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Christchurch Half-Day Gardens Tour

Christchurch Half-Day Gardens Tour
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
From:
USD 92.62
<p>See why Christchurch is truly the Garden City. You will visit a mixture of public and private gardens. The public gardens may include Mona Vale, the Sanitarium Gardens, or the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. </p>

White Water Rafting from Christchurch

White Water Rafting from Christchurch
Duration:
8 hours
From:
USD 159.31
Join this tour for the excitement of a lifetime! This Rangitata Gorge trip is our most popular and runs almost every day from October through to May.<br />From starting at our base at the foot of the majestic Southern Alps to tackling some of the best white water rapids in New Zealand, this tour is guaranteed to have you walking away with memories that will last a lifetime!

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Things to do in Christchurch if you have a Christchurch Airport Layover or Extended Christchurch Airport Stopover


If you have an extended layover at the Christchurch Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Christchurch.LayoverIdeas.com.


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CHC Christchurch International Airport is about 12 kilometres from downtown Christchurch and with shuttle buses leaving within 10 minutes of you boarding, you will very quickly be on your way. The short trip into town provides you with far more things to do than you can possibly fit in and most people are very surprised if you are in Christchurch for anything less than a week. So to narrow down your choices here are some ideas to start with.



Cultural Precinct


Whether you have an hour or a day to spend in Christchurch, there is enough to see and do in the Cultural Precinct to keep you amazed and interested. Located in the heart of Christchurch you can experience New Zealand’s arts, heritage and cultural attractions through organized tours and activities, you can travel by tram and hear stories about the area’s history or you can wander around taking it all in at your own pace. Just jump on a shuttle from the airport and you will be there in no time.



The Christchurch Gondola


Welcome Aboard the Christchurch Gondola, the first and only Gondola in Christchurch City, One of the most popular Christchurch activities offers a spectacular ride 500 metres above the city. In a 4 person Gondola cabin lifts you gently up over the 945m ride. Views in every direction allow you to take in Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean to Kaikoura, Banks Peninsula, Lake Ellesmere and Lyttleton Harbour, as well as all the way across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. At the top you can quench your thirst or enjoy a meal at the Summit Café or the Pinnacle Restaurant and you can stretch your legs on one of several marked walkways.



International Antarctic Centre


If you prefer not to stray too far from CHC Christchurch International Airport you can walk the few metres from the International Terminal to the International Antarctic Centre where you can see New Zealand penguins or take a ride on the Hagglund to experience the feeling of being a real Antarctic explorer. You can also go to the Aquarium, experience the force of an Antarctic storm or enjoy the snow and ice experience. And best of all you can stay as long as you like as the airport is minutes from the centre and you will be back in the departures terminal in no time.



Shopping


Just 10 minutes from CHC Christchurch International Airport is the shoppers paradise of Westfield Riccarton. There are over 180 stores and cafés to help you satisfy your need for retail therapy while you await your next flight. And if you are accompanied by anyone who prefers not to shop, they can relax at one of the many eateries or take in a movie while they wait.



As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to the airport in time for your connecting flight and enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Christchurch Attractions

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour with Optional Hop-On Hop-Off Tram, Gondola and Avon River Punting

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour with Optional Hop-On Hop-Off Tram, Gondola and Avon River PuntingDuration:
Varies
From:
USD 14.82
Explore the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on a narrated tour aboard a caterpillar vehicle, an open-air electric shuttle that provides unobstructed views of the gardens' variety of flowers and other plants. If you wish, you can see even more of Christchurch with optional upgrades that include the hop-on hop-off Christchurch Tram tour through downtown, a punt cruise on the Avon River and a ride on the Christchurch Gondola. Choose the combination that interests you most, and enjoy various perspectives on the city's renewal since devastating earthquakes struck in 2010 and 2011.

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Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Tram

Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off TramDuration:
1 day
From:
USD 18.52
Welcome aboard the Christchurch Tram! Travel on our newly extended track &amp; enjoy this unique and historic way to view the inner city. Drivers provide a live and entertaining commentary. A full circuit takes 50 minutes, includes 17 stops and there are up to four Trams operating. Trams run approximately every 15 minutes and your ticket lasts all day.

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Christchurch Gondola Ride

Christchurch Gondola RideDuration:
Varies
From:
USD 20.75
Celebrate the recovery of Christchurch following the 2011 earthquake, and take a trip aboard the newly reopened Christchurch Gondola. The upgraded cable car takes you on a scenic journey to the Port Hills crater rim and Mt Cavendish summit, giving you fabulous views of Christchurch's dramatically changed cityscape. See Canterbury Plains and Lyttelton Harbour unfold as you rise to the revamped summit complex, on the crater rim of Christchurch's famous extinct volcano. To see even more of Christchurch, add a Catepillar Bus Tour at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens or go punting on the Avon River.

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Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens Tour

 Punting on the Avon River with Optional Christchurch Gondola and Botanic Gardens TourDuration:
Varies
From:
USD 20.75
Explore the tranquil side of Christchurch with a classic boating, or punting, experience on the beautiful Avon River. A punter provides informative commentary as he or she rows you and your companions past the city center and Christchurch Botanic Gardens in a narrow boat. You can upgrade your tour to include Christchurch Botanic Gardens tour, a Christchurch Gondola ride, or a Christchurch Tram's hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of downtown.

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Christchurch Rebuild Tour

Christchurch Rebuild TourDuration:
90 minutes
From:
USD 25.93
<p>The Christchurch rebuild tour offers a unique guided experience through the past, present and future of Christchurch city. The 90-minute tour is one of the best things to do in Christchurch and one of the best ways to experience the sights of the emerging new city.</p>

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Hanmer Springs Extreme Paintball

Hanmer Springs Extreme PaintballDuration:
30 minutes
From:
USD 25.93
Paintball enthusiasts and first-time players will find challenging fun during this 30-minute family-friendly activity, located at a paintball combat zone in Hanmer Springs. It's a safe way for groups to join forces and work together against an opposing team. Prepare to win battles and shoot your way to victory — with paint, of course.

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Hanmer Springs Clay Bird Shooting

Hanmer Springs Clay Bird ShootingDuration:
15 minutes
From:
USD 25.93
Practice your aim at a clay bird–shooting course, located along the scenic Waiau River in Hanmer Springs. You're provided 10 shots in about 15 minutes, with a shotgun, ammunition, and safety gear included. Get instruction from your guide and test your skill level. This activity is suitable to participants aged 16 or above, with no previous experience required.

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Christchurch City Walking Tour

Christchurch City Walking TourDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 25.93
<p>This is a guided experience that showcases the changed nature of the CBD and the future build of Christchurch as it becomes a 21st century city. </p><p><strong></strong></p>

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Last Updated: 28 Jun 2017