Peppers Clearwater Resort, Christchurch
Things To Do In The Area
Wondering what to do in Christchurch? Venture further afield to see how the heart of the city, Cashell Mall, has been reborn in ultra-modern fashion with containers recast as boutiques, lovingly styled and bursting with colour.
Boating, tramping, a visit to the wineries and the French settlers' harbour-side village of Akaroa on the east coast, are also key Peninsula attractions, as well as Mount Hutt, which lies to the south west of Christchurch.
Enjoy an authentic Maori cultural experience, where you'll be greeted with a traditional powhiri (greeting), treated to a cultural performance/show and where you'll be able to explore a living village and wildlife reserve. Indulge in a A Taste of New Zealand Dinner. Ko Tane is located at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.
Very few people have the opportunity to experience the awesome and magical beauty of Antarctica first-hand. The Antarctic Attraction aims to re-create the atmosphere and environment of Antarctica, providing visitors with an interactive, fun and exciting experience of the "Great White South".
Just over an hour's drive from the Resort across the picturesque Canterbury Plains are the majestic Southern Alps and Mt Hutt Ski fields. A wide variety of trails cater for beginners, with an award winning Snowsports School and a licensed Skiwiland crèche, to the most experienced skiers.
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, just a 90 minute drive from Christchurch, offers the ultimate in relaxation and is an experience not to be missed. Set in a breathtaking natural landscape, surrounded by forests and mountains, the award-winning Thermal Pools offers visitors a wide range of experiences, from soothing indulgence to exciting family fun. The Thermal Pools & Spa has nine open-air thermal pools, three sulphur pools and four private thermal pools, as well as a sauna/steam room.
The vineyards of New Zealand's South Island are some of the most southernmost in the world and these climatic conditions produce distinctive wines that cannot be found anywhere else. Over 40 vineyards and 12 wineries can be found within just 40 minutes drive of the Resort. Waipara is becoming one of the favourites on the New Zealand wine scene and is a must see for wine lovers. Please see Reception for directions
Enjoy a scenic flight over Christchurch City and banks Peninsula with Garden City Helicopters. If you want to impress, spoil or surprise someone - discover Peppers' Romantic Escape Package which combines a scenic flight over Christchurch City with an overnight stay and some of the region's finest flavours at Peppers Clearwater Resort.
The Jet boat is a unique river craft able to skim over shallow streams only centimetres deep. Jet Thrills has been showing thousands of overseas visitors and locals alike this awesome river and just what a Jet boat can do! The Waimakariri runs for 97 Kms across the Canterbury Plains meandering its way to the sea. It only takes 12 hours to cover this distance from the Gorge to the sea.
Take The Grand Tour and board a luxury coach for a quality tour of Christchurch. You will visit beautiful parks and gardens, quaint seaside suburbs and stunning harbour views. The tour also includes Christchurch Tram, Gondola and Punting.
The Grand Tour departs from Cathedral Square at 9am and returns at 3.30pm. Phone 03 364 9929.
Canterbury Museum is a treasure trove of riches. Its collections have engaged and delighted visitors from all over the world for than 130 years.
Set on 80 hectares of park-life grounds, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand's only open range zoo. Streams, moats and banks are used as barriers to allow visitors the opportunity to see the animals in a natural manner. Over 400 animals from 70 different species are displayed.
Walking in the Groynes
Adjacent to Peppers Clearwater Resort is the council reserve The Groynes, with 15 kilometres of walking trails. See local wildlife, such as the pukeko, an indigenous bird to New Zealand, and salmon, trout and eels in the waterways.
Whale watching along the north-eastern coastline of New Zealand's South Island has become a popular attraction for visitors of Christchurch.
There are several highly recommended whale watching tours outside of Christchurch, in the nearby town of Kaikoura, which can be reached in around 2.5 hours.
Re:START Shopping Mall
Christchurch's first inner city retail offering Re:START has over 25 retailers, housed in brightly coloured shipping containers – kiwi ingenuity at is best. Familiar retailers from High Street have gravitated here, resulting in a great mix of fashion boutiques and gift stores to complement old favourites. The site also offers free internet access.
Take a day tour with Canterbury Leisure Tours and experience all Christchurch has to offer. Sights include Kaikoura, Akaroa, Mt Cook, Hammer Springs, city sights, wine trails and many more. Phone: 0800 484485.
Explore New Zealand's rich culture and natural heritage in the heart of Christchurch City, within strolling distance of the Botanic Gardens, The Arts Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery and Cathedral Square.
Dubbed SoMo, Addington, the area 'South of Moorhouse Ave' is Christchurch's most dynamic neighbourhood and is also the city's new hub for live entertainment.
Located in the central city, Hagley Park is the most significant central city park. It offers a diverse range of entertainment and recreational facilities close to the city centre. It is renowned for its extensive area of 165 hectars, its wide-open spaces and mature woodlands. The park is a major sporting and cultural focal point.
The Botanic Gardens offer an outstanding collection of native and exotic tree, shrub and flower specimens in magical woodlands, lawns, pool and river settings.
Time Travellers Museum
A popular culture museum set in the unexpected location of the curator's garage in Oxford, North Canterbury. Expect a surreal experience as you enter through a Tardis and into a narrow hallway with walls covered floor to ceiling in original movie replica from eras gone by. Relive childhood memories with figurines of Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Edward Scissorhands, Spock and the Thunderbirds.
Organic produce, fruit, vegetables, fish, free range chicken, cheeses, organic bread, pies, baking and much more, year round. Open Saturday 9am – 12pm, Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton. Visit christchurchfarmersmarket.co.nz
New Zealand's only producer of traditional clothbound, rinded cheddar. Shop on-site. CHeesemaking can be viewed every second day in the cheesemaking season (usually October to May) through a gallery window in the shop. Main Road, Barrys Bay, Banks Peninsula
I-SITE Visitor Centre
For more information on attractions and activites around Christchurch, visit i-SITE – the official Visitor Centre. Open seven days from 8.30am next to Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue.
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