Tour Ideas Boutique South Island Tours


1 Day Tours


Akaroa

Explore this French inspired settlement, just 75km from Christchurch. A little piece of paradise to visit with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores and cafes. Relax or take part in the many activities on offer; harbour cruises, sail boat tours, cycle tours, walking tracks or even swim with New Zealand's Hector Dolphins.

Arthurs Pass

Castle Hill Rocks - Lunch at Flock Hill Station - Walk up to the Devil's Punchbowl Waterfall located at Arthurs Pass - Stop at the shores of Lake Pierson - Admire the changing landscapes of the canterbury plains heading into the Southern Alps - Go fly fishing on some of New Zealand's most revered lakes for trout and salmon.

Christchurch City

Tour Christchurch, the South Islands largest city. Visit the incredible Botanical Gardens which are world renowned or go Punting down the Avon River winding it's way magically through the city centre. See how the city is changing and rebuilding again after a devastating earthquake destroyed most of it's buildings in 2011.

Adventure Lovers

Go rafting on the Rangatata river - Head up Skiing for the day Porter Heights or Mt Hutt with breathtaking views of Canterbury - Take a wild Jet Boat ride on the Rakaia or Waimakariri Rivers - Go Paraponting off the Port Hills - Take a Hot Air Balloon rides (Seasonal)


2 & 3 Day Tours


Kaikoura

Drive to Kaikoura from Christchurch, stopping at one of Waipara's renowned wineries for lunch. Head out on the boats to do the famous Whale watching - If too rough do the seal and dolphin watching closer in to shore - Visit the baby seals at Ohau waterfall (Seasonal) - Stunning Crayfish dinner out - Stay at the exclusive Hapuku lodge - Return to Christchurch via Hamner springs for a lunch time soak - Late lunch at Winery - Stay at Merivaile Manor.

Skiing

Pick up from Christchurch's Merivale Manor, head up skiing for the day to Mt Hutt - Indulge in a Packed hot lunch, (Ski pass and Ski gear hire included). Stay at the stunning Terrace Downs for the night - Jet boat ride on the Rakaia River - View Lake Colerage stunning lake right up in the High Country Terran of the majestic Southern Alps - Return to Christchurch -(Can also include an ATV trail ride, and/or a Horse back treck if wanted)

Hanmer Springs

Collect from Christchurch airport and drive to Hanmer Springs - Lunch at exclusive winery for Lunch/Tea - Hanmer Springs; enjoy the hot pool natural spas - Stay at the Renouned Heritage Hotel (dinner included) - Try out Bunjee Jumping/Horse Back Riding/Jet Boating or take an ATV trail ride - This small Alpine village can be enjoyed all year round, experience sitting in the Hot Spring Pools while snow falling around you, true lifetime experience.

West Coast

Drive to The wild West Coast of the South Island, stopping at - Castle Hill, walk among majestic limestone rocks croping up in the middle of nowhere - Stop at Flock Hill Sheep Station for lunch - Rest at the Bealey for a photo with stunning views of the Waimakariri river and Moa statue - Arthurs Pass walk up to The Devils Punchbowl waterfall, see a Kea the New Zealand high country Parrot - West Coast; Visit Shanty Town, learn how gold mining started in this famous area and even try your hand at finding gold - Drive up to unique Punakaiki rocks, pancake shaped rock formations - Take the amazing Trans Alpine train back to Christchuch.

Queenstown (2 or 3 day)

Take an ambling drive from Christchurch down to Queenstown, stopping at many stunning places along the way including: Tekapo - Visit the Tekapo Hot Pools - Admire the View of Mt Cook New Zealands tallest mountain seen over Lake Tekapo - Feed the Salmon at Lake Benmore - View the amazing Benmore Power Dam - Stay at the historic Hermitage Hotel - Cromwell and Lake Dunstan - Visit ‘Old Cromwell’ with its recreated buildings from the gold mining era, and over look the Kawarau River - Arrowtown picturesque village with an old Chinese Settlement village steeped with history - Queenstown, New Zealand's Adventure capital.