Punakaiki to Christchurch

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Distance & Duration

288km/179mi, 4hr

Overview

Head the short distance south to Greymouth, then make your way inland to make the climb toward the steep mountains of the New Zealand Alps. Wind your way through extraordinary scenery as you make your way through Arthur's Pass National Park, stopping for walks and sightseeing. Continue as the route leads down to the Canterbury Plains, finally arriving at the city of Christchurch. Christchurch continues to recover from significant earthquake damage and increasingly boasts new sights and attractions for visitors. At the edge of the city is the Canterbury Museum, the Botanic Gardens, and Hagley Park, where you can enjoy punting along the Avon river. The International Antarctic Centre, near the airport, is another major Christchurch attraction, interesting for adults and kids alike. The Port Hills - formed by the crater of the huge extinct volcano - offer great views back over the city.

Itineraries Including Punakaiki to Christchurch