Things to Do in Christchurch & Canterbury
Challenge yourself to some aerial obstacles at Adrenalin Forest - an adventure park covering 4 hectares and with over 100 challenging activities that will test your limits. Adrenalin Forest is located only 15 minutes from your central Christchurch accommodation at The Ashley Hotel, or Towers on the Park.
Experience the thrills only jet boating can give you - speed along the Waimakariri River through exhilarating spins and manoeuvres. Four tour options are available and Jet Thrills is open 7 days a week - bookings are essential.
Skiing Mount Hutt
Located just one hour from Christchurch is Mount Hutt - Canterbury's largest ski area. Mt Hutt is an ideal place for the whole family with a wide range of courses for beginners right through to the most challenging downhill adventures for top skiers and boarders.
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa
Sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular alpine setting at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. These wonderful outdoor pools are a popular tourist attraction; the soothing mineral thermal waters have been attracting visitors for over 125 years. There is also an award-winning spa where you can treat yourself to a wide range of luxurious treatments. Hanmer Spring is only one hour's drive from your Christchurch accommodation at The Ashley Hotel or Towers on the Park.
Whale Watch Kaikoura
Kaikoura is located 2.5 hours from Christchurch, but is well worth the trip. Jump onboard with Whale Watch Kaikoura and be in for a chance to see the enormous Giant Sperm Whale at any time of the year. They have a 95% success rate of seeing a whale on every encounter, so if you don't see one - they'll refund 80% of your ticket price!
Orana Wildlife Park
Get up close to some incredible wildlife at Orana Wildlife Park - New Zealand's only open range zoo! You can hand feed the giraffes, watch a cheetah sprint, or even travel through the lion reserve in a safari vehicle! Orana Wildlife Park is a great experience for all the family and is located only 15 minutes from Christchurch city.
The International Antarctic Centre
The International Antaractic Centre is a fun place for all the family to come and experience a taste of the icey continent. There are plenty of attractions to keep all the family entertained, including an Snow & ice Experience, hagglund rides, penguin encounters and much more. The Antarctic Centre is located next to Christchurch International Airport.
Take the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the Royal Albatross - graceful birds with the largest wingspan in the world. The Albatross Encounter tours operate daily and is located in Kaikoura, north of Christchurch.
New Brighton Pier
The New Brighton Pier - at 300m long - is the biggest ocean pier in Australasia. Opened in 2007, the New Brighton community spent 30 years campaigning and fundraising to build a new pier after the old one was demolished in 1965. They raised a staggering $2 million, which was matched by the council, leading the way to the addition of the impressive new structure.
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