Views of a shaky past from above
This tour is a great day trip for groups, families, people with a few hours to spare or those just looking to embrace the dynamic history of Christchurch. You will get to see some of the dramatic after-effects of multiple earthquakes and how the city has raised from the ashes to become recognised globally as an architectural powerhouse.
- Get a local’s knowledge of the best Christchurch hotspots.
- Head out on a city tour with focus on earthquake history and rebuilds.
- A beautiful drive winding up the Port Hills overlooking a stunning 360-degree view of the city, mountains and ocean.
- An easy, rewarding hike at Godley Head, overlooking multiple bays
- Round off with more history on our only WW2 barracks and an abandoned defence fort.
I'm a 50-something woman enjoying a second teenagehood. I'm a glider pilot who's discovered the spiritual bond I feel in the air extends to the earth and the bush. I'm a writer by profession, a storyteller by inclination, and I have a wide knowledge of the New Zealand bush, its trees, birds, insects, the earth below it and the sky above. People who come hiking with me will feel welcome in the wilderness. I'll share the stories of the place and help you see the small things that you may not know to even look for. We'll take our time. Hiking with me is about being in the here and now, looking, listening, smelling and connecting to the land. I am not about rushing to make it to the end, just to tick a journey off the list. I'll tell you my stories but I also want to hear yours. This is your journey, your trip and I want to make it the best experience you can have.
How We'll Start The Day
Did you know you can walk around the rim of an extinct volcano just half an hour out of Christchurch?
Join me for a day in our beautiful Garden City, where we’ll combine a rewarding hike with my unique city tour showing you just how much the Christchurch Earthquake has changed the life of Cantabrians.
A born and bred Kiwi, I am proud to call Canterbury home and can’t wait to share my stories with you. There is much to see and our visitors often miss the best and most interesting local spots – time to change that!
We’ll start the day like all Kiwis do, with a coffee. After we meet at your chosen location, let’s ease into the day with a brew and breakfast at one of my favourite local cafes. This is a great chance to get to know each other and talk about anything extra you’d like to do today.
Afterwards, we’ll jump in the car and head off on the city tour. This takes me back! I’ve run Earthquake tours for many years and know some great locations for you to experience and understand the power of mother nature. Although the city has done well to build much of the rubble back up, there is noticeable evidence of seismic activity like raised streets and old, crumbled buildings. While we do this, you’ll get an idea of how and why the city is shadowed by those beautiful Port Hills, which are directly influenced by volcanic and earthquake activity themselves.
History of WW2
Once we’ve explored enough of the city, we’ll head towards the Port Hills for a short walk around the Banks Peninsula. Godley Head is a rewarding day track on top of 120m high cliffs, featuring beautiful coastal views and a historic defence fort. You can still explore three gun emplacements and several military buildings, thanks to the ongoing restoration work.
If you’re up for exploring the diverse history and hidden sights of Christchurch in a simple, relaxed tour, this is your trip!
All tours require the proper gear to ensure you’re having the time of your life, and are well prepared if things go south. It’s the real and rugged New Zealand out there!
750ML Water Bottle
Sunscreen & hat
Warm hat & gloves (March to October)
Warm hiking layer
Cutlery & cup
Personal First Aid Kit
There are add-on extras for this tour. These are the little things that’ll either make your Adventure easier to organise or more rugged - your choice. You can add these during the booking process.
Photographs of Your Adventure
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Q & A
Your Bushman has added a couple of answers to questions other Visitors have asked in the past to help you with your booking plans. Once you book a tour, you'll be in direct contact with your Bushman for more support.
Is this suitable for families with young children?
Certainly! Christchurch is a special city and has much on offer for young and old. Children should be under close supervision while we walk the Godley Head trail, but the track is easy going and has plenty of interesting sights like the defence battery to keep everyone entertained, not to mention some great farm life and local knowledge from myself.
Is the Earthquake Tour customizable?
While I’ve led Earthquake Tours for several years and know the best local spots, I understand that being in a foreign city is always exciting and there is much to see and choose from. Contact me through the chat function once you’ve booked and we can plan our day and stop at special sights you’d like to visit!
Do I need hiking boots for Godley Head?
Please bring either hiking boots or trainers with grip, as the track can get a bit muddy and includes some uphill sections. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Here’s a few answers to the more general questions about the whole journey. You can visit our help and support area for any further information or contact us via the chat function.
What is the refund and cancellation policy?
Bushman Tours sets a standard cancellation policy that can be found via our Terms & Conditions. This is globally set at 48 hours notice. However, Bushmen may add to this depending on the requirements for the Adventure (e.g. - hiring gear and renting equipment on your behalf). The final policy will be located at the bottom of the checkout, or you can reach out to us to check.
What happens if the tour is cancelled due to weather?
In most cases, the Bushman can arrange another day to run your tour, but this also comes down to when you're available if travelling through New Zealand. We recommend ensuring you have insurance for cancellation of any tours. If the Bushman has to cancel due to a health risk, we will call you to arrange another option.
What gear do I need?
Although we have a minimum requirement of gear, you will need the right equipment and gear that is relevant to the Adventure you're booking. This is usually found at the bottom of each tour page, but for our minimum, please visit our FAQs & blog page.
Can I hire gear/equipment?
In some circumstances, your Bushman will have equipment for you to hire. This is available to browse and book through the checkout. We may also have options through our checkout. Although you may be able to borrow gear during the tour, it's important to reserve it now.
What food shall I bring?
Depending on the length, this can vary. Your Bushman will advise on the tour page what is recommended for this particular Adventure, but typically, what we offer at checkout via the add-ons section is what you'll need. Keep it lightweight and nutritious if you buy your own.
Where do I meet my Bushman?
We always try to pick the closest iSite (Visitor Centre) to your Adventure's location. Instructions on precisely where to meet are sent after the booking is made. However, you can also message your Bushman and arrange another location as long as it's close enough to the region.
How much extra is it to add family/friends onto the booking?
If you book and find that more people want to come with you, we can arrange to add them onto the booking (this is dependant on the Bushman's preference to the number of people to take out). The more that book on the original checkout option, the cheaper the fee for each individual - so spread the word before you go to book! Please note, you cannot add or bring extra people 48 hours before the tour starts.
Can I talk to my Bushman before the Adventure?
Absolutely! Once you book, you will be able to login and chat directly to your Bushman through a private, secure chat. Here you can arrange some extras you would like to do, timings for pick up and much more.
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