30 days in Canterbury Region Itinerary

30 days in Canterbury Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Canterbury Region planner

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Christchurch
— 12 nights
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Lyttelton
— 2 nights
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Rangiora
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kaiapoi
— 2 nights
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Akaroa
— 5 nights
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Little River
— 1 night
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Christchurch

— 12 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Riccarton House & Bush and Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Geraldine Observatory and Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Washpen Falls (in Darfield), Geraldine (Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve, Susan Badcock Studio, &more) and Hanmer Springs (Wai ariki Farm Park, Cafe & Gallery, Hanmer Springs Animal Park, &more). Spend the 2nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Dedicate the 8th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Ashburton Aviation Museum, contemplate the long history of Ferrymead Heritage Park, explore the striking landscape at Godley Head, and trek along Rakaia Gorge Walkway.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Christchurch. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lyttelton.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 13:

Lyttelton

— 2 nights
Lyttelton is a port town on the north shore of Lyttelton Harbour, at the north-western end of Banks Peninsula and close to Christchurch, on the eastern coast of the South Island of New Zealand.Due to its establishment as a landing point for Christchurch-bound seafarers, Lyttelton has historically been regarded as the "Gateway to Canterbury" for colonial settlers. On the 14th (Thu), take in the waterfront at Lyttelton Harbour and then take some stellar pictures from Lyttelton Timeball Station. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Ohinetahi Garden, then learn about winemaking at Bentwood Wines, and then explore and take pictures at Orton Bradley Park.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lyttelton trip builder.

Lyttelton is just a stone's throw from Christchurch. In April, daily temperatures in Lyttelton can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rangiora.

Things to do in Lyttelton

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

Rangiora

— 7 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hanmer Forest and Arthur's Pass Walking Track. Get some cultural insight at Torlesse Wines and Waipara Hills. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rangiora: Charles Upham VC Statue (in Amberley), Arthur's Pass National Park (Bealey Valley Track, Devils Punchbowl Walking Track, &more) and Waiau River Estate (in Hanmer Springs). On the 22nd (Fri), hike the day away at Island Hills Station.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rangiora holiday builder website.

You can drive from Lyttelton to Rangiora in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Kaiapoi.

Things to do in Rangiora

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 22:

Kaiapoi

— 2 nights
On the 23rd (Sat), stroll around Kaiapoi Food Forest and then bet on your favorite at Woodford Glen Speedway.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kaiapoi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Kaiapoi is very close to Rangiora. In April, daily temperatures in Kaiapoi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Akaroa.

Things to do in Kaiapoi

Parks
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

Akaroa

— 5 nights

Long Harbour

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa and Saint Peter's Anglican Church. Museum-lovers will get to explore Akaroa Museum and The Giants House. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hinewai Reserve, visit a coastal fixture at Akaroa Lighthouse, appreciate the history behind Banks Peninsula War Memorial and Grounds, and play a few rounds at Akaroa Golf Club.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Akaroa holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Kaiapoi to Akaroa takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Akaroa can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Little River.

Things to do in Akaroa

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 29:

Little River

— 1 night
Little River is a town on Banks Peninsula in the Canterbury region of New Zealand.LocationLittle River is approximately 30 minutes drive from Akaroa, a tourist destination on Banks Peninsula, and 45 minutes drive from Christchurch. On the 30th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Little River Rail Station, then experience rural life at Manderley Farm, and then look for gifts at Little River Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Little River road trip tool.

Drive from Akaroa to Little River in an hour. In April, daytime highs in Little River are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Little River

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

Canterbury Region travel guide

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A holiday in Canterbury Region gives visitors a range of experiences, high up in the clouds at New Zealand's highest peak, or down beneath the waves on a stretch of coast famous for its whale-watching opportunities. Stroll through rolling vineyards in this renowned wine-growing region, or enjoy the hustle and bustle of Christchurch, New Zealand's second-largest city. With all the natural eccentricity that the country's scenery is known for, and a range of activities offering different ways to enjoy it, Canterbury Region makes a great place for outdoor adventuring.