between the mountains and the sea, the vast plains are patchworked with the patterns of rural life.

The Canterbury region also incorporates the delightful alpine spa resort of Hanmer Springs; the quaint French inspired seaside village of Akaroa on Banks Peninsula; Timaru with its heritage architecture and stunning views over Caroline Bay; the turquoise gemstone hue of Lake Tekapo; the high country area and ski fields near Methven and the farming community of Darfield.

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and one of the world’s most unique destinations. Bordered by the Port Hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps as a majestic backdrop, allowing for a huge array of experiences all within just a few hours’ drive. Known traditionally as “The Garden City”, the serene Avon River flows through the centre of the city (its banks now largely forming an urban park), and through the award winning Christchurch Botanic Gardens which are 150 years old this year.  The gardens feature one of the finest collections of exotic and native plants found in New Zealand, and are home to one of Christchurch’s most iconic activities, Punting on the Avon.

More recently however, Christchurch has been rebuilding and revitalizing itself following the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and making way for some of the most innovative and creative projects in the world.  With a huge emphasis on sustainable and envionmental issues, Christchurch is embracing it’s new future, and is excited about the possibilities of having a chance to reinvent itself with modern buildings and bright urban events.  This is a chance to visit a city on the brink of reimagining itself with world class technology and innovation alongside history and heritage. 

Christchurch is also known for great dining with a huge choice in cuisine around the city.  Local restaurateurs are spoiled for choice with such high quality local wines, and produce, leading to ever changing seasonal menus using local and fresh ingredients.

MUST SEE & DO

  • In Christchurch visit the Botanic Gardens and the International Antarctic Centre, ride on the tram and take a punt on the Avon River, then drive up to the Port Hills to admire the view over the city, Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps or visit one of the nearby wineries for lunch and wine tasting 
  • Visit Akaroa and take a harbour cruise to see the rare hectors dolphins and bird life 
  • In Kaikoura take a walk on the Peninsula to see the seals, enjoy a Whale Watch tour, swim with the dolphins or join a bird watching cruise 
  • At Hanmer Springs soak in the soothing mineral waters at the Thermal Pools & Spa, enjoy a jetboating trip or walk to the lookout at Conical Hill 
  • Stay in the Mt Cook National Park and take a flight over Mt Cook and the region's awesome glaciers, marvel at the stars at the Mt John Observatory and enjoy the numerous walks in the area 
Maison de la Mer

Akaroa: Maison de la Mer

Price from £288 per room per night

Maison de la Mer is an historic home right on the waterfront in the centre of Akaroa village with command [...]

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Akaroa Village Inn

Akaroa: Akaroa Village Inn

Price from £165 per room per night

This property is in the heart of the village, situated directly opposite the main wharf, where you can ca [...]

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Akaroa Cottages

Akaroa: Akaroa Cottages

Price from £102 per room per night

Nestled in New Zealand native bush overlooking Akaroa, the cottages offer a most private and serene holid [...]

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Beaufort House (formerly Wilderness House)

Akaroa: Beaufort House (formerly Wilderness House)

Price from £212 per room per night

Enjoy your stay in this beautiful historic home and garden, lovingly restored with Old World charm, moder [...]

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Tresori Motor Lodge

Akaroa: Tresori Motor Lodge

Price from £126 per room per night

This exciting modern complex has a design that reflects the historical nature of Akaroa's French colonial [...]

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The George Hotel

Christchurch: The George Hotel

Price from £232 per room per night

This hotel is a member of ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World' and renowned for its elegance, style, [...]

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Dyers House

Christchurch: Dyers House

With panoramic views over Christchurch, to the sea beyond and out across the Canterbury Plains to the Sou [...]

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Bella Vista Motel

Christchurch: Bella Vista Motel

Price from £99 per room per night

On offer is a modern well appointed accommodation to suit both international and domestic travellers alik [...]

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The Classic Villa

Christchurch: The Classic Villa

Price from £175 per room per night

An Italian style historic home that has been renovated and tastefully refurbished into one of the finest [...]

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Orari Bed & Breakfast

Christchurch: Orari Bed & Breakfast

Price from £126 per room per night

This lovely old heritage house has been totally restored and refurbished to its former elegance. Retainin [...]

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Otahuna Lodge

Christchurch: Otahuna Lodge

Price from £1186 per room per night

This lodge is a place of replenishment and refinement, where prestigious luxury accommodation meets exemp [...]

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Terra Vive

Christchurch: Terra Vive

Price from £136 per room per night

This luxury apartment accommodation complex exudes sophisticated comfort, with beautifully appointed room [...]

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Roma on Riccarton

Christchurch: Roma on Riccarton

Price from £116 per room per night

A new luxury executive motel in the style of Tuscany and featuring plush fittings, the highest quality li [...]

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Heritage Hotel

Hanmer Springs: Heritage Hotel

Price from £132 per room per night

This beautiful local landmark building is located in the centre of this charming alpine village. It has b [...]

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Rippinvale Retreat

Hanmer Springs: Rippinvale Retreat

Rippinvale Retreat is situated in 2.5 acres of landscaped gardens in a quiet and private setting adjacent [...]

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Albergo Hanmer

Hanmer Springs: Albergo Hanmer

Price from £99 per room per night

This lodge offers luxury accommodation and European sophistication in a magic mountain arena, with views [...]

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Bella Vista Motel

Hanmer Springs: Bella Vista Motel

Price from £92 per room per night

Business or pleasure - whatever the season, whatever the reason for visiting this alpine village this mot [...]

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Cheltenham House

Hanmer Springs: Cheltenham House

Price from £131 per room per night

This gracious 1930's home is a thoughtful mix of comfort and traditional elegance in a warm atmosphere of [...]

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Clear Ridge Apartments

Hanmer Springs: Clear Ridge Apartments

Price from £175 per room per night

Designed with comfort, style and security in mind, these modern and spacious luxury apartments perfectly [...]

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Select Braemar Lodge & Spa

Hanmer Springs: Select Braemar Lodge & Spa

Price from £199 per room per night

Situated in the foothills of the Southern Alps and surrounded by dramatic hills and mountains, this accom [...]

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White Morph Motor Inn

Kaikoura: White Morph Motor Inn

Price from £120 per room per night

White Morph Motor Inn offers glorious ocean and mountain views. It is located on the waterfront, just 10 [...]

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Kincaid Lodge

Kaikoura: Kincaid Lodge

Price from £114 per room per night

Kincaid was once the largest farming station in the Kaikoura district but today the 100 year old homestea [...]

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Anchor Inn Motel

Kaikoura: Anchor Inn Motel

Price from £99 per room per night

The Anchor Inn is a modern and stylish motel superbly located on the Kaikoura waterfront, with the majori [...]

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Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses

Kaikoura: Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses

Price from £196 per room per night

This complex was designed to be a contemporary country hotel. Much of the lodge is built of natural produ [...]

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Kaikoura Boutique Hotel

Kaikoura: Kaikoura Boutique Hotel

Price from £144 per room per night

Motel style accommodation with contemporary interior design.  Situated right on the waterfront, it is jus [...]

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Lemon Tree Lodge

Kaikoura: Lemon Tree Lodge

Price from £98 per room per night

Offering a high standard of accommodation in a secluded retreat, the lodge was set up to cater purely for [...]

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Miharotia Boutique B&B

Kaikoura: Miharotia Boutique B&B

Price from £247 per room per night

This is an architecturally designed, luxurious and modern bed and breakfast, incorporating recycled New Z [...]

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Waves on the Esplanade

Kaikoura: Waves on the Esplanade

Price from £189 per room per night

A high quality self-catering seaside apartment complex that offers the ideal combination of lifestyle, lo [...]

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Lake Tekapo Lodge

Lake Tekapo: Lake Tekapo Lodge

Price from £251 per room per night

The Lodge is sited above the village of Tekapo and offers grand views to the lake and mountains.

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Peppers Bluewater Resort

Lake Tekapo: Peppers Bluewater Resort

Price from £148 per room per night

The resort's architectural design is a reflection of the Mackenzie Basin landscape and offers the perfect [...]

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Three Rivers Lodge

Lake Tekapo: Three Rivers Lodge

Price from £126 per room per night

This modern, purpose-built accommodation boasts picturesque uninterrupted views across reserve land of th [...]

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The Hermitage

Mt Cook: The Hermitage

Price from £153 per room per night

This hotel has long been synonymous with the Kiwi spirit of adventure. First built in 1884 its history is [...]

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Aoraki Court Motel

Mt Cook: Aoraki Court Motel

Price from £128 per room per night

This property opened in December 2012. All units feature great views of surrounding mountains. Free parki [...]

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Omahau Downs

Mt Cook: Omahau Downs

Price from £87 per room per night

Part of an historic high country sheep station, this property offers a unique country atmosphere, access [...]

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Claremont Country Estate

Waipara Gorge: Claremont Country Estate

Price from £525 per room per night

Enjoy the gracious hospitality in this beautifully restored historic homestead built in 1866 from local l [...]

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Akaroa Day Tour

Akaroa Day Tour

Price from £125 per person

A Canterbury Leisure Tours vehicle will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer to the departure po [...]

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Akaroa Day Tour including Harbour Cruise

Akaroa Day Tour including Harbour Cruise

Price from £132 per person

A Canterbury Leisure Tours vehicle will pick you up from your hotel to commence a full day Akaroa Day Tou [...]

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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

Price from £44 per person

Board your Black Cat vessel at Main Wharf, Akaroa, to commence a two hour cruise around Akaroa Harbour. E [...]

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Albatross Encounter

Albatross Encounter

Price from £69 per person

Join your Encounter Kaikoura crew at 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura and board your Encounter Kaikoura vessel to c [...]

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Banks Peninsula Walk

Banks Peninsula Walk

Price from £132 per person

The four day walk is simply one of New Zealand's great walking holidays. It gives you the time to hike th [...]

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Big Sky Stargazing - Aoraki Mount Cook

Big Sky Stargazing - Aoraki Mount Cook

Price from £36 per person

Join your Big Sky Stargazing guide at The Hermitage Activities Desk, Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Mount Cook V [...]

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Caterpiller Botanic Garden Tour

Caterpiller Botanic Garden Tour

Price from £11 per person

The Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour departs from the Canterbury Museum entrance of the Botanic Gardens o [...]

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Christchurch Gondola

Christchurch Gondola

Price from £15 per person

Board your gondola transport at the Christchurch Gondola base.  In the comfort of our four person luxury [...]

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Christchurch Tramway Grand Tour

Christchurch Tramway Grand Tour

Price from £46 per person

Board a luxury coach for an interactive and fun guided tour of Christchurch. Enjoy the best Christchurch [...]

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Discover Christchurch Double Decker Tour

Discover Christchurch Double Decker Tour

Price from £41 per person

This fun and informative tour of Christchurch allows passengers to learn about Christchurch’s fascinating [...]

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Discover Christchurch Half Day Tour

Discover Christchurch Half Day Tour

Price from £39 per person

Although Christchurch was severely damaged in February, it is still a beautiful city with many of the hig [...]

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Dolphin Encounter - Spectator

Dolphin Encounter - Spectator

Price from £55 per person

For those wishing to enhance their understanding of dolphins in their natural environment, this is a trul [...]

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Dolphin Encounter - Swimmer

Dolphin Encounter - Swimmer

Price from £104 per person

Board your Encounter Kaikoura vessel to commence a Dolphin Encounter – Swimmer cruise. While spending bet [...]

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Glacier Boat Cruise

Glacier Boat Cruise

Price from £88 per person

Join your Glacier Explorers vehicle at The Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Mount Cook Village, Mount Cook Nationa [...]

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Glacier Highlights Ski Plane Tour

Glacier Highlights Ski Plane Tour

Price from £258 per person

A Mount Cook Ski Planes vehicle will pick you up from the Hermitage Hotel, the YHA or the DOC Visitor Cen [...]

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Grand Circle Ski Plane Tour

Grand Circle Ski Plane Tour

Price from £339 per person

A Mount Cook Ski Planes vehicle will pick you up from the Hermitage Hotel, the YHA or the DOC Visitor Cen [...]

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Grand Traverse of Mount Cook - Inter Airport Option

Grand Traverse of Mount Cook - Inter Airport Option

Price from £227 per person

This unique flight encompasses the Aoraki Mount Cook and Westland Tai Poutini National Parks, traversing [...]

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Hamner Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

Hamner Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

Price from £22 per person

Set in an alpine village, this facility offers a range of open air thermal pools, large family activity p [...]

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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

Price from £13 per person

Set in an alpine village, this facility offers a range of open air thermal pools, large family activity p [...]

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Hooker Valley Guided Walk

Hooker Valley Guided Walk

Price from £67 per person

An Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Village Ltd vehicle will pick you up from The Hermitage Activities Desk at Th [...]

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Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning

Price from £212 per person

For a truly "out of this world" experience, enjoy a hot air balloon flight across the rolling green Cante [...]

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Hot Air Ballooning ex Christchurch

Hot Air Ballooning ex Christchurch

Price from £234 per person

Before day break join your Aoraki Balloon Safaris crew to commence a full day Hot Air Ballooning tour. Ex [...]

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International Antarctic Centre

International Antarctic Centre

Price from £22 per person

The Aquarium displays some of the actual specimens from the Antarctic ocean floor in McMurdo Sound, while [...]

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Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour

Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour

Price from £179 per person

Depart Christchurch and travel north through the rural pastoral scenes of North Canterbury towards Kaikou [...]

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Kaikoura Wilderness Guided Walk

Kaikoura Wilderness Guided Walk

Price from £961 per person

A Kaikoura Wilderness Walks vehicle will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer via a very scenic [...]

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Kaikoura Wilderness Walkway

Kaikoura Wilderness Walkway

Price from £703 per person

Kaikoura Wilderness Walks takes you on an exclusive guided walk, at a gentle pace, through the Puhi Peaks [...]

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Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour

Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour

Price from £144 per person

From Christchurch travel by 4WD to remote Mt Sunday on Mt Potts High Country Station, the location of Edo [...]

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Maori Tours Kaikoura Cultural Experience

Maori Tours Kaikoura Cultural Experience

Price from £73 per person

This tour gives an appreciation and understanding of Maori ways. Participants will visit sites of pre-Eur [...]

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Mountain High Helicopter Tour

Mountain High Helicopter Tour

Price from £258 per person

Join your Helicopter Line crew at Glentanner Park to commence a Mountain High helicopter tour. This is a [...]

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Mt John Night Tour - Dark Sky Stargazing

Mt John Night Tour - Dark Sky Stargazing

Price from £82 per person

From Lake Tekapo Village, with 'Earth & Sky', you will travel up to Mt John and gaze at the skies fro [...]

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Open Top Double Decker City Highlights

Open Top Double Decker City Highlights

Price from £18 per person

This fun and informative tour of Christchurch allows passengers to learn about Christchurch’s fascinating [...]

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Punting on the Avon

Punting on the Avon

Price from £15 per person

Join your Punt at the historic Antigua Boatsheds, Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch, to commence a classic [...]

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Self Drive: South Island Only 11 Nights

Self Drive: South Island Only 11 Nights

Price from £1853 per person

This self drive tour includes 11 days Toyota Corolla (CDMR) car rental with Budget, 11 nights accommodati [...]

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Self Drive: South Island Only 15 Nights

Self Drive: South Island Only 15 Nights

Price from £2465 per person

This self drive tour includes 16 days, Toyota Corolla (CDMR) car rental with Budget, 15 nights accommodat [...]

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Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

Price from £12 per person

The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre is situated at the Hermitage Hotel, Terrace Road, Aoraki Mount Cook [...]

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Swim with Dolphins

Swim with Dolphins

Price from £88 per person

Board your Black Cat vessel at Main Wharf, Akaroa to commence a three hour cruise around Akaroa Harbour, [...]

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Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake Excursion

Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake Excursion

Price from £82 per person

An amazing up close encounter with New Zealand's largest glacier, the Tasman Glacier.Explore the fascinat [...]

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Tasman Valley 4WD & Argo Tour

Tasman Valley 4WD & Argo Tour

Price from £46 per person

Join your Tasman Valley 4WD & Argo Tours vehicle at The Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Mount Cook Village, M [...]

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The Grand Traverse of Mount Cook ex Glentanner Park

The Grand Traverse of Mount Cook ex Glentanner Park

Price from £227 per person

Join your flight crew at the Glentanner Air Safaris office, Glentanner Park Centre, 15 minutes south of M [...]

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Thrillseekers Canyon Jetboat Adventure

Thrillseekers Canyon Jetboat Adventure

Price from £67 per person

Jet the entire length of the spectacular Waiau Gorge following the contours of the steep canyon walls dur [...]

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TranzAlpine & High Country Explorer Tour

TranzAlpine & High Country Explorer Tour

Price from £234 per person

This is New Zealand’s only one-day adventure consisting of a seamless journey by 4 modes of transport – T [...]

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Whale Watch Tour

Whale Watch Tour

Price from £85 per person

Experience a Whale Watch tour for an exciting up-close encounter with Kaikoura's resident Giant Sperm Wha [...]

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Wings over Whales

Wings over Whales

Price from £109 per person

On a typical flight see the majestic Sperm Whale preparing for his next dive and up to 500 Dusky Dolphins [...]

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