Day Trips in Christchurch

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Southern Alps

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Inland from Christchurch lie the magnificent Southern Alps - only an hour from the city. The village of Arthurs Pass makes an ideal base for all kinds of activities, and you can also experience the TranzAlpine rail trip - one of the world's most spectacular train journeys that takes you from Christchurch to Greymouth.

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Kaikoura

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Two hours north of Christchurch is Kaikoura, where the mountains meet the sea - one of the few places where you can see the giant sperm whale. To the northwest lies Hanmer Springs, a scenic alpine and thermal village. You can enjoy nature or adventure activities, or laze in the pools. Nearby, in the Hurunui District, you can enjoy the wineries of Waipara.

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Christchurch Wildlife Cruises

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Discover rare Dolphins just 15 minutes from central Christchurch.

Cruise the scenic Lyttelton Harbour aboard the sleek new 20 meter vessel, the Black Cat. You will catch a glimpse of one of the world's rarest and smallest dolphins - the Hector's or New Zealand Dolphin - and coastal marine birdlife.

As well as the wildlife, the harbour has a fascinating history which your skipper will relate to you including stories from the historic township.

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email:info@blackcat.co.nz
address:Lyttelton Marina
url:www.blackcat.co.nz
tel:+64 33289078

Ashburton and Timaru districts

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South of Christchurch lies the Ashburton and Timaru districts. Ashburton District is home to all kinds of exciting activities like skiing, hot air ballooning and salmon fishing. Timaru district features many attractive towns, rolling green hills, lush pasture and braided rivers.

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Hanmer Springs

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Hanmer Springs, north of Christchurch, is the South Island's main spa resort. While many people claim medicinal benefits from bathing in thermal waters, the majority of pool complexes now cater for the recreational user. Around a dozen springs have been developed with formed swimming pools, hotels and cafes, and visitors find a dip in a soothing spa makes a relaxing end to a hard day's sightseeing.

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Akaroa

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Akaroa is a small town out on Banks Peninsula and the originally was a French colony. It's a leasurely two hour drive through some beautify country with plenty to see and do along the way. The town itself is proud of it's French ancestory and is a great place to just walk around.

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