Day trip

Christchurch: Guided Crater Rim Walk in Banks Peninsula

Activity provider: Crater Rim Walks

Christchurch: Guided Crater Rim Walk in Banks Peninsula

Activity provider: Crater Rim Walks

From US$ 125.57 per person

Enjoy a full-day guided walk around a spectacular extinct volcano. Marvel at world-class views over oceans and mountains, and unique walking experiences with an amazing local guide. Picnic included.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
We offer hotel pick within a 5km radius of the City Centre, or can arrange a place to meet in the city. We also pick up cruise passengers at the Lyttleton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street. There are free shuttles running between the port and this location (5-minute's drive). Your guide will park and come into the reception of your accommodation, or meet you on foot outside the Lyttelton Information Centre. They will be wearing a black top with the company logo on it.
Private or small groups available


  • Walk the Crater Rim Track surrounding the caldera of the ancient volcano
  • Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch at a picturesque location
  • Learn about the history of the area from your experienced local guide
  • Visit many historical sites along the way
  • One of Christchurch's top shore excurtions
Full description
Enjoy a full-day guided walk on Banks Peninsula, an amazing outdoor playground for everybody visiting Christchurch. No more than a 30-minute ride from Christchurch city, enjoy an exhilarating walk around the Crater Rim Track surrounding the caldera of the ancient volcano. Marvel at the amazing views of the rugged Pacific coastline stretching across Pegasus Bay to the often snow-covered Southern Alps as well as the picturesque Lyttelton harbor and wide expanses of the Pacific Ocean. The walk provides the opportunity to see and experience New Zealand at its very best. You can choose between a shared walking tour or a private guided walking tour. Begin your journey with pickup from your accommodation from your guide. On the drive to the site of the walk, listen to your guide's entertaining tales of the history of Christchurch and learn about the people who live here. Hot drinks will be provided at a local café as you prepare your hiking equipment with your guide, and receive a lunch box and refreshments before the walk commences. On the walk, immerse yourself in the stunning natural surroundings of New Zealand and feel the refreshing wind in your hair. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way, and the chance to hear more about the history of the area during your walk. Take a pause from the walk to enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch at a picturesque location, here the tour often stops at a little bay which can only be reached by foot or by boat. Marvel at the abundant local bird and marine life in the area while you enjoy your meal. After lunch, join your guide on the walk back to your transportation for a relaxing drive back to your accommodation in Christchurch.
  • Return transportation from Christchurch or Lyttelton
  • Walking sticks, day bag, and complimentary water bottle
  • Light morning refreshments and coffee/tea
  • Gourmet picnic lunch
  • Small group or private group tour
  • Available as a shore excursion from Lyttelton

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Warm clothing
    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Rain gear
    • Comfortable clothes

    Know before you go

    • You will need comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat, sunblock, a water bottle, and a jacket
    • The local partner will be in contact with you via email the day before your walk with a weather report and any specifics for the day. Please ensure you provide up-to-date contact information.
    • The total trip duration is approximately 6 hours from hotel pick up to drop off. During this time you can expect 3-4 hours of walking time, and to cover a distance of approximately 8 kilometers on foot
    • There are four different walks available, your guide will choose the best walk for the day depending on the weather and track conditions
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 5 reviews

    Review summary

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    We highly recommend this tour if you come into port at Lyttleton or are in the Christchurch area. Nicole did a great job of communicating what we could expect well in advance of the tour and flexing our pick up time based on the weather forecast. That’s customer service!! She packed a lovely picnic lunch and water bottles, provided walking sticks and guided us at the pace we were comfortable with, stopping as frequently as we wanted to take photos. She is very knowledgeable about the history of the area. Wonderful way to spend time in port!

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    October 30, 2022

    November 3, 2022

    Nicole is the ultimate tour guide. She thought of everything. Great hike with beautiful views.

    March 5, 2020

    Product ID: 214161