New Zealand's ‘Garden City’ is a place of quiet streets, leafy parks and beautiful tree-lined boulevards. Christchurch has an unmistakable English flavour to it, and serves as the gateway to southern New Zealand’s natural wonders. The rebuild of the country's oldest city continues apace - following the earthquakes that devastated it in 2011 - and the South Island's biggest city is now blossoming, having evolved into a confident and cultural powerhouse. View more
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Discover the highlights of Canterbury and Christchurch during this scenic and relaxing, half-day excursion through the city and countryside.
Lyttelton City and Harbour, Governors Bay, Gebbies Pass, Manderley Farm
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Manderley Farm. En route, ride around Lyttelton Harbour, an extinct volcano, then on to idyllic Governors Bay. From here, cross Gebbies Pass to the Manderley Farm, located near Little River.
Manderley Farm, Sheepdog Demonstration, Morning Tea
Upon arrival at Manderley Farm, receive a warm greeting from the owners, Ross and Mary Millar. Ross entertains you with a sheepdog demonstration that shows the important role dogs play in the operation of a successful sheep farm, then invites you to join them for a cup of morning tea.
Lake Ellsmere, Tai Tapu, Christchurch, Lyttelton Tunnel
Next, re-board your coach and proceed for a drive along the shores of Lake Ellsmere, then through the small township of Tai Tapu en route to Christchurch. Whilst driving through the city, pass by some of the areas affected by the 2011 earthquake. See how Christchurch is preserving some of its iconic heritage buildings, and hear about the exciting vision to rebuild and restore the inner-city before commencing the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier via the Lyttelton Tunnel.
Experience scenic Christchurch in a unique new way during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion via tram and trolley.
Lyttelton, Christchurch, City Centre, Christchurch Tramway Restaurant
Depart the pier for the narrated, approximately 30-minute drive to Christchurch. Upon arrival, experience a unique Christchurch activity that is not to be missed. Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch's city centre aboard the beautifully-restored Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, the only one of its kind in New Zealand.
Morning/Afternoon Tea, Sightseeing, Cathedral Junction, Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum, New Regent Street
The tram incorporates a delicious morning tea with a sightseeing tour showcasing Christchurch's inner-city vibrancy and heritage; truly a mix of old-and-new. Your driver imparts information about the city, its landmarks and local sights. Cathedral Junction, the Gothic-style Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street are just some of landmarks to be seen from the comfort of your tram. Following your tram-ride, your Christchurch experience continues with a walk to the nearby Botanic Gardens.
Botanic Gardens, Caterpillar Trolley-Ride, Native and Exotic Flora, Free Time
Upon arrival, board the 'Caterpillar', an electric, open-sided trolley-bus that takes you on a narrated tour through the Botanic Gardens. Admire these wonderfully impressive gardens, with their mixture of seasonal colours and diverse plant-life, and view some of the best examples of native and exotic flora in New Zealand. Afterward, some free time is made available to explore the Botanic Gardens at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Explore the rebuilding of historic Christchurch following its devastating 2011 earthquakes during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Lyttelton, Sign of the Takahe Lookout, Christchurch, Canterbury Plains, Ocean, Southern Alps
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Sign of the Takahe Lookout. Upon arrival, marvel at the breath-taking panoramic views over Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains, ocean and distant Southern Alps.
Mona Vale Gardens, Beautiful Flora and Fauna
Next, re-board your coach and continue on to the stunning Mona Vale Gardens. Upon arrival, take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy the splendid views and photo opportunities of the lush, beautiful flora and fauna that surrounds you. Leaving the Mona Vale Gardens, your drive continues on to the city centre.
Christchurch, City Centre, Double-Decker Bus Tour, Post-Earthquake Rebuilding Efforts
Upon arrival in the city centre, board a double-decker bus for a narrated drive past the city's main highlights. Visit all the must-see central city sights whilst enjoying spectacular views, see areas affected by the Canterbury earthquakes and learn about the exciting rebuild that is now taking place in Christchurch. This city tour is constantly changing as the city rebuilds. The stories told differ depending on where we are at with the rebuild
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.65 miles (about 1.05 kilometres), at times over uneven and grassy surfaces and hills, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and double-decker bus, and stairs to access its second level. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof coat or jacket from the ship. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. The order of sites visited may vary.
Embrace your spirit of adventure during this exhilarating, full-day excursion into the high country of the Southern Alps via coach, jet-boat and 4x4 vehicle.
Lyttelton, Canterbury Plains, Waimakariri River, Southern Alps
Depart the pier with your driver-guide for the scenic, approximately two-hour drive to the Rubicon Station. En route, watch the landscape change as you travel across the Canterbury Plains and Waimakariri River to the foothills of the majestic Southern Alps.
Rubicon Station, 4X4 Ride, High Country, Mt. Torlesse, Southern Alps, River Gorges, Lunch
Upon arrival at the Rubicon Station, located on the banks of the spectacular Waimakariri River-gorge, switch to a 4x4 touring vehicle for a panoramic drive through Rubicon, Mt. Torlesse and the rugged high country, which is framed by the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps and river gorges. Along the way, explore areas that even New Zealanders seldom see. Following your exciting 4x4 adventure, proceed for lunch back at the Rubicon Station.
Jet-Boat-Ride, Waimakariri River, Steep-Walled Gorge, Staircase Viaduct, Scenic Drive
After lunch, you are treated to an entirely different view of the magnificent high country during a lightning-fast jet-boat-ride on the Waimakariri River. Your jet-boat zips up the river and its steep-walled gorge en route to the Staircase Viaduct. Experience the thrill of skimming over the water, at times only inches deep, whilst feeling safe and secure. At the conclusion of your tour, re-board the coach and commence the approximately 2.5-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves jet-boat and 4x4 rides over rough, uneven terrain that can be at high speeds and result in bumpy, jerking motions. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 411 yards (about 450 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and off-road vehicle, and embark/disembark the jet-boat. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof windbreaker or jacket from the ship. The driving distance between the pier and Rubicon Station is approximately 2-2
-.5 hours in each direction. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Explore New Zealand and Antarctica in unique and exciting new ways during this interactive, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Lyttelton, Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Interactive Exhibitions and Programmes
Depart the pier for the approximately 30-minute drive to the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Located in Christchurch on the site of the former Air Force Base at Wigram, this museum offers a unique and memorable visitor experience with hands-on exhibitions and programmes, and the National Collection of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour though the museum's galleries, discover the historic aircraft, and hear captivating and moving stories of the men and women of the New Zealand Air Force.
International Antarctic Centre, Antarctic Campus
Next, re-board your coach and head to one of New Zealand's most popular, award-winning attractions. The International Antarctic Centre offers visitors a fun, exciting and interactive experience of Antarctica. It is located in a unique, working Antarctic campus, home to the New Zealand, United States and Italian Antarctic programmes.
'Antarctica' Snow & Ice Experience, Arctic Storm, Penguins, 4D Extreme Theatre, Hagglund-Ride
During your visit, enjoy 'Antarctica', the snow and ice experience, survive an Antarctic Storm, learn about life in modern-day Antarctica and Scott Base, and see little blue penguins. You can also take a cruise down to Antarctica in the new 4D Extreme Theatre, and experience riding in a genuine, all-terrain amphibious Antarctic vehicle, the Hagglund. At the conclusion of your Antarctic experience, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive through Christchurch's inner-city and back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.24 miles (about two kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, and 15 steps to access the second-level of the Air Force Museum. The Hagglund-ride at the Antarctic Centre is bumpy. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof coat or jacket from the ship. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Embrace the pristine natural beauty of Mt. Sunday and Mt. Potts Station, settings for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, during this panoramic, full-day sightseeing excursion.
Lyttelton, Canterbury Plains, Rakaia, Morning Tea, Mt. Somers, Southern Alps, Lake Clearwater
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive over the farmland of the Canterbury Plains to the foothills of the Southern Alps and Mt Somers Village, where a stop is made for morning tea. Leaving Rakaia, re-board your coach and head inland from Mt. Somers towards the heart of the Southern Alps. Along the way, a photo stop is made at Lake Clearwater. On a clear day, this alpine lake features spectacular panoramic views over the lake and mountain chain that forms the backbone of the South Island.
Mt. Potts Station, Mt. Sunday, Edoras, High Country, Free Time, Lord of the Rings Photo Opportunity
Next, continue on to the remote and beautiful Mt. Potts Station, home of Mt. Sunday. Upon arrival, see how this peaceful mountain was transformed into 'Edoras', one of the most stunning and recognisable Lord of the Rings filming locations, and the capital city of the Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Immerse yourself in the natural unspoiled beauty of the high country's sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh mountain air. Some free time is made available here to explore this magical landscape, and have your photo taken with Lord of the Rings replica swords.
Mt. Somers Village and Memorial Hall, Lunch
Following your visit, re-board your coach and proceed to nearby Mt. Somers Village for a rustic lunch stop at the Mt. Somers Memorial Hall. After lunch, re-board your coach and enjoy the spectacular scenery during the approximately three-hour drive back to the pier, with a comfort stop in Rakaia en route.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 284 yards (about 260 metres), at times over uneven, gravel and grassy surfaces and rough terrain, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof coat or jacket from the ship. The driving distance between the pier and Mt. Potts Station is approximately three hours in each direction. Due to legal and conservation requirements, no film sets remain on location.
Discover the exquisite natural beauty and storied past of Lyttelton Harbour during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion via catamaran.
Lyttelton Harbour, Catamaran Cruise, Dolphins, Seabirds
Depart the pier aboard a catamaran for a scenic, approximately two-hour discovery cruise along Lyttelton Harbour, an extinct volcanic crater and the gateway to Antarctica. Full commentary is provided by your skipper/guide, who takes you up-close to the water in search of one of the world's rarest and smallest dolphins, the Hector's, or New Zealand, dolphin. In addition, look for coastal marine bird species such as breeding spotted shags, white-fronted terns and numerous species of gulls.
Historic, Early-Maori and European Settlers' Sites
Next, explore Lyttelton's fascinating history. See evidence of the harbour's violent, volcanic past and many significant sites, including those of the early Maori and European settlers. Enjoy a refreshing cup of tea or coffee as you hear the stories from the historic Lyttelton Township, the legends of Ripapa Island and more. At the conclusion of your panoramic catamaran journey, commence the short ride back to the pier. Upon arrival, disembark the catamaran and return to the ship on-foot.