Attractions

Regions

NZ Tourism Guides

Canterbury Nature and Eco Tourism, New Zealand

Showing 50 results for Nature and Eco Tourism in Canterbury, New Zealand.

NEW ZEALAND TRAILS - New Zealand Wide

Location: Canterbury - Arthurs Pass

Active, easygoing New Zealand hiking tours - fully guided small groups with four-star accommodation and cuisine. Enjoy hikes on the Milford, Routeburn and Hollyford Tracks plus Mt Cook and Arthurs Pass. Iconic activities like the TranzAlpine, Fiordland helicopter and jetboat, Nile River glowworm caves, Fox Glacier hiking and more. See more on our website...(more)

POHATU PENGUINS - Akaroa, Banks Peninsula

Location: Canterbury

Pohatu - the largest little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Visit this remote and beautiful area, meet the local experts and learn of conservation and day-to-day life of white-flippered penguins within the large Pohatu Colony by 4WD safari. Sea kayaking safaris give wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities and allow the adventurous to explore New Zealand's stunning coastline...(more)

PUHI PEAKS HUNTING - Kaikoura, NZ

Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

Hunt on the highest freehold land in New Zealand with our experienced and knowledgeable guides. Tailored packages to suit your requirements. Puhi Peaks Hunting operates under a deer management plan as part of the overall management of internationally renowned Puhi Peaks Nature Reserve...(more)

PUREPODS - Canterbury / Kaikoura

Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

PurePods is a nature immersion experience. Your own totally private slice of beauty. Your PurePod is made of heavy duty glass so you can see everything - from the sky above to the native plants growing beneath your feet. Pull back the sliding doors on all three sides and indulge the isolation...(more)

RATA ESCAPE - Staveley, Mid Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Mt Somers

A little over an hour's drive southwest of Christchurch, Rata Escape is a boutique holiday destination nestled in a native bush garden under striking Mount Somers. Rata Escape is within close reach of expansive high country and mountains for hiking and biking, pristine fishing rivers, lakes, ski fields and golf courses making it an outdoor paradise...(more)

SEAL KAYAK KAIKOURA

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)

SEAL SWIM KAIKOURA - Kaikoura

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)

SOUTHERN LATITUDE GUIDES - Nelson & South Island NZ

Location: Canterbury

Southern Latitude Guides make it their business to get you hooked up. Book the best Fly Fishing Guides for the Southern Latitudes of New Zealand catching Big Brown Trout and Rainbow. Day trips, multiple adventures, helicopter flights, trip sharing/pairing up, and much more...(more)

Web

SOUTH PACIFIC WHALE WATCH - Kaikoura

Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

South Pacific Whale Watch offer a whale watching experience like no other in Kaikoura, New Zealand. This is an unparalleled whale watching experiences with New Zealand's only operator fully permitted by Department of Conservation offering whale watching experiences by helicopter, with exclusive landing sites only available to South Pacific Whale Watch!..(more)

TEKAPO STAR GAZING - Tekapo

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)

Web

TERRACE EDGE VINEYARD AND OLIVE GROVE - Waipara Valley

Location: Canterbury - Waipara Valley

Terrace Edge is located in the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, and are committed to producing hand-crafted wine from organically grown grapes, table olives & extra virgin olive oil of premium quality. Visit the cellar-door for tastings while experiencing expansive views across the Waipara River. Take a short stroll to the spectacular Syrah block on "the edge"...(more)

THE PACA SHACK - Fairlie, South Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Fairlie

The Paca Shack is owned and operated by Trevor and Jill Allan the breeders of Gem Alpaca Stud here in Fairlie. We sell the many products produced from the alpacas (Yáng tuó) at Gem Alpaca Stud along with some imported products and NZ made from around the Canterbury region. Visit our online shop www.pacashack.co.nz or call in to our shop...(more)

TUATARA TOURS GUIDED CYCLING TOURS - Christchurch

Location: Canterbury - Lake Tekapo

We specialise in fully-guided cycling adventures in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand—famous for its soaring mountains, extensive plains, forests, fiords, rivers, crystal clear lakes. Include the best elements the South Island offers with our tours from three days. The Hanmer Cycle Trail, Moana West Coast Cycle and the Tekapo Canal Trail... Tuatara Tours also provide combination walking/cycling adventures...(more)

TUATARA TOURS GUIDED WALKING TOURS - Christchurch

Location: Canterbury - Lake Tekapo

We specialise in fully-guided outdoor walking adventures that are achievable for the average person. Our high quality walking tours have a mix of the best elements that the South Island offers. Tuatara Tours has a number of tour options including combination walking and cycling adventures. Each tour is fully guided with all luggage transported, great local cuisine and quality accommodation...(more)

WALKWAYS OF NEW ZEALAND

Location: Canterbury - Rakaia

From Cape Reinga to Bluff, New Zealand is blessed with a smorgasbord of walking tracks providing opportunities for access to the great outdoors. The new Te Araroa Pathway is a collection of tracks that combine to make up a continuous 3,000km pathway traversing the length of NZ. These walking tracks fall into many categories, and traverse public and private land...(more)

WARWICKZ FARM - Dunsandel, Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Dunsandel

With stunning views of the Southern Alps, only 40 minutes away from Christchurch. Enjoy friendly Kiwi hospitality at our popular bed and breakfast. Our comfortable rustic barn is designed to enhance your stay with all the conveniences of home, blended with the flavour of the country. Perfect stopover on your way South to Lake Tekapo, Dunedin, Queenstown and Wanaka...(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)

WILLOWBANK WILDLIFE RESERVE - Christchurch

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)

WINGS OVER WHALES - Kaikoura

Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

The best way to experience Kaikoura's mighty Sperm whale, playful Dusky Dolphins, and majestic scenery is from above! Whale watching by aeroplane offers the unique perspective of viewing the entire whale as he breathes on the ocean’s surface. You will have your own window seat and the opportunity to clearly view and photograph Kaikoura’s marine wildlife during your 30-minute flight...(more)

AGRITRAVEL INTERNATIONAL - New Zealand and Worldwide

Location: Canterbury

Specialist Agricultural, Special Interest Tour Operator designing tailor-made nationwide itineraries to support the agricultural sector or your special interest. Experienced staff design itineraries to meet our client’s unique specifications; farm tours, technical visits, business meetings, conferences, farm stay, accommodation, transport, specialist guides, interpreters etc. We proudly share New Zealand's rural heritage, developments, innovations and its unique landscape and culture...(more)

AIR RANGITATA - Mid Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Ashburton

Scenic flights and charters from the heart of the South Island of New Zealand. We're ideally located in Mid Canterbury just north of Geraldine. We fly in our high wing Cessna 206 aircraft which can seat five passengers and provides fantastic viewing and photo opportunities. Airport transfers from Christchurch to Queenstown or anywhere in between. Safety is our highest priority...(more)

AKAROA FOX II SAILING AND WILDLIFE TOURS - Akaroa

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)

AKAROA SAILING CRUISES - Akaroa, Banks Peninsula

Location: Canterbury

Our environmentally sustainable and exciting harbour cruise around Akaroa Harbour is one of a kind! Enjoy an encounter with wildlife, on their terms without disrupting their environment, before having some basic, personal sail training. Our 47-foot classic ocean sailing yacht, Manutara, is one of the last A-Class keelers built. Guests will love this 2.5-hour sail experience cruise around Akaroa Harbour...(more)

ALBATROSS ENCOUNTER - Kaikoura

Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

Kaikoura has the largest number of different seabirds in a small area. You can view these birds in their natural environment. Birds include albatross, petrels, shearwaters, terns, shags and gulls. Experience the sensation of getting close to the mighty albatross, one of the world's largest flight birds...(more)

ALPACA FARM TOURS - Akaroa

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)

ALPINE HORSE SAFARIS - Hawarden, North Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Hanmer Springs

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)

ALPINE RECREATION TEKAPO TREK - Lake Tekapo

Location: Canterbury - Mt Cook

Alpine Recreation invite you to hike above the foothills of the Southern Alps. You'll be inspired by the magic light of the Mackenzie Country across golden tussock, snow-capped peaks and turquoise of Lake Tekapo. Climb a 2070m peak, returning to a cosy mountain hut. Enjoy a star-studded evening sky. Ideal introduction to hiking especially for familiy groups...(more)

ASPIRING GUIDES - Wanaka

Location: Canterbury - Mt Cook

Aspiring Guides provides guided ascents of NZ's highest, most iconic peaks such as Mt Cook and Mt Aspiring, as well as offering mountaineering instruction courses and multi-day trekking. In winter join us for backcountry skiing & snowboard touring on NZ's glaciated terrain or from our private huts. Learn backcountry skiing, avalanche awareness &..(more)

Web

BLACK CAT CRUISES - Akaroa

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)

BROKEN RIVER SKI AREA - Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Arthurs Pass

Broken River Ski Area is described as a "hidden gem" that offers fantastic off-piste terrain for adventurous low-intermediate to expert skiers and boarders. The on-mountain DBB accommodation is just 15 minutes walk from the ski tow. The open powder bowls and steep chutes, stunning scenery and authentic, uncrowded, welcoming atmosphere make for a memorable experience...(more)

CLARKS COACHLINES - New Zealand

Location: Canterbury

One of New Zealand's premier touring coach and charter bus operators. With over 40 years experience, Clarks Coachlines have what it takes to satisfy. Our luxury tour coaches and charter buses provide air-conditioned comfort. Multi-day bus tour or coach charter. We can assist to ensure you see the very best of what New Zealand has to offer. Ideal group transport...(more)

DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER - Kaikoura

Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

Go dolphin watching and swimming in Kaikoura. Get wonderful views of the spectacular and acrobatic dusky dolphins from one of our boats. See the dolphins in their natural environment with the option to swim amongst these friendly, playful creatures. Swimming with the dolphins is an experience of a lifetime...(more)

EARTH AND SKY OBSERVATORY - Lake Tekapo

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)

FARMYARD HOLIDAY PARK - Geraldine

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)

GEM ALPACA FARM TOURS - Fairlie

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)

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)

HANMER SPRINGS ADVENTURE CENTRE - Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Hanmer Springs

Book your adventure activities at the Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre. For the best fun you can have in two hours, try our Quad Bike Tours. Just browse through our site to see the fantastic choice of outdoor activities available in the area! Summer or winter, you'll find plenty to do, whatever your age or taste...(more)

HASSLE-FREE ALPINE SAFARI TOUR - Christchurch

Location: Canterbury - Arthurs Pass

Take an exciting jet boat ride on the mighty Waimakariri river, a 4WD adventure across Mt Torlesse High Country Station, and a scenic tour through the breathtaking Canterbury high country to Arthurs Pass National Park in the stunning Southern Alps of New Zealand on this thrilling day-tour. The return journey to Christchurch is on the world-famous TranzAlpine Train...(more)

HASSLE-FREE KAIKOURA TOUR

Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

Hassle Free Tours provides a full day tour that includes a scenic drive from Christchurch over the Canterbury plains before arriving in Kaikoura. This tour will be informative and entertaining with commentary from our local kiwi guides. On this tour, you'll have time to explore Kaikoura, go on tour with Whale Watch Kaikoura, and visit to a seal colony...(more)

HASSLE-FREE LORD OF THE RINGS EDORAS TOUR - Christchurch

Location: Canterbury - Methven

Join us on a journey in the breathtaking Southern Alps of New Zealand to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts High Country Station. Visit the most stunning and recognisable LOTR locations on this exciting day—Edoras! Tour includes a champagne picnic lunch and entertaining commentary from local kiwi guides. You don't have to be LOTR fan to enjoy this amazing day...(more)

HIGH COUNTRY SALMON - Twizel

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)

INTERNATIONAL ANTARCTIC CENTRE - Christchurch

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)

KAIKOURA FISHING TOURS - Kaikoura

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)

KAIKOURA KAYAKS - Kaikoura

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)

KAIKOURA LLAMA TREKKING - Kaikoura

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)

KAIKOURA WILDERNESS WALKS AND LODGE - Kaikoura

Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

Enjoy a walk on the wild side and experience the wilderness walk of a lifetime. Take a 3 day guided walk traverses NZ's highest privately owned land. An extraordinary journey of discovery. You will enjoy spectacular vistas of untouched wilderness, beautiful accommodation at Shearwater Lodge in an outstanding location, wonderful local cuisine and Kiwi hospitality at its very best...(more)

KO TANE - Maori Cultural Experience - Christchurch

Location: Canterbury

Come and discover Tane Mahuta the Maori god of the forest. Discover a people and culture who live in harmony with nature. Ko Tane is a Maori cultural experience located at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Tours include a Powhiri (traditional Maori welcome), cultural performance and entertainment, Maori village, Hangi Meal and an optional Kiwi Tour. Phone 359 6226 for availability...(more)

LOVAT DOWNS COUNTRY LODGE - North Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Waipara Valley

Lovat Downs is the perfect country getaway. Located in the heart of North Canterbury’s Greta Valley and surrounded by a wide range of activities. The perfect base from which to explore North Canterbury, including the hot pools at Hanmer Springs, wine trails, railways and crayfishing at Motonau Beach...(more)

MT COOK GLACIER GUIDING - Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

Location: Canterbury - Mt Cook

Mt Cook Glacier Guiding invite you to enjoy spectacular views from the air, heli-hile, snowshoe, or ice climb! It's their pleasure to guide you on your alpine adventure. Hear the groan and grind of this massive moving river of ice, and feel the ice crunch underfoot as you walk on the glacier in New Zealand's big mountain country...(more)