A range of social tours will be offered for participating delegates and accompanying persons. Limited tickets may be available for purchase from the Registration Desk.

Meeting point: All tours will depart from the Rydges Latimer.

The tours at a glance - click on the tour for more information:

1 May
ST1 - Tranz Alpine Day Tour
Time: 7.00 – 18.05
Fee: 115 EUR - 200 NZD

ST2 - Christchurch Sightseeing
Time: 13.00 - 16.30
Fee: 38 EUR - 65 NZD
Charity Run / Walk
Time: 17.00 -
Fee: Donation to FIG Foundation / ActionMap
Meeting point: Hagley park
2 May
ST3 - Akaroa
Time:  9.00 - 17.30
Fee: 100 EUR - 175 NZD
ST4 - Willowbank Wildlife Park
3 May
ST5 - Waipara Wine Tour
Time:  10.00 - 17.00
Fee: 50 EUR - 85 NZD
ST6 - Retail Tour / bus Cancelled
4 May
ST7 - Lord of the Rings
Time: 9.00 -  18.00
Feet: 105 EUR
ST8 - 4WDJet Adventure Tour
Time:  8.30 - 15.30
Fee: 106 EUR
5 May
ST9 - Kaikoura Whale Watch
Time: 8.30 - 18.30
Fee: 105 EUR - 180 NZD
ST10 - Farm Tour

6 May
ST11 - Hanmer Springs
ST12 - Cooking class ST13 - Hosted Galleries
ST14 - Rugby Game
Time: 19.35
Fee: 45 EUR - 70 NZD

7 May
ST15 - Golf

Please note, all tours have a limited number of seats available.  All tours are based on a minimum number of participants. If this number is not reached, alternative places will be allocated strictly in order of receipt of bookings. Where participants cancel their tour bookings prior to 2 February 2016, payment will be refunded in full. Thereafter, no refund will be made.

Sunday 1 May 2016

ST1 - TranzAlpine Train Journey East to West –Full day 

Time: 8.15 – 18.05
Fee: 115 EUR - 200 NZD

One of the world’s greatest train journeys - cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. Traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. Explore the West Coast town of Greymouth before returning back to Christchurch in the early evening.

A Red Bus will collect you from Rydges Latimer Hotel, 30 Latimer Square, Christchurch on Sunday morning at 7am to transport you to the Train Station for an 8.15am departure.  The train will return 6.05pm.  A Red Bus will take you back to Rydges Latimer Hotel.

Alternatively you can make your own way to the Train Station, Troup Drive, Tower Junction.  You will need to be there at least 20 minutes prior to departure time.

Food and beverage can be purchased on board.  We suggest you pack a warm jacket and bring your camera.

Your tickets will be available at the train station – look for the red FIG teeshirt.


ST2 - Christchurch Sightseeing PLUS The Tannery Shopping Emporium – 4.5hrs                  

Time: 13.00 - 16.30
Fee: 38 EUR - 65 NZD

Viewing from the top deck of a fully refurbished London Double Decker – the very best way to see Christchurch – the central rebuild area with some fascinating new developments, innovative street artworks and the surrounds which will showcase the Port Hills, Sumner Beach coastal village and one of Christchurch’s most beautiful homestead gardens. Finish with a little time to browse the shops in a unique out of town location.

Charity Run / Walk

Time: 17.00 -
Fee: Donation to FIG Foundation / ActionMap

Join us - for our 5k charity walk/run. Everybody can do it - it’s all about the joined activity with our friends and colleagues.

REGISTER (click to register - everyone is invited)

We want to do good - and give back. With this charity walk/run we will support

The course is set in Christchurch’s Hagley Park. Located centrally within the city. All you need to bring is comfy shoes!


Monday 2 May 2016

ST3 - Akaroa including Cheese Factory– Full day

Time:  9.00 - 17.30
Fee: 100 EUR - 175 NZD

A beautiful scenic journey across the unique Banks Peninsula – so much to do and so much to see. The outing will be punctuated with stops at some unique locations including Gallery Cafes, the boutique Barrys Bay Cheese factory and the perfect spot for the perfect photo.  You will enjoy some time on your own to explore this beautiful French village before returning to Christchurch.


  1. Option 1: Giants House Sculpture Garden and Home @ 2.30pm 
  2. Option 2: Wildlife Cruise @ 1.30pm

Itinerary accommodates both options
Requirements: warm jacket, flat shoes (on boat)

ST4 - Willowbank Wildlife Park – 4 hrs - cancelled

Visiting Willowbank allows you to participate in a story.  Not just a Wildlife Park as you will see in other parts of the world, Willowbank is a holistic New Zealand experience combining conservation, culture and is your opportunity to experience New Zealand’s endangered wildlife in a natural setting.

Ko Tane, a living Maori Village,  Cultural Experience and Guided Tour – an authentic cultural Maori experience that will leave you with an insight into pre-European Maori culture and lifestyles. A special blend of tradition and inspiration.

Tuesday 3 May 2016

ST5 - Waipara Valley Wineries – Full day

Time:  9.00 - 17.00
Fee: 50 EUR - 85 NZD
Includes 4 wineries and platter luncheon

A short distance north of Christchurch is the Waipara Valley, in recent years discovered as the perfect region for vineyard tendering.  Dotted with an array of wineries from boutique family run to larger commercial operations, we have selected our favourites for some tastings including fascinating information from the growers themselves straight from their cellar doors. A relaxed luncheon at a popular garden vineyard will be included.

ST6 - Shopping Extravaganza - cancelled

A selection of Christchurch’s premium and unique shopping locations including the unique Re:Start Container Shopping Mall, one of Christchurch’s most innovative central city malls, bordered by the famous Ballantynes Department store, a significant part of Christchurch’s tradition. The quaint art Deco New Regent Street and The Tannery, a beautiful Victorian shopping arcade created out of an old tannery site.  If time permits, explore the galleries of the seaside village of Sumner.

Wednesday 4 May 2016

ST7 - Lord of the Rings – Journey to Edoras – Full day

Time: 9.00 -  18.00
Fee: 105 EUR - 175 NZD
Includes champagne picnic lunch

This unique journey into the remote and beautiful Canterbury High Country will leave lasting memories of a location with a remarkable story.  Our replica swords and weapons will enhance photo opportunities as our specialist guides bring the site to life again, pointing out landscape features and sharing stories from the cast and crew who worked onsite. Breathtaking scenery including a full mountain panorama and sparkling High Country lakes and rivers. A champagne picnic lunch tops the outing off.

Requirements: warm jacket and good walking shoes

ST8 - 4WD and Jetboat Adventure Tour – 5 hrs

Time:  8.30 - 15.30
Fee: 106 EUR - 185 NZD
Includes lunch

Travel across the Canterbury Plains to the edge of the braided Rakaia River, board the famous Discovery Jet for an exhilarating journey through the river canyons. A few spins will be a highlight of the trip. Board the 4WD vehicles and travel across a High Country station, through native NZ bush to elevations according fantastic vistas, enjoy a typical kiwi BBQ lunch in a rustic country setting.

Requiremwents: warm jacket and closed in walking shoes (all wet gear for Jetboating will be supplied)

Thursday 5 May 2016

ST9 - Kaikoura Whale Watch – Full day

Time: 8.30 - 18.30
Fee: 105 EUR -200 NZD
Includes lunch

Venturing up the East Coast will build an outing full of surprises visiting a Seal Colony, enjoying a drop of wine tasting and taking in the famous Whale Watch experience aboard the specially designed catamaran vessels ideal for premium viewing and preservation of the environment. A coastal journey beginning through the picturesque Waipara Valley Wine Region, continuing to travel along the sea coast to Kaikoura.

Requirements: warm Jacket and flat shoes (no heels on the boat)

ST10 - Farm Tour and demonstration including Alpacas – 4 hrs 

Time: 13.00- 16.30
Fee: 38 EUR - 65 NZD
Includes afternoon tea

Visit a typical High Country Station where you will be welcomed with true Kiwi hospitality as your host demonstrates some typical New Zealand farm practices. In the middle of this working farm, surrounded by rolling hills and high mountains, with native forest you will hear birdsong in every direction.

Requirements: warm jacket and closed in shoes

Friday 6 May 2016

ST11 - Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve – Full day - cancelled

Time:  9.00 - 17.30
Fee: 63 EUR
Does not include lunch—lunch at leisure

Travelling north today will be all about relaxing. Hanmer Springs is a popular little village with a big vision to create an award winning complex of relaxing rock pools, soothing sulphur pools, an array of water jets and bubbles - at a range of temperatures. The village offers unique shopping and some cool little cafes or if you are feeling energetic, take a bush walk up the famous Conical Hill for magical views before boarding the coach to rest as you journey back to Christchurch.

Swim gear including towel (or can hire at own expense)
Walking shoes for walk up Conical Hill

ST12 - Cooking Class – Kiwi Cuisine – 3hrs - cancelled

Time: 13.30 - 16.30
Fee: 63 EUR

A fun experience right in the heart of Christchurch, where an award-winning chef will involve you in some unique dishes that are sure to impress. Capture some great tips from the best – bring your culinary interest and a healthy appetite and enjoy!

ST13 - Galleries Tour including NZ Cheese/Wine – cancelled 

Time: 13.00- 16.30
Fee: 38 EUR

A special insight into Christchurch’s art culture. Hosted by those who know, this tour is sure to engage and delight those with an eye for the creative.  The art culture in Christchurch has been a significant part of the rebuild. Your tour will not only include some of Christchurch’s leading boutique galleries but will also ensure a feast of street art and installations are showcased.

ST14 - Rugby

Time: 19.35
Location: AMI Stadium, Addington Christchurch
Price: 45 EUR package includes undercover seating on the 22m line plus a Crusaders cap, poster and flag


Saturday 7 May 2016

ST15 - Golf in the Canterbury High Country – Cancelled 

Time: 8.00- 18.30 
Fee: 106 EUR

Travel across the Canterbury Plains and head for the Hills to enjoy a day on the green in a spectacular location at the foot of the Southern Alps.  A delicious lunch at the famous resort location will punctuate a most memorable day.

Requirements: warm clothing and flat walking shoes (of course)


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