TRIPS

Christchurch Stopover – 4 Days

$ 545.00

Experience Christchurch, known as ‘The Garden City’, the gateway to the Canterbury region and the spectacular experiences available within the South Island.

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Description


DAY 1: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH / INTERNATIONAL ANTARCTIC CENTRE
On arrival visit the International Antarctic Centre next door before transferring to your accommodation.


Moderate
* * *
Featured Merderate Hotel or similar

  • Chateau on the Park
  • Guest room


Superior
* * * *
Featured Superior Hotel or similar

  • Distinction Christchurch Hotel
  • Superior Room


Luxury
* * * * *
Featured Luxury Hotel or similar

  • Heritage Christchurch
  • Standard room


Enter through the ice tunnel and arrive at an exhibit depicting the early Antarctic explorers legacy, then experience a stunning light and sound show of the four seasons of Antarctica, where it ‘snows’ every 6 minutes.

Continue on through Scott Base, New Zealand’s base down on the ice, then head outside into ‘Antarctica’, the snow & ice experience where it’s a stunning Antarctic summer’s day at -8 degrees. The Antarctic storm blows through ‘Antarctica’ regularly. A highlight of the visit is the Penguin Encounter, where clients can view Little Blue Penguins in a combined indoor/outdoor viewing area, accessed on two levels. The Penguins held here have been rescued and cared for, some since they were chicks.

DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH TRAM AND GONDOLA
This morning you will take a short bus ride to the Base Station of the Gondola. Soar suspending above the valleys as the birds fly beneath your cable car.

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Christchurch cityscape, over the Canterbury Plains out to the mighty Southern Alps. Revive your spirits with a snack at the new Red Rock Cafe, and browse what is on offer in the shop. At the conclusion of your Gondola ride, return to Christchurch CBD to board the tram and enjoy the best Christchurch has to offer; beautiful parks and gardens, quaint seaside suburbs and superb views of the city and surrounds. The tram driver will also explain about the plans for the rejuvenation of the city following the major earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Hop on and hop off the tram at your leisure to further explore all that the Garden City has to offer.

DAY 3: ARTHUR’S PASS TOUR WITH TRAIN, LUNCH & JET BOAT
Today you will be collected from your accommodation for a full day Arthur’s Pass Tour with Train & Jet Boat. Travel by road to Springfield at the foothills of the Southern Alps. At Springfield, board the world famous TranzAlpine train to travel through the Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass viewing the alpine scenery through panoramic windows along the way. The TranzAlpine is renowned as one of the top ten train journeys in the world. From Arthurs Pass, tour by road over the snow-capped Southern Alps in the Arthurs Pass National park and on to the Otira Gorge to make a photo stop. Visit the old village of Otira before returning to Arthur’s Pass for lunch at Wobbly Kea Restaurant.

After lunch explore the village and some of the many surrounding walks. The return journey to Christchurch is by road, stopping for an exhilarating jet boat ride through the spectacular gorges of the Waimakariri River.

Following the jet boat, a visit will be made to a farm for late afternoon tea, followed by a sheep shearing and sheet mustering demonstration. Tour concludes at approximately 6:00pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

DAY 4: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH
Transfer to Christchurch Airport for your departure flight.


Moderate
$595
per person based on sharing

  • Low season: $595
  • High season: $695

 
Superior
$750
per person based on sharing

  • Low season: $750
  • High season: $800

 
Luxury
$850
per person based on sharing

  • Low season: $850
  • High season: $950


2020:01 Apr – 30 Sep 2021:
2020: 01 Oct – 20 Dec 2021: 05 Jan – 31 Mar
Surcharges apply for travelling during special events and major public holidays (e.g Rugby, Tennis tournament, Lunar New Year, Christmas, etc)

Above prices are based on 2 guests travelling together. We offer a wide selection of hotels and customized itinerary. Click the button to request a specific quote based on number of guests, their interests and budget.

Additional information

OVERVIEW

Christchurch is set on the expansive Canterbury Plains between the wide sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean, the spectacular snow-capped Southern Alps and the volcanic hills of Banks Peninsula. The city is interwoven by two rivers linking parks, gardens and avenues. Known as ‘The Garden City’, Christchurch is the gateway to the Canterbury region and the spectacular experiences available within the South Island.

Christchurch City has experienced a dramatic change in the city’s landscape and innovations such as Pop-up Bars, creative ‘Gap Fillers’ and Greening the Rubble showcase the amazing energy of the city. This is a city in a transitional phase, buzzing with creativity and flair as the ‘rebuild’ gets underway. Innovative shops, businesses and buildings are continually popping up as the city rebuilds.

DEPARTURE

Guaranteed departure for minimum 1 traveler

HOTELS

As indicated in the itinerary

INCLUSIONS

Return Airport Transfers
International Antarctic Centre
Christchurch Tram and Gondola
Arthur’s Pass Tour with Train, Lunch & Jet Boat

EXCLUSIONS

◾International Airfare/train ticket, Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
◾Travel insurance. visa fees, gratuities, drinks, personal spending and optional activities.

QUESTIONS

Should you have any further questions, please call 1888-887-1688 for assistance.

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