10 Luxury Activities in Christchurch
10 Luxury Activities in Christchurch

10 Luxury Activities in Christchurch

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Premium Tours in Christchurch

For many of us, we’re only in Christchurch once. With that in mind, you might want to make the most of it by treating yourself to some of the most premium tours in Christchurch. Whether your style is a private tour to the South Island highlights or something special like taking to the skies in the hot air balloon, there’s something to suit luxury travellers in the South Island’s largest city. Find your idyllic experiences in this list of the best luxury activities in Christchurch.

For more premium tours in Christchurch, see The Luxury Guide to Christchurch.

1. Take to the Skies in a Luxury Helicopter Excursion

Ideal for travellers on limited time in the South Island or who want to simply do something epic, Christchurch Helicopters offers thrilling helicopter excursions to the South Island’s highlights and hard-to-reach places. Land on the snowy peaks of the Southern Alps as part of the Southern Alps Taster tour (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor) or try flying a helicopter yourself on the Trial Flight experience (Viator and Tripadvisor). You can even fly as far as New Zealand’s longest glacier, the Tasman Glacier, and enjoy a glacier landing to the backdrop of the country’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook, on the Mt Cook Experience (Viator and Tripadvisor). All tours feature insightful commentary from local pilots.

Location: 25 Aviation Drive, Harewood Aviation Park, Christchurch International Airport, approximately 15km (9 miles) from Christchurch city centre.

10 Luxury Activities in Christchurch© Christchurch Helicopters

2. See the Sights of Christchurch in a VW Combi

Want to see the highlights of Christchurch? Do it in style in a vintage VW Combi (camper)! A private tour with Caroline’s Kombi Tours brings a more personal touch, incorporating aspects of the Maori culture (more information on Viator and Tripadvisor). Discover the art galleries, history and more that many tourists miss with your passionate local tour guide. The experience lasts approximately three hours.

Location: Departure from the Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue or pick-up is available from local accommodation.

10 Luxury Activities in Christchurch© Caroline's Kombi Tours

3. Indulge in a Waipara Wine Tour

Explore the boutique wine region of the Waipara Valley, just outside of Christchurch, on a guided wine tour. Join NZSI Tours & Travel for a hassle-free excursion to the Waipara wineries including four different wine tastings and a gourmet lunch – see more details on Viator and Tripadvisor. What’s more, the private tour is entirely for you. Alternatively, Cheeky Wine Tours offers more social yet small-group wine tours of the region to various cellar doors with lunch, snacks and fine wine included. Find out more about this tour on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Location: Christchurch accommodation pick-ups are offered.

10 Luxury Activities in Christchurch© NZSI Tours & Travel

4. Explore the South Island Highlights on a Private Tour

Sit back in a luxury Mercedes 4WD mini-bus and relax as you hit the highlights of the South Island on a private tour. Maossie Tours can get you to iconic attractions and landscapes with ease, whether you want an excursion to Aoraki Mt Cook, Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula to see the little blue penguins, Mt Sunday and The Lord of the Rings filming location including a Clysdale horse wagon ride, or to visit four different New Zealand farms. Whatever you choose, your passionate and knowledgeable local guides will help you make the most of your time in Canterbury. Find out more about Maossie Tours on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Location: Departure from the Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue or pick-up is available from local accommodation.

10 Luxury Activities in Christchurch© Maossie Tours

5. Ride Scenic Plus Class on the Iconic TranzAlpine Train Journey

For sightseeing with a difference, jump onboard the TranzAlpine for one of the world’s most scenic railway journeys. Starting from the Christchurch Railway Station, the journey takes you through the lush Canterbury Plains to the mountainous wilderness of the Arthur’s Pass National Park. You’ll have no issue seeing it all as you relax in carriages with panoramic windows while dining on New Zealand cuisine and regional wines in “Scenic Plus Class”. Either journey all the way to Greymouth in the wild West Coast (check out tickets on Viator and Tripadvisor) or stop off in Arthur’s Pass village to enjoy the short walks before embarking on the journey back to Christchurch. Canterbury Trails also offers guided walks, lunch and afternoon tea in Arthur’s Pass between your train journeys – find out more on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Location: Christchurch Railway Station, Troup Drive, approximately 5km (3 miles) from Christchurch city centre.

10 Luxury Activities in Christchurch© Kiwi Rail

6. Feast on a Four-course Gourmet Meal on the Historic Christchurch Tramway

After your welcome drink, you’ll sit down in a beautifully restored Christchurch Tramway Restaurant for a scenic journey of Christchurch city centre while indulging in a gourmet four-course meal. Dine on New Zealand fare with a menu including lamb shank, locally-farmed salmon, and more paired with regional wines. After your meal and enjoying the views of the Botanic Gardens and the Avon River on a relaxing journey through the city, your dining experience concludes with tea or coffee. Check out Viator and Tripadvisor for more information on this experience. Plus, for more activities like this, see the 10 Romantic Activities in Christchurch for Couples.

Location: Cathedral Junction, 109 Worcester Street.

10 Luxury Activities in Christchurch© Christchurch Tramway Restaurant

7. Soak in the Scenery from a Hot Air Balloon

Another, perhaps more unique, way to take the skies is on a hot air balloon ride with Ballooning Canterbury. Soak in the scenery of the vast Canterbury Plains without engine noise, without obstructions. Drift with the wind as you float over lush pastures lit up with the golden glow of the sunrise. At the end of the experience, you’ll be treated to chilled Champagne, orange juice and a seasonal fruit platter.

Location: 2136 Bealey Road, Hororata, approximately 55km (34 miles) from Christchurch city centre. Christchurch accommodation pick-up is offered.

10 Luxury Activities in Christchurch© ChristchurchNZ

8. Take a Timeout with a Luxury Spa Day

If you find yourself in Christchurch on a rainy day, it might be a good excuse to hit the pause button and relax with a spa treatment. You have some spectacular day spas to choose from, including Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa amidst the picturesque Swan Lake Gardens. Alternatively, Moss Spa is conveniently located in the city centre and offers an array of spa and beauty treatments in a contemporary yet elegant setting. Or experience the historic charm of the Champs-Élyées Beauty Day Spa providing indulgent treatments in a beautifully resorted 1891 Victorian manor.

Location: Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa – 9 Ernlea Terrace, Cashmere, approximately 4km (1 mile) from Christchurch city centre. Moss Spa – 49A Salisbury Street. Champs-Élyées Beauty Day Spa – 110 Papanui Road, Strowan, Merivale, approximately 3km (2 miles) from Christchurch city centre.

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9. Treat Yourself to a Multi-day Luxury Trip of the South Island Starting from Christchurch with The Road Trip

Travelling around the South Island doesn’t have to be about squeezing onto a coach or figuring out the drive yourself. The Road Trip specialises in private luxury tours of the South Island, with plenty of multi-day tours starting from Christchurch. Enjoy the freedom of experiencing New Zealand the way you want to with the guidance of your private driver-guide, who can be as involved in your tour in New Zealand as you want. The tours include all breakfasts, some meals, and accommodation in four-star hotels and lodges. Learn more about The Road Trip’s tours on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Location: Christchurch i-SITE/Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue.

10 Luxury Activities in Christchurch© NZPocketGuide.com

10. Be Treated to Fine Dining in the City Centre

If looking for that special place to celebrate a big occasion, or simply because you’re only going to be in Christchurch once, there are the fine dining establishments well worth booking a table at. Inati is a fine dining restaurant with cuisine designed to be shared with quality Canterbury cuisine and a menu dipping into the earth, land and sea. Impeccably-presented plates in a restaurant adorned in fabric draping down the walls, Chillingworth Road offers a European bistro experience in elegance. Other honourable mentions include Bloody Mary’s, 50 Bistro, Yamagen Japanese Restaurant and The George. For more recommendations, browse The Foodie Guide to Christchurch.

Location: Inati – 48 Hereford Street. Chillingworth Road – 478 Cranford Road. Bloody Mary’s – 30 Latimer Square. 50 Bistro – 50 Park Terrace. Yamagen Japanese Restaurant – 53 Victoria Street. The George – 50 Park Terrace.

10 Luxury Activities in Christchurch© Pixabay

More Luxury Activities in Christchurch

That’s it for the best luxury activities in Christchurch. Find even more tips to make your luxury getaway exceptional in The Luxury Travel Guide to New Zealand.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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