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Lyttelton Harbour / Whakaraupō: Our most recommended tours and activities

Christchurch: Sea Kayaking Tour of Lyttelton Harbour

1. Christchurch: Sea Kayaking Tour of Lyttelton Harbour

Your guide will collect you from your accommodation or at the designated pickup point. Make your way to Lyttleton Harbor as you drive over the Port Hills via Dyers Pass. Enjoy stunning views of the mountains and coast. Your sea kayak journey begins and ends from a beach in Lyttelton Harbour, 45 minute drive from Christchurch’s city centre. Your guide will go through a safety briefing and teach you basic paddle strokes and how to steer your boat before heading off. Paddling towards the head of the harbor, explore the many small bays and rocky cliffs along the way. Find secret sandy beaches while hearing stories about the area from your local guide. Leaving the coast, head out to Quail Island, the largest of the three islands in the harbor and learn about its rich local history. Paddle past a ship’s graveyard, with it's the three partially sunken steamships. Lunch is provided on Quail Island or one of the many small beaches in the local area. On Quail Island, you'll have some free time to explore the island or relax by the beach. If time allows, you will be able to circumnavigate the island and visit the sea cliffs and caves at the Northern far end of the island before heading back to the beach where you departed from. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your pickup location.

Christchurch: Rock Climbing with Guide, Lunch, and Transport

2. Christchurch: Rock Climbing with Guide, Lunch, and Transport

The tour starts with a short scenic drive on the way up to the climbing area, known locally as a “crag.” Only 15 minutes from Christchurch, the road passes through the second longest road tunnel in New Zealand and into the historic port town of Lyttelton. You’ll have some time here to explore the quirky little town that has been the launching port for many Antarctic exploration voyages. Leaving Lyttelton, the road ascends steeply up Evans Pass affording views of Lyttelton Harbour and the busy port below. Just 15 minutes from Lyttelton, near the top of the Port Hills, is Cattlestop Crag and other pop-up climbing areas. Your guide will set up some suitable rock climbs for the group and, before anyone starts climbing, you'll have a safety briefing and learn you how to use the equipment. Once everyone has got the hang of the system, your guide will continue to set up appropriately challenging climbs. With over 2,000 climbing routes in Christchurch, there are plenty of options no matter what your level of experience. Take a break to enjoy picnic-style lunch overlooking Christchurch or Lyttelton depending on the climbing area used. After lunch, your guide will set up an abseil for you to try lowing yourself down from the top of a cliff. After the abseil, your guide will take you to another crag in the local area for another abseil or more climbing. Leaving the crag at around 4 PM, you’ll get back into Christchurch around 4:45 PM where your guide will drop you back at your hotel or at the meeting point outside Canterbury Museum.

Christchurch: Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Day Trip

3. Christchurch: Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Day Trip

Start your day with a pickup from your hotel in Christchurch or the port in Lyttelton. Drive to the Banks Peninsula, and learn about how an enormous extinct volcano shaped the rugged landscape. Visit the small settlements around Lyttelton Harbour and Akaroa Harbours, and learn about the local history and culture from your guide. Stop to try the local cuisine, shop for souvenirs, or admire the local artworks. For those more active, choose to take one of the bush and coastal walks available along the way. Finally, return to Christchurch or Lyttelton at the end of the day.

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Lyttelton Harbour / Whakaraupō: Our most recommended tours and activities

Christchurch: Sea Kayaking Tour of Lyttelton Harbour

Christchurch: Sea Kayaking Tour of Lyttelton Harbour

Your guide will collect you from your accommodation or at the designated pickup point. Make your way to Lyttleton Harbor as you drive over the Port Hills via Dyers Pass. Enjoy stunning views of the mountains and coast. Your sea kayak journey begins and ends from a beach in Lyttelton Harbour, 45 minute drive from Christchurch’s city centre. Your guide will go through a safety briefing and teach you basic paddle strokes and how to steer your boat before heading off. Paddling towards the head of the harbor, explore the many small bays and rocky cliffs along the way. Find secret sandy beaches while hearing stories about the area from your local guide. Leaving the coast, head out to Quail Island, the largest of the three islands in the harbor and learn about its rich local history. Paddle past a ship’s graveyard, with it's the three partially sunken steamships. Lunch is provided on Quail Island or one of the many small beaches in the local area. On Quail Island, you'll have some free time to explore the island or relax by the beach. If time allows, you will be able to circumnavigate the island and visit the sea cliffs and caves at the Northern far end of the island before heading back to the beach where you departed from. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your pickup location.

Christchurch: Rock Climbing with Guide, Lunch, and Transport

Christchurch: Rock Climbing with Guide, Lunch, and Transport

The tour starts with a short scenic drive on the way up to the climbing area, known locally as a “crag.” Only 15 minutes from Christchurch, the road passes through the second longest road tunnel in New Zealand and into the historic port town of Lyttelton. You’ll have some time here to explore the quirky little town that has been the launching port for many Antarctic exploration voyages. Leaving Lyttelton, the road ascends steeply up Evans Pass affording views of Lyttelton Harbour and the busy port below. Just 15 minutes from Lyttelton, near the top of the Port Hills, is Cattlestop Crag and other pop-up climbing areas. Your guide will set up some suitable rock climbs for the group and, before anyone starts climbing, you'll have a safety briefing and learn you how to use the equipment. Once everyone has got the hang of the system, your guide will continue to set up appropriately challenging climbs. With over 2,000 climbing routes in Christchurch, there are plenty of options no matter what your level of experience. Take a break to enjoy picnic-style lunch overlooking Christchurch or Lyttelton depending on the climbing area used. After lunch, your guide will set up an abseil for you to try lowing yourself down from the top of a cliff. After the abseil, your guide will take you to another crag in the local area for another abseil or more climbing. Leaving the crag at around 4 PM, you’ll get back into Christchurch around 4:45 PM where your guide will drop you back at your hotel or at the meeting point outside Canterbury Museum.

Christchurch: Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Day Trip

Christchurch: Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Day Trip

Start your day with a pickup from your hotel in Christchurch or the port in Lyttelton. Drive to the Banks Peninsula, and learn about how an enormous extinct volcano shaped the rugged landscape. Visit the small settlements around Lyttelton Harbour and Akaroa Harbours, and learn about the local history and culture from your guide. Stop to try the local cuisine, shop for souvenirs, or admire the local artworks. For those more active, choose to take one of the bush and coastal walks available along the way. Finally, return to Christchurch or Lyttelton at the end of the day.

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