Arrive into Christchurch
Choose through us how you arrive into Christchurch whether it is by air or land. We will ensure your travel preferences are in keeping with the arrangements we have made for you and we will make it easy to maximise the experiences you have chosen through us.
Our very special, professional, and incredibly knowledgeable host, local Geoff will be there to greet you personally and ensure your arrival runs to perfection. No delays in luggage or check-ins, everything is designed to run smoothly for you to maximise your journey with us.
As your luggage is stowed for you, sit back and relax and enjoy your private and very informative exploration around Christchurch with someone who can treat you to the “real” knowledge, the “real” stories, and the “real tips” on ensuring you know the Christchurch today, yesterday and through history.
Imagine after learning such interesting facts, arriving at your perfect evening retreat so you can freshen whilst Geoff arranges to have you taken and returned safely to your evening eatery when you are ready. Geoff as your personal concierge will have ensured the best table at the best place to dine all set up around his great knowledge of the local eateries and your favourites when it comes to cuisine.
Dine in the heart of the garden city and enjoy your company with each other before being returned to your gorgeous overnight escape with plenty of time to enjoy a great evening, a nightcap, and a perfect night’s sleep.
Day 2. Akaroa
Arise to a new morning with a delicious breakfast and enjoy a morning of peace, tranquillity and service.
When you are ready, begin your next adventure by popping into either your own car or the car we have arranged outside for you and self-drive the route we have specially designed to take in the 90-minute scenic drive to Akaroa via the picture perfect Lake Forsyth, Ellesmere and Banks Peninsula. Stop in at the quaint village of Little River, once centred around an old historic railway station now with Arts & Crafts, coffee and ice-cream. Or maybe you’d like to buy some fresh seasonal produce for the journey from the local orchard. Cheskin Orchard’s fruit bags are an absolute must as you make your way to the best hilltop view of Akaroa Harbour.
Continuing on your journey to Barry’s Bay for a brief visit to the local cheese factory with a taste of their extensive award-winning range. Try the aged Cumin Gouda or Peppered Havarti or perhaps a smooth Cheddar – a Barry’s Bay speciality since 1895 .
Arriving in Akaroa, this might be the time to stop in for a light lunch at one of our superb venues as you ready yourself for an incredible harbour cruise.
Climb on-board and head out into the deep blue harbour for a spectacular two hour discovery of Akaroa and it’s native wildlife. Now an extinct volcanic crater, allow your crew to show you secret sea caves and volcanic cliffs. Watch out for a special glimpse of the endangered Hector’s dolphins and White-flippered penguins before heading back to land.
A final outlook of this beautiful settlement to end the perfect day heads you to Summit Road, a moment to savour the view and reflect on a truly unique day. Once the sun has said its goodbye and a beautiful evening dinner has been shared at your discretion, take a short 30 minute drive to your secluded overnight accommodation and allow hosts Ron and Tanya to welcome you into their eco-green slice of heaven. They will share with you their story of Birdsong Lodge for a true experience of quintessential rural New Zealand. A fun and insightful evening before a peaceful nights rest.
Always on a mission of some description and with a colourful mix of job experiences behind them – from Dive and Boating Guide to Avalanche Forecaster to Motorbike Postie, to Hunting & Fishing Trip Expert, to Builder Par Excellence – Tanya and Ron will delight you with stories of how Birdsong Lodge evolved, of colourful local history, and of worthwhile places to visit nearby on your return to Christchurch. They will even take you on guided excursions of the district – if you have time and enthusiasm.
Tanya and Ron participate in environmental responsibility through the generation of “green” electricity (the complex is powered by a private mini hydro power system and solar panels), and by maintaining and promoting a comprehensive recycling programme. Staying at Birdsong Lodge means you can be a part of the move to keep New Zealand a greener place.
Day 3. Christchurch Return
A hearty breakfast to start the day with a hot drink of coffee or tea, explore the mature forest and established garden encompassing 24 hectares of exotic plantings. From mature pine to cedar trees and wildflowers ripe for picking. After a refreshing morning, your hosts will ensure you are set on your way feeling replenished with full stomachs and happy hearts.
Now, depending on your time of leaving will determine what other wonderful activities could be added into your day to maximise your time away. Do ask us about horse riding, nature walks, swimming with the dolphins, scenic helicopter flights, sea and harbour kayaking, ATV rides, alpaca farm tours…the list is endless! And of course we can make the most amazing little coffee shops and lunch venues serve you the most incredible food en route as you road trip back to Christchurch.
This the perfect three day – two-night getaway in which you will not only know Christchurch much more intimately but you will have been able to take our level of experience, networks, and hosting skills and incorporate the same into a journey like no other. Of course, your experience with us does not have to end there!
Extend your journey through us by visiting other destinations including Kaikoura, Maruia, Arthurs Pass and Mt Cook – Aoraki for the best way of maximising your time in the South Island. We can customise any journey to suit you by tailoring length of time and location, departing Auckland, Christchurch, or Queenstown.
We can’t wait to see you there!