Cheap Tours and Activities in Christchurch

Christchurch, known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which winds through the city center. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. The city center is also graced by numerous notable arts institutions. Inner-city streets conceal art projects and pocket gardens, dotted among a thinned-out cityscape featuring remnant stone buildings and the sharp, shiny architecture of the new. Curious travelers will revel in this chaotic, crazy and colorful mix, full of surprises that are inspiring in ways you can't even imagine. With so much to see, do, and taste, Christchurch is a great place to experience, and there are several options for exciting activities and tours in or near the area to help you make the most of your time here.
Christchurch Maori Concert and Kiwi Viewing
offered by Viator

After pickup from your Christchurch accommodation, you're transferred to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, site of the Ko Tane Maori cultural experience. Start your engaging evening with a greeting ceremony as you listen to the powhiri (conch) and participate in hongi (pressing of noses). At Ko Tane marae, a makeshift Maori village, watch an entertaining performance consisting of waiata ringa (action songs with a hand display), poi dances and haka (war dances). After the concert, enjoy the opportunity to observe New Zealand's iconic kiwi bird in its natural habitat. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is the only privately owned reserve in the world where these endangered native species can be viewed in the open. Your 2.5-hour experience ends with return transport to your hotel.

Price: $93.00
Christchurch Horse Trekking
offered by Viator

After pickup from your centrally located hotel in Christchurch, you're driven approximately 25 minutes from the city center to the banks of the Waimakariri River. You'll travel through the pastoral landscapes of the Canterbury Plains to the foothills of the Southern Alps. Colloquially known as 'The Waimak,' the braided Waimakariri River flows all the way to the Pacific Ocean and is one of the region's largest rivers. On arrival, you're matched with a horse for your trek, whether you're a beginner or a more experienced rider. During your 1.5-hour guided horseback ride, led by an experienced instructor, marvel at stunning alpine views - a perfect outing for the entire family. If you'd like, combine your Waimakariri horse trekking experience with other attractions: a jet-boat tour or a sheep farm visit. The Jet Boat experience will allow you to zip along the narrow canyon of Waimakariri Gorge on an exhilarating jet-boat ride at the foothills of the Southern Alps, with breathtaking views of the rugged snow-capped mountains. Brace yourself for a wild ride as you twist and turn down the gorge at high speeds. With the Sheep Farm option, you'll visit one of three working sheep farms in a tranquil rural setting. See sheep dogs at work, rounding up the flock and penning them for you to pet. Watch a sheep shearing demonstration and have the opportunity to try your hand at it as well.

Price: $108.00
Waipara Wine Trail Tour from Christchurch
offered by Viator

Indulge in a half day of wine tasting along the Waipara wine trail, renowned for its warm, dry climate and limestone-rich soils - ideal for growing the premium quality grapes that produce some of New Zealand's most distinctive wine. Following pickup by coach from your centrally located hotel in Christchurch, your guide takes you on a 40-minute drive to Waipara, one of the South Island's burgeoning wine regions. Visit cellars and tasting rooms during guided tours of four boutique vineyards in North Canterbury, and sample a distinctive selection of both red and white wines. Enjoy an optional lunch of fresh, seasonal dishes that pair well with your wine, if you choose this option, before hotel drop-off in Christchurch.

Price: $72.00
Christchurch Gondola Ride
offered by Viator

Take in the city views from Mt Cavendish after a 10-minute scenic ride aboard the Christchurch Gondola. Take a city bus or taxi at your own expense from the city center to the gondola station. As you ascend to the Port Hills crater summit, enjoy a panoramic vista of Lyttelton Harbor all the way to the snowcapped Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. When you reach the top, watch a video about the geologic and human history of Christchurch at the Time Tunnel. Choose to add a visit to the Botanic Gardens to your gondola ride and explore the Christchurch Botanic Gardens aboard the electric caterpillar shuttle, hopping on and off as you please to stroll through the rose garden, visit the tropical greenhouse and more. Knowledgeable garden staff are on hand to answer any questions you have. Or choose to pair your gondola ride with a punting trip on the Avon River where you'll glide along the river in a punt as a punter, traditionally dressed in straw hat and blazer, propels the flat-bottomed boat past the Christchurch Botanic Gardens as well as boat sheds, tree-lined banks and riverside paths. Blankets and umbrellas are provided to enhance the romantic setting.

Price: $20.00
Christchurch Half-Day Gardens Tour
offered by Viator

Explore the bountiful landscapes of the Garden City on this half-day tour of Christchurch. Meet your guide upon hotel pickup and travel to several public and private gardens handpicked by this knowledgeable escort. Your visit may include Mona Vale, a historic homestead surrounded by 13.5 acres of landscaped gardens abundant with trees, perennials, ponds and fountains. The 52-acre Christchurch Botanic Gardens, situated alongside the Avon River, showcases tropical plants within gorgeous glass conservatories and a rose garden complete with 250 varieties. If you visit the internationally renowned gardens at the Sanitarium factory in Christchurch, stroll the grounds designed by the city's founding landscape architect in 1932. The award-winning private gardens offer a colorful array of fragrant plants, shrubs and flowers among water features and woodlands. After your tour, your guide returns you to your hotel.

Price: $90.00

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