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Around Christchurch

Banks Peninsular Canterbury NZ

There’s quite a bit going on within an hour or two’s drive of Christchurch. Any of the following make a great daytrip:

To the west are the Southern Alps, featuring hikes in Arthur’s Pass National Park and Mt Hutt Ski Area.

Head north to the Waipara wineries or the hotpools at Hanmer Springs.

Drive south, then east to Banks Peninsula and Akaroa.

Or if you don’t want to venture far afield, Lyttleton and the Awaroa/Godley Head Walk are close at hand to the southeast.


NZ's first French settlement

Awaroa/Godley Head Walk

Coastal loop near Christchurch with WWII history (3hrs)

Canterbury Wine

Top drops north of Christchurch

Hanmer Springs

South Island's main thermal resort

International Antarctic Centre

Learn about the 'white continent'


Christchurch's hip port town

Mt Hutt Ski Area

Popular Canterbury snow sports spot

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Bernard Spragg. NZ