North Canterbury, Family Activities


  • Ages 2+

    Alpine 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 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 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 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 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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  • Kaikoura Express

    Jump aboard the Kaikoura Express and we'll take you on a scenic journey direct to the heart of Kaikoura with optional free connections to the Dolphin Encounter and Albatross Tours.
    Check out the native New Zealand Fur Seals, the rough rugged and wild coastline, a dolphin or whale watch tour, check out the spectacular Albatross or just cruise at your own pace.
    Departs Christchurch daily - 8.30am (Rolleston Avenue outside Canterbury Musuem)
    Departs Kaikoura daily - 4.30 pm (i-Site Visitor Centre and Dolphin Encounter)
    Packages - Whale Watch and Dolphin tours available in conjunction with travel on Kaikoura Express.

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  • Kowhai Farm - horseriding and lessons

    All things horse!  Treks, lessons, care - complete beginners to advanced level riders are always welcome.  Your full day ride includes helping to catch, groom, saddle and bridle your horse
    followed by a flat work group lesson with a helpfull instructor working on basic position and control of the horse.
    Lessons available for different levels, or jumping for experienced riders.

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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 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 Tours & Shuttle

    Daily Passenger Transport between Hanmer Springs and Christchurch. We also connect with Christchurch International Airport. One way transfers between Hanmer Springs and Christchurch cost $35 per person. Same day return from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch costs $50. $10 per person surcharge for Christchurch Airport drop offs or pick ups. Daily departures from Hanmer Springs at 8 AM and from Christchurch at 13:00 PM.

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  • Bains Classic Motor House - Amberley

    Bains Classic Motor House specialises in classic and sports cars from all eras. Motorbikes, both modern and classic also grace the showroom floor, along with a select range of models, books, art and memorabilia. The Castle Park complex where Bains is located also has a Café and children’s play area, and is perfect for a coffee or light lunch after visiting.

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    • Phone: 03 312 9396
    • Location: 16 Ashworths Beach Road, Amberley
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Our favourite destinations…

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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 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.


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.


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 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!


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.