Christchurch, Akaroa and Kaikoura

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In northern Canterbury are some of New Zealand's most famous experiences. At Kaikoura, rugged mountains drop to the ocean, where you can encounter marine wildlife from albatrosses to seals and whales, and feast on local delicacies such as crayfish.

Christchurch, the Garden city, was established in 1850 by English settlers and this heritage shows in the architecture of older buildings.Christchurch is the South Island's largest city. It's a vibrant, cosmopolitan place with exciting festivals, theatre, modern art galleries, great shopping and award-winning attractions. Some of its famous Gothic revival stone buildings were damaged in the Christchurch earthquake of 22 February 2011, but the city remains a worthwhile visitor destination and a great base for experiencing the diversity of the Canterbury region and the South Island beyond.

The quaint village of Akaroa - New Zealand's one and only French settlement - sits on the edge of Akaroa Harbour in an astonishingly beautiful landscape of rugged hills and sparkling water.


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Best time to be there

Summer on the north island (December to February) is ideal for outdoor pursuits with mild temperatures and hours of sunshine. Venture to the numerous ski slopes and warm up close to a crackling fire during the winter months in June to August.

Fly to

Auckland (Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, daily)

flying time

26 hours, one stop

time difference

GMT +12 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic New Zealand

Nights: 19 | from £7,220pp

Hit the open road in New Zealand, a country of spectacular highways, perfect for self-drives. A three-week trip from Auckland to Queenstown crams in geothermal... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys –Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under 2017

Nights: 19 | from £11,885pp

Journey through a diverse range of landscapes from the outback of Australia to the glaciers of New Zealand Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Follow the Spirit of the Maori

Nights: 15 | from £4,995pp

Adventure into the Maori heart of New Zealand where you'll discover giant forests and intriguing tales while exploring Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Ultimate New Zealand and Fiji

Nights: 14 | from £14,995pp

Combine the kaleidoscope of soaring peaks, mirror-like lakes, craggy glaciers, spouting geysers and majestic fjords of New Zealand, with arguably the... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Glacier, Lakes & Wilderness

Nights: 20 | from £4,960pp

This 21 day journey is ideal for those seeking remote wilderness landscapes and for repeat visitors to the country who want to delve a little deeper. Find out more

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Annandale

A working coastal farm set along scenic Banks Peninsula on the South Island, Annandale whisks you away from the everyday world. Surrounded by the farm... Find out more

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Hapuku Lodge

 Located just north of the renowned, eco-marine town of Kaikoura, on New Zealand’s South Island, Hapuku Lodge is surrounded by an expansive deer farm... Find out more

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Otahuna Lodge

Otahuna was built in 1895 for prominent Canterbury pioneer Sir Heaton Rhodes. An enduring testament to his love for the finer things in life, the homestead... Find out more

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The George Hotel

Located in the heart of Christchurch, The George Hotel is a small luxury boutique hotel just minutes from the city centre and main attractions. Having... Find out more

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Auckland to Sydney Ft. Azamara Club Cruises

Nights: 19 | from £9,980pp

The scenic magnificence of New Zealand’s natural attractions and enduring appeal of some of its most famous cities, promise to make this cruise from Auckland... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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