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Christchurch Maori Concert and Kiwi Viewing

Christchurch Maori Concert and Kiwi Viewing
Duration:
2.5 hrs
From:
USD 96.55
<p>Complete your New Zealand experience with a traditional Maori Concert. On this evening tour from Christchurch, visit the Nga Hau E Wha National Marae, where you will view a cultural performance of Maori dance and song including the famous haka!</p>

Willowbank Dinner and Maori Concert from Christchurch

Willowbank Dinner and Maori Concert from Christchurch
Duration:
4 hours 30 minutes
From:
USD 170.82
Immerse yourself in the fascinating life of New Zealand and enjoy two of the most popular attractions in Christchurch! After a guided tour of the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, where you'll see a great variety of birds and animals, both native to and introduced to New Zealand, continue your evening with an exciting Maori cultural experience at Ko Tane.

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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 14.85
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 Gondola Ride

Christchurch Gondola RideDuration:
Varies
From:
USD 20.79
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 20.79
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 25.99
<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 25.99
Paintball is a fun and challenging way to unleash your competitive soul. Prepare to win battles and make enemies when you shoot down the opposition. The combat zone is in Hanmer Springs, where there are plenty of other exciting activities to combine for a fun day&rsquo;s adventure.<br /><br />This is an affordable, safe activity, and is great for groups and students. You can buy extra sets of paint balls when you book or at any point in your game.

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Hanmer Springs Claybird Shooting

Hanmer Springs Claybird ShootingDuration:
15 minutes
From:
USD 25.99
Practice your aim on this claybird shooting course. Located on the braids of the scenic Waiau River, this activity is sure to test your skill. Licenced experts are ready to help and teach you all you need to know.<br /><br />Your ten shots take about 15 minutes, making this an affordable and time efficient option. This is a safe activity for travelers looking to add a little more thrill to their holiday! Available to anyone 16 years or over.

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Christchurch City Walking Tour

Christchurch City Walking TourDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 25.99
<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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Christchurch Old and New Cycling Tour

Christchurch Old and New Cycling TourDuration:
3 hours
From:
USD 25.99
Experience Christchurch like a local - the fun and refreshing way to explore the city. &nbsp;Christchurch is an ideal cycling location with flat&nbsp;quiet streets&nbsp;and a large number of cycle lanes. Expert guides will tell the story of how a city rose from the rubble&nbsp;and came to embrace its new identity as a&nbsp;Transitional City. You'll pedal by notable landmarks both new and old, while stopping along the way at some of Christchurch's best bars and restaurants with a range of local craft beer available to purchase,&nbsp;sample and enjoy.

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Last Updated: 28 Nov 2016