Christchurch: Guided Crater Rim Walk with Picnic

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Enjoy a guided walk around an extinct volcano within 30 minutes of Christchurch City Centre. Walk the coastal track and marvel at the harbour views with an experienced local guide.

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  • Walk the Crater Rim Track surrounding the caldera of the ancient volcano
  • Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch at a picturesque location
  • Learn about the history of the area from your experienced local guide
  • Visit many historical sites along the way
  • One of Christchurch's top outdoor activities


Join a guided walk on Banks Peninsula, an amazing outdoor playground for everybody visiting Christchurch. No more than a 30-minute ride from Christchurch city, enjoy an exhilarating walk around the Crater Rim Track surrounding the caldera of the ancient volcano. The walk provides the opportunity to see and experience New Zealand at its very best. You can choose between a shared walking tour or a private guided walking tour, with pick-up from Christchurch City or Lyttelton Port. On the drive to Taylors Mistake Beach where the walk begins, listen to your guide's entertaining tales of the history of Christchurch and learn about the people who live here. Hot drinks will be provided at a local café as you prepare your hiking equipment with your guide, and receive a lunch box and refreshments before the walk commences. Godley Head is undoubtedly one of Chrsitchurch's best hikes, a well-maintained and undulating 8 km / 5-mile loop track that takes around 3 hours to walk with lots of time to immerse yourself in the stunning natural surroundings of New Zealand. Highlights include historic WW2 Gun Emplacements, an Antarctic Cabin, and a penguin colony. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way, and the chance to hear more about the history of the area. Take a pause from the walk to enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch at picturesque Boulder Bay, a quaint beach that can only be reached by foot. Marvel at the abundant local bird and marine life in the area while you enjoy your meal. After lunch, join your guide on the walk back to your transportation for a relaxing drive back to your starting point.


Return transportation from Christchurch or Lyttelton Walking sticks, day bag, and water bottle Light morning refreshments and coffee/tea Gourmet picnic lunch (if full-day option selected)

Important Information

  • You will need comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat, sunblock, a water bottle, and a jacket
  • The local partner will be in contact with you via email the day before your walk with a weather report and any specifics for the day. Please ensure you provide up-to-date contact information.
  • The total trip duration is between 4-6 hours (depending on which option you book) from hotel pick up to drop off. During this time you can expect 2-3 hours of walking time, and to cover a distance of approximately 8 km / 5 miles on foot.

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