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$206.33 Cultural & Theme Tours

Lord of the Rings 'Journey to Edoras' Tour from Christchurch

Begin your Lord of the Rings adventure with a morning pickup from your Christchurch hotel and head west to Mount Sunday, better-known to Lord of the Rings fans as Edoras — the capital city of the Rohan people.Bounce over rocky terrain and through narrow streams, and alight at Edoras itself. Follow your friendly guide on a tour of the site and stand on the summit — as Eowyn did — for panoramic views over the alpine lakes, mountain peaks, rivers and high-country farm land below.With informative and entertaining commentary from your guide, take a look at behind-the-scenes photos of Edoras under construction — available only from your tour leaders. Marvel at the Misty Mountains — among the most significant features of Middle-earth’s geography — and see the valley backdrop of the imposing Helms Deep.After a delicious picnic lunch with sparkling wine, handle movie replicas such as Aragorn’s sword, King Theoden’s sword, Gimli’s axe and the flag of Rohan. Peruse the wide selection of movie merchandise and perhaps pick up a souvenir of your visit (own expense).During your time on the mountain, gain insight into Edoras’ magic and mystery. Learn why this special site was selected for the Lord of the Rings movie and enjoy feeling part of the action.When your time on Edoras comes to an end, hop back in your vehicle for the drive back to your Christchurch hotel, where your Lord of the Rings adventure will come to an end.

$58.66 Day Trips & Excursions

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch Tour

After docking in Akaroa Harbour, your shore excursion starts with a scenic trip by coach to Christchurch, traveling through the Banks Peninsula along the Akaroa Highway with its breathtaking scenery of Akaroa Harbour, Little River, Lakes Forsyth and Lake Ellesmere. As you make your way into the city with your guide, enjoy the splendor of the Southern Alps and the Canterbury Plains.Arrive in Christchurch at approximately 12pm and take a brief stroll through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, where you can admire one of the finest collections of exotic and native plants found in New Zealand. Get back on the coach and relax on the drive around Christchurch’s city landmarks and the old CBD while your driver will provide informative facts about the sights you'll see, such as the damaged city center, still recovering from the effects of the 2011 earthquake. There will be a break in the newly rebuilt central city to explore on foot and time for lunch (own expense).Your tour continues to the Christchurch beach suburb of Sumner, the port town of Lyttleton and past the Sign of the Takahe on the hills above Christchurch, from where you’ll enjoy wonderful views over the city.Depart Christchurch for Akaroa at 3pm so you can re-board your ship on time at 4:30pmWorry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Akaroa cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$100.06 Shore Excursions

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch, Banks Peninsula Sites

When your cruise ship docks in Akaroa, take a guided shore excursion to discover the nearby city of Christchurch. You'll be picked up at the cruise port and take a scenic trip past the bays and coves of the Banks Peninsula. Your Christchurch tour takes in all the central city highlights including the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Museum and Art Centre, Avon River and the Bridge of Remembrance.Then be immersed in the sights of Antarctica at the renowned International Antarctic Centre. The center re-creates the atmosphere of Antarctica with the amazing Snow and Ice Experience, featuring the world’s first indoor storm complete with lightning, arctic winds and blizzard audio.Meet the cute Antarctic wildlife at the Blue Penguin Encounter, then buckle up for an exhilarating Hagglund ride. Traveling over a crevasse and through water, the all-terrain amphibious adventure simulates the traveling conditions scientists experience riding across the Antarctic ice pack.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Akaroa port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$69.01 Day Trips & Excursions

Waipara Wine Trail Tour from Christchurch

After being picked up from your centrally located Christchurch hotel and travel 40-minutes to Waipara, the fastest growing wine region in New Zealand. Visit and enjoy wine tasting guided tours of four boutique vineyards of North Canterbury, these include Mud House, Pegasus Bay, Torlesse and Waipara Springs all producing a fine selection of both white and red wines. Mud House, Pegasus Bay, Torlesse and Waipara Springs are all located in the Waipara area, well known for its warm dry climate and limestone rich soils, both ideal for quality wine production.

$75.22 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tramway Restaurant Dinner Tour of Christchurch

Board the Tramway Restaurant at Cathedral Junction to begin your 2.5-hour ride through central Christchurch, the site of ongoing renewal since the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Be seated at a 2-person or 4-person table in the tramcar, and enjoy a welcome drink on arrival. The car has room for a maximum of 36 guests and includes air-conditioning for all-weather comfort. You'll pass by city highlights like the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park, the Avon River, Re:START Mall, Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street, Your 4-course dinner offers a seasonal menu with choices for your first course, main course and dessert. Coffee and tea service accompanies dessert, and the professional waitstaff can answer any questions you may have throughout your meal. After dinner, the tram makes its way back to Cathedral Junction where the tour ends. (Click on the 'View additional info' link below to see a map of the tram route.)Sample menu Please Note: The menu changes seasonally, every 3 months. Below is a sample only and may not be the meal you receive on the day.Appetizer: Chef’s amuse boucheFirst course (choice of one): • Gruyère and semolina quenelles (oval-shaped dumplings) encased in a rich Italian tomato sauce, topped with parmesan and baked until golden • Blackcurrant tea–infused venison loin on a balsamic-roasted beetroot marshmallow with blackcurrant chutney • Akaroa smoked salmon parcel, fennel, dill, orange and preserved lemon salad, with crispy lavashMain course (choice of one): • Herb-crusted Canterbury lamb rack, with dauphinoise potatoes, sticky red cabbage, minted pea puree and red currant jus • Talbot Forest brie-stuffed chicken supreme with sweet potato, baby corn galette, creamed leeks, crispy parma ham and rich jus • Lemon- and herb-crusted hapuka fillet, saffron potatoes, watercress and shellfish bisque, topped with roast pepper salsa • Roast autumn vegetable stack in a rosemary and baby pea broth, topped with salsa rossaDessert (choice of one): • Lemon curd cheesecake with raspberry coulis, creme fraiche, white chocolate curl and freeze-dried raspberries • Whittaker's dark chocolate tart in a ground almond and hazelnut crust with apricot coulisChristchurch Tram hop-on hop-off stops: • Cathedral Junction • Cathedral Square • Mill Island • Re:START Mall • Ballantynes • The Crossing • Manchester Street • High Street • City Punting • Art Gallery • Worcester Boulevard • Museum and Botanic Gardens • Hagley Park Corner • Cramner Square • Casino • Victoria Square • New Regent Street

$89.02 Tours & Sightseeing

Christchurch Grand Tour: River Cruise, Gardens, Gondola, Tram

After hotel pickup, board an air-conditioned coach to begin your Christchurch sightseeing adventure, enjoying informative narration from your knowledgeable guide during the drive.Your first activity is a 30-minute boat ride on the tranquil Avon River by punt, a traditional flat-bottomed boat. Share the small, comfortable boat with a couple of companions, and listen to the commentary of your punter, who guides you along the scenic waterway.Adjacent to the Avon River, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens sit on 52 acres (21 hectares) of beautifully landscaped space. Explore the gardens on a caterpillar tour (an open-air shuttle) that takes you past exotic and native plant species. Stop for a closer look at areas such as the glass conservatories that house tropical vegetation, 250 varieties of roses, or an herb garden that features plants known for medicinal and culinary uses. After lunch, take in the scenery as you travel through the coastal suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffs. See sights like Cave Rock, an unusual volcanic rock formation on Sumner Beach with great views of the coast. Then head to the Christchurch Gondola, an enclosed cabin that glides up the Port Hills to Summit Station. Disembark at the top, 1,500 feet (500 meters) above sea level, to admire panoramic views over Christchurch, Lyttelton Harbour (Whakaraupo) and the Southern Alps. An audiovisual exhibit called The Time Tunnel describes the region’s natural and human history. You'll also have some time here for lunch.Your tour ends in town at the Christchurch Tram. You have the rest of the day to ride the elegant heritage tram, which operates as a hop-on hop-off tour. Disembark at any of the 17 stops to explore the city center on your own or explore Re:START shopping district, a popular spot that exemplifies Christchurch’s recovery after the devastation of the 2011 earthquake. The innovative outdoor mall features shops and eateries in sturdy, colorful designer shipping containers.