After this, we will head south of the city to begin climbing the beautiful Port Hills. Here, we 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 a dead 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.
Hotel: 4.5 Star Sudima Hotel Christchurch City
We have arranged smaller walks around the Arthurs Pass village and surrounding areas if the weather is too bad. This region has giant mountains, native wildlife (including the chance to see our native Kea down by the shops) 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.
Hotel: 4.6 star Arthurs Pass Motel & Lodge
This Lodge is the highest rated in the region, brand new and overlooks stunning mountains close to short walks.
That afternoon, we will head to the Punakaiki Rocks (also known as the Pancake Rocks). These natural formations have been used in many nature documentaries and are known around the world. We will aim to be there at high tide, allowing 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.
Hotel: 4 star Punakaiki Resort
Stunning views of the ocean and surroundings make this resort the top place to stay in the region.
When we arrive back to shore after (hopefully) catching the evenings meal, we will make our 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 us 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 most 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. Much of this is sample food and provides a whole dish of variety to enjoy complimented by local wines and beer.
Hotel: 5 star Manakua Lodge
(Dependent on the time of your flight from Christchurch to Auckland) You will have a chance to enjoy a local coffee and breakfast down the quaint and peaceful Kaikoura High Street before we 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 called Gore Bay. This is a great chance to stretch the legs and enjoy the ocean one last time - which is often visited by Dolphin. After we arrive to Christchurch, your guide Ollie can either drop you at the airport or into the city for one last wander around.
Total cost: $14,975 USD*
$2,995 USD per person.
* This price includes:
- 5 people
- Guided walks
- Tour guides
- Transport and fuel
- Food for day walks
- All accommodation
- Experiences (fishing & Wild Foods)
- Full time guide
- Airport pick up and drop off
- All fees and taxes
This fee does not include any hired gear which can be added at check out.
Your cost covers the hire fees of a Hyundai 8 Seater mini-van. This will be professionally driven by your guide and offer you a chance to enjoying the views instead of the road rules. Insurance and fuel costs are all covered here and there is plenty of room for luggage.
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 accommodation and transport, but there is no guarantee by the supplier the price will remain as quoted if booked after 7 days. 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 walks. You can hire gear through the checkout. You will 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 email@example.com for more. To read more on this and our full terms of service, visit here.