Day 2 // Christchurch City Tour & Godley Head
Today, you will meet Bushwoman Jill, who will join you to guide around Christchurch City. Here, she will show you the effects and damage of the 2010 Earthquakes and how the city has been rebuilt, as well as the stunning coastline for plenty of opportunities for local coffee and food. As you drive south of the city, you will head towards your first pleasant walk with us.
Climbing the beautiful Port Hills you will get a real sense of the size of Canterbury with stunning 360 views. Here, you will head towards Godley Head to complete an easy 4-hour walk. This walk circles an old World War 2 battery site that lurks above an extinct volcano. Views of the bay, city and a sunset will complete your day before being dropped back at your hotel. Read more about Godley Head here.
We have arranged smaller walks around the Arthurs Pass village and surrounding areas if the weather is bad (which is common). This region has giant mountains, native wildlife (including the chance to see our native Kea down by the shops trying to get a bite) and plenty of views for it to be a beautiful and memorable place to relax. Hear the noises and surroundings of our New Zealand natural world.
If you wish to stay in luxury accommodation here, we can recommend a great place with stunning views. Go on, treat yourself!
That afternoon, you head to the Punakaiki Rocks (also known as the Pancake Rocks). These natural formations have been used in many nature documentaries including David Attenborough and the BBC classic, Walking with Dinosaurs. With a plan to be there at high tide, this allows you a chance to see some really exciting "blow hole" movement where the ocean bursts through the large openings in the rock - sometimes leaping 100 feat in the air. The rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes. The foundations of the Pancake Rocks were formed 30 million years ago when minute fragments of dead marine creatures and plants landed on the seabed about 2 km below the surface. This is an easy walk and can take around 1 hour, but there is no rush. Get some great photos and videos of this amazing and historic place.
When you arrive back to shore after (hopefully) catching the evenings meal, you will make your way to the Kaikoura Peninsula for a stroll around the east coast seal colony. Here again, you will get a chance to see how earthquakes have shaped the land. If available, Sabrina - who runs the Kaikoura Wildlife Rescue charity - will meet you and provide a presentation and talk on the surrounding wildlife and her work towards conservation and sea life. This is a unique and amazing opportunity to understand the region well and also give back to her cause. A portion of your fees go towards her work. (Read more below about her)
That evening we will meet Bushman Ian for an evening of locally sourced wine, beer and food. Ian provides a Wild Foods experience that is unique to Bushman Tours. Meats, fish and ingredients will create a meal that no restaurant could provide with the majority of it being caught that day. Ian will walk you through how he cooks it (which will be done in front of you) as well as where the food comes from and what it means to New Zealander's and Maori alike. Much of this is sample food and provides a whole dish of variety to enjoy complimented by local wines and beer. You won't get better than this as part of your trip.
If you wish, there is an option to stay in a traditional, local batch which many locals book for fishing trips or a sense of a traditional night out.
(Dependent on the time of your flight or plans from Christchurch) You will have a chance to enjoy a local coffee and breakfast down the quaint and peaceful Kaikoura High Street before you head south. The drive is a stunning, winding road along the coastline, over the hills and through local farm land. If time allows, we will have a chance to stop off at a beautiful beach only known to locals either driven by your guide or sent via your itinerary after booking. This is a great chance to stretch the legs and enjoy the ocean one last time - which is often visited by Dolphin and other sea life. After you arrive to Christchurch, you can either be dropped at the airport or into the city for one last wander around.
Cost per person: $2,000 NZD*
*This price includes:
- 2 people minimum
- Guided walks
- Optional Tour guide
- Transport and fuel
- Food for day walks
- Experiences (fishing & Wild Foods)
- City tours
- Airport pick up and drop off
- All fees and taxes
This fee does not include any hired gear or booking of transport which can be added at check out. This booking will not include accommodation.
Want your own driver and van? We can offer a full time driver as part of your extra offers. This will be professionally driven by your guide and offer you a chance to enjoying the views instead of the road rules. There is also a chance to do small side trips that your local driver knows you'll enjoy. Insurance and fuel costs are all covered here and there is plenty of room for luggage. Make sure to reserve this upon checkout.
Please let us know if anyone has a food allergy or requests we must be aware of.
Terms & Conditions
Bushman Tours will act as your booking agent for hotels. You must arrange your own flghts and any extra food you need. If any guest is late for a tour or unwell, they will have to forfeit that trip. Trips are subject to weather and natural events. By paying for this tour, Bushman Tours will secure your tour, guide and transport if needed. Guests are required to carry their own adequate hiking gear and must adhere to our minimum requirements of gear. If this is not adhered to, we have the right to cancel any tours. You can hire gear through the checkout. You can have a Tour Leader with you from Christchurch who will set the agenda and guidelines for the tour. For further details on our terms, you can visit our terms and conditions. Otherwise, contact your account manager or firstname.lastname@example.org for more. To read more on this and our full terms of service, visit here.