Canterbury Adventure Tours
Description: Test your limits - Conquer your fear
Adrenalin Forest is best described as a multi level aerial obstacle course. Participants negotiate a series of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and flying foxes from platforms constructed in the tree canopy. Adrenalin Forest is a great confidence builder and adrenalin rush.
The adventure park features an aerial obstacle course up to 17 meters off the ground, 5 pathways of progressive difficulty, more than 1.5 km in length and covering three hectares of forest.
Participants attached by an overhead safety wire safely negotiate a series of 80 challenging activities high up in the tree canopy on five pathways of increasing difficulty.
The park is suitable for all ages from 1.30 meter tall, and no experience is necessary.
Full instruction is given, you are completely safe and fully harnessed at all times.
Safety leaders on site at all times
High wire - High excitement - High Adrenalin
Location: [map here] North of Christchurch, 20 minutes drive from Town Centre.
Season: All year.
Contact person(s): Caillabet Jean
Address: 105 Heyders Road, Spencerville
Postal Address: 105 Heyders Road, Spencerville, Christchurch 8083
Phone: 03 329 8717
Mobile Phone: 027 532 0516
Freephone: 03 329 8717
Comments: Booking recommended.
Height restriction apply: minimum 1.30 meters tall to do the first 2 pathways, 1.45 meters to do the all course.
Description: The Ball Pass Trek is a challenging alpine crossing of the Mount Cook Range from the Tasman Glacier to the Hooker Valley. The route allows close views of New Zealand`s highest mountains and most spectacular alpine scenery.
Ball Pass is for experienced hikers, used to sustained walking over steep and rugged terrain. Groups (maximum 8) are accompanied by qualified mountain guides, who give crampon and ice-axe instruction, and rope you up if necessary. Two nights are spent at Caroline Hut, directly opposite the Caroline Face of Mount Cook.
This is a great introduction to New Zealand`s most impressive mountains, but does not require you to have mountaineering experience.
Our other treks include the Aoraki Mt. Cook Trek and the Tekapo High Country Trek.
The Aoraki Mt. Cook Trek is a 2-day shorter version of the Ball Pass Crossing, but participants do not cross the pass.
The Tekapo High Country Trek is a 3-day alpine hike through open tussock country in the Two Thumb Range, above Lake Tekapo, with panoramic views of New Zealand`s Southern Alps and the Mackenzie Basin. This area is famed for its exceptionally clear skies and intense light, highlighting the turquoise-blue glacial lakes, golden grasses, and white snow-capped peaks.
Location: [map here] Aoraki-Mount Cook. Start from Lake Tekapo.
Contact person(s): Anne Braun-Elwert
Address: 30 Murray Place, Lake Tekapo 8770
Postal Address: PO Box 75, Lake Tekapo
Phone: 03 680 6736
Freephone: 0800 006 096
Fax: 03 680 6765
Comments: Can book on-line. Visa/Mastercard accepted. All equipment provided.
Aoraki Balloon Safaris
Description: "Aoraki", a Maori word meaning Cloud Piercer".
Aoraki Balloon Safaris have operated since 1992, with their main base at Methven (by Mt Hutt) on the Central Canterbury Plains. Long recognised by the industry as "New Zealand`s finest ballooning location". They are the principle leader in the NZ Tourism Industry for innovation and excellent record in Hot Air Ballooning Adventures.
Methven is well inland and away from restrictions of flying over or near to Christchurch City, (with Airport and seacoast nearby). It offers a full 300km panorama of the entire Canterbury Province, from well north of Christchurch City to south of Timaru. Pristine views are obtained of Mt Cook and the National Park Mountains. For this reason we have many TV companies from around the world frequently filming our unique venture. The inland Methven location allows balloon flights in all 360 degrees of air movement.
Aoraki Balloon Safaris at Methven has a proud 100% safety record they intend to keep. All equipment and pilots are regularly checked by the NZ CAA and comply with all their regulations. They have 5 Aerostar Balloons including a new large one arriving in the New Year.
The Guinness Book of Records have acknowledged that "the oldest known person in the world to fly in a Hot Air Balloon" at 102 years 3 months (Florence Laine) was flown by Aoraki Balloon Safaris, Methven, the third centenarian to have flown with them. The NZ Army Band fly with them a week before Christmas every each playing Christmas Carols over a selected Canterbury town. Many weddings and numerous proposals happen aboard the balloon basket.
Most balloon flights commence at daybreak. This is normally the gentlest and the coolest part of the day. Normal balloon flight experiences are up to four hours, of which about one hour is the actual flight. At the flight conclusion the passengers celebrate with a "buffet champagne style breakfast" as a picnic in the farmers field. A Flight Certificate, Information Sheet and In Flight Photos are offered at the conclusion of the venture. Aoraki Balloon Safaris at Methven welcome Non Flying Ground Passengers, for anyone who does not wish to fly. Gift Vouchers are also available and a popular choice for those special people and special occasions in your life.
Aoraki Balloons Safaris based at Methven have safely flown several thousand passengers and now look forward to flying you, your family and friends as well. They are known for offering more than a Balloon Flight!
Location: [map here] 94km, 1hour 5 minutes SW of Christchurch City - by Mt Hutt on the central Canterbury Plains
Season: All Year
Contact person(s): George Currie
Address: Information Centre, Main St, Methven
Postal Address: Box 75, Methven, 8353
Phone: +64 3 302 8172
Mobile Phone: 025 334 837
Freephone: 0800 CLOUD7 (or 0800 258 837)
Fax: +64 3 302 8162
Description: Explore New Zealand's Backcountry.
Backcountry Concepts aims to provide professional high quality tours and outdoor instruction. By keeping our client numbers low, we are able to deliver a personalized, informative and rewarding experience. The team at Backcountry Concepts is committed to providing people with the opportunity to experience the beauty of New Zealand's backcountry, maintaining a high level of safety throughout.
Backcountry Concepts prides itself on its depth of experience associated with fly-fishing and outdoor instruction. We have been running fly-fishing and wilderness tours since 1998, and have been recreating and working in the New Zealand backcountry for as long as we can remember. We have combined this wealth of knowledge and expertise to provide you with a chance to experience some of the lesser-known wonders of the New Zealand Backcountry. Whether you would like a guided Fly Fishing tour, explore New Zealand's Native Flora and Fauna, Heli-ski, or you want to extend your technical outdoor skills, we have something to offer everyone.
Season: All Year
Contact person(s): Liam Taylor
Address: 32 Settlers Cresent. Ferrymead, Christchurch.
Postal Address: P.O Box 22088, Christchurch.
Phone: +64 3 384 8945
Mobile Phone: 025 718 397
Fax: +64 3 384 3856
Hidden Valleys NZ Ltd
Description: Hidden Valleys specialise in customised adventure and whitewater rafting tours. We will custom make an itinerary for you with your favourite adventure options. Our guides are New Zealand locals with a passion for the outdoors. They will share their knowledge and experience with you. We make sure you meet local people and get off the tourist routes. Activities include hiking, rafting, fishing, scenic flights, hunting, glacier walks, jet boating, bungy jumping, horse riding and many more...
Location: Central South Island
Season: All year
Contact person(s): Sue Harrison South
Address: 228 Blandswood Rd, Peel Forest, South Canterbury
Postal Address: RD22 Peel Forest, Geraldine
Phone: +64 3 696 3560
Mobile Phone: 025 335 365
Freephone: 0800 321 894
Fax: +64 3 696 3560
Comments: Credit cards accepted.
Description: Paragliding and Paramotoring school based in Christchurch, providing tandem flights, courses, equipment sales and tours.
Soar to new heights with tandem paragliding in Christchurch with one of NZ`s most experienced instructors that will keep you on a high literally. We offer an exciting range of tandem options for the very adventurous or the no so adventurous individual who want to experience the exhilaration of free flight.
Location: [map here] 15 minutes from central Christchurch
Season: All year round except 25/26 December
Contact person(s): David Dennis
Address: 6 Raekura Place Redcliffs, Christchurch.
Phone: 03 3288255
Mobile Phone: 027 602 2558
Freephone: 0800 548 323
Comments: Free photo with every tandem flight.
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