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Canterbury Trails - Day Tours

Christchurch, New Zealand
About Canterbury Trails - Day Tours
Canterbury Trails focuses on small group guided tours of the South Island. We offer day tours from Christchuch to Akaroa NZ, Arthur's Pass with TranzAlpine train and Kaikoura Whale Watching. In addition we offer a 9 day Wilderness South Expedition Tour starting in Christchurch and finishing in Queenstown as well as a number of shorter guided trips in the Canterbury Region. We also specialise in putting together tailor made and bespoke tours working with our guests to ensure their interests and 'must see' places are included. See our web site for details.
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Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch

Enjoy a full day in the gorgeous landscapes outside of Christchurch. This tour features the scenic TranzAlpine train and a guided tour of Arthur’s Pass National Park. See the Canterbury Plains, Waimakariri Gorge, and the Southern Alps, then explore by minivan from Arthur’s Pass, stopping for rain forest walks and a closer look at Cave Stream, Castle Hill, and Waimak Gorge. This small-group tour includes lunch and two teas.
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9 hours
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from $373.81

2-Day Christchurch to Queenstown Tour via West Coast

This a very popular 2 day and 1 night trip from Christchurch to Queenstown ( or in reverse ) via the South Island's rugged West Coast. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and deliver you to the World renowned Tranz Alpine train, which bisects the Canterbury farming plains, foothills and mountains, before reaching the alpine village of Arthur's Pass. Your guide will meet you, show you some of the area before travelling onto the West Coast. You'll hear the history of Maori, greenstone, gold, visit historic towns like Hokitika and travel on south through stunning rain forests to the glacier country. Staying in Franz Josef the night gives you the opportunity of a helicopter glacier landing ( not included in the tour price ) as well a stunning photo opportunities. From here the journey continues south along the coast before eventually swinging inland over the dramatic Gates of Haast, finally heading past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea  and over the Crown Range road to Queenstown.
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1 day 8 hours
from $1,514.27

Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching

Travel to Kaikoura from Christchurch on a small-group full-day tour that includes a whale-watching cruise. Look for whales, dolphins, and other wildlife during the whale-watching cruise, and get great views of the Kaikoura Range and Pacific Ocean. You’ll also stop for a cafe lunch, visit a Waipara winery (if time allows), and go to viewpoints where you can spot New Zealand fur seals.
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10 to 11 hours
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from $387.66

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim)

Wander the charming village of Akaroa, and opt for either a harbor cruise or dolphin swim on this small-group tour from Christchurch. Start with a scenic drive through the magnificent Banks Peninsula where you’re treated to summit views of Akaroa Harbour, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Southern Alps. Sample locally made cheeses at a cheese factory, explore Akoroa and enjoy a cafe lunch before a nature cruise or dolphin swim alongside Hector's dolphins. Numbers are limited to eight people for a personalized experience.
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9 hours
from $275.16

Wine trail and Christchurch City day tour

Here is your opportunity for a personally guided experience taking in Christchurch and the world renowned Waipara wine valley.

You'll be picked up in a luxury mini van and shown the highlights of this wonderful city. Though badly damaged in earthquakes earlier in the decade, the progress of the rebuild is an exciting testimony of what's to come. A trip onto the Port Hills overlooking Lyttelton port and beyond to the Canterbury farming plains is also included.

North of the city lie a number of boutique vineyards and all are within easy reach. The area produces a range of varietals especially aromatic whites and Pinot Noir. We'll visit a selection of these vineyards as well as enjoying some of Canterbury's finest fare over a bistro lunch. A visit to " She Chocolate " is also possible.
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5 to 7 hours
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from $259.59
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great day out with Dave, our fantastic guide for the day. He knew so much about the area and made sure we saw sights that we would not have found by ourselves. Thank you Dave - you were brilliant.

Date of experience: February 2020
Thank WillettsFT
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our travel agent had booked us a trip to Akaroa from the U.K. We were picked up from our hotel, on time, by Dave. As the day progressed we realised just how lucky we had been to have Dave as our guide. He literally "left...More

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Colliedog58
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Canterbury Trails The day started off right on time, with David, our guide, picking us up at our hotel. After a quick orientation, we were off to the train station, where he ensured that we were set on the train, and ready to connect with...More

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IreneH2162, Owner at Canterbury Trails - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a wonderful review of your day in Arthurs Pass with David. It is a stunning area with as you said a few surprises. We look forward to you coming back one day.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our excursion with Hugh was fantastic.We enjoyed the TransAlpine railroad trip to Arthur's Pass. The experience and meal at the Bealey Hotel were wonderful. And most important our guide Hugh was very energetic,knowledgable,and just plain fun to be with. We also had a good group...More

Thank John L
IreneH2162, Owner at Canterbury Trails - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely review. Sounds like you had a wonderful day with Hugh and your fellow travelers. We hope to see you again sometime.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Peter gave a great tour. Very knowledgeable and fun. He was full of local facts and history We would highly recommend him and the tour.

Thank Donn F
IreneH2162, Owner at Canterbury Trails - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely review. So pleased to hear you had a lovely day in the mountains with Peter and that he was able to share his knowledge with you.

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