Wining and Dining
Head to the beautiful North Canterbury Wine Region with the magnificent Alps to the west and the sweeping Pacific Ocean to the east. Sample the famed Pinot Noirs and Rieslings before lingering over a long alfresco lunch at an award-winning winery restaurant.
Thermal pools or thrill-seeking
Continue on to the alpine spa village of Hanmer Springs and spend the afternoon relaxing in the natural thermal pools or indulge in a spa treatment. Alternatively, venture into the nearby Waiau Gorge for an afternoon of excitement. Hanmer Springs Adventures specialises in jet boating, white water rafting, canoeing, bungy jumping, quad biking and mountain biking experiences for incentive groups with a taste for adventure.
A flight to remember
Wake early for a majestic hot air balloon or helicopter ride over Canterbury. Flights depart in time for you to watch the morning sun roll in over the plains. Once you are back on solid ground, enjoy a celebratory glass of chilled bubbly.
Christchurch has achieved international acclaim for its creative and clever urban design. As you explore the city you will discover amazing street art, innovative projects and state-of-the-art architecture nestled between restored heritage buildings.
Experience the city by vintage bike with a bespoke guided bicycle tour; or take one of Christchurch’s iconic punting experiences, floating down the Ōtākaro Avon River and travelling through the picturesque Botanic Gardens in style.
Then relax into an afternoon of central city shopping with great local and boutique retailers, high-end and international brands, and the central city farmers’ market.
Tram to dinner
Get ready for an unforgettable evening starting with champagne and canapes onboard an exclusive city tram taking you to one of Christchurch’s many spectacular dinner venues. A booming hospitality scene ensures bountiful options for great food and wine.
Rolling plains and highland lakes
Sit back and enjoy a sightseeing drive through the Canterbury Plains, passing the mirror-like lakes of the Mackenzie High Country and the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Stop for lunch at Peppers Bluewater Resort before taking a relaxing soak in the hot pools overlooking the lake.
Cosy luxury or Alpine adventure
Travel by coach or chartered plane to the renowned Hermitage Hotel at the base of Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain. Whether you're up for adventure or simply want to cosy down by the fire, all guests are catered for at The Hermitage. Afternoon activities include alpine 4WD tours, heli-hiking, mountain hikes or getting up close to the magnificent nearby glaciers nearby on a scenic flight. Or head out on the mighty Tasman Glacier Lake for a boat trip, fly fishing or kayaking adventure.
Southern skies stargazing
After a sumptuous dinner, make the most of the clear mountain air for a fantastic night of stargazing. Take a guided tour from Mount Cook village or Lake Tekapo to experience the magnificent night sky within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the largest gold-rated reserve of its kind in the world.