Discovering a multi-cultural city and our unique spots on foot.

Kia ora | Welcome
Tēnā koutou katoa | Greetings to you all
Ko Aoraki te mauka  
Ko Waitaki te awa
Ko Pūkaki te roto
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Te Wai Pounamu te rohe
Ko Tahu Pōtiki te tipuna
Ko Kai Tahu te iwi
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa | Therefore, greetings, thrice over

Welcome to our home town of Ōtautahi | Christchurch.

We are so pleased that you chose to visit.   We are of Māori, Samoan, English and European heritage and are excited to be part of sharing the new narrative of our evolving city.

Despite the events of the past decade our city remains as a destination on the world travelers map.  With local knowledge and passion for our hometown our bespoke tours on foot combine natural beauty, exquisite dining experiences, unique trails and includes our own Māori and multi-cultural story telling.

All our tours start by meeting at one of our city’s less known spots. Once we have completed our intros, taught you about a traditional Māori greeting, we will wander our city lane ways, green spaces and heritage sights discovering hidden taonga | treasures that may never reach the guidebooks.

With so much to see, our hosted tours on foot can change to accommodate what the group is keen for on the day.

If you are jet lagged, or up for a surprise then you can simply say “surprise us” and we will include our favorite spots. and a taster of what Christchurch central offers.
Mā te wa | See you soon
Riwai, Cate and Lou

Tours on foot

Ōtākaro Oasis

uNCOVER THE INDIGENOUS history OF OUR iNNER cITY rIVER

Ōtāutahi Hikoi
Departs from the CBD on foot
This tour is currently in a research and development phase.
If you would like more information or would like to be a tester for us please
email cate@amiki.co for more information,

Noun Oasis – a fertile spot in a desert, where water is found
Synonyms:  watering hole, watering place, water hole, spring

Ōtākaro | Avon River
The Ōtākaro weaves itself through the city CBD. It’s Māori name Ōtakaro, was renamed after the Avon River in Ayrshire, home of the Deans brothers, local settler farmers in mid 1800’s. In pre-European times the Ōtakaro was an important mahinga kai site for Ngāi Tahu. It has been recorded that the inner city stretch was inhabited by Puari, a Waitaha pā stretched along the banks close to Victoria Square.

In this 60 minute tour we follow the river from the last existing working boat shed and follow the footsteps of our ancestors, bringing to life many traditional Māori narratives and ways of life.

We will introduce the whakamanuhiri process of welcome and how this has been represented for all peoples visiting Christchurch.
We will also introduce the guiding principle of the rebuild for our tribe Ngāi Tahu.
‘Kia atawhai ki te iwi’, Care for your people.

We continue our walk past traditional mahinga kai sites, pā sites and bring to life the narratives of the more modern māori interpretation that has been woven into our emerging city.

Mōrena | Morning Meander

MŌRENA
MORNING MEANDER 

Mōrena | Morning Meander
$95.00 includes starting drink and light lunch
9.30 – 11.30am departs from the CBD on foot
book this weeks tour here.
or email cate@hiddengemsnz.com for more information

Verb Meander – Wander at random
Synonyms: stroll, saunter, amble, wander, roam

Mōrena | Good Morning.
We look forward to exploring our city CBD with you. We start our morning by meeting for coffee at one of our city’s less known gems. Once we have done our intros, taught you about a traditional māori greeting and got to know each other, we will wander our city lane ways, green spaces and show you hidden gems that may never reach the guidebooks.

After around 90 mins we will make our way to one of our city’s delightful eating establishments, and depending on the day of the week we may be able to seek out a cheeky cocktail or local craft beer for those who request it.

We can also find fudge tasting, discover local history, city orchards and vegetable gardens, and even bee hives. If you prefer we can stick to historical and arts pathways. With so much to see, our guided walking tour can change to accommodate what the group is keen for on the day. If you are jet lagged, or up for a surprise then you can simply say “surprise us” and we will include our favorite spots. and a taster of what Christchurch central offers.

Luxury Luncheon

Luxury LunchEON

Departs 11am from a central location
Allow at two hours

Email bookings@amiki.co to secure your place

Verb Delights – please (someone) greatly
Synonyms – charm, enchant, captivate

Lunch with a twist….Christchurch is evolving faster the guide books can update. What if you could join a passionate local and and hear our central city stories as you weave our lane ways, green spaces and discovering treasures hidden in plain sight?

Join us for a 45 minute tour on foot with our local authentic guide before rounding of the morning with sharing more local stories over a delightful lunch.

All tours are for a groups 4 – 12 and dietary requirements are catered for

Matching Cocktail or Beer/Wine or Non-Alcoholic packages also available on request. 

Ngā Hari ō te po! | Night of Delights!

PROGRESSIVE DINNER
CITY CBD

Ngā hari o te po! | The night of many delights!
departs 6.15 from the CBD on foot
Allow at least three hours
Email bookings@amiki.co to secure your place

Verb Delights – please (someone) greatly
Synonyms – charm, enchant, captivate

Dinner with a twist….Christchurch is evolving faster the guide books can update.  What if you could join a passionate local to explore some of our city centres unique and delicious culinary delights.  

Meeting at a central location you will join us on foot as we weave you down the CBD laneways stopping at four of our favourite establishments, sharing stories, laughter and plenty of photo opportunities while enjoying a shared plates progressive dinner of delights.  

All tours are for a private group 2 – 12.

Matching Cocktail or Beer/Wine or Non-Alcoholic packages also available on request. 

Testimonials

A wonderful heart warming experience. I had the pleasure of spending the morning with Cate’s lovely husband who is very passionate about their city “Christchurch” He told me all about the earthquake and how the city is rebuilding. He pointed out all the little details that only a local could know and took me to so many interesting places. It has made me want to come back again! Go ahead and book this tour you will not be disappointed.

Kerre – Australia

A wonderful heart warming experience.

This was an excellent introduction to Christchurch. We arranged a tour for our first morning in Christchurch and I’m so glad we did! We have so many options for our days and we appreciate the city so my more. Our guide Riwai had an intimate knowledge of the city and its history and was so easy to talk to that even our teen was drawn into conversation. After the tour, we decided to continue our enjoyment of the downtown. Imagine when we mentioned we were going to Christchurch in other places in New Zealand and the natives suggested we skip it. I think those folks should take the tour and learn more about the heroic effort Christchurch has made and is still making to rebuild and reimagine itself. It might be our favorite city now because it is so spunky. Definitely do this tour if you can

Mary – USA

Excellent Introduction to Christchurch