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Christchurch is a city of frightfully English gentility, with some of the most spectacularly rugged mountain ranges you’re likely to see as a backdrop.
Home to some of the most luxurious lodges and private estates in New Zealand, Christchurch also has the Southern Alps as its backyard. For you, this means that after a short but thrilling helicopter ride you’ll be enjoying some of the best skiing, hunting, fishing tramping in the world. Can you think of a better way to work up an appetite for a Michelin Star worthy meal prepared by your own private chef?
For powderhounds, the heli-accessed Arrowsmith, Ragged and Palmer Ranges deliver New Zealand’s most consistent snow conditions and quality - and offer runs for every level of ability.
If you prefer fishing or hunting, a private helicopter and personal guide will make sure your experience is one you’ll never forget, amongst some of New Zealand’s most beautiful, formidable and in cases challenging backcountry.
Just a short ride away by helicopter, you’ll arrive at Kaikoura, a narrow slice of land bordered by the majestic Kaikoura ranges on one side and the teeming Southern Ocean on the other. Home to some of the most prolific populations of Humpback and Sperm Whales as well as several species of dolphin, a private Whale Watch tour is a must. You can also opt for a bird’s-eye view of the whales, marvelling at their entire length in clear waters from a helicopter.
Then at the end of your day, you’ll be whisked back to one of the luxury lodges and private estates scattered throughout Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains. And as you enjoy a degustation prepared by your private, hatted chef and imbibe on some of the region’s finest wines – proffered by your sommelier, of course, you can reflect on your day and muse on what adventure tomorrow might hold.