Christchurch & Beyond things to do

Christchurch & Beyond
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Mount Cook National Park surrounds Aoraki, New Zealand’s highest mountain. This National Park contains a stunningly beautiful landscape of snow-covered peaks and ancient glaciers. Numerous walking trails wind through this stretch of wilderness, some taking several days to complete. The park is also a dark sky reserve so visit after sundown for some spectacular night skies.

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Skiing on Mount Hutt

If you want to ski New Zealand's internationally-renowned ski slopes, head to Mount Hutt one of the best snow sports destinations on the planet. Just a 90-minute drive from Christchurch, this scenic mountain ski resort has restaurants, shops, an ice bar and network of trails and lifts for skiers of all ability levels.

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International Antarctic Centre

One of Christchurch's most exciting attractions is located next to the airport, making it the perfect place to kick-start or round-off your holiday. The interactive Antarctic exhibitions here include an indoor storm, simulated cruise, and ride in an amphibious all-terrain vehicle. You can even meet adorable huskies and encounter little blue penguins.

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Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Located in the historical heart of the city and bound on three sides by the Avon River, these picturesque botanic gardens are a must-visit attraction while you’re in Christchurch. There are outdoor artworks and conservatories to explore. Plus, with different plants flowering throughout the year, you’ll enjoy a beautiful display regardless of when you visit.

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Sea Kayaking in Akaroa

There’s plenty to keep you busy in beautiful Akaroa, but taking to the water is a must for any wildlife enthusiasts. Kayak to the Pohatu Marine Reserve, where you can marvel at dramatic cliffs and sea caves. You might even come face-to-face with penguins, seals, and Hector’s dolphins – the smallest and rarest dolphins in the world.

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