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Christchurch's Top Five Adventure Activities

7th Sep 12

Christchurch is a popular holiday destination in New Zealand due to its busy shopping centres, friendly people, and beautiful scenery. However, many people looking for a Christchurch campervan rental don't realise that this region is also home to countless adventure activities - perfect for adrenaline junkies and lovers of the outdoors! So, we've put together five of the best adventure activities in Christchurch - take a look to find out which you'd like to try.  

1. Skiing and Snow Sports  

Between June and October in New Zealand, Christchurch becomes a haven for snow-lovers. Just a short drive from Christchurch you'll find three of the best ski fields in New Zealand; Mt Hutt, Porter Heights and Mt Dobson. Each of these ski fields offers opportunities for skiers and snowboarders from an amateur to experienced level. If you're in Christchurch during snow season, make sure you give skiing a try.  

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2. White Water Rafting on the Rangitata River  

Just two hours outside of Christchurch, near Geraldine, is the Rangitata River. Known for its untouched scenery and surging rapids, it's the perfect location for white water rafting in New Zealand. With a combination of quiet, flat areas for practicing, and steep, exhilarating rapids, it's suitable for people of all ages and experience levels. Don't miss out on white water rafting while you're in Christchurch - it's an affordable, fun way to spend the day!  

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3. Sky Diving  

Christchurch is the perfect place to give skydiving a go - whether you're a first-timer or an experienced skydiver! Just 15 minutes from the Christchurch city centre, you can try freefalling at speeds of up to 200kph from between 9000 and 15000 feet in the air! Enjoy sky diving in safety as you skydive in tandem with a fully qualified jumpmaster.

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4. Tramping, Hiking and Mountaineering  

Christchurch is known for its walking tracks, hiking trails, huts and mountaineering routes. There's something for everyone - try a simple, flat day walk, or take advantage of the various huts around the area to enjoy a three-day or week-long hike! Christchurch and the surrounding region has some of the most stunning scenery in New Zealand and this is a great way to fully experience these natural wonders.  

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5. Jet Boating on the Waimakariri River  

There are a number of local operators who will take you on a jet boat trip down the Waimakariri River. This activity is exciting for people of all ages - and safe for the kids too! Take advantage of your opportunity to see the scenery and the local bird life, skim the shallows and spin at high speeds for a truly exhilarating experience.  

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Other adventure activities in Christchurch  

Above are just a few of the adventure activities you can try in Christchurch. Other options include paragliding, kayaking, horse trekking, mountain biking, scuba diving, rock climbing, bungy jumping, hot air balloon rides and surfing. If you're an adventure and adrenalin lover looking for an action packed stay in Christchurch, you won't be short of things to do!   Travelling by campervan is the best and easiest way to experience the scenery, outdoors and adventure opportunities that Christchurch has to offer. Sunrise Holidays has a full range of Christchurch campervan rental options to choose from - so you can travel and stay in comfort on any budget. A campervan will allow you to have adventures and participate in activities at your own pace. If you're planning an adventure holiday in the Christchurch region, just contact us now to make a booking.

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Reply Skia Designs New Zealand (Author) | October 24th, 2012 at 5:45pm
I love the beautiful places in Christchurch!I will surely be back again next winter.I enjoyed skiing in Mt Hutt.There are many near tourist spots nearby and it is an advantage to spend a vacation in Christchurch.Thanks for sharing an informative post.
Reply Roydon Anderson (Author) | October 25th, 2012 at 8:21am
Thank you for your comment :) We agree there are many beautiful places in Christchurch and the South Island. We'll be sure to inform others about these great places via our blog - check back soon!

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