Christchurch Road Trips
Start your Kiwi Road Trip in Christchurch and take a self-drive tour of New Zealand. From Christchurch, you could drive to many key areas like Hanmer Springs, Akaroa, Blenheim, Fox Glacier, Queenstown, Fiordland, Milford Sound and more.
Each Christchurch road trip is made up of several days and each day offers something new and exciting to experience. By clicking on the name of each Kiwi Road Trip, you can read a detailed description of the trip, along with links to accommodation, attractions, activities, tours and transport in the area.
Return Road Trips From Christchurch
Christchurch - Hanmer Springs - Christchurch (3 Days)
Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura are within easy reach of Christchurch – on this Kiwi Road Trip you will discover a delightful balance of eco-adventure and indulgence. Begin by exploring Christchurch, a city with a strong arts and heritage focus, then head up the coast towards Kaikoura where you can enjoy whale watching and other native wildlife.
Waipara's vineyards and olive groves are a highlight of the drive to Hanmer Springs, where hot pools, massage therapies and great restaurants will rejuvenate you before you head back to Christchurch.
Christchurch - Akaroa - Christchurch (4 Days)
With this Christchurch-based itinerary, you'll discover the French settlement of Akaroa and the mountain village of Arthur's Pass. Once you've explored Christchurch, take a side tour to Akaroa, a French settlement known for its interesting history, harbour trips and wonderful food.
Return to Christchurch for a night before you head for the mountain village of Arthur's Pass, where you can enjoy numerous walking trails and a variety of birdlife before heading back to Christchurch.
Christchurch - Blenheim - Christchurch (5 Days)
This Kiwi Road Trip to the upper South Island gives you hot springs, outdoor adventures and vineyards – a mix of indulgence and challenge. After pursuing cultural entertainments in Christchurch, make your way north to the spa town of Hanmer Springs.
After soaking in the hot pools, you'll be ready for your next adventure in St Arnaud where river rafting, kayaking and mountain biking are all possibilities. Next explore the vineyards of the Marlborough region before heading down to Kaikoura, and finally back to Christchurch.
Christchurch - Fox Glacier - Christchurch (5 Days)
This five day Kiwi Road Trip takes you from coast to coast and back again – you'll see many of the South Island's major attractions. After spending some time in Christchurch, travel to the alpine village of Arthur's Pass and then on to the West Coast town of Greymouth.
The next stop on your road trip are the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Then have a fun night out in the lakeside town of Wanaka before travelling onwards to Aoraki/Mt Cook, and finally back to Christchurch.
Christchurch - Queenstown - Christchurch (5 Days)
Drive from sea level to the highest point of New Zealand on this five day road trip. On this trip you will travel along the east coast of the South Island before taking a turn inland to marvel at the Southern Alps.
Highlights of this Kiwi Road Trip include Aoraki/Mt Cook, the Canterbury Plains, Queenstown, Central Otago, Dunedin and Oamaru.
Christchurch - Fiordland - Christchurch (9 Days)
Embark on a nine day adventure that will fill your memory with mountain scenery and unusual eco experiences. From Christchurch, you'll head south along the coast all the way down to Dunedin, stopping at Oamaru on the way.
Your next stop is Invercargill, where you can explore the Catlins, before taking a trip to Stewart Island where you might have a close encounter with Kiwis. Other highlights are the Milford Sound, Queenstown and Mt Cook.
Christchurch - Milford Sound - Christchurch (12 Days)
This Kiwi Road Trip will see you travelling around the whole of the South Island. From Christchurch you will travel south to Oamaru where you can see the Moeraki Boulders and then head to Dunedin, Lake Te Anau and the spectacular Milford Sound.
Enjoy the nightlife and adventure tourism in Queenstown and Wanaka, then head to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. On the way up the coast from Franz Josef, stop at the Pancake Rocks (Punakaiki) before settling into the town of Greymouth.
The final stretch of this Kiwi Road Trip will take you all the way to the top of the South Island to Nelson and Blenheim, before heading back down along the coast, to Kaikoura and then Christchurch.
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