Top Day Trips From Christchurch

The places surrounding Christchurch are simply amazing and must be experienced.


1. Tranz Alpine – epic rail journey from the South Island’s east coast to the west coast. You’ll cross through Canterbury Plains, cross braided rivers and go through Southern Alps

2. Kaikoura – head north to explore this beautiful coastal town full of delicious seafood, passionate locals, and vast marine life

3. Akaroa – on the way to Akaroa, you’ll pass through a variety of landscapes and scenic stops before climbing up the hill and back down to the town with French origins.

4. Hanmer Springs – this alpine town offers everything including mini golf, bungy jumping, jet boating and quad biking, but it’s most famous for its thermal pools

5. Arthurs Pass – explore the short walks in the region and the changing scenery from the Canterbury Plains to the national park forest

6. Winery Tour and Tastings in our North Canterbury vineyards – sample some of the delicious vino’s in our Waipara Valley

7. Explore the Waimakariri region – enjoy a picnic in Mount Thomas Forest, a horse trek with Kowhai Horse Treks, a walk along Pegasus coastline or throw a fishing rod in the river

8. Hurunui – found north of Christchurch you’ll travel through Cathedral Cliffs and Gore Bay, and for some nostalgia the Weka Pass Railway

9. Methven – great town to base yourself in the middle of ski season as Mt Hutt is close by. It also offers a day spa, golfing and is the backdrop for beautiful hot air balloon rides

10. Hakatere Conservation Park in mid-Canterbury is centred around the Ashburton Lakes District between the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers