The Ideal Way to Explore New Zealand from Christchurch

Each year over 125,000 Australians fly to Christchurch to take a holiday. What is the best way to explore beyond this eclectic and picturesque city?

Each year over 125,000 Australian travellers fly to Christchurch to take a holiday. With multiple flights daily and a flying time of under 3.5 hours from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, Christchurch is an eclectic, picturesque city with great appeal and a perfect gateway to explore the South Island.

The Southern Alps border the city on one side and the Pacific Ocean the other. To the north is the Marlborough wine region and the ski fields and Fiordland National Park to the south. The scenic TranzAlpine Railway cuts across the South Island from Christchurch to Greymouth via Arthurs Pass. Proximity to these key attractions makes Christchurch the perfect place to begin your exploration of the South Island. 

If you are travelling to Christchurch on holiday, you can travel independently but it also makes sense to consider a guided tour. The ideal way to explore the many scenic wonders of the South Island, you can leave the planning, logistics and winding alpine roads to the experts while you relax and marvel at the stunning scenery that greets you on every bend of the road. Explore authentic and signature experiences led by local guides who know (and love) their country.

Sharing the experience with likeminded travellers is another benefit, not to mention that travelling in a group opens up opportunities for premium accommodation and experiences that might be less affordable if you travel independently. Take a fast paced or action packed itinerary or choose a tour with a combination of relaxed starts, free time and optional excursions. Whichever way you do it, a guided tour offers you a perfectly balanced holiday. From Christchurch, you can explore the South Island’s key attractions in as few as nine days on a guided tour.

You are not limited to the South Island when you tour from Christchurch. You will find a range of 14 day to 23 day New Zealand tours that start in Christchurch, take in the TranzAlpine Railway, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound, Dunedin and Marlborough wine region before heading north to explore the best of the North Island, and finish in Auckland.

On the North Island you will discover a wonderfully diverse panorama and experiences to the South Island. Connect more deeply with Maori culture in Wellington, Rotorua or Waitangi, witness landscapes of bubbling mud, erupting geysers, caves lit by glow worms and hot water beaches. Not to mention famous movie sets!

There are tours for both budget and premium travellers, curated by reputable tour companies, many of which are New Zealand tour specialists. You can choose from coach tours to small group tours, cruise and coach combinations and active adventure tours that will give you the adrenaline rush New Zealand is famous for. There is a tour departing from Christchurch that will tick off every wish you have on your holiday list.


Global Journeys offers over 40 multi-day guided tours that depart regularly from Christchurch making it easy for travellers to plan a trip to New Zealand.

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