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Custom Designed Day Tours From Christchurch


A range of luxury day tours are available from Christchurch from $400NZD pp including GST. Contact us for a quote.

We customise all our tours to suit your interests. The following is simply a taste of what is on offer. Below is a sample of what can be achieved in a day.

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Custom Tour Examples:

Arthur’s Pass – 2 hour drive from Christchurch

Embark on one of the world’s greatest train journeys, the TranzAlpine, which traverses the South Island’s majestic landscapes. Experience the most scenic part of the rail journey as the train climbs into the heart of the Southern Alps. The train winds its way along the bright blue Waimakariri River and through dramatic alpine valleys before arriving at Arthur’s Pass.

Here, you will be met by your private vehicle and personal guide and taken for a hike in moss-laden forests teeming with glacial streams and waterfalls. This is followed by a café lunch. You might even meet a kea, the world’s only alpine parrot. On your private drive return we can visit the monolithic limestone outcroppings of Castle Hill, one of the primary film locations from “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

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  • Arthurs Pass - Luxury Touring Day Trip
  • Arthurs Pass - Luxury Touring Day Trip

Akaroa – 1.5hour drive from Christchurch

Originally settled by French immigrants, Akaroa is a picturesque seaside town about 75 minutes drive from Christchurch. This picturesque harbour village has retained many of its 19th century public buildings and cottages. From Christchurch the trip takes you over the crater rim of an extinct volcano, with stunning views of the harbour and the patchwork of farms and forests below.

For the active guest, Akaroa offers the opportunity to swim with the world’s rarest and smallest dolphins, Hector’s Dolphin. Other excursions might include walks, a two-hour harbour cruise or an excursion to sea caves via kayak. Within the village you can enjoy charming shops and restaurants. There is also the “Giant’s Garden” – a horticultural and artistic statement bedecked in mosaic tiles and sculpture.

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  • Akaroa - Luxury Touring Day Trip Swim with dolphins
  • Akaroa - Luxury Touring Day Trip

Christchurch City and the Botanic Gardens

Experience the resurgence of Christchurch city with a tour that encapsulates the CBD, port hills, Governors Bay and Lyttleton. We then head to the world-class Botanic Gardens. Founded in 1863, the gardens form the focal point of Christchurch’s Hagley Park. Fifty two acres encompass many themed gardens, including the Southern Hemisphere’s largest herbaceous border, a riverside arboretum, rhododendron and azalea groves, a collection of New Zealand roses, and a native garden among many other feature areas.

This day takes you on an historical journey of Christchurch’s beginnings and the people who founded and forged this vibrant city.

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  • Luxury Touring South Island New Zealand

Waipara Vineyards – 1 hour drive from Christchurch

About an hour north of Christchurch lies the Waipara wine district, one of New Zealand’s fastest growing wine regions and home to some excellent boutique vineyards. Waipara translates from the Maori language as “muddy water” due to the braided rivers that carry glacial silt from the mountains to the sea.

Waipara vineyards are perhaps best known for excellent Pinot Noir, sought after for their rich notes of licorice, caused by the high amount of limestone in the soil. Zingy Rieslings are also popular in Waipara, with many winning national awards. This is a great region to taste the many varietals grown here.

With 90 vineyards in the region there is a good selection of cellar doors to visit including Muddy Water, Waipara Springs, Torlesse, Black Estate and a range of others including Pegasus Bay which also boasts one of New Zealand’s finest winery restaurants.

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Canterbury Winery Lunch with Helicopter

Treat yourself to a heli-drive adventure. Enjoy the thrill of a helicopter flight to one of our region’s finest wineries for lunch and arrive like a rockstar! Be the envy of other guests as you arrive in style by helicopter, then leave in a Mercede-Benz to enjoy a road trip back to the city. Duration approx. 4-5 hours.

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  • Garden City Helicopters - Luxury Touring New Zealand
  • Garden City Helicopters - Luxury Touring NZ
  • Garden City Helicopters - Luxury Touring NZ

Christchurch City Scenic Helicopter Flight and Canterbury Country Day Out

Enjoy a 20 minute flight over Christchurch City, the picturesque harbour of Lyttelton and stunning bays before you embark on your private drive journey which will take you west where you will enjoy a typical “Canterbury Day Out“.

After your sky experience come back to ground for a 1 hour drive west where we will call on friends at Toby Hill Farm which is nestled on the banks of the Waimakariri Gorge with the magnificent Torlesse Range standing sentry just behind the property. See sheep dogs at work, a sheep being sheared and enjoy a home-cooked kiwi morning or afternoon tea. This private property visit is unique and one you don’t want to miss out on!

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Heli-Jet the Rakaia River

No trip to New Zealand should be made without experiencing one of the countries spectacular pristine rivers – and a jet boat blast up the Raikaia river is a “must do” activity. Helicopter to the river, experience the thrill of the twists and turns in a braided river and then your private driver will be waiting to continue your journey by road. It’s not about how much time you have, but what you can do with your time!

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Kaikoura Whale watching

Kaikoura is 2.5 hour drive north of Christchurch and is home to some amazing marine life including, seals, sharks, dolphins and whales! If you are time poor but you don’t want to miss this amazing experience then consider a drive/heli flight option to make the most of your day. Luxury Touring will take you along the coastal road to Kaikoura, where the mountains meet the sea. We can book your whale watch exprience, ensure you enjoy a great meal and then have your private heli transport waiting to return you to Christchurch.

Experience year-round spectacular views of this rich marine environment and awe-inspiring surrounding scenery which is simply breathtaking.

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  • Wale Watching - Kaikoura - Luxury Touring New Zealand
  • Kaikoura - Luxury Touring New Zealand

Love is…in the air

Want to propose or simply impress someone with a truly magical experience they will never forget? A helicopter flight from Christchurch to the city’s highest peak offers inspirational scenery and awesome photo opportunities. Duration approx. 1 hour. We will transfer you in a Mercedes Benz 350GLS to and from your flight. Champagne, flowers and all the trappings of romance can be arranged for you – treat that someone special to a lifelong memory!

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