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Waimakariri River Tours and Activities

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Meandering from the majestic Southern Alps through the Canterbury Plains to the Pacific Ocean, the Waimakariri River is known for its scenic beauty. It is also the hub for a number of popular water sports and outdoor activities, from beech forest–lined canyon hikes to jet boat rides that take you spinning around rugged Waimakariri Gorge.

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Main North Road,Canterbury Region, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour Includes TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch

Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour Includes TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch

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Explore the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps on this Arthur’s Pass day tour from Christchurch. Travel through the pastureland of the Canterbury Plains to Springfield with your guide. Hop aboard your TranzAlpine train and journey through the Waimakariri Gorge. Explore the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass in the Otira Gorge and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Visit a sheep farm, and admire native birdlife in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Upgrade to include a hair-raising jet-boat ride on the mighty Waimakariri River!
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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$262.25
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$262.25

Waimak Gorge Jet Boating from Christchurch

Waimak Gorge Jet Boating from Christchurch

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Take a jet-boat ride on the Waimakariri River, locally known as ‘The Waimak,’ with round-trip hotel transport from Christchurch. Select whichever duration best suits your schedule: enjoy a 30-minute braided Blast on the Lower Waimak, a 30-minute Adventure tour through Waimakariri Gorge or a 1-hour Canyon Safari adventure full of thrills and spills — suitable for the whole family.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.40
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$101.40

Christchurch Heli-Jet - Helicopter and Jet Boat

Christchurch Heli-Jet - Helicopter and Jet Boat

A thrilling jet boat ride and a scenic helicopter tour are both must-do activities in New Zealand. Save yourself time and hassle by combining them in one easy trip. Departing from Christchurch, you’ll fly over the scenic Canterbury countryside, admiring the pristine braided rivers as you go. Soon you’ll be zipping over them in a jet boat navigated by an expert driver who will keep you safe while you’re having fun.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$265.74
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$265.74

Christchurch Horse Trekking

Christchurch Horse Trekking

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Experience breathtaking views of the Southern Alps during a horseback ride along the banks of the Waimakariri River — just outside Christchurch. This 1.5-hour horse trek, led by an experienced local guide, accommodates both beginning and experienced riders. If you’d like, upgrade your experience to include a visit to a working sheep farm or a jet-boat ride through Waimakariri Gorge. Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located hotels are included.
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  • 3 hours
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$104.90
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Lyttelton Shore Excursion: Arthur's Pass Day Tour

Lyttelton Shore Excursion: Arthur's Pass Day Tour

Explore the beautiful alpine setting of Arthur's Pass National Park on this shore excursion from Lyttelton Port via guided coach, including time for lunch and exploration of Arthur's Pass Village, an exhilarating jet boat ride along the Waimakariri River (optional extra), and a visit to a sheep farm with sheep dog work, sheep shearing demonstration, and afternoon tea included.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.86
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Southern Alps Taster

Southern Alps Taster

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Discover the picturesque Southern Alps, one of New Zealand's most iconic land features. Fly over the immense checkerboard of the Canterbury Plains, across the tresses of the braided Waimakiriri River and to the sheer sides of a steep gorge to touch down at Chest Peak. Sitting at just under 6,500ft, the peak dwarfs most other mountains in the region. Take in breathtaking, 360 degree vistas stretching from as far as the eye can see, including the Blockbuster backdrops of Castle Hill, the Lees Valley, Flock Hill Station and beyond. All our pilots proudly call Canterbury home and will share their wealth of knowledge and personal anecdotes as you fly near their much-loved and noteworthy spots.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$874.15
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Alpine Jet Boat Experience

Alpine Jet Boat Experience

New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery, including intricate river systems and fast-flowing rapids. This tour takes you on an amazing scenic flight over the Canterbury Plains before arriving at the Waimakariri Gorge for an adrenalin-packed Jet Boat ride. It’s the ultimate Kiwi experience. Our pilots will personalise this experience for you by sharing their local knowledge and insights of our big backyard as you fly over remarkable sights and landmarks, including; Waimakariri Gorge and Claxby. We have plenty to share with you and can’t wait for you to experience it. *Price includes Jet Boat adventure ride.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$664.36
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$664.36
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Rakaia Glaciers

Rakaia Glaciers

Get to know the real untouched New Zealand as you take off, heading west over the Canterbury Plains towards the well-known braided Waimakariri River. Notice the Craigieburn Basin come into view, a distinguished blockbuster film set, followed by the curious rock scape of Castle Hill. See the glisten of Lake Pearson as you fly by the Southern Alps' main divide, climbing up & over the ridgeline, to debut at the mighty Rakaia River. Without another aircraft in sight come to two of Canterbury's best kept secrets - the rarely visited Lyell and the Ramsay Glaciers due to their inaccessibility. Touch down to overwhelming 360 degree views, filled with staggeringly sharp mountaintops & turquoise waters of the the glacier lakes. Enjoy lunch in the amphitheatre of the outdoors without a single disruption. Reboard the helicopter, and fly downstream to more classic views of the high-country. Rise over the depths of Lake Coleridge and return over the Canterbury Plains, inbound for Christchurch.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,958.10
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Should I book Waimakariri River tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Waimakariri River can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Waimakariri River 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Waimakariri River costs USD 101.40. Guided Waimakariri River tours start around USD 101.40 per person.
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