North Canterbury, Family Activities

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  • Ages 3+

    Whale Watch - Kaikoura

    Situated against an absolutely stunning backdrop that takes in views from the alps to the ocean is a pretty special township called Kaikoura, where Whale Watch operates its tours y... read more

  • Ages 2+

    Jet Thrills

    A thrilling NZ adventure the whole family can share! Experience the shallow, twisting streams, turquoise water and swaying broom of the mighty Waimakariri. Jet boating is a truly u... read more

  • Ages 3+

    Hanmer Springs Attractions

    The gateway to the natural beauty of Hanmer Springs is the historical Waiau Ferry Bridge, home of Hanmer Springs Attractions. Our shop, cafe and activity base overlook the river, c... read more

  • Ages 7+

    Bumper Ball

    There's a new buzz in town and it's called Bumper Ball! Bump, roll and flip over whilst trying to score a goal against your opponents!   Hilarious to play and to watch, Bumper Ball... read more

  • Ages 2+

    Waimak Alpine Jet

    For Christchurch jet boating, look no further than Alpine Jet.  We operate in the spectacular Waimakariri River canyon that runs through the foothills of the Southern Alps. Alpine ... read more

  • Ages 6+

    Amuri Alpine Rafting

    Sit back and marvel at the beauty that surrounds you while rafting one of the south Island's pristine rivers. Go for a swim or just lay back and enjoy a float downstream. Then hop back in to your raft and enjoy splashing down the rapids!

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  • Wings over Whales - Kaikoura

    Wings over Whales provides comfortable flights with experienced pilots that give an informative in-flight commentary. In a typical 30 minute flight you will see the majestic Sperm Whale and Dusky Dolphins. Occasionally there are sightings of other visitors that include Common, Hectors, Risso's and Southern Right Whale Dolphins, and Orca.

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  • Amuri Jet

    Join us as we jet the entire length of Hanmer's spectacular Waiau Gorge. Following the contours of the steep canyon walls where possible, it's elbows in, as we pass within centimetres of rugged rocks and cliff faces.
    Take in the magnificent scenery, then..... hold on while you experience the famous Hamilton 360 degree jet spin..... Excitement plus!
    Make no mistake - this is the best!! Narrow gorges, braided shallows, white water rapids - this trip has it all!
    Over 30kms of exciting jet boating, spectacular scenery, a totally unique experience.

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  • Ages 8+

    Kaikoura Kayaks

    Suitable for all ages and abilities and operating year round, our 3 hour half-day guided seal kayaking tour has been a highlight for many families! One of the most popular things to do whilst in Kaikoura, your family will enjoy kayaking amongst the marine life. Other options include hiring kayaks and paddleboards.

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  • Hanmer Llamas

    From a day leisurely village walk to overnight or multi day wilderness treks. All fitness levels, fully guided and catered. Our guided day tours take a gentle stroll around the hidden beauty spots of the Hanmer village surrounds. The tour runs approximately 9.30am-3pm and guests join their llamas and our guide for a relaxed sit down lunch at a local restaurant.(Lunch is included in the tour cost).
    Llamas are the perfect low impact, high altitude animal. Our boys will happily carry the load leaving you hands free to walk at a comfortable pace and enjoy the scenery. For our multi day tours there’s the added bonus of the level of comfort that pack animals can bring with our ample and delicious, freshly prepared food and comfortable sleeps, not to mention that extra photographic equipment or warm jacket.


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  • Hanmer Pitch 'N Putt

    Our Pitch and Putt golf course is an excellent destination for golfers of all skill levels. Beginners to the game can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while advanced golfers can sharpen their short game. A Par 3 with 18 holes ranging from 27 to 80 metres, combine to create an experience like no other in Hanmer Springs. Golfers need only bring their pitching wedge (or preferred wedge), and putter to enjoy a round at the Pitch and Putt or you can hire clubs from our clubhouse.

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  • Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre

    Visit our shop, right in the centre of Hanmer Springs Village (opposite Heritage Hotel), and we'll organise your fun-filled day - quad bike trips to suit all ages, exploring Hanmer Springs by bicycle, learn the skill of archery, or we can book and advise on many other local activities.

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Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.