Parkview on Hagley

1 Riccarton Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
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south island itinerary -suggestions welcome!

by nicas83

hi there,

we've got 13 days flying in and out of Christchurch(from AKL), and want to miss out Dunedin/Lower South of Island. Any suggestions with this itinerary or feel we're missing out on any must-see destinations? We chose this itinerary as wanted to spend more time around Milford Sound and Golden Bay.

Any suggestions/guidance much appreciated :)

day0 arrive 8.50pm CHC
day1 Take the day to drive (w stops) 6hr50mins to Arrowtown
day2 Quick tour of Arrowtown then drive 2hrs40mins to Te Anau
day3 Get up early and take time driving up to Milford Sound
day4 Milford Sound cruise, another night in Milford Sound
day5 Drive 4hours to Queenstown
day6 explore more of Queenstown then drive 1hour to Wanaka
day7 Spent morning in Wanaka then drive 3hrs50mins to Fox Glacier
day8 Walk to Fox Glacier/explore area, drive to Franz Josef in afternoon, stay night
day9 Drive to Richmond
day10 spend day exploring Area and Takaka/Collingwood (Richmond – Takaka 1.5hrs)
day11 spend morning Golden Bay/Abel Tasman NP then drive 1hr 40mins to Nelson
day12 Drive 3hr20mins to Kaikoura
day13 Drive 2hrs to Hanmer Springs
Day14 Drive 2hours back to CHC, fly out at 3.30pm

Nicole :)

Re: south island itinerary -suggestions welcome!

by Kakapo2

As you have explained that you want to spend plenty of time at Milford Sound and Golden Bay I would just go with this plan. You set your priorities, and it is good to do so. You cannot expect to see all must-sees of the South Island in 13 days. You will see some of the great sights along the way without having the possibility to really check them out. This applies to the area of Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki (Mt. Cook National Park).

What I would surely not do is to spend the whole day in Hanmer Springs (although it is a wonderful place, and the hot pools are fantastic) and miss out on Banks Peninsula and the Port Hills in the Christchurch region. Or you could drive to Arthur's Pass (4.5 hours from Kaikoura), this would be the much more spectacular journey. From there it would take 2 to 2.5 hours to Christchurch. I consider Arthur's Pass and Banks Peninsula the highlights of the wider Christchurch region.

Can you tell me why you choose Richmond as the base for exploring Golden Bay? This makes no sense to me. I would rather say you drive straight up to Motueka, Kaiteriteri or Marahau and stay there. You would be right on the road to Takaka/Collingwood and at the start of the Abel Tasman NP. You will be surprised how long the trip to Collingwood takes from Motueka. I would only go as far as Collingwood if you then carry on to the Farewell Spit and the huge dunes of Wharariki Beach. The day will be over in a breeze.

The trip to Takaka can eat up a lot more time if you are stuck behind a truck. The road is a near alpine course, with narrow bends and up and downhill sections where it is hard to overtake. Once it took me far more than one hour for the 60 km from Motueka alone.

When you calculate your driving times you have to add plenty of time for photo and coffee stops to make it more realistic.

Re: south island itinerary -suggestions welcome!

by nicas83

Hi kakapo2,

thank you for your advice, we'll ditch Richmond and carry on to Motueka I think, just assumed Richmond would be a good place to stop!
Prob only spend an afternoon/evening in Hanmer springs now, would be nice to fit in Akaroa etc.

thanks again,

Re: south island itinerary -suggestions welcome!

by Kakapo2

You enjoy your trip! Fingers crossed that you will have great weather.

Travel Tips for Christchurch

A people-friendly city

by TheWanderingCamel

Christchurch streetscapes are wonderfully human in scale. There are no canyons of glass, concrete and steel here. Instead the city is a pleasure to walk around and,despite its small size, there are several quite distinct areas within the city centre itself, let alone the suburbs and outer reaches of the city.

The area known to Christchurchians as "The Strip" is the Cashel Street Mall and part of Oxford Terrace. This is where to come to shop in the city's main stores, and to stay on in the evening for a drink or dinner at one of the Oxford Terrace restaurants that overlook the Avon.

Defined as the Cultural Precinct is the area bounded by Cathedral Square at the eastern end and the Museum and Botanic Gardens on Rolleston Avenue at the west. In between you'll find the Art Gallery, the Arts Centre, the City Library and the Contemporary Art Institute plus more good restaurants and another prety litle stretch of the river.

North of the Cathedral you'll find pretty Victoria Square, the river again - an ever -present part of city life and New Regent Street's mix of outdoor cafes, funky shops and art-deco-meets- Spanish-mission architecture. Cross the river here to the Town Hall and another attractive area of inner Christchurch around Cramner Square. Just walking, walking , walking. It's all flat, never crowded, the river is never far away, the trams and bright red phone boxes add a whimsical touch, parks and gardens invite you to stop awhile, and there are plenty of good outdoor cafes for a coffee stop. It's all very, very appealing.

Robert Falcon Scott

by rozehill

This statue of Scott Reserve is on Riverbank Reserve, cnr Worcester Street and Oxford Terrace.

Marble statue of Robert Falcon Scott set on stone base commemorating death of Scott and his party returning from the South Pole in 1912. Two bronze plaques are set on the plinth and one inscription carved into the stone.


"I do not regret this journey which shows that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another and meet death with as great fortitude as ever in the past."


by fishandchips

This French game is alive and well in the middle of Christchurch. At the old RSA Bowling Club Petanque is now played on the old bowling green converted into the required shingle pit of a Petanque rink. It's similar to bowls in that you are trying to get your ball as close to the cochonnet (a small wodden ball) as possible. It's a lot of fun, especially after a couple of beers, and can be played by anyone who can throw a small metal ball. Petanque is apparently similar to Bocce which has its roots in an ancient Roman game.

Cost is negotiable with an annual fee of $60 though the club will allow casual games if arranged in advance. Check out their website for more info and contact phone numbers. You don't really need anything as your local club has all of the necessary bits and pieces. At the RSABC all of the gear is there.

The Sea-Side Suburb

by fishandchips

This seaside suburb was named after Dr Sumner, the Archbishop of canterbury in 1850. It's a nice spot to go for an evening walk and maybe climb over Cave Rock. If you time it right you will be able to walk through the cave at low tide. Sumner has plenty to see and do including some nice eating places, a good Tea House and interesting museum on the corner of Nayland St and Wakefield Ave.

Christchurch Tramway

by wkcsmt

The heritage trams - BEST and COOL way to experience the heritage & charm of Christchurch and all the must see attractions!! You can hop on and off at any of the 9 stops around the inner city tramp loop. Just remember to get a All Day pass!

Tram drivers provide informative and entertaining commentary too!

The trams follow a 2.5 kilometre loop around central Christchurch, these include Cathedral Square, Southern Encounter Aquarium, The Arts Centre, Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, Punting on the Avon, Christchurch Casino, Victoria Square, New Regent Street etc.

Tram ticket costs NZD $12.50 and is valid for two consecutive days (12 months for local residents). Children up to 15yrs travel free of charge with an accompanying fare paying adult.

Operating hours:
9am - 6pm (1 April - 31 October)
9am - 9pm (1 November - 31 March)
**Note: Last tram leaves Cathedral Square 30 minutes prior to closing time.

The beautifully restored heritage trams are also available for cocktail functions or a unique la carte dining experience on the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant.


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