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Top 10 Adventure Activities in Christchurch

Most of us travelling New Zealand will plan on spending at least a few days in Christchurch. After all, it is the 2nd largest city in New Zealand and for many of us, tends to be the first point of arrival in The South Island of New Zealand. Christchurch is oozing with cool adventure activities that will spark your inner wanderlust. Christchurch is one of the few cities that has beaches harbours and ski-able mountains all within an hour and 20 minutes of the central CBD.  It really is hard to believe that a city has so many amazing features so close to the city centre. Make the most of your Christchurch visit and check out our Top 10 favourite things to do in Christchurch.

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Christchurch Adventure Park

Mountain Biking & Zip Line in The Port Hills of Christchurch NZ


Christchurch Adventure Park South Island NZ

Christchurch Adventure Park 
Christchurch's ultimate adventure destination! From epic mountain bike trails, the longest chairlift in New Zealand, world-class zip lining, stunning views.  

Venue:

Christchurch Adventure Park is an Adventure park in the Port Hills of Christchurch, New Zealand.

15 minutes from Christchurch city centre!

Google Map

Port Hills, Christchurch, Canterbury
225 Worsley Rd, Cracroft, Christchurch 8022

Opening hours

9AM–6PM Mon to Sun

Ph 0508 247 478

Activities:

  • Downhill mountain biking
  • Zip Line
  • Sightseeing
  • Mountain-bike Coaching
  • Events & functions
  • Bike & gear hire
Christchurch Adventure Park
Christchurch Adventure Mountain Biking South Island NZ
Longest Zip Line South Island NZ

Day prices

$15-$80

Official pricing options

Amenities

  • Village Cafe & Bar
  • Bike Hire

Bring:

Warm clothing, water bottle and camera.

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Ski fields Christchurch

Mt Hutt
Porters Ski Area


My Hutt

Canterbury's largest commercial ski field. Under-10s ski for free, as is the case at many of the region's fields.

Accommodation nearby

Methven, a nearby town, is also on board with accommodation providers and bus companies offering similar deals.
The fully-licensed creche caters for children from 3 months to 5 years.

From Christchurch

1hr 15min

Mt Hutt Ski-field
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The best ski spots near Christchurch

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Ski fields within two to four hours of the South Island's largest city.

Activities:

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Sightseeing

Amenities

  • Village Cafe & Bar

Day Lift Passes*

ADULT $104
CHILD FREE
(5 yrs & under) (10 & under)
SENIOR $53
(65+ yrs) 65+ yrs
YOUTH $53
(6-17 yrs) (11-17 yrs)

Ski Rentals*

ADULT
$48
KIDS (2 - 17 YEARS)
$37

*Official pricing options


PORTERS SKI AREA

Porters Ski Area offers some 285 hectares with 678 vertical meters of winter playground for you to enjoy and explore.  Lifts operate daily from 9 AM - 4 PM

Trails & lifts

Porters Skifield has gentle runs and easy lifts for beginners and kids, long cruising runs for intermediates and super challenging terrain for advanced skiers and riders.

Christchurch to car park: 1hr 15min

Porters Ski-field
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2018 Lift Passes*

Lift Pass Type Adult Student Youth/65+** Child/75+**
Weekend Lift Pass $99 $99 $69 Free
Weekday Lift Pass* $79 $69 $49 Free
Weekend Afternoon Lift Pass (available from 12.20pm) $79 $69 $49 Free
Beginners Lift Pass (carpet and platter lift) $59 $59 $39 Free
New RFID Passes  $5 $5  $5 $5

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Adventure Trail Rides

Adventure Dirt Bike Motorbike Quad Bike ATV Off-Road Tours New Zealand

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Location:

Rubicon Tourist Centre
Otarama Rd
Springfield 7580
Canterbury
New Zealand

Ph 0274 510 584

55 minutes from Christchurch city centre

Activities:

  • Dirt Bike Tours
  • Quad Bike Tours
  • Dirt Bike Coaching
  • Group Tours
  • Multi-Day On and Off-road Dirt Bike Adventures

Bring:

Warm clothing, water bottle and camera.

Times:

  • 9:00am
  • 1pm
Adventure Trail Rides
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Christchurch Adventure Trails

Day prices

ATV / Quad Motorcycles up to 250cc Suzuki DRZ 400 KTM 350EXC 450EXC Bring your own motorcycle
1 1/2 hours 145
2 hours 195
Half day 260 275 295 325 95
Day Trip 460 475 495 535 195

Corporate Tours As above (per person) with group discounts

Coaching

Half day 3hrs 260 275 295 325 95
1 Day 6 hrs 460 475 495 535 195

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Swim with Dolphins - Black Cat Cruises

Swimming with dolphins in Akaroa New Zealand

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Swimming with Dolphins by Black Cat Cruises

Make a date with the worlds smallest, rarest and friendliest dolphins (The Hector's dolphin) on Akaroa Harbour. We can offer you an incredible safe experience with a great dolphin guarantee.

Location:

Akaroa, New Zealand

Ph +64 3 304 7641

55 minutes from the city centre

Activities:

  • Swimming with the dolphins
  • Boat cruise to watch the dolphins

Bring:

Warm clothing, water bottle and camera.

Swimming-with Dolphins
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Swimming with the Dolphin Akaroa South Island New Zealand

Schedule and Prices

Departs Report time at 6.00am 8.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm on demand (11.30am only from May to Sep)
Duration Two hours on the water (plus half an hour before and after)
Adult $160 (watching $89)
Child $130 [8 to 15 years] (watching $49) [5-15 years]
Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include GST.

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Ski diving Canterbury

Skydiving in Canterbury New Zealand

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Skydiving Kiwis

Your next mind-blowing New Zealand experience awaits you. Not only do you get to feel the rush of freefall, reaching speeds of up to 200kph. Your leisurely plane ride to altitude allows you to take in some breath-taking views of New Zealand along the way.

Location:

Ashburton, Canterbury New Zealand

120 minutes from Christchurch city centre

Activities:

  • Skydiving
  • Tandem Skydiving
  • Sports Skydiving

Tandem Skydive Pricing*

6000 ft Skydive ....... Up to 15 secs of freefall ... $235
9000 ft Skydive ....... Up to 30 secs of freefall ..... $285
13000 ft Skydive ....... Up to 55 secs of freefall ..... $360

Bring:

Warm clothing, water bottle and camera.

Times:

  • By appointment
Skydiving Kiwis
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Christchurch Adventure Trails

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Adventure Tree Climbing Challenges – Adrenalin Forest

Adventure Climbing in New Zealand Forests

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Adrenalin Forest

7 great courses which progress you into the trees. Starting from 1m off the ground up to 20m in the canopy. Each course has a range of various challenges that build in height and difficulty as you progress. We have bridges, Nets to cross, barrels, swings and of course the most fun of all… Flying Foxes.

Location:

Set in the peaceful surrounds of Spencer Park, Brooklands lagoon and bottle lake forest it is a great place to spend the day.

20 minutes from Christchurch city centre

Activities:

  • Adventure Climbing
  • Team Building

Prices

Adult $44
NZ University Student (with NZ ID) $37
Child U18 (over 1.45m, whole course) $29
Child U18 (1.30m - 1.45m, first two pathways) $19

GoPro HD Camera Hire (per session) - $16 - Bring your own SD card or buy one onsite (micro SD class 4 or higher required).

Bring:

Warm clothing, water bottle and camera.

Times:

  • By appointment
Adrenalin Forest Christchurch
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Adrenalin Forest Christchurch

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Velocity Karts

Wind-powered blokart land yachts or electric drift karts in a Christchurch nature reserve!

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Adventure Karts

Christchurch's exciting new tracks for rentals of blokarts (land yachts) and drift karts (battery powered carts). Land sail or drift at Bexley on 2 purpose built tracks.

Location:

We are located in the Bexley Reserve on Pages Road, approx 200 metres west of the Anzac Drive and Pages Road intersection.

20 minutes from Christchurch city centre

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Activities:

  • Wind-powered blokart land yachts

  • Electric Drift Karts

Prices

Blokarts

HIRE RATES
$30 for 30 minutes per person
$50 for 60 minutes per person
(minimum age 8 years)
Tandem Karts are available for people under 8 or those with disabilities

Drift Karts HIRE RATES

  •  $25 for a session
  • The hire includes tuition, a 1 min practice round and 3 x 3 min drift sessions
  • Minimum age: 12 yrs
  • Minimum height: 1.4 metres

Group Discounts available

Bring:

What to bring:

  • comfortable closed in shoes (compulsory)
  • a warm layer of clothes
  • water bottle
  • sunblock
  • sunglasses

Times:

  • By appointment
Velocity Karts

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Alpine Jet boating – Alpine Jet Thrills

Jet boating on the Waimak River a the base of the Southern Alps of New Zealand

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Alpine Jet Thrills

Alpine Jet Thrills is the premier Canterbury and Christchurch jet boat, operator.

Location:

Springfield Canterbury

55 minutes from Christchurch city centre

Activities:

  • Jet Boating

    • Canyon Discoveries
    • Braided Shallows
  • River Taxis for kayakers, hunters or fishing expeditions

Prices & Tour Times

Adventure Tour

Duration: 30 minutes
Usual Departure: 2:30 pm

Adult $90.00 Child $65.00 ex-river
Family Pass $280.00 (usual price $375.00) ex-river

Canyon Safari Tour

  • Duration: 60 minutes
    Usual Departure: 10 am or 12 noon

  • Adult $120.00 Child $90.00 ex-river
    Family Pass $380.00 (usual price $510.00) ex-river

Alpine Jet Thrills
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Jet boating on the Waimak

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Ballooning -Ballooning Canterbury

Hot Air Ballooning on the Canterbury Plains of New Zealand

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Ballooning Canterbury

Hot Air Ballooning is a magical experience and a flight with Ballooning Canterbury offers panoramic views across the fertile Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.

Location:

2136 Bealey Road, Hororata, NZ

50 minutes from Christchurch city centre

Activities:

  • Hot Air Ballooning

  • Sightseeing

Prices

$395.00 from 01 October 2016

$320.00 (12 years and under, minimum height 1.1 meters)

Times:

  • Hot air ballooning is weather dependent. Book near the start of your stay in Canterbury so that if the weather is not suitable you have the chance to re-book on another day.

Ballooning Canterbury
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Hot Air Ballooning - Canterbury South Island New Zealand

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Kayaking Akaroa

Guided Kayaking Safaris in the beautiful Akaroa Harbour New Zealand

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Akaroa Guided Kayak Safaris

Come sea kayaking in our amazing natural environment with its breathtaking volcanic basin vistas, and soak up the ambience of our French village by the sea.

Location:

Akaroa

50 minutes from Christchurch city centre

Activities:

  • Kayaking
  • Site-seeing

Prices

$130 per person

Times:

  • By appointment

Kayaking tours - Canterbury South Island New Zealand
Akaroa Guided Kayak Safaris
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