Group Activity Options

Christchurch Tram

Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch's city centre on board our beautifully restored vintage Trams. 
One of Christchurch's leading attractions, the Tram offers a unique experience of history and sightseeing.

Re:Start Shopping Mall

Christchurch's most innovative and diverse shopping experience in the heart of the city, the Re:START container mall was born from the need to breathe new life into the Christchurch central city, following the devastating earthquake on 22 February, 2011.

Canterbury Museum

The museum has a world renowned collection of treasures.  A guided tour is available for visitors.  Learn about the early settlers arrival to New Zealand, visit a Victorian Christchurch street, see Maori exhibits and don’t miss the extensive Antarctic collection.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Willowbank is one of Christchurch’s top tourist attractions. Learn about NZ Wildlife, see a kiwi and other endangered species and learn about the work being done to preserve them.

Canoeing on the Avon River

This has been a favourite activity for Christchurch families for 125 years.  Students can choose to canoe or kayak through the very picturesque Christchurch Botanic Gardens.  All vessels are safe and experienced guides are on hand at all times.

International Antarctic Centre

Students will learn about the Great White Continent and the wildlife that inhabits this region of the earth.  Different areas of the Antarctic Centre can be explored, including the New Zealand Penguin Encounter attraction.

Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook Tour

Lake Tekapo is nestled in the heart of New Zealand's South Island about 1 hour 40 minutes from Timaru and 3 hours from Christchurch.

The lake lies at the foot of the Southern Alps, which rise to a height of 3000 metres. New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt Cook (Aoraki) is a short drive away and rises to 3,753m (12,313ft).

Visitors from all over New Zealand and the world are amazed by the clarity and sheer numbers of stars visible to the naked eye at night time at Lake Tekapo.


Cost: Approximately $295 per person 

Tour includes:

 · Transport Christchurch to Tekapo return

 · 2 nights accommodation on sheep farm

 · 2 breakfasts and one Barbecue dinner

 · Local New Zealand guide

Day Trip to Akaroa

Akaroa is a small, picturesque fishing settlement, about 90 minutes’ drive from Christchurch through stunning mountain and coastal scenery. The township was settled by the French in the 1830’s and retains much of its early French history.

It is a beautiful place to stroll around, with plentiful shops and other attractions. Students can buy lunch in one of the excellent restaurants or cafes.

There is also a very good museum, an art gallery and an historic lighthouse walk. The main attraction is a wildlife cruise by modern catamaran to view dolphins, seals, penguins and other animals. This cruise is included in the cost of the day trip.

Cost: approximately $120 per student

Trip includes:

• Transport to Akaroa and return

• A harbour cruise and dolphin watching

• Visit to a cheese factory

Hanmer Hot Springs

Hanmer Springs Village is New Zealand's premier alpine spa destination. Located in North Canterbury about 90 minutes from Christchurch, Hanmer Springs is best known for the award-winning Hanmer Springs thermal pools and spa. 

With a bounteous supply of thermally heated spring water, the pools range in temperature from 28-42° Celsius - perfect for soothing away aches and pains or for just unwinding.

The Hanmer Springs geothermal water is drawn from a bore adjacent to the reserve complex, providing natural water of the highest quality.


Cost: approximately $100 per student

Tour includes:

• Entry to thermal pools

• Lunch

• Transport Christchurch -  Hanmer return


Queenstown’s stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome cement its reputation as New Zealand’s favourite visitor destination.


Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation.

From bungy jumping, sky diving and jet boating in some of the most scenic locations in the world, to fine dining in some of New Zealand’s most prestigious restaurants, Queenstown has something for everyone and caters to all skill levels.


Tour includes:

• Transport Christchurch -  Queenstown return

• Accommodation

• Stops on way to see points of interest

• Cost: TBA

Castle Hill & Arthur's Pass National Park

Castle Hill is the place where scenes from Lord of the Rings and the Narnia movies were filmed.  It’s a beautiful area near

Arthur’s Pass, a lovely National Park with mountains, forest and waterfalls.

Cost: approximately $100 per student 

Tour includes:

• Transport Christchurch -  Arthur’s Pass return

• Stops on way to see points of interest

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