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Fantastic Ways to Spend your Days in and Around Christchurch

Christchurch, a vibrant city of street art, parks, rivers, good food and culture. Being the largest city on the South Island, it’s a good place to start or end your trip to New Zealand. However, don’t make the mistake of overlooking this constantly evolving city of regeneration. There is so much to explore in Christchurch and is only a short trip to some other major tourist attractions. Here are a few ways you could spend your day exploring this glorious city.

Christchurch Street Art

After Christchurch was hit with a deadly earthquake in 2011, street artists took to the damaged streets to spread joy and hope with colourful displays of art. Today, Christchurch has a reputation of being one of the best cities for street art in the world. Get your hands on an art trails map and hit the streets to marvel at the work of extremely talented artists.

Spot the street art around town.

Christchurch Tramway

Board the Christchurch Tram for a tour of the city and learn more about Christchurch’s heritage and culture. Drivers will share their knowledge and point out various landmarks and sights along the way. This is the perfect way to get around the city as you can hop on and hop off as you please. The tour kicks off in New Regent Street stopping at 17 stops including some major tourist attractions including The Art Gallery, Cathedral Junction, Avon River, Canterbury Museum, and the Arts Centre.

Christchurch Art Gallery

Visit the Christchurch Art Gallery to witness a collection of art that tells a story of the history of Christchurch, its culture, memories, and ideas. Even the building itself is a work of art with its spectacular flowing glass and metal façade inspired by the River Avon. You could easily spend a day here wandering around admiring the amazing talent on display.

Adrenalin Forest Christchurch

For a day packed full of adventure and pure adrenalin, head out to Adrenalin Forest Christchurch. This aerial obstacle course stretches through the trees for more than two kilometres and is 20 metres off the ground. It will have your heart racing as you challenge yourself with a series of 100 activities. It’s completely safe and fun for the whole family. Challenge yourself and see how far you can go.

Arthur’s Pass National Park

Two hours northwest from Christchurch is the magnificent Arthur’s Pass, the highest and most spectacular pass across the Southern Alps. Jump in the car or ride onboard the TranzAlpine Train for a scenic drive to Arthur’s Pass. The national park is made up of two very different landscapes. On the eastern side, you’ll see wide riverbeds and rows of beech forest. On the western side, you’ll see dense rainforest and deeply gorged rivers. Once you have arrived at Arthur’s Pass there are many things to see and explore. There are many hiking trails to waterfalls, past massive limestone boulders, through caves, and to lookouts. If you’re travelling during winter, you can hit the ski slopes for an epic day of downhill action. Visit Arthur’s Pass Village and Visitor Centre for more information on things to do in the area.

Orana Wildlife Park

Here’s one for all you animal lovers, just 15 minutes from Christchurch Airport is Orana Wildlife Park. Set in 80 hectares, this wildlife park is home to a range of animals from Africa, Australia, Asia, New Zealand, and South America including lions, giraffes, rhinos, gorillas, meerkats, buffalo, tigers, gibbons, and more. There are many experiences to get up close and personal with the animals including hand-feeding a giraffe, meeting a rhino, lion encounters, and more.

Punting on the Avon River

To explore the city by boat, join Christchurch’s iconic attraction, Punting on the Avon River. Punting tours are on handcrafted flat-bottomed boats with a Punter dressed in traditional Edwardian attire slowly propelling you along the water. Depart from Antigua Boat Shed and pass by weeping willows, woodlands, and the banks of Hagley Park alongside the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. To explore Christchurch’s central city, depart from Worcester Street Bridge. These eco-friendly tours take around 30 minutes, so you have plenty of time to squeeze in other activities or do nothing at all.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens to see a beautiful display of plants and flowers that change as the seasons do. Spreading over 21 hectares, you will see a large collection of exotic and local flora and fauna. In spring, some of the flowers on display are magnolias, roses, bearded irises, azaleas, and blossoms. In summer enjoy roses, dahlias, hydrangeas, and begonias. In Autumn enjoy the warm colours of the Autumn leaf display as well as hydrangeas, roses, begonias, and cyclamen. In winter you with find a range of orchids, cyclamen, and magnolias. In true Christchurch form, there is art on display around the gardens. You will also find a café, playground, and paddling pool that the kids will absolutely love. It’s the perfect place to spend a few hours wandering around and playing amongst nature.

From the stunning flowers in Spring to the colourful foliage in Autumn.

Quake City

In 2011, Christchurch was tragically struck by a deadly earthquake shattering the lives of many. A visit to Quake City will give you a better understanding of the science behind the earthquake how it affected those that lived through it. It’s packed with interesting displays and interactives suitable for all ages. See how this earthquake shaped this resilient city during a time of great loss, but also hope, courage and love.

Christchurch Gondola

For a bird’s eye view over the city of Christchurch, Lyttleton Harbour and beyond, take a trip in the Christchurch Gondola for a unique experience exploring the city from up above. Enjoy 360-degree views of the snow-capped Southern Alps, Canterbury Plains and sparkling waters of Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean. From the summit station, take a walk on one of the many walking tracks or learn more about Christchurch’s history on the Christchurch Discovery ride. Each Gondola fits four people so you can share an exclusive experience with your loved ones.

Where to Stay

Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch is only 15 minutes from Christchurch’s CBD and airport. The kids will love the pool, water slide, jumping pillow, and playground and the adults will love its proximity to local cafes, shops, markets, and stunning natural surrounds. Accommodation options range from standard studios that sleep two to a four-bedroom house that sleeps 11. There are also powered and unpowered sites for camping or parking your caravan. It’s the perfect place to rest your head when visiting Christchurch, so don’t delay and book today.

Must Stay Oceanfront Cabins

There is nothing quite like a getaway to the coast. The beautiful sea breeze, the salty air, the laidback lifestyle, and that relaxing feeling that takes over when you see that big blue ocean. And what better place to stay on your coastal getaway than a waterfront cabin on the beach. There’s an element of simplicity when staying in a waterfront cabin. There’s no need to get the car out, the kids can run down to the beach excited for another day of sand, sea, and surf. Plus, there is nothing better than falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing onto the shore. So where are the best places to stay to experience all this and more? We have listed our best waterfront cabins below for your next seaside adventure.

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Tasman Holiday Parks – Nambucca Heads

For a holiday that is like stepping back to a simpler time look no further than the quiet coastal town of Nambucca Heads. Situated midway between Sydney and Brisbane, you’ll find the perfect coastal playground where you can enjoy picturesque beaches, water sports, fishing, walking and bike trails, and more. Tasman Holiday Parks – Nambucca Heads offers a range of accommodation, but for the most beachfront you can’t go past the Beach Huts. These modern two bedroom, 5 berth, Beach Huts are a short stroll from the beach and open onto the beach reserve. Great for families, they offer a Queen bed with a Bunk bed and Single bed in the second bedroom. The kids will simply love this NSW caravan park with swimming pools, water slides, kids club, playground, jumping pillow and more.

Tasman Holiday Parks – Racecourse Beach

On the south coast of New South Wales is a stunning little beach called Racecourse Beach. There is so much here to keep you entertained from amazing fishing spots, surfing, bushwalking, and wining and dining. To stay somewhere waterfront with ocean views, book your stay at Tasman Holiday Parks – Racecourse Beach. We have Deluxe Beachside Villas that sleeps eight people with three bedrooms. For something a little more upmarket, stay in our Premium Beachfront Villas in either a two-bedroom villa sleeping six or a three-bedroom villa sleeping eight. These modern and comfortable villas will have you relaxing in no time. Sit back on your balcony with a glass of vino and a cheese platter as you take in the ocean views.

Discover the beauty of the South Coast

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Tasman Holiday Parks – Rowes Bay

For a tropical escape in north Queensland, visit the vibrant beachside city of Townsville. Whether you’re a family, couple, group or travelling solo there is something to suit everyone’s taste including fishing, water sports, arts, culture, sports, and natural wonders. At Tasman Holiday Parks – Rowes Bay we have Oceanview Villas with stunning views overlooking the ocean. These studios sleep six people so it’s perfect for the whole family. Sit out on your private balcony and enjoy the tropical air whilst looking out to sea.

Tasman Holiday Parks – South Mission Beach

Relax where the rainforest meets the reef at South Mission Beach. Located just two hours from Cairns, on the Cassowary Coast, it’s the closest access point to the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. Tasman Holiday Parks – South Mission Beach has two-bedroom Beachfront Villas transporting you to your holiday dreams with stunning views of Dunk Island. Our Beachside Villas sleep four people and have the option for easy accessibility. Dine out on your private balcony or enjoy your morning coffee in absolute paradise. There are loads of facilities to keep the kids entertained with swimming pools, waterslides, half tennis/basketball court, and games room. It’s the perfect place to put your feet up and embrace the laid-back tropical lifestyle.

Tasman Holiday Parks – Rollingstone

Located just a 40-minute drive north of Townsville is a beautiful place called Rollingstone. With plenty of tropical islands and coral reefs to explore, it’s the perfect place to escape the southern winter. There is so much to do from bush walks, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, golfing and more. For the perfect beachside experience stay in one of our Beachside Cabins and Tasman Holiday Parks – Rollingstone. Our waterfront options include the two-bedroom Oceanview Cabin which is just back from the beach. We also have the two-bedroom Waterfront Cabin which has a balcony boasting ocean views. If you are travelling with a larger group, we have the three-bedroom Beachfront Villa that sleeps eight people. Enjoy idyllic views of the Coral Sea from the living area and beachfront balcony. For something a little more boujie stay in the two-bedroom Beachfront Spa Villa. Here you can unwind at the end of the day in your own spa bath or finish the night with a cold drink on the balcony overlooking the ocean.

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Tasman Holiday Parks – St Helens

On the northeast coast of Tasmania, you will find a vibrant little town called St Helens. St Helens is a world-renowned destination of fresh food, wine, and adventure. With some of the best game fishing spots in Australia and the Bay of Fires at your doorstep, it’s the perfect place to stay on your next coastal holiday. Tasman Holiday Parks – St Helens has a few beachfront options with stunning views over Georges Bay. Choose from our Bay View Studio sleeping two people or our Bay View Cabins that can sleep four, five or six people. Sit out on your veranda for uninterrupted ocean views. The kids will love the playground, indoor recreation room and jumping pillow.

Holiday overlooking beautiful Georges Bay

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Tasman Holiday Parks – Yallingup Beach

Yallingup Beach is situated about a three hours’ drive south of Perth in the Margaret River region. It’s the perfect spot for good food and wine, stunning beaches, rugged coastline, and all-round fun times in the great outdoors. Check out the nearby Busselton Jetty and visit the underwater observatory or explore the Ngilgi Caves to see crystal formations. At Tasman Holiday Parks – Yallingup Beach we have beautiful waterfront cabins where you can fall asleep and wake up to the magical sounds of the ocean. Stay in the Seaview Cabin that sleeps four people. This cabin has a deck that overlooks the stunning Yallingup Beach. The perfect spot to start and end your day in this beautiful part of the world.

Wherever you take your next seaside vacation, Tasman Holiday Parks offer a clean and comfortable place to stay where you can relax, unwind, and make beautiful memories. That’s what holidays are all about. Book your holiday today and take one step closer to that coastal holiday you’ve been dreaming of.

Best New Zealand Getaways to Take in 2022

After the past two years we have all had, 2022 is our year. It’s the year we all dust off our suitcases, pile the fam into the car and go explore. And what better part of the world to visit than New Zealand. New Zealand has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world with its magnificent snow-capped peaks, lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and beautiful wildlife. Whether it’s adventure or relaxation you’re after, there is something here for everyone. But where to first? We have five New Zealand getaways we think are a must for 2022. So go on, start planning, and let’s explore.

North Island

Papamoa Beach

Papamoa Beach is a beautiful and peaceful place within the Bay of Plenty. It has amazing scenery, some of the best surf on the island, plenty of adventure, and relaxation. Spend the day hiking or cycling along the trails, throw a line in to catch a fish or two, meet the friendly local dolphins or lay back and do absolutely nothing. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining with something to suit everyone’s tastebuds. Check out our foodies’ guide to Papamoa Beach to find out the best food spots in town.

Getting there

Papamoa Beach is about a three-and-a-half-hour drive south of Auckland or just under a two-hour drive from Hamilton. Alternatively, you can fly into Tauranga Airport and drive about 20 minutes to Papamoa Beach.

Discover the beauty of the South Coast

Where to stay

Tasman Holiday Parks – Papamoa Beach for the perfect place to unwind after a day of adventure or relaxation. You can’t get any more beachfront than this friendly, laid-back holiday park. There is a range of accommodation available including campsites, caravan sites, cabins, units, and villas.

Waihi Beach

Set along a nine-kilometre stretch of a white sandy shore in the Western Bay of Plenty is Waihi Beach. This vibrant little coastal village boasts great surf breaks, fishing spots, hiking trails, shops, and dining options. Some things you must see are the Owharoa Falls, Karangahake Gorge, Goldfields Railway, and the Waihi Beach heritage trails to learn more about the history of this area.

Getting there

Waihi Beach is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive south-east of Auckland or a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Hamilton. Alternatively, you can fly into Tauranga Airport and drive an hour north to Waihi Beach.

Where to stay

Tasman Holiday Park – Beachaven is situated just 100 metres from the beach, putting you front and centre to all this laid-back coastal town has to offer. It’s a safe, friendly holiday park set on four acres of land where relaxation is the name of the game. We have a wide range of accommodation options including cabins, lodges, motel units and campsites to cater for all walks of life from families, couples to single travellers. Even the family dog can come along as this is a New Zealand pet friendly caravan park.

Another great place to stay is Tasman Holiday Parks – Waihi Beach situated on the north end of Waihi Beach. It’s the perfect spot to relax by the heated pool and spa or enjoy the warm, quiet space in the sauna. The kids will absolutely love the playground, jumping pillow, under 5’s family room, kids hang out room and hire items including buggies, bikes, boards and more. Get closer to nature with beachside camping or enjoy the creature comforts with motel units, self-contained units, or cabins. No matter who you are travelling with or what your budget is, there is something for everyone.

South Island

Te Anau

Over on New Zealand’s South Island you will find Te Anau, a picturesque town offering both adventure and relaxation. Explore the many walking tracks including Milford Track, Routeburn Track and the Kepler Track. You should also check out the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves and watch in awe as these limestone caves light up with thousands of spectacular glow worms. The main attraction here is the jaw-dropping natural wonder of Milford Sound. Travel in style to the eighth wonder of the world in a luxury Mercedes coach from Te Anau. It’s the ultimate way to see and experience its wonderous waterfalls, dark waters, and stunning surroundings.

Holiday overlooking beautiful Georges Bay

Getting there

Te Anau is situated just a two-hour drive from Queenstown or three-and-a-half-hours drive from Dunedin.

Where to stay

Tasman Holiday Parks – Te Anau has a large range of accommodation options available for everyone’s needs and budgets. Camp out under the stars with powered and non-powered campsites, or enjoy the comfort of home with units, lodges, cabins, motel rooms, apartments and houses available. If relaxation is your thing, this five-star holiday park has hot tubs to soak in whilst looking out over the stunning Lake Te Anau. After your spa, jump in the Hobbiton inspired barrel sauna for the ultimate relaxation experience. Travelling with kids? They’ll love the jumping pillow, games room, playground, TV room bikes and go-karts to hire plus more.


Set against a backdrop of alps and ocean, you will find the South Island’s largest city, Christchurch. You will find plenty to see and do from spectacular scenery, adventurous sports and mouth-watering dining and wineries. The best way to explore the city is on board a beautifully restored Christchurch tram. The city itself is full of culture, art, and cutting-edge architecture. To escape the city, take a scenic drive through the country to the twin delights of Akaroa and Hanmer Springs. Make sure you stop at the thermal pools in Hanmer Springs where you can take a dip or glide down the many water slides. Finish off the day with a pit stop at a winery of your choice.

There are plenty of options to get amongst nature from hiking in Arthur’s Pass National Park, spotting fur seals, whales, or dolphins at Kaikōura or travelling through the Southern Alps on board the TranzApline Railway.

Getting there

Christchurch has an airport or it’s just under a six-hour drive north-east of Queenstown.

Where to Stay

Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch is only 15 minutes from Christchurch’s CBD and airport. The kids will love the pool, water slide, jumping pillow, and playground and the adults will love its proximity to local cafes, shops, markets and stunning natural surrounds. Accommodation options range from standard studios that sleep two to a four-bedroom house that sleeps 11. There’s powered and unpowered sites for camping or parking your caravan. There is an option here to suit everyone’s travel style and budget.

Put these New Zealand destinations on your travel list and book today.