Canterbury, New Zealand
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Lake Tekapo: Mount John Observatory Stargazing Tour

1. Lake Tekapo: Mount John Observatory Stargazing Tour

Explore the pristine night sky, stunning summit surroundings, and sophisticated viewing technologies as expert guides share the science and stories of New Zealand's skies on a stargazing tour. Make your way up Mount John on foot to the renowned Mount John Observatory, which is in partnership with the University of Canterbury. Hear stories about the stars, galaxies, and planets from your guides. The unpolluted environment around Lake Tekapo provides outstanding conditions for observations and discoveries of the southern sky.

Kaikoura: Sunset Kayaking Tour

2. Kaikoura: Sunset Kayaking Tour

Join your guide as you kayak during sunset to experience the stunning glow of the seaward-facing Kaikoura Mountains. Have the chance to watch seals dive and maneuver around and under your kayak as the sunsets. Paddle with them as they swim around the peninsula hunting for octopus. Along the way keep an eye out for blue penguins or albatross and have a possible encounter with dusky dolphins. Your kayak is enclosed, safe, stable, and easily steered using a rudder. It's fast on the water, but still keeps you warm and dry. Your qualified and experienced local guide will teach you how to handle the kayak and paddle you through areas used years ago by local Maori and early whalers. Enjoy watching the light change as the day draws to an end.

Akaroa: 24-hour Overnight Pohatu Penguin Package

3. Akaroa: 24-hour Overnight Pohatu Penguin Package

Discover the award-winning Wildside of Banks Peninsula and its unique fauna and flora on this 24-hour tour.  Start your adventure in a four-weel drive mini-bus from Akaroa and travel over the crater rim of the ancient Akaroa volcano to the Akaroa Head Lighthouse. Marvel at the scenic reserve that stands on high cliffs and take in the views of the endless Pacific ocean.  Enjoy a self-guided bush walk through Tutakakahikura scenic reserve, an ancient forest with 400 years old native trees to finally arrive at Pohatu marine reserve where you will spend the night. Settle down and use the time to relax. Enjoy safe swimming beaches before your evening penguin tour in season.  The following day you can go on an additional adventure if you would like. Join the sea-kayaking safari and discover the wildlife of the Pohatu marine reserve. See New Zealand fur seals, many species of sea-birds, and the frequent visit of Hector's dolphins. The tour runs from midday to midday but specific departure times can be arranged.

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What people are saying about Canterbury, New Zealand

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

The tour was just indescribably beautiful! Our guide Mark was super nice. The two viewpoints were ideal. Akaroa was seen from above once. Beautiful! And the second one would have a great view over the sea! Before we went to the penguins, we could feed a small flock of sheep! Then the ponguintour started. From feeding baby penguins, checking two nesting boxes to observing penguins at sea and on stones on the coast. The guides explain everything very well and understandably and show a penguin in the wild without bothering them. Just a great experience. We can only recommend it to everyone!

This was a wonderful experience. We are novice kayakers but handled the trip quite well. Beautiful trip, saw sosme wildlife, had a great guide and saw a beautiful sunset over the magnificent mountains.

Great trip up to Mt John. Informative astronomy guides and terrific views of the night sky through the high quality microscopes at the observatory. Learned a lot about our galaxy and the universe.

I really enjoyed my kayaking tour! We got to see lots of seals and our guide was great. Would definitely recommend.

Passionate people and a discovery of dolphins at the top thank you again