Taking Your Adventure to the South Island: Top Christchurch Destinations

September 14, 2016 • Travel Tips • Views: 2611

There’s more to Christchurch than just pretty parks and nice activities, in fact, there are many adrenalin pumping adventure selections available that will surely create fun and lasting memories.

First things first. If it’s your first time going to Christchurch, then it helps to have your own transport. You can choose to arrange to pick up your car hire Christchurch from the airport or the CBD. This gives you the option to hop to your car straight from the airplane.

Having your own transportation lets you get the most out of New Zealand’s oldest city. Christchurch is a home to many amazing views, cafes, restaurants, and shopping malls. Most destinations in this list are also a ride away.

Now here’s the must-do list in Christchurch and Canterbury:

Swim with the dolphins. This is a must for all visitors and even locals. NZ is the best place to swim with the gentle and friendly dolphins. This experience is offered all year round and the success rate is around 85 percent. Don’t worry, there’s a money back guarantee if no dolphins are sighted.

Visit art and galleries. A short trip to Canterbury will give you a lot more appreciation for the artistic talents of artisans in the region. The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu in the heart of Christchurch is the home to one of New Zealand’s most important public art collections. They offer daily free guided tours with knowledgeable guides as well as an extensive exhibition calendar. Do not miss this experience for the world when you’re here.


Hot air ballooning. Christchurch boasts as the only place in the world where you can go Hot Air Ballooning with the Pacific Ocean on one side while the mountain ranges on the other and the Canterbury Plaints lie in-between offering many places to land, typically in some farmer’s paddock.

Sea kayaking or 4-wheel driving. You can experience this in Akaroa with the Pohatu Penguins. See the little blue penguins in their natural ecosystem either by land or the water.

Explore the Adrenalin forest. Perfect for those looking to have fun while enjoying a challenge. The Adrenalin forest is situated just on the outskirts of Christchurch and is a perfect venue for families and friends to try out their guts in the high wire, high adrenaline Fun Park with more than a hundred different challenges and 20 flying foxes.

Cannoning with The Big Rock Cannoning Company. You arrange to get picked up from the in-site in Christchurch. Have fun experiencing the action-filled jump into pools, slide down chutes and rappel/abseil down rocks and even waterfalls.

White-water rafting. Also a favourite experience in Christchurch. The journey to Rangitata Rafts will let you behold the amazing scenery both on the journey and on the water. Many parts of the river are grade 5, ensuring a little adrenaline rush.

Sky diving. Yes, this extreme sport/hobby is available here in Methven, which is around an hour’s drive from Christchurch. Even better if you come around the winter months because the ski fields are closed, giving you more landing spaces.

Now that you know where to go, start packing your bags and go! Don’t forget to arrange your car hire Christchurch before boarding. Enjoy your adventure to the South!

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