NZ Christchurch Hagley Park
NZ Christchurch sunset
NZ Christchurch Aerial view of Lyttelton port from the top of Christchurch Gondola Station at Port Hills

Most travellers use Christchurch as a base for exploring the south island, but there is plenty to see in this upwardly-mobile city. Hit by a series of earthquakes between 2010-13 that destroyed many of its buildings, Christchurch is now an intriguing mix of cutting-edge architecture and historic buildings.

Active New Zealand

Outdoor and active adventures on New Zealand's North & South Islands

New Zealand must be in contention for title of adventure travel capital of the world. The list of white-knuckle thrills you can seek out here knows no bounds. New Zealand has some of the world's best sky diving, bungee jumping, mountain biking and whitewater rafting, plus plenty of softer activities; hiking, kayaking and road more

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New Zealand wildlife and waterways

New Zealand in two weeks
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Bay of Islands and South Island escape

Off-the-beaten path New Zealand
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South Island wildlife route

Whale-watching, birding and wildlife on New Zealand’s south island
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14 days

New Zealand self drive

Wine, wildlife and winding roads
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10 days

Southern adventure loop

Thrill seeking around South Island
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North to south white knuckle

Epic adventures from North to South Island
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South Island Road Trip

Explore the National Parks of New Zealand's South Island
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South Island Circular Road Trip

Explore the mountains of the South Island
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Christchurch Tours

Coromandel Peninsula, Kaikoura, Auckland (and 3 more)

New Zealand Wanderer

The best of the north with a taste of the south

12 daysFrom NZ$3,609
Lake Tekapo, Rotorua, Coromandel Peninsula (and 7 more)

Amplified New Zealand

Total Kiwi experience

16 daysFrom NZ$2,849
Lake Tekapo, Rotorua, Coromandel Peninsula (and 7 more)

Epic New Zealand

The full NZ experience

23 daysFrom NZ$4,227
Lake Tekapo, Rotorua, Coromandel Peninsula (and 7 more)

New Zealand Uncovered

Explore everything New Zealand has to offer

20 daysFrom NZ$6,174
Lake Tekapo, Wanaka, Franz Josef Glacier (and 1 more)

South Island Lick

Mountains, glaciers and the adventure capital of the world

7 daysFrom NZ$1,259
Lake Tekapo, Wanaka, Franz Josef Glacier (and 1 more)

Southern Pioneer

The best of New Zealand's south island

10 daysFrom NZ$3,324

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