Where To Go In Christchurch For School Trips

Christchurch is a city of both inspiration and hardship. It has emerged strongly after earthquakes and has since reinvigorated itself through an effort towards art and culture. The region takes pride on its English heritage and natural scenery, with places like Botanic Gardens and Canterbury Museum. Once you are done with the artistic corners and historical facts of the city, travel to some of the areas for experiencing the jaw-dropping scenery. There is plenty on offer for those willing to plan a school trip in and around Christchurch. Here are some of the top destinations you can visit by using bus hire in Christchurch.

 

Akaroa

Known to be the only French settlement in New Zealand, Akaroa is where you get a unique taste of France. A visit to this coastal town is a must-do, if you are interested in tasting a bit of French culture, swimming with the Hector’s Dolphin or seeing the astonishing landscape of the Banks Peninsula. The main attraction of the area is definitely Hector’s Dolphin.

If you don’t want to go out in the water, embark on a self-guided tour to view the British and French architecture or simply meander across the ocean-side promenade. The place is often referred to as ‘Little France’, and that is quite evident from the refined food, colourful character, boutique shops and street names. For those interested in scenic tours, walking or cycling can head to the terrain. There are a host of other group activities you can enjoy.

Train Ride To Arthur’s Pass National Park

The kids are absolutely going to love it! This 2 and a half hour ride is one of the most thrilling train rides in Australia. Witness the Canterbury Plains transform into the Southern Alps, access the peak of the South Island, go for hiking opportunities, stop at Arthur’s Pass for amazing hike or stay at a luxury lodge.  Arthur’s Pass National Park is the central point between the west and east coasts of Southern Island, and the TranzAlpine rail service runs from Christchurch. This is a great opportunity to experience the panoramic views of the rugged Southern Alps, the Waimakariri River and the Canterbury landscapes.

In case you do not fancy exploring or hiking the local terrain, you can spend some time exploring the Arthur’s Pass Village. Go see the Oltira Viaduct to catch sight of the famed alpine parrot, or take a leisure walk through the 130m Devils Punchbowl Waterfall. You can indulge in a lot of activities, while making a stop at Arthur’s Pass.

Dunedin

This is a thriving tourist spot and a city rich with Scottish and Maori. For visitors to the South Island, Dunedin is a popular destination filled with an abundance of wildlife, rich heritage and unique landscapes. The Dunedin Railway Station is a key attraction here, and is one of the most photographed buildings in Australia. The 4.5 hour journey will allow you to soak up most of the local attractions, from Dunedin’s architectural beauty to Oamaru’s local wildlife populations.

Most of the activities here are free of cost, and it basically revolves around natural scenery and local wildlife.  Some of the popular attractions include Oamaru Public Gardens, Moeraki Lighthouse and Moeraki Boulders. You have some great paid options as well, including Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary, Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony and South Canterbury Food & Wine Trail.

Hanmer Springs

If you are looking for indulgence, relaxation and adventure, the resort town of Hanmer Springs is an attractive option. It is surrounded by towering forests and dramatic mountains, with the streets filled with eateries, cafes and boutique shops. Indulge yourself in Hanmer’s wild beauty, with adventure activities like jet boating, bungy jumping, horse trekking, mountain biking and forest hiking. Once you have had enough of thrill, enjoy a round of golf. The children would love the family fun area complete with the only aquatic thrill ride in South Island, the Super Bowl, and other hydroslides.

Geraldine

With an artistic streak, Geraldine is a pretty town to delve deep into regional arts and crafts. Set among exotic trees alongside the Waihi River, the artistic feel of the town is exhibited through boutique shops offering unique giftware, arts and crafts. The charming village is in the heart of a opulent farming area, but is also known for its population of art and craft people. Several popular artists have come from this district, and there are plenty of galleries and studios to suit everyone’s taste.

Kids will get to learn about the town’s history at the Geraldine Historical Society Museum, while one can also visit the vintage car and machinery museum here. You can reach the ancient podocarp forest from the town centre, and experience this wonderfully peaceful place on a hot summer day. There are plenty of adventure and outdoor activities, including fishing, mountain biking, golf, kayaking, 4X4 adventure tours, hunting, canyoning, horse riding, skiing and white water rafting.

Mount Cook National Park

Also known by the name of Aoraki National Park, the Mount Cook is known to be the highest peak in New Zealand. The stunning landscape can be reached through a 3 and a half hour drive lined with amazing sights including Lake Pukaki, Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo. The Mt Cook can be explored through glacial trips, helicopter rides or scenic walks. For a dose of rich history, head to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, which features an awesome planetarium, 3D movie exhibitions and a museum.

It can be a hectic affair to plan a school trip, as it requires a lot of responsibility on the organiser’s end to keep everyone together in a group right from the commencement of the trip to the conclusion. The most important part here is transportation. At Bus Hire New Zealand, we provide reasonably priced services that ensure both convenience and affordability. You can safely travel as a group and you don’t have to be worried about the directions. Our licensed and trained driver will take you to your desired location, as and when required!

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