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Christchurch Attractions

Brochures for these and other wonderful Christchurch and South Island attractions are available at Motel Reception. Some bookings may be made and paid for at Apollo Motel. Inquire at Reception.



For the best kiwi viewing come to Willowbank and see our North Island Brown Kiwi in the nocturnal house.


The Transalpine ™ High Country Explorer

New Zealand’s only one day tour using train, 4×4, jet boat and coach as essential components to experience our spectacular scenery’



Orana Wildlife Park

Set on 80 hectares of park-like grounds, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s largest wildlife and conservation centre and only open range zoo. The Park is located within ten minutes drive of Christchurch International Airport and 20 minutes drive from us.


The International Antarctic Centre

Housing the Antarctic Attraction, this internationally renowned display and theme museum is adjacent to Christchurch International Airport, just 15 minutes drive from central Christchurch and 8 minutes walk from the airport terminal. Visiting the Antarctic Attraction is a great way to spend a few hours in between flights!


Hanmer Springs Hot Pools

Situated in the unique alpine village of Hanmer Springs 90 minutes drive north of Christchurch, it offers relaxing and stimulating attractions including bathing in hot pools, walks, jetboating, horse trekking, and bungy jumping.


Akaroa Harbour Cruises

Experience the local marine life of picturesque Lyttelton Harbour on a two-hour wildlife cruise aboard a catamaran. Watch the rare Hector’s Dolphins, found only in New Zealand. You’ll also engage in a spot of sightseeing and hear about the history of the area.


Skydive Tandem and New Zealand Skydiving School is based at Wigram Aerodrome, only 15 minutes from the central city, making it the only city-based skydiving centre in New Zealand. A courtesy coach is available from the central city for visitors to Christchurch wanting to experience an unforgettable skydiving adventure.


National Marae

The experience includes a powhiri and a ceremonial welcome onto the Marae including the traditional warrior challenge (Wero). Visitors are conducted on a tour of the Marae meeting houses and given a chance to sample earth oven cooking with a selection of Hangi food. The evening is completed by a performance of the Marae’s cultural group, including poi dances, action songs and the famous Haka.


Christchurch Casino

You must be 20 years of age or over to enter Christchurch Casino, restaurants or bars. Proof of age may be required. Dress Code: Smart, neat attire is required at all times; tidy jeans allowed but no track pants. Please contact reception at Apollo Motel with the free shuttle services (available 6pm – 2am).



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