- $98.00 per person – additional cost for Adventure Park activities
This tour takes you south-west first travelling through new neighbourhoods planned over a decade ago around three key principles of environmental sustainability, liveability and competitiveness, embedding the principles of ‘greenprints’ as minimum requirements for new urban areas. The next stop is to Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research to visit the Allan Herbarium being the largest herbarium in New Zealand with over 700,000 specimens, and forms part of the New Zealand National Herbarium Network. Learn about the herbarium’s history and purpose, and admire historic specimens, rare plants, as well as historic Victorian Albums. The tour then heads to Te Waihora, the largest lake in Canterbury/Waitaha and an important link in the chain of coastal lagoons and estuaries along the east coast of the South Island/Te Waipounamu. Described as the most important wetland habitat of its type in New Zealand, Te Waihora is an area of cultural, natural, historic, recreational, and commercial importance to many people. Hear about the restoration efforts through Whakaora Te Waihora, an extensive cultural and ecological restoration programme led by Ngāi Tahu and Environment Canterbury. The final stop is to the Christchurch Adventure Park, where we will discuss the increased risks from climate change, and the parks commitment to social and environmental sustainability practices. Should you choose and stay a while longer, there are options to experience the parks awesome mountain bike trails (take a lesson), travel via the chairlift to the top of the Port Hills and see some of the best views around. For those seeking some thrills fly down their ziplines, or for those less into thrill-seeking walk the loop or uphill trail.
2.5 hour optional Christchurch Adventure Park activities - Ziplining $145, Mountain Bike $130, sightseeing with lift pass and walking tracks $20