Tourist Activities during Conference Dates

(Accompanying Person’s Programme)

The Committee has put together a number of sightseeing activities for delegates and accompanying persons to discover Christchurch and its surroundings.

How to book: Once you have registered for the conference, your registration confirmation email will include a link to make a booking for the tours.

All tours will depart from and return to the lobby of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.

Delegates and or accompanying persons are required to be ready and waiting 15 minutes ahead of tour departure times.

Cancellations
Cancellations must be advised in writing to amn11@confer.co.nz. No refund will be given for cancellations received after Friday 24 January 2025 (including “no shows”).

The organising committee reserves the right to cancel a trip at any time, offering a full refund (of the tourist activity fee only) or offering the participant the opportunity to change to another available trip.

DestinationDatesTimesCost
Lord of the Rings Edoras TourSaturday 8 February 2025
Monday 10 February 2025
Thursday 13 February 2025
9.00am to approximately 6.00pm
NZ $299 per person
Waipara wine tour and lunch
Saturday 8 February 2025
Friday 14 February 2025
12 noon to approximately 5.00pm
NZ $160 per person
Otautahi (Christchurch) Hikoi (walk)Saturday 8 February 2025
Sunday 9 February 2025
2.00pm to approximately 3.15pm
NZ $45 per person
Akaroa and Akaroa Harbour cruiseTuesday 11 February 2025
8.45am to approximately 5.30pm
NZ $250 per person
Guided walking tour of
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Wednesday 12 February 2025
9.45am to approximately 12 noon

NZ $20 per person


Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour

9.00 am to approximately 6.00 pm
8.45 am meet in lobby at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. 

Take a journey into Middle-earth with a full-day tour from Christchurch to a key Lord of the Rings filming location. Setting out from Christchurch, travel to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station (ranch). Here, peaceful Mt Sunday was transformed into Edoras, home to the Riders of Rohan in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. On a guided walk learn how the set was built on top of sheer cliffs, see exclusive photos from the film set’s construction, and enjoy the awe-inspiring 360-degree views from the summit (just like Eowyn did in the movies!). Take in the pristine beauty, breathe in the crisp mountain air, and understand why the actors and crew fell in love with this stunning location. During the tour see the famed Misty Mountains and the area which formed the backdrop to the terrifying battle of Helm’s Deep, while enjoying informative and entertaining commentary from your local guide. Picnic lunch is included.



Price
$299.00 per person price includes road transport, driver/guide, picnic lunch and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%.

What to bring
Wear good walking shoes, bring a rain jacket, sun hat and sunscreen

Available tours
Saturday 8 February 2025
Monday 10 February 2025
Thursday 13 February 2025


Waipara wine tour and lunch

12 noon to approximately 5.00 pm.
11.45 am meet at the front door of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.

This tour explores 3-4 of North Canterbury’s boutique vineyards. From Christchurch travel 45 minutes north of through the New Zealand countryside to the Waipara Valley, well known for its warm, dry climate and rich alluvial soils, ideal for superior wine production. Over 40 vineyards and wineries pepper the landscape of the valley, with Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominating local plantings. This winery tour includes Pegasus Bay, Waipara Springs, Torlesse and Waipara Hills Winery.

Platter lunch at a Waipara winery restaurant. The platter lunch includes tastes of both a regional and New Zealand flavour and is the perfect accompaniment to some of the wineries, fine wines.

Price
$160.00 per person includes pick up and drop off ex front door of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, road transport, driver/guide, wine tasting charges, platter lunch and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%.

Available tours
Saturday 8 February 2025
Friday 14 February 2025


Otautahi (Christchurch) Hikoi (walk)

2.00 pm to approximately 3.15 pm
1.45 pm meet in lobby at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.

This guided walk is a perfect way to discover cultural treasures hidden in plain sight and learn how local Māori are expressed in the rebuild of the city.

The walking tour begins with a mihi whakatau (welcome) and karakia (prayer) to ensure visitors are safe on their journey. Your walking guide shares the creation story of Ranganui (sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother) and talks about ancestors story of how the hongi brought to life Hineahuone.

Following the footsteps of tipuna (ancestors) as you walk along the city laneways and river, learn Māori and settler stories demonstrating how we are kaitiaki (guardians) for the future.

This cultural tour celebrates the diversity that is modern-day Ōtautahi (Christchurch). From stories of gathering mahinga kai on the banks of the river, iconic explorers, the city's change makers to modern art and architecture this is a perfect way to explore the central city.



Price
$45.00 per person includes indigenous tour guide and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%.

Available tours
Saturday 8 February 2025
Sunday 9 February 2025


Akaroa and Akaroa Harbour cruise

8.45 am to approximately 5.30 pm
8.30 am meet in lobby at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.

Travel to Akaroa via the Sign of Takahe, Sign of Kiwi, Governors Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere, Lake Forsyth and Little River. Stop en-route at the Barry’s Bay Cheese factory and sample some fine New Zealand cheeses.

Visit the beautiful unspoilt old French whaling town of Akaroa. A charming small township nestled in an inner harbour bay of Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula. The township contains a host of historic buildings, craft and gift shops together with a multitude of idyllic photo opportunities. Lunch is on our own at your own expense. In the afternoon enjoy the 2 hour Akaroa Harbour Cruise. During the cruise you may see dolphins, penguins and seals.

Price
$250.00 per person includes road transport, driver/guide, Akaroa Harbour cruise, cheese tasting and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%.

Available tour
Tuesday 11 February 2025


Guided walking tour of Christchurch Botanic Gardens

9.45 am to approximately 12 noon
9.30 am meet in lobby at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre
9.45 am walk to Christchurch Botanic Gardens
10.00 am to approximately 12 noon guided walking tour of the gardens    

Founded in 1863 with the planting of an English oak tree, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are extensive and contain an impressive array of plant collections that delight at any time of year.    

Highlights include:

- Spectacular formal bedding displays have been a feature of the Armstrong Lawn since the late 19th century.    

- The Rose Garden is formal in design and ideally situated near the conservatories in a sunny, sheltered site away from large trees. Nestled comfortably on the southwest aspect of the conservatory complex, this area of the Gardens gets good protection from prevailing winds

- Believed to be the longest herbaceous border in a public garden in the Southern Hemisphere, this border with its rich tapestry of colour, texture and scent was developed in the early 1920s.    

- The New Zealand Gardens are an important feature of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and a special place to visit.     

- These Gardens were established at its present location in the early 1900s. Over several decades this garden has evolved into a fine collection of hundreds of New Zealand species including the iconic silver fern.



Price
$20.00 per person price includes Christchurch Botanic Gardens tour guide (2 hour guided walking tour) and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%. 

Available tours
Wednesday 12 February 2025


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Conference Manager: Amy Abel 
 
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