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Outdoor Team Building Activities – Corporate Adventure Package

Jet Boat Ride

If you’ve ever wanted to organise a team building experience with a difference, look no further than Hanmer Springs Attractions (formerly Thrillseekers Adventures). Escape to our natural alpine playground at Hanmer Springs, just 90 minutes north of Christchurch, and enjoy your pick of our exciting outdoor group activities with a Corporate Thrills Package. Outdoor fun perfect for groups… Read More

Gently Down the River on the New Hanmer Canoes!

Inflatable Canoes

A river cruise by canoe, less ruffled than a jet boat ride and not as rollicking or drenching as a white water raft dash, is the newest tourist activity available at Hanmer Springs Attractions (formerly Thrillseekers Adventures) near Hanmer Springs. Hanmer Springs Canoes offers a six-hour self-propelled downstream canoe trip on the famed North Canterbury Waiau River,… Read More

Bungy Cords – A Slender Lifeline

Basket of Retired Bungy Cords

Ever wondered who makes those lifeline cords essential for bungy jumpers? I was lucky enough to visit a long attic storage room at Thrillseekers Adventures in Hanmer Springs as staffer Graham Nicholson was two hours into fabricating a new bungy cord. He said it would be finished in another four. Rain splashes against the windows…. Read More

Thrillseekers Get It Right

Bungy Jump

One of the delightful aspects of getting around the traps is discovering people enjoy working for the Welcome Aboard companies.  I enjoy the buzz of enthusiasm. It’s contagious. Recently I ventured to Thrillseekers Adventures located at the 125-year-old Waiau Ferry Bridge, nine kilometres short of Hanmer Springs Village.  Neil Duncan heads a team of 10… Read More

Bungee or Bungy?

Adventure tourism has almost the same excitement for the spectator as the participant.  It is especially good for the camera-wielding blog-writing spectator such as myself.  But penning a few words about people who jump off the Waiau Ferry Bridge at Hanmer Springs Attractions, my spell-checker became confused with the spelling of ‘bungy’ – or is… Read More

Caterpillar Garden Tours Join Welcome Aboard

Caterpillar Garden Tours is now included in the Welcome Aboard Christchurch repertoire.  Remember the former Toast Rack that toured the Christchurch Botanic Gardens?  It broke some years ago and went into recess.  Welcome Aboard, about three years ago, suggested it be reinstated but when authorities acted on the idea, the operation of the new Caterpillar… Read More

Thrillseekers Boost

Welcome Aboard’s adventure tourism, Thrillseekers, near Hanmer Springs has been spared direct-hit earthquake woes.  It has, however, been compromised by reduced South Island arrivals (owing to the Canterbury earthquakes and worldwide economic downturn) but has held its own reasonably well over the past 18 months.  Now the adventure tourism site , popular for a raft… Read More

Changing Times ….

As with most Cantabrians, the Welcome Aboard team is displaying remarkable resilience amidst adversity.  Key attractions – the Heritage Trams, Port Hills Gondola, and Punting on the Avon all took a hit. Of these, only Punting on the Avon has resumed.  But the Gondola is scheduled to re-open by the end of the year and Trams… Read More

Thrills galore!

New Zealand, my Lonely Planet guide informs me, is the adventure capital of the world. Interestingly, second place goes to Switzerland, based on that country’s hectic adventure activities in Interlaken. Little wonder then that adventure tourism is a component of the Welcome Aboard attractions line up. Thrillseekers is the name of the event and it… Read More