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


+64 27 532 7248


AMIKI are local connected storytellers, sharing the gems of Ōtautahi, Christchurch, hidden in plain sight. Our whānau team has a passion for sharing both the modern and old stories of Ōtautahi. Our Tours on Foot will take you on a journey through our central city suburb, deep diving into the rich Māori and European history.  From the historical river to the modern laneways, heritage sites, bespoke small enterprises, culinary gastronomy, craft beers and local wine, we will connect you with local people and places through sharing kai, manaakitanga and storytelling.

Ko Tāne Māori Experience

+64 3 359 6226

The South Island's ONLY Māori Cultural Performance. Nestled amongst the native trees and ferns and alongside New Zealand wildlife, Ko Tāne guarantees a real, up close and personal experience. Ko Tāne performs within Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and through them you will learn the relationship between Māori, culture, wildlife and conservation to give a real "Kiwi" experience. Experience a traditional pōwhiri (welcome), learn about the ways of the Māori hunter and be entertained by our kapahaka performance which includes poi, haka, sticks and weapons displays.

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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