The best day tours from Christchurch

Any seasoned traveller will tell you that getting out of the central city to discover the wider region is the best decision they made while on holiday and Christchurch is no exception to this rule. New Zealand is world famous for its scenery whether it is mountains, braided rivers, national parks or marine life and beaches. Along with its rich history, Christchurch is lucky to be surrounded by some of the best scenic attractions New Zealand has to offer. If you’re planning a trip to Christchurch make sure you check out some of these amazing day tours from Christchurch.

Ashburton Lakes

Ashburton Lakes

The Ashburton lakes district is a hidden gem close to Christchurch. A must for any avid hikers, this scenic spot was famously used in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Experience the real-life Edoras on board our Lord of the Rings tour to Mount Sunday, complete with a gripping commentary and access to a variety of swords forged in Middle-Earth.


Kaikoura Sunrise

Kaikoura has quickly recovered from the 2016 earthquakes and is fast becoming one of the hottest international destinations. Airbnb ranked it as the number one international trending destination of 2019. This is no surprise as you can find world class whale watching tours, swim with dolphins or stay on shore and enjoy some of the famous seafood while taking in this picturesque location. Our Kaikoura Tour from Christchurch will transport you right into the heart of Kaikoura with a commentary along the way and connect you with one of the many unforgettable experiences Kaikoura has to offer.

Arthurs Pass National Park

Arthurs Pass Village

This national park is one of the most stunning locations in New Zealand. Situated deep in the middle of the southern alps, Arthurs Pass is a must-do day trip from Christchurch. Experience the rugged landscape and visit the Devil’s Punch Bowl waterfall. Hassle-free Tours offers a private Alpine Safari tour that takes you right into the heart of this majestic landscape.

Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs

If you are looking to get away from the city and relax and unwind, Hanmer Springs is the perfect day trip from Christchurch. The small township is located just 90 minutes drive away from the central city. Hanmer Springs is known for its thermal hot pools which have been converted into a modern complex that is suitable for families or for a romantic break. If you’re looking for a bit more of an adventure you can also try your hand at bungy jumping, jet boating, mountain biking and more.


Akaroa Lighthouse

A small french settlement located just over the port hills, Akaroa is an amazing option for a day tour from Christchurch. Spend time soaking in the beautiful sea air or unwinding at one of the many cafes and restaurants. Akaroa also has spectacular marine life where you can swim with dolphins in the harbour and, if you are lucky, you will see the famous Pohatu penguins on a sea kayaking adventure.

Whether you’re looking to experience New Zealand’s natural beauty or distinctive wildlife, it’s only a short day trip away from Christchurch. If you’re a thrill seeker or an avid Lord of the Rings fan, branch out to see what’s right in your backyard, and make an already fantastic trip that little bit more memorable. Plunge off the Hamner bridge by bungy, and enjoy the surging river and idyllic alpine views from an entirely new perspective. Or wield Aragorn’s sword in hand from the great heights of Edoras. Get to know the wildlife, and encounter New Zealand’s native parrot, the kea, from atop of Arthurs pass, or say hello to the friendly Hector’s dolphins splashing their way through Akaroa Harbour. Allow yourself to be seduced under New Zealand’s spell, and say Kia Ora to all of the hidden gems that were right at your fingertips the whole time.


  • Mike Lucas

    Magnificent trip from Akaroa to Mt. Sunday, with one of the Dwarfs from LOTR as a guide, with fascinating stories about the production.

  • Tina Gordon

    Kris was an awesome guide!

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