Canterbury - Kaikōura

Christchurch (Ōtautahi) offers visitors one of the world’s most unique destinations.  Urban regeneration, creativity and innovation flow through the city with new restaurants & bars, street art and inspirational transitional projects, all the while staying true to its heritage and traditional English feel. Kaikōura boasts an astonishing variety of marine life including whales, dolphins, seals and albatross, and provides an unforgettable location to experience eco-tourism at its best. Kaikōura has a rich Māori and European history prevalent throughout the region. Find out more at and

Major Centres: 



Christchurch International and Domestic Airport
Timaru Domestic Airport

Āmiki Tours

+64 27 532 7248


Āmiki cultural and food tours provide a glimpse into the cultural and culinary gems hidden in plain sight in Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand, combining stunning scenery, exquisite culinary experiences, and unique paths with captivating storytelling by Māori and multi-cultural guides. Visitors arrive as strangers and leave as friends.

Hapuku Kitchen

+64 21 528 591

Culinary adventures in the heart of New Zealand. Hapuku Kitchen is focused on reconnecting the kitchen to the land and sea, celebrating the abundant larder nature has to offer and taking inspiration from the wild landscape. We invite you into our home, located between the Kaikoura mountains and the Pacific Ocean, for a culinary adventure that celebrates the season.

Ko Tāne Waka

+64 3 359 6226 ext 714

Experience the excitement of paddling a hand-crafted waka down the River Avon and learn about the importance of the waka to Māori culture. Enjoy early stories of Canterbury's Ngāi Tahu iwi and the earliest European settlers, and the positive things they achieved building the city of Christchurch together.

Maossie Tours

+64 21 661 867

Maossie Tours is a scenic and sightseeing transport business involved in the operation of unique day-tours from Christchurch to exotic, distinctively New Zealand adventure destinations. We are an independent family business, and have a deep passion for everything Kiwi especially indigenous Maori culture. Most of all, we know where the best places are and how to get there safely. Passengers are transported in Maossie's top of the line luxury Mercedes Benz 4WD coach, with day tour destinations from Christchurch including:
• Aoraki-Mt Cook, Tasman Glacier & Alpine Centre all-day scenic tour
• Akaroa & Banks Peninsula Wild Penguins Eco-Tour
• New Zealand Farm & Scenic Day Tour
• Lord of the Rings High Country Station Pioneering Clydesdale Experience & Scenic Day Tour

Pure Taka

+64 21 901 469

At Pure Taka , we pride ourselves on providing a truly mesmerizing and unique experience involving a variety of trips and activities around New Zealand. Pure Taka has a team of passionate hunting and fishing professionals that can show you how to catch fish , shoot a trophy stag , go whitebaiting or even collect watercress for a hangi .We will give you the ultimate experience to live off the land and get down and dirty in the bush, or be treated like a rock star in a five star resort we can cater too all walks of life.

Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre & Tours

+64 3 684 9141

Te Ana is focused on the ancient Maori rock drawing sites and rich tribal history of the Aoraki region. Established by Ngai Tahu, the largest Māori tribe in the South Island, this innovative not-for-profit venture has conservation at its heart with 100% of the profit returned to the protection of the rock art sites. Hosted by local Ngai Tahu guides, visitors explore the rock drawings through hosted experiences at the new Rock Art Centre in Timaru, and on guided tours to the region’s most iconic Māori rock art sites.

Whale Watch Kaikōura

0800 655 121

Whale Watch Kaikōura is New Zealand's only vessel-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the world's largest toothed predator, the Giant Sperm Whale, in their natural environment at all times of the year. Whale Watch scheduled tours operate daily. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. Whale Watch Tours are extremely popular so we recommend booking early.

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