Here are five of the best day trips from Christchurch:
Akaroa, Banks Peninsula
Located on the Banks Peninsula of New Zealand, Akaroa is a charming seaside village with a rich history and abundant natural beauty. Visitors to Akaroa can explore the historic French and British settlements, walk along the stunning volcanic cliffs and beaches, and go on a scenic boat tour to see the rare Hector’s dolphins, penguins, and other marine wildlife.
Adventure seekers can also go kayaking, fishing, or take a scenic flight to see Akaroa from above. For those interested in local culture and history, the Akaroa Museum provides a fascinating glimpse into the area’s past, and the nearby boutique shops and cafes offer the perfect opportunity to relax and sample some of the local produce.
Overall, Akaroa offers a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and outdoor activities, making it a must-visit destination for those traveling to New Zealand.
Arthur’s Pass National Park
This stunning park covers over 135,000 hectares and is home to a diverse range of landscapes, including alpine meadows, glaciers, and rugged peaks. Visitors can explore the park by foot on a range of hiking trails, from easy nature walks to challenging alpine treks. Some popular hikes include the Bealey Valley Track, the Dobson Nature Walk, and the Avalanche Peak Track.
The park is also home to a rich variety of wildlife, including native birds such as the kea, New Zealand falcon, and the fantail. Nature lovers can also go on a scenic drive along the alpine pass, which offers stunning views of the park’s rugged beauty.
If you are a hiker, birdwatcher, or simply seeking a peaceful escape into nature, there’s no doubt that you should take a day trip to Arthur’s Pass National Park!
Hanmer Springs is a quaint alpine village located just a 90-minute drive from Christchurch.
Renowned for its natural hot springs, Hanmer Springs has been popular for those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation for over a century. Visitors to Hanmer Springs can soak in the warm waters of the open-air thermal pools, or indulge in a therapeutic spa treatment at one of the many spa facilities in the area.
The town is surrounded by beautiful mountains and forests, providing opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding. In the winter, ski and snowboard enthusiasts can hit the slopes at one of the nearby ski resorts.
For those looking for a more relaxed pace, the town offers a variety of cafes, restaurants, and shops, providing the perfect place to unwind.
Pack your water bottle, walking shoes and picnic and head to Godley Head. Start at the Godley Head Track at Taylor’s Mistake and weave through the hills, taking in the magnificent ocean views. Godley Head is a popular spot for hiking, fishing, and picnicking.
Learn about the history of this area as the headland is also a historic site, with several fortifications dating back to World War II, including gun emplacements and bunkers. These structures serve as a reminder of the region’s rich history and offer a unique opportunity to explore the area’s past.
Lyttleton and Quail Island
Lyttelton is a charming port town located just a short 20 minute drive from Christchurch. Spend the day exploring the town, taking in the views, and experiencing the local culture. After exploring Lyttleton, hop on a Black Cats Ferry and make your way to Quail Island.
Quail Island is known for its rich history and natural beauty, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Visitors to Quail Island can explore the remains of a former quarantine station and learn about the island’s history as a sheep farm, as well as its more recent use as a holiday destination. The island is also a haven for wildlife. Keep a lookout for seabirds, seals, and penguins, which can be observed from the many walking trails that crisscross the island.
Make Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch your home base when exploring Christchurch and its surrounds. With its central location, excellent facilities and welcoming staff, you’ll feel instantly relaxed as you arrive to your accommodation after a day of exploring.
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