PRE and POST Touring
The regions of Christchurch and Canterbury are set against the majestic backdrops of both alps and ocean.
From lush vineyards and wild coastlines to sky-piercing mountains and pristine glacial lakes, Canterbury is a region of remarkable contrasts and a haven for those seeking incredible scenery and adventure.
Journey through the Southern Alps by train, investigate the night sky in the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve or get up close with whales in Kaikōura.
Explore the long golden beaches, alpine lakes and enchanting forests of the Nelson region by kayak, car or bicycle. Home to three national parks, this region is a favourite holiday spot for New Zealanders and so beautiful you’ll never want to leave.
Discover the many coves of the magnificent Marlborough Sounds on a cruise, or cycle through vineyards on a wine-tasting tour. With its glorious sunshine, delicious food and luxurious resorts, any visit to Marlborough is a pure joy.
Broaden your mind in Dunedin, home to grand old buildings and New Zealand’s oldest university. See penguins, sea lions and albatross on the nearby Otago Peninsula and experience one of the great scenic train journeys on the Taieri Gorge Railway.
Surrounded by towering mountains, positioned on the edge of a lake, Queenstown is a hub of adventure, thrumming with adrenaline and an omnipresent sense of fun.
5. Wellington (Nth Island)
Wellington combines big city style with small village charm. The city’s picturesque harbour and vibrant dining scene have been seducing travellers for decades.
6. Rotorua (Nth Island)
Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Māori culture.
3 Day Suggested Itinerary in Christchurch
Sightseeing on the Avon: A quintessential introduction toCanterbury incorporates a stroll through the beautiful botanic gardens on the banks of the Avon River to discover why Christchurch is called The Garden City. You could even enjoy the view from the water, taking a traditional water gondola and punting down the river in luxury. Then jump on a historic tram for a loop to see some of the brilliant artwork and design projects underway in the central city.
Thermal pools or thrill-seeking: Continue on to the alpine spa village of Hanmer Springs and spend the afternoon relaxing in the natural thermal pools or indulge in a spa treatment. Alternatively, venture into the nearby Waiau Gorge for an afternoon of excitement. Thrill-seekers Adventures specialises in jet boating, white-water rafting, canoeing, bungy jumping, quad biking and mountain biking experiences for incentive groups
A flight to remember: Wake early for a majestic hot-air
balloon or helicopter ride over Canterbury. Flights depart in
time for you to watch the morning sun roll in over the plains.
Once you are back on solid ground, enjoy a celebratory glass of
Classic country charm: Depart mid-morning for Terrace
Downs High Country Resort. Enjoy a gourmet barbeque lunch
while overlooking the stunning foothills of the Southern Alps,
before playing a round of golf on the resort’s championship
course. If golf is not for you, there are plenty of other activities
to empt you. Try your hand at clay-pigeon shooting, take a
shot at archery, go salmon or trout fishing, take a horse trek or
indulge in a spa treatment at the spa. Finish the day off with
dinner at one of the resort’s three on-site dining options before
retiring to your suite
Rolling plains and highland lakes:
Sit back and enjoy a sightseeing drive through the Canterbury plains, passing the
mirror-like lakes of the MacKenzie High Country and the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo.
Stop for lunch at Peppers Bluewater Resort before taking a relaxing soak in the hot pools overlooking the lake.
Cosy luxury or alpine adventure:
Travel by coach or chartered plane to the renowned Hermitage Hotel at the base of Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Whether you’re up for an adventure or simply want to cosy down by the fire, all guests are catered for at the Hermitage. Afternoon activities
include alpine 4WD tours, heli-hiking, mountain hikes or a scenic flight over the nearby glaciers. You could even head out
on the mighty Tasman Glacier Lake for a boat trip, fly fishing or kayaking adventure.
Southern skies stargazing:
After a sumptuous dinner, make the
most of the clear mountain air with a fantastic night of stargazing.
Take a guided tour from Mount Cook village or Lake Tekapo to experience the magnificent night sky within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the largest gold-rated reserve of its kind in the world
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