Find the perfect drop, discover New Zealand's great walks and immerse yourself in true wilderness as you explore the top of the South Island.
Soak, ride or play at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa. Made up of six distinctive pool areas the complex is a short 90 minute drive from Christchurch and offers something for everyone. Start your visit with a dip in the mineral-rich sulphur pools offering 40 - 42 degrees temperatures followed by a soothing massage or aromatic therapy.
One of New Zealand’s Great Walks, the 60km Abel Tasman Coast Track takes you on a journey amongst our native wilderness to majestic bays accessible only by foot. Hiking the track takes as little as three days with huts and camping facilities scattered along the way. If you’re short of time, guided-tours are run regularly and provide opportunities to walk, hike or kayak sections of the track.
Explore the sounds by foot, bike or kayak, following the 70km Queen Charlotte Track. Bike and luggage transfers are available to make your journey easier. To take in the views at a more leisurely pace jump on a local boat and cruise the Sounds while learning about the history of Captain James Cook - the first european explorer (on record) to map New Zealand.
Forming a picturesque backdrop for the Christchurch skyline, Port Hills provides a true wilderness experience just outside the city. A number of hiking and cross-country mountain biking tracks are available for visitors to explore the landscape that has attracted international attention for its unique geological features.
Home to more than 80 percent of the country’s sauvignon blanc plantings Marlborough has been affectionately termed the sauvignon blanc capital. Travel between vineyards at your own pace or on a guided tour to seek out the best of New Zealand’s most popular wine varietal. Treat your taste buds to a Greenshell Mussel while overlooking the endless rows of vines.
For the daring, book a scenic flight from Kaikoura to get epic views of the eastern coastline and a chance to see whales, dolphins and birdlife in their natural habitats. For a more relaxing experience board a catamaran from Kaikoura and get an up-close look at the giant sperm whale which can grown up to 15 metres long and weigh up to 60 tonnes.
History lovers are in for a treat at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre with rare memorabilia from Sir Peter Jackson's personal World War One collection on display in the Knights of the Sky exhibition. A mixture of original, flyable and static replica aircrafts can be viewed. Tales from World War Two also come to life as part of the Dangerous Skies exhibition.
Just 45-minutes from Christchurch is a small cluster of award-winning wineries offering some of New Zealand’s finest pinot noir and riesling. Jump on a bike and navigate your way through the vineyards at a leisurely pace, taking time to visit the olive groves, nut farms and fields of lavender also in the area.
Looking for an adventure that gets the heart racing? A seasoned guide will lead you through through mud, streams, forest and over unique terrain on a guided quad bike tour. Suitable for all - including beginners - the scenic track runs through Hanmer Springs and offers an experience like no other. After your tour head over to nearby Hanmer Springs thermal pools and spa for a relaxing spa.
Known as the whitewater capital, Murchison is the perfect place to wet your appetite for adventure. With a maze of rivers running through the area it’s a perfect playground for kayaking, canoeing, jet boating, rafting and fishing. For the mountain bike enthusisats New Zealand's longest and most remote bike trail The Old Ghost Road Trail is a must do.