Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is a city of contrasts. You can ski, bungy jump, hike, mountain bike, raft, surf, swim, golf, go hot-air ballooning, see whales, dolphins and seals, visit wineries and gardens, shop, be entertained and awed, and so much more, all within 2 hours of Christchurch.
Right at the city’s heart is Hagley Park and Botanic Gardens, displaying a wide variety of native plants and trees. Enjoy a leisurely tram ride or jump aboard a punt to see the city centre from a different perspective or take a trip on the Gondola to see Christchurch from above. Visit attractions such as Airforce World and the award-winning International Antarctic Centre, whilst for animal lovers, Orana Park and Willowbank are a must.
If your keen to get a ride in before the stage racing begins there's a large number of different grades of tracks in the Port Hills that can be viewed here or take it easy and enjoy the popular rides along the Avon or follow the coast out to Sumner.
The World Buskers Festival is back in Christchurch from 19 - 29 January 2017. Come to Christchurch early and make the most of the opportunity to see some of these amazing street performers. You could also catch all the international cricket action at Hagley Oval as the BLACKCAPS take on Bangladesh in the second ANZ Test from 20 - 24 January 2017.
If your partner is looking for extra activities to do during your time in Christchurch then check out this specially prepared itinerary which includes fantastic ideas from day trips through to what's on in the area.
Charming, historic Geraldine village offers a genuine New Zealand country town atmosphere, delicious locally produced gourmet food, great shopping for high quality gifts, souvenirs and merino wear.
Geraldine is the centre of a prosperous farming community with dairy cows, sheep, cattle, deer, cropping and fruit growing throughout. Close to 5,500 people live in the town and its surrounding area.
Peel Forest, an ancient podocarp native forest, with abundant birdlife and the stunning Rangitata Valley offer many experiences not to be missed. The area also hides the unexpected - some of the best adrenalin seeking activities you’ll find anywhere in New Zealand.
Fairlie is a pretty farming town at the start of the Mackenzie Country. Mackenzie Country is named after Jock Mackenzie, a legendary Scottish sheep rustler who once roamed the hills, with a memorial to him in Fairlie's town centre.
While you're in town visit the Fairlie Heritage Museum, which has one of the biggest vintage wagon and carriage collections in the country. At lunch time, the locals recommend you try the pies at their award-winning Lieber Bakehouse.
During summer, the recently created Lake Opuha is a great spot for boating and fishing; or even a Llama trek around the lake. Hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, trout fishing and farm tours are also popular activities.
Lake Tekapo is situated in the centre of the Mackenzie Country, in New Zealand's central South Island. Mt Cook is only a short distance from Lake Tekapo and the cluster of New Zealand's highest peaks border the lake and provide a beautiful backdrop to some of the best views in the world.
The majority of water flowing into Lake Tekapo comes from large river systems, fed by large glaciers.
Lake Tekapo is home to the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, which in 1935, was the Mackenzie basin’s first church. The church is arguably one of the most photographed in New Zealand, and features an altar window that frames stunning views of the lake and mountains.
Close-by to the Church is a well-known bronze statue of a New Zealand Collie sheepdog.
Lake Ohau in the Mackenzie High Country is cradled between the Ohau Range to the west in the Main Divide, and the Ben Ohau range to the east. In summer it is endowed with fine weather and long daylight hours, and in winter with reliable snow.
While the area is known for the Ohau Snow Fields, and more and more the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, come the end of the ski season there are stunning wilderness areas to be explored up the valley or around the Lodge during the summer months.
It is a 20 minute drive from Lake Ohau Lodge to the Snow Fields. From the 9.6km access road, the views up the valley to Aoraki Mount Cook and overlooking Lake Ohau are spectacular.
A place of vivid beauty, mountainous extremes and legendary fishing spots. The lake is a popular resort, and is well used in the summer for fishing, boating and swimming. The nearby mountains and fast-flowing rivers allow for adventure tourism year-round, with jet-boating and skiing facilities located nearby.
The colour of the lake is straight out of the Elysium fields, the clarity and purity a phenomenon of wonder. The mountains that hug the east, west and northern shores are cragged, rugged and jaggedly weathered, and hold secret pockets of some of the country’s finest fly fishing.
The Snow Farm is located above the historic Cardrona Valley, approximately 40 minutes from Wanaka and just over 1 hour from Queenstown. Simply follow the Crown Range Road from Queenstown or the Cardrona Valley Road from Wanaka and look for the Snow Farm sign at the bottom of the access road.
While the snow may have gone, the fun and adventure doesn't stop at the Snow Farm. Once the trails dry off, they make for some fantastic beginner to intermediate mountain biking trips or moderate hiking adventures. All of these activities include spectacular vistas of the Southern Alps, along with the serenity which accompanies travel through high altitude valleys. Trips can be extended through overnight stays in one of the back-country huts.
Queenstown, New Zealand, is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Queenstown’s stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome cement its reputation as New Zealand’s favourite visitor destination, attracting around 1.9 million visitors every year.
The area has a stunning and inspirational range of all year round activities, experiences and attractions that keep its’ visitors heading back year after year. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation.
There are plenty of things to do in Queenstown if you enjoy the great outdoors, superb food and wine, and a more relaxed pace.