5 must do adventures at Christchurch |Travel Guide

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Top 5 Things to do in Christchurch, New Zealand

From beaches to scenic Drives to Canterbury lush green plains to the Snow Capped Southern Alps, Christchurch has something for every adventure lover.

So, we started our 9-day long adventure trip with my almost 4-year-old toddler.

#Botanical Garden Christchurch

Spring is my favorite time of the year, oh yeah after 9 months of winter this season ushers in warmer, longer days with colorful blossoms. So, who wouldn’t like to say yes to Spring? The Botanical Garden is located near to the CBD, Christchurch and also offers a Scenic Drive on its way.

Make sure to relax & enjoy a hot cuppa at the cafe in the Garden and enjoy the warmth of the Spring sun.

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#Lake Tekapo

A trip to the South Island New Zealand is incomplete without a visit to Lake Tekapo. Located at a 4 hours scenic Drive down, this small town which is located at the end of the Lake offers picturesque views of the lush Green Canterbury plains and the gorgeous snow capped the Southern Alps throughout the drive.

The Church of Good Shepard is a hidden Gem, don’t miss an Insta-worthy click against this 1900 Century Church, overlooking the snowy Alps!

TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey
TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey

#TranzAlpine World’s Scenic Train Journey

New Zealand is known for its epic and probably world’s best Scenic train Journey’s by Kiwi Rail. Due to the recent earthquake, the Coastal Train Journey was no longer available until June 2018. So we decided to go with the TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey.

A 5 hour long Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth, which is located up North of the Southern Island.

This train Journey is worth every penny, and takes you back to the Glacier age what resulted in these Gorgeous Southern Alps

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TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey
TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey
TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey
TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey

#Franz Jose Glacier, Greymouth

Greymouth is a town which is rich in history and known for its Gold mining & Dramatic floods. Take a day trip to the walkways overlooking the ocean or plan an adventure trip to the Franz Jose Glaciers.

A trip to this Town is incomplete without exploring the Franz Jose Glacier, up north of the city.

Travel Tip: Get an up and close encounter with the Glaciers when you fly into canterbury, make sure your sitting on the left side of the aircraft.

 

#City Tour: Christchurch Tram Ride

If you ask me what the best way to see the city, I will always vouch for trams and Kiwi trams were no different. If you’re a big fan of historical monuments and colourful walls then this mini ride on the Kiwi team will take you to exactly where you wish to be.

Hop on or Hop off at the local flea market to grab a local munch or hop on to catch the Insta worthy Street art, the local commentary will not allow you to be bored at all. A must do an activity with kids, they will love the Tram ride along the city.

 

Kiwi Tram Ride, Christchurch

So, which one of the adventures you loved the most? Make sure to leave a comment if you have already been here, I would love to read.

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Scenic Train Journey of the world | TranzAlpine New Zealand

TranzAlpine Scenic Kiwi Rail Experience

Tranz Alpine New Zealand Kiwi Rail

The TranzAlpine Train Journey is one of the Greatest Train Journeys of the world operated by Kiwi Rail. There is other 2 major Scenic Journey along with the TranzAlpine, which is the Coastal Train Journey and the Northern Railway respectively.

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TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey

The TranzAlpine runs between the Garden City of Christchurch to Greymouth a city up on the West Coast of the South Island. Greymouth is known for its rich history, Gold mining and Dramatic river floods.

Grey Mouth New Zealand
Grey Mouth New Zealand

With reserved seating Coach, you can choose to take a day Excursion or a decision to hop off at Greymouth to explore the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier.

Arthur’s Pass is the highest point of the Journey, so make sure to hop off to capture images against the Stunning Southern Alps.  Do remember that the train only halts here for 5 mins

It’s all about the Journey rather than the Destination, yes I have to say this because this Train Journey takes you back in time through its LIVE commentary explaining you the end of the Glaciers era what made the Southern Alps Rise.

Travelling west crossing the Canterbury Plains, the train goes through the river valleys of the Waimakariri River.

The Alps to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass for a short break before descending through the Otira Tunnel to the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, through lush alpine forests to Greymouth – a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always popular glaciers at

The Alps to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass for a short break before descending through the Otira Tunnel to the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

Make sure of the viewing deck on the train that situated at the rear end, where you can capture the panoramic side of the Southern Alps & the Alpine forest

 

There’s still plenty of Snow on the mountain tops, so just after you have crossed Arthur’s Pass, make sure to keep your camera or Handycam ready to capture the magnified views of the Southern Island of New Zealand.

I personally loved their mini cafe at the middle of the Carriage & offers a luxurious seating to enjoy breakfast with a view!

Travel Tip: The round Journey costs appx 450 NZ$/person and is worth every penny!

I highly recommend adding this to your Kiwi Travel itinerary as not all train Journeys have such wonderful memories of Rugged Snow capped mountains, Gorgeous waterfalls, and lush Green Countryside view!

Looking for things to do in Christchurch? My next Travel Blog on Travel in Style with debs will cover the 5 must do things in the Garden City of Christchurch and how travel with kids is fun in New Zealand.

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Hobbiton: The Movie Set | Day Tour

Hobbiton Movie set

Exploring the Hobbiton Movie Set!

A day out in the Lush Green Pasture!

Every movie Fan is amazed by the beautiful Hobbiton trilogies and the Lord of the Rings movie set. I got to experience this 12-acre set, which is situated in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand 2 years back during a winter morning in Auckland!

This Iconic Hobbiton Movie set, which is located in the Matamata region of New Zealand, this is 3 hours drive from the Auckland city.

Ever thought of spending a day in the Hobbit Hole, well the tour is worth the money and time. Take a short bus tour from the heart of the Auckland City (Private day Tour buses), it’s ideal to book a day early or a few days early during the peak season. The trip starts as early as 7 am in the morning and brings you back by 10 pm at night, so make sure to carry water and your warm clothes along.


Hobbiton the Movie set

New Zealand has been known as the home of the Middle Earth, hence you read the term when people talk about the Hobbiton trip.

Before I head to the Green Dragon Inn, where all the Hobbits used to enjoy their meet, greet and drinks. Let’s take a visual tour of the entire Hobbit era.

Exploring the Middle Earth!

Let’s take a visual tour of the entire Hobbit era.

Before you arrive at the Hobbiton Movie set, you make a stop for your morning tea at the Matamata Heritage Trail and the Souvenir shop. Browse through the heritage books and all the tours this region offers.

Hobbiton Movie set

Each Hobbit Hole/house is unique and takes you back to the era, where you can experience a bit of their lifestyle. Some of the Hobbit Holes are open to Public but others are not, hop in happily to take a family Portrait. We experienced a wet Winter morning, hence you see me carrying an umbrella in some of the pics.

A couple of the Hobbit homes has a make believe market place, stalls selling pumpkins and meat.

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The guided tour takes you across the Hobbit Civilisation, narrating the filming stories, which Hobbit hole they actually used for filming the movie.

There are now 44 such hobbit holes on view, however, it is only possible to enter a few of them, all of which have small, unfinished, earth-walled interiors, don’t expect to find Bilbo Baggins inside!

Hobbiton Movie set

These hobbit hole facades are constructed from untreated timber, ply and Polyesters, some of them are not visible until you observe them really close. On a moonlight night, this place becomes a picturesque location for photographers.

A part of this lush Greenfield has a lake overlooking the Hobbits hole, on a  bright sunny morning the reflection make thus place look beautiful, dpnt forget to stop by and take a family picture here.

Hobbiton Movie set

Post experiencing The Hobbit film trilogies in a fascinating two-hour guided tour, we made our way to the Shrines rest Cafe! This was the Hideouts of the Hobbiton’s residents for their evening drinks! Here we were treated at the warm fireplace with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing beverage!

 

Hobbiton Movie setHobbiton Movie set extravagant however, you shouldn’t miss out on their speciality soups and pies.

Before we said goodbye to this movie set crafted by Peter Jackson’s imaginative mind, we thought to explore the neighbourhood, which is a huge green lawn to wonder around and cuddle a sheep.

Hobbiton Movie set tour

 

So, if your planning for the North Island of New Zealand, don’t miss out on this Rustic Movie set day tour! Also, check out the nearby attractions which are Waitomo for Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave.

If you have already been here, do leave a comment on your experiences, it will be wonderful to read about it.

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