Tick off the best things to see in Christchurch in the most iconic way - on the vintage Christchurch Tram! Traveling slower than a bus so you'll get more time to admire your surroundings, covering more earth than walking and without the hassle of looking for parking, Christchurch Tram the perfect form of transportation to explore the city. Along with its charming historic interior, you'll feel like you've been transported back to 1882 when the first steam trams roamed the city!
Hop on the Christchurch Gondola up to the peak of Port Hills for the best vantage point of the city. Soak in the 360 degrees views, from the Christchurch skyline and Canterbury Plains on the west side, to the sparkling Lake Ellesmere in the South and even out to the Pacific Ocean in the north. Your visual senses will be inundated with views of the spectacular and dramatic landscape. Relax with a coffee or snack at the Red Rock Cafe or go back 12 million years on the Time Tunnel ride and experience Christchurch throughout time!
The Akaroa Harbor Nature Cruise is rated as the number one wildlife experience in New Zealand, and you'll quickly find out why on this two hour cruise. The Akaroa Harbor use to be an active volcano millions of years ago, which is why it is surrounded by towering volcanic cliffs and sea caves. Make sure to keep an eye out for the stunning purple-pink Scenery Nook, a natural volcanic amphitheater. To complement the natural surroundings and turquoise blue waters of the harbor is the rare and majestic marine life.
Whether you are in Christchurch for a day or for a few weeks, the Christchurch Pass is your ticket to experience all the highlights of the city. Spend your morning learning about the native flora on your hour guided tour of the must-see Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then take a scenic boat ride on the Avon River. With your tram pass you can easily travel around the city at ease, with frequent tram times and stops. As the sun is about to set, head up to Port Hills via the Christchurch gondola for breathtaking views of the city below and even out to the Southern Alps and Pacific Ocean!
Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to have an unforgettable swim with Hector's dolphins, the world's smallest dolphins which are endemic to New Zealand. In the clear waters of Akaroa Harbor and surrounded by majestic volcanic cliffs, you'll get to experience an intimate connection with nature in your small group. If you'd rather stay dry, you can still watch these cute marine mammals splash in the water with the other passengers, from the excellent viewing platform of the boat.
The International Antarctic Centre located right in Christchurch, New Zealand, opens its doors to visitors looking to uncover the frozen lands located at the farthest regions of the world, in inhospitable climates where only a few species can manage to survive. In spite of the somber topic it undertakes, the center aims to promote learning and education about this region through the use of the fun and interactive activities found within. No matter the age of the participant, they’ll discover something new and fascinating about the Antarctic through a snow and ice experience unlike any other. Don’t miss the Antarctic Storm simulation, hang out with the Little Blue Penguins, and experience everyday life in modern-day Antarctica. Lose yourself in the world of icy discoveries in the center!
Book a convenient and fast airport transfer service between Christchurch Airport and your hotel in the city! Enjoy the free WiFi service and entertainment platforms onboard the vehicle or make new friends with other fellow travelers. For airport pick-ups, proceed to the Super Shuttle holding rank immediately outside of the arrival terminal main exit where a friendly driver will be waiting for you. For hotel pick-ups, your driver will meet you at the lobby of your hotel at least 5 minutes before your scheduled pick up time.