Christchurch Tours

Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island and is also the most populated. There is also an argument for it having the most attractions of any city on either island and, in order to orient themselves and get to know the city, all new visitors should book themselves a seat on one of more of The Garden City’s fascinating tours.

There are two types of tours that visitors to Christchurch can choose between and these are tours within the city itself and tours that start out from the city, take the guest to some exotic – but nearby – location, and then return to the city. First on the list of those tours that introduce the city must be that which takes the world-weary traveler to renew his energy levels in the beautiful and tranquil Botanic Gardens / Hagley Park complex. This peacefully planted wonderland sprawls over 407 acres in the middle of the city and offers its visitors such delights as a golf course, sports facilities, acres of cultivated flower beds as well as the gentle Avon River.

The folk of Christchurch are understandably proud of their beautiful city – which is said to be the most evocative of Olde England of all New Zealand cities – and can’t wait to show it off to visitors. Typical ‘Discover Christchurch’ tours will include stops at the Canterbury Museum, which features permanent Maori and colonial exhibitions, and Mona Vale, an imposing Victorian manner that is now over a hundred years old. The city’s Victoria Square is also a favorite destination, and there visitors will marvel at the living Floral Clock, the 6m high Maori carving called the Poupou that is made out of the trunk of a single Totara tree and the illuminated electric HL Bowker Fountain. No Christchurch tour would, however, be complete without visiting the statuesque Port Hills, Lyttelton with its Timeball Station, the eclectic cultural hub that is the Christchurch Art Centre and the quaint seaside village of Sumner.

Tours that begin in Christchurch and introduce the visitor to the surrounding countryside include day trips to the Southern Alps and Arthur’s Pass National Park, which feature a ride on the famous TranzAlpine Express train. This is a favorite for both locals and tourists alike as available activities include four-wheel drive excursions and white-water jet boating. Another popular day trip is that to Queenstown and, here, tourists can choose from between two routes. The first route travels to Queenstown via Mount Cook, which is, at 3,754m high, Australasia’s highest mountain. This magnificent peak lies in the midst of 200sq.km. of rugged, mountainous territory that labors under twelve separate glaciers. The second route takes visitors through the skiing towns of Wanaka and Methven before offering them a comprehensive tour of Queenstown and the surrounding area.

Whether your tour stays in, or strays out, of Christchurch, you can rest assured that you will be seeing some of the most stunning scenery in New Zealand, if not the world.


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