Arrive into Christchurch and collect your car hire at the airport. Make your way into the city and check into Quest Cathedral Junction. This hotel is in the centre of the CBD with front door access to the tram. From here you can explore the Riverside Markets, Botanic Gardens, the Canterbury Museum, the Avon River, and Hagley Park.
Enjoy a relaxed morning before travelling inland to the ski town of Methven. This afternoon enjoy a soak in the newly opened Opuke Hot pools just across the road from your hotel. Step into their adults only pools and let the stress soak away. Truly feel on holiday as explore the network of interconnecting pools including the star lit caves and cold relief tub. The swim up bar offers exclusive pool side canape and beverage service.
Today you hit the slopes with a complete ski or snowboard starter pack. This includes equipment rental, clothing, learner area lift pass and lessons. Mt Hutt has been voted New Zealand’s best ski resort seven years running at the World Ski Awards. You’ll see spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains out to the Pacific Ocean while enjoying one of the locals favourite playgrounds.
Depart Methven for the seaside village of Akaroa. This French inspired town sits in the heart of an ancient volcanic basin and is home to an array of wildlife. This evening discover local cafes, restaurants and bistros that serve local produce, wines and microbrewery beers. Akaroa has a number of eateries for every palette and every occasion.
Heading out on to the harbour with Black Cat cruises your Nature Cruise will highlight the history of the region and seek out some of the locals such as NZ Fur Seals, Little Blue Penguins, and the Hector Dolphin. This Hector Dolphin is the world’s rarest and smallest oceanic dolphin and they are only found in the South Island of New Zealand. After your Nature Cruise continue your journey north to the alpine village of Hanmer Springs. This charming town offers golf, mountain biking, skiing, hiking and hot pools. Enjoy a soak in the thermal hot pools as the sun goes down.
Travelling east to another coastal town, Kaikoura – where the mountains meet the ocean. The Kaikoura coastline has been dramatically changed since the earthquake in 2016, the seabed has risen creating a different landscape to the shoreline and region. If you like crayfish here is the place to have a sample.
Cruising only a few kms from shore to come up close and personal with the gentle giants of the sea. Travelling with Whale Watch Kaikoura will be a true highlight of your trip. Encounter a variety of marine life from albatross, NZ fur seals, dolphins, and whales. Kaikoura enjoys visits from many whale species including the sperm whale, humpback, and orca.
Returning to Christchurch today gives you the opportunity to venture through the Waipara wine region, it’s a great region to stop for a relaxing vineyard lunch before arriving back into the garden city.
Today is yours at leisure. You may want to explore Christchurch more. Head out to the beaches at Sunmer or New Brighton, to the Port Hills and Christchurch Gondola or even going punting on the Avon River.
After you check out of your accommodation says farewell to Christchurch and the South Island, return your rental car and depart for your onward journey.
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