Handpicked by a Christchurch Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Christchurch Must Do Activities'.

With so many activities to choose from, we've picked out our favourite 'must do activities in Christchurch' and the wider Canterbury region.


Whale Watch Kaikoura

Award-winning whale tourism company in Kaikōura with 30 years’ experience, offering comprehensive marine excursions all year round. Visitors will be taken out in a modern catamaran, in search of not just whales, but many of the dozens of amazing creatures which inhabit these waters.  The star of the show is the Giant Sperm Whale.  Although this is the highlight of the trip, a numbe...

Discovery Jet

A short 20-minute drive from Methven and Mt Hutt, and just 60 minutes from Christchurch, the crystal clear waters of the Rakaia River is your destination for some high octane action. Go wet and wild with a thrill-filled ride on a powerful jet boat, or turn things up a notch with a jet boat combo experience Jet Boat Tours: Discovery Jet offers visitors the chance to go hurtling through gorges...

Black Cat Cruises

Tick your ultimate New Zealand bucket list activity off and swim in the wild with the endangered Hector’s dolphins with Black Cat Cruises or alternatively enjoy the stunning volcanic scenery around Akaroa harbour and its abundance of wildlife including dolphins, seals, penguins and more on an Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise. Black Cat Cruises were the first daily cruise operators in Akaroa and a...

The Helicopter Line Mt Cook (Glentanner)

Aoraki/Mount Cook is the highest peak dominates the Southern Alps mountain range that divides New Zealand’s South Island into east and west.  The Mt Cook National Park’s towering mountains, vast glaciers and remote snowfields inspired Sir Edmund Hillary, before his quest of Mt Everest.  The Helicopter Line is New Zealand's premier commercial and leisure helicopter operator, o...

Punting On The Avon River

Punting on the Avon is an iconic experience in Christchurch.  From the comfort of cushioned seats in your punt, enjoy a relaxing and peaceful tour along the River Avon to see Christchurch from a different perspective. Admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the changing face of the city centre as you are gently guided along the Avon River from one of two sites on the Edwardian...

Skydiving Kiwis

Whoever said 'kiwis can't fly' couldn't have been more wrong!   A unique adventure for thrill seekers, Skydiving Kiwis Ōtautahi is currently New Zealand's only helidive. This experience is equally exclusive on the international market, with only 7 other similar offerings.  This bucket-list worthy helidive combines a scenic helicopter flight in a BK 117 over the cityscape of Ōta...


Garden City Helicopters

Garden City Helicopters has been flying sightseers around the South Island for over 30 years.  Their state of the art fleet offers guests comfort, speed and mouthwatering panoramas of some of the most beautiful landscape on the planet. Choose from a wide variety of tours, from short city hops to adventure trips and stunning scenic excursions. Christchurch City Scenic Flight:  Witness the ...

Ballooning Canterbury

Enjoy the magic of Canterbury from high above in the tranquil early morning skies. Ballooning Canterbury will take you on a stunning trip across the Canterbury Plains in a top of the range hot air balloon. Experience the peace of early morning air and watch the sun come up across the plains before landing and enjoying a glass of champagne, fruit and muffins. Ballooning Canterbury is a family...

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