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Canterbury Family Fun and Activities, New Zealand

Showing 43 results for Family Fun and Activities in Canterbury, New Zealand.


Location: Canterbury - Twizel

Bike It Now! provides an excellent range of tour packages that will get you out there and exploring the cycle trails of Central Otago and beyond. Popular trips include the Otago Central Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold, Alps2Ocean, Queenstown Trail and Wanaka Trails...(more)


Location: Canterbury

Home to the rare, playful Hector's Dolphin is the beautiful harbour of Akaroa, near Christchurch. Come on our two-hour nature cruise where we guarantee you will see dolphins or join us another day for FREE, you will also see fur seals, penguins and marine birdlife. Swimming with dolphins is available in Akaroa Harbour. Winner of the Supreme Tourism Award 2003/4...(more)


Location: Canterbury

Punting on the Avon is one of the iconic tourist attractions in Christchurch. Glide along the peaceful Avon River in Christchurch, summer or winter, wrapped in luxury as a skilled boatperson propels you through a romantic wonderland. "Welcome aboard," says your punter. We supply blankets, umbrellas and even hot water bottles, so you feel snug if it gets chilly...(more)


Location: Canterbury

Only 15 minutes from the central city, take a ride to the summit of the Port Hills, 500 metres above sea level. It's a "top" experience! Offering spectacular 360-degree views of Christchurch City, Lyttelton Harbour, Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. Set atop the Gondola Summit Station, the Red Rock Cafe offers tasty snacks, light meals and beverages...(more)

DISCOVERY JET - Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Mt Hutt

Thrill and scenic photographic jet boat rides, 360-degree spins, salmon and trout fishing, fly and spin casting, helicopter rafting/jet boat combos and more. Our professional team can tailor your ultimate adventure, one hour from Christchurch at the base of Mt Hutt ski field. Enjoy a piece of paradise in Canterbury High Country. Individuals to larger corporate groups, operating year round...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Lake Tekapo

Mt JOHN OBSERVATORY TWILIGHT or NIGHT TOUR: Home to the world's biggest dark sky reserve. Experienced Astronomy Guides using lasers will navigate you across the Southern Sky, while powerful telescopes unlock familiar planets and rich star clusters. OBSERVATORY DAY TOURS: See amazing scenery from the summit of Mt John. Enjoy viewing day-time stars, before visiting New Zealand's largest telescope!..(more)


Location: Canterbury - Geraldine

Our privately owned holiday park in Canterbury offers the ultimate farmstay experience for everyone including campervans. Located on 17 hectares of tranquil rural countryside, 5 minutes from Geraldine and 2 hours from Christchurch. Unique hands on farmyard experience for campers. Something for everybody, tent sites, powered sites, onsite vans, two-bedroom cabins. Also fully self-contained one-room studios and family cottages...(more)


Location: Canterbury

Garden City Helicopters is one of NZ's most experienced helicopter companies, with bases in Christchurch, Greymouth and Nelson. A helicopter flight is the best way to see the most that Christchurch and Canterbury have to offer. Range of tours to suit your time or budget. Charter a flight for fishing trips, glacier skiing or to a luxury high country retreat...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Fairlie

Here at Gem Alpacas in Fairlie we offer Farm Tours to all travelers. Spend a relaxing hour with us and over 70 alpaca on our farm. We are experienced alpaca breeders of 13 years. You will be able to feed, touch and get great photos with our alpaca & llama...(more)

H2 EXPLORE - Lake Pukaki

Location: Canterbury - Twizel

H2 Explore are New Zealand's only commercial hovercraft operation and the only tourism venture on Lake Pukaki. Our ship offers an exciting start to your Alps2Ocean cycle trip or a leisurely way to experience the majestic scenery around Aoraki/Mt Cook. Scenery guaranteed to take your breath away. A new and exciting way to start your Alps 2 Ocean cycle trip...(more)

HANMER LLAMAS - Hanmer Springs

Location: Canterbury - Hanmer Springs

Experience natural hot springs, alpine lakes and remote fishing camps amidst the spectacular back country or take a gentle stroll around the scenic surrounds of Hanmer Springs…our gentle llamas will carry everything from a picnic to a fully stocked camp making it possible for everyone. Our guided one day to multi day llama treks open up a world of possibilities...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Hanmer Springs

Since 1859 the Hanmer Springs thermal pools have attracted visitors seeking to relax, unwind and ease their aches and pains in the warm, soothing mineral waters. Only an hour and a half from Christchurch, the mineral springs are in the heart of the Alpine Village of Hanmer Springs. The complex also features a stunning new health and beauty spa...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Twizel

Enjoy our café-style shop floating on a working freshwater salmon farm at High Country Salmon. Set amongst beautiful scenery visitors can enjoy a coffee along with something from our salmon-inspired menu, feed the fish or purchase some fresh salmon. Ideally situated on State Highway 8, South of Twizel, on the main route from Christchurch to Queenstown, a must see!..(more)

INFLITE - Mount Cook

Location: Canterbury - Mt Cook

Experience the natural quiet of the Tasman Glacier. Absorb the ever changing landscape of the Southern Alps including NZ’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. INFLITE Mount Cook is proudly Qualmark Gold & only 5 minutes from Aoraki/Mt Cook Village. INFLITE Mount Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters are the only company to offer glacier landing flights in ski planes and helicopters...(more)


Location: Canterbury

The International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s best tourist attractions. Offering an exciting for visitors of all ages. Experience the snow room, chill out with the Little Blue Penguins, or learn about life in modern day Antarctica. Take an exhilarating Hagglund ride and experience a 4D movie. It’s the coolest fun in town!..(more)


Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

Kaikoura Fishing Tours offer Crayfish and Fishing Charters with Captain Tomo. One hour to full day trips are available. Complete Penn gear supplied and toilet and cooking facilities available onboard. Diving and scenic trips also available. We're eco-friendly and only take what we need. Your catch is filleted and bagged ready for the pan or if preferred, catch and release...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

The Kaikoura coastline is home to an abundance of marine life, including dolphins and seals, and sea birds. There is truly no better way to explore this fascinating environment than to paddle your own sea kayak on a safe, guided tour with us. No experience or swimming ability necessary to participate on these Kaikoura kayak tours...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

Kaikoura Llama Trekking includes spectacular views of the Kaikoura mountain ranges, North Island, and Kaikoura peninsular. The full-day trek is a high country trek on private land, and the half-day trek includes a coastal trek along the Kaikoura Bay, a visit to Fyffe House, peninsular seal colony and a free picnic with hot/cold drinks and homemade cake!..(more)

KIDZ GO - New Zealand

Location: Canterbury

The only dedicated family travel webguide to New Zealand, Kidz Go offers information for families visiting Christchurch and Canterbury. Family friendly accommodation, dining and activities, birthday party ideas, day trips, child-minding, skiing with kids and more. Check our Web site also for family information in other New Zealand regions...(more)



Location: Canterbury - Oxford

Kowhai Equestrian Farmstay is only 40 minutes from Christchurch and is a great place to spend some time if you are interested in horse riding. Lessons for complete beginners to advanced riders. Enjoy walking, trotting and cantering. Terrain covered includes flat farm land, along rivers and hill country to 300 metres. Lovely views of Canterbury Plains back to Christchurch...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Mt Cook

Latitude South Travel Company will show you the real New Zealand, delivering authentic and fulfilling luxury travel experiences. Our focus on small groups and privately-guided experiences allows you to delve into the wonderful aspects that make up New Zealand. We can offer you once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, engaging local people, fantastic activities-unique experiences that will live on in your memory...(more)

NZSNOWTOURS - Southern Alps, New Zealand

Location: Canterbury - Lake Tekapo

NZ Snow Tours has four ideal locations throughout the Southern Alps. All of the locations are perfectly situated to give easy access to the best skiing areas in New Zealand! Join other family groups on our Queenstown family package, and take the hassle out of your New Zealand snow holiday...(more)



Location: Canterbury

Experience our up close animal encounters at NZ's only open-range zoo. Hand-feed giraffe, meet rhino 'face-to-face', wander through native-bird aviaries and travel through our lion reserve (costs & conditions apply). Extensive native collection features Kiwi, Tuatara and range of endangered birds and reptiles. Open-range zoo situated in Christchurch. Scheduled feeds daily. NZ's only gorillas & the country's only orang-utans too...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

With a 100% chance of seeing the NZ Fur Seal you're going to love how easy it is to kayak in and around our beautiful Kaikoura peninsula with Seal Kayak Kaikoura. They allow you to either pedal or paddle using the Hobie Mirage Drive Pedal. All tours are guided...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

This is one of those nature experiences that opens your mind to the magnificence of our natural environment and inhabitants. A must do in New Zealand. Recently listed by ‘Lonely Planet’ as one of the top 10 Marine Encounters Worldwide, snorkelling with fur seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. A true unique experience...(more)

SKI NEW ZEALAND - South Island, North Island, New Zealand

Location: Canterbury - Methven

Winter holidays and ski packages in New Zealand - build your own package from our hand-picked accommodations, cars and activities. North Island and South Island ski resorts. As well as the skiing there are lots of other great things to enjoy. Let us plan your winter adventure...(more)

TEKAPO JET - Lake Tekapo

Location: Canterbury - Lake Tekapo

Tekapo Jet is the only licensed jet boat operation on Lake Tekapo. You'll be treated to gorgeous views of ancient glacial valleys with remote high country sheep stations in the distance, stopping at some of Lake Tekapo's iconic landmarks. The best way to see The Lake...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Lake Tekapo

Featuring wonderful outdoor hot-pools, ice-skating rink, tube-park over winter, Trippo waterslide and a year round operation of the mesmerizing Glacial Day Spa and licensed cafe. New Aqua Play and cooler pools now open! Tekapo Springs is a destination not to be missed. Check our website for prices and operating times...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Lake Tekapo

Combine Tekapo’s top two attractions, the largest international dark sky reserve and the relaxing hot pools with Tekapo Star Gazing. Join us for an exciting tour as you marvel at stars and planets using our large powerful telescopes. Join your star guide and a relaxed group of 30 or less as we play tranquil music and soak under the stars...(more)



Location: Canterbury

Ride a horse along the banks of the Waimakariri River in the dappled light of willow and poplar trees, over large open grassland areas or out onto the wide river bed. Just 15 minutes’ drive from Christchurch city centre and you are in the countryside. Splash through the crystal clear waters of the river. First timers to experienced. Children welcome...(more)

WEKA PASS RAILWAY - Waipara, North Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Waipara Valley

A historic rural railway that uses both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives on 12.8 km of scenic line through the unique and stunning limestone beauty of the Weka Pass. We operate out of Waipara, approximately 60km north of Christchurch. Public trains run every first and third Sunday of each month, every Sunday in January and most public holidays...(more)

WHALE WATCH - Kaikoura

Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

New Zealand's ultimate year-round nature experience offers exciting close encounters with giant sperm whales. Kaikoura's semi-resident sperm whales share their unique world with many other animals, including other whale and dolphin species, seals and albatross - all regularly sighted on tours. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your Whale Watch tour doesn't see a whale...(more)


Location: Canterbury

Meet Kiwi, cheeky Kea, ancient Tuatara, our bush parrot the Kaka and the rare Takahe - New Zealand's Big 5. Close encounters of the 'wildlife kind' are a trademark. Feed wild eels and make friends with the livestock breeds unique to New Zealand. Hear the kiwi as they forage by your feet. Open from 9:30 am till dusk daily...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Springfield and Great Alpine Highway

Enjoy the adventure of offroad motorcycle and quadbike fun, riding the best high country trails NZ has to offer. Trails suitable for novice to experienced riders. Coaching can be arranged for beginners. We provide transport from Christchurch, all riding gear, experienced guide, snacks, drinks, latest model trail and quad bikes from 100cc to 450cc. Half-day/day tours departing all year round...(more)

AIR MILFORD - Queenstown

Location: Canterbury - Mt Cook

Air Milford proudly operates the only brand new Cessna Caravan aircraft with leather seating, quiet air-conditioned comfort and great viewing for all passengers. It is one of the safest aircraft flying today. We offer eco-tours, aircraft charters, fishing, hunting and personalised tours. Flights to Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, the Southern Alps and Glaciers...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Lake Tekapo

Enjoy a stunning and unforgettable Grand Traverse scenic flight of the Mount Cook and Westland World Heritage Parks. Experience the alpine wonderland of New Zealand's highest mountains and largest glaciers on this amazing flightseeing experience. Departing hourly from Lake Tekapo, Glentanner Park and Franz Josef on modern, well equipped aircraft. Every seat is a window seat...(more)


Location: Canterbury

Sail with dolphins on New Zealand's oldest ketch, the Fox II. See seals, penguins, albatross, and other sea birds on this sailing experience; as crew, or simply relax. Quiet, eco-friendly green boat, two masts, six red sails. Food, refreshments, complimentary coffee/tea. 2.5 hours, departing twice daily from Dalys Wharf, Akaroa late Dec-May. Perfect for company functions, weddings or private charters...(more)


Location: Canterbury

Your Akaroa Alpaca Farm Tour experience takes you on a scenic-drive to the western-side of Akaroa Harbour to Shamarra Alpaca Farm. Our Akaroa alpaca farm has stunning harbour views. Alpaca farmers, Frank and Anya, will treat you to an interesting and interactive introduction to these animals (renowned for their ultra-fine fleece). Refreshments are included on these Akaroa farm tours...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Hanmer Springs

Welcome to Alpine Crazy Putt and Village Cruisers. Located just past the Heritage Hotel, this course has been recently rebuilt with lots of new and exciting holes! This is also your starting point for the Village Cruisers. Families have been enjoying our bikes for 17 years! A fun form of transport to get around Hanmer Springs designed for 4-6 people!..(more)

ALPINE HORSE SAFARIS - Hawarden, North Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Waipara Valley

Spend your holiday on one of our exhilarating trail rides in the high country of New Zealand's South Island. Enjoy a guided horse riding trip from two hours to twelve days though the North Canterbury high country. See spectacular scenery including snow-capped mountains, vast river flats, crystal clear lakes and rivers...(more)

ALPINE JET THRILLS - Springfield & Waimakariri

Location: Canterbury - Springfield and Great Alpine Highway

Join us on the Alpine Jet, taking you deep into the foothills of the Southern Alps and through the stunning Waimakariri River canyon. Breathtaking views, wonderful mixture of scenery and excitement, our safari tour option doubles as an eco-experience with magnificent scenery, native bush and wildlife. We are located only 50 minutes from Christchurch Airport...(more)

A-MAZE-N-GOLF - Hanmer Springs

Location: Canterbury - Hanmer Springs

Be in for lots of surprises along the way when you solve the mystery of the Lost Temple, or have a go at our Gold Rush themed 18-hole mini golf course. Great for school camps, birthday parties, corporate challenges, social club events and fundraising, ask us about group discounts. Located only a two-minute drive or five-minute walk from village centre...(more)


Location: Canterbury - Darfield

Welcome to Ballooning Canterbury. We offer a world of peace, tranquility, a truly magical experience. Ballooning Canterbury offers panoramic views across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. Allow 4-5 hours. Courtesy transfers to and from most Christchurch Hotels. Hands on adventure which offers fantastic photo opportunities. A glass of champagne, fruit juice and a light snack after landing...(more)