Strathern Motor Lodge

54 Papanui Road, Christchurch, 8001, New Zealand
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Day trips


I need suggestions for 2 day trips from Christchurch. I would like to see beautfiul scenery part. lakes and mountains.

RE: Day trips

by Couplesynergy

Very easy question to answer. Take a trip to Akaroa down on the Banks Peninsular. There is a shuttle bus that leaves the main square each morning but I would arrange to stay down there in a B&B overnight and enjoy the place. You can go and swim with the dolphins or visit a winery. It really is a lovely little place that was first settled by the French and still retains some French influence. Pre dinner drinks at a little bar that overlooks the harbour (forget the name but it used to be the changing shed for swimmers). Have dinner at a little restaurant C'est La Vie but make sure you book, outstanding meals. Take the shuttle back to Christchurch the next day. If you are flying out of Christchurch, check in and then walk over to the Antartic Centre which is very interesting and much better than sitting at the airport. Have fun.

RE: RE: Day trips


Sorry - I actually want two separate one day trips from Christchurch if possible. Can I still get to and back from Akaroa on the same day?

RE: RE: Day trips

by vtveen


I also would recommend a day trip to Akaroa. it cab be done in one day. Don't know how you are travelling; if by car there is a very scenic route back to CHC (see off the beaten path tip on my NZ page).

Another trip you could make is to Kaikoura, where you can see whales. It is posiible with a guided tour from CHC.

happy travels

RE: Day trips

by JulesTwo

We took the ALphine Safari while we were there. We had a lot of fun. Check it out at We also went to the penguin preserve close to Larnach Caslte in Dunedin. You can actually stay at the castle.

RE: RE: Day trips

by vtveen

Agree with the Alpine Safari, but I don't think Dunedin (Larnach 'Castle' is even further away) is a destination for a day trip from Christchurch.


RE: Day trips

by plant_girl

Head towards the mountains - about a 1 1/2 - 2 hour drive to Porters pass, or a couple of hours to Arthurs pass, where you can do day walks in the mountains.

Also, Hamner Springs (geothermal hot spring resort town) is another nice area. You can soak in a hot pool looking at the mountains. It is just off Lewis Pass - again about a 2 hour drive.

Akaroa is also a good bet - you can take a detour and have a look at Kaiterei spit (edge of Lake Elesmere)

Travel Tips for Christchurch

The Canterbury Museum

by kris-t

The tram runs down Worchester Boulevard with the Arts Centre an its left and the fine old buildings of the Canterbury Museum at the end of the street. The museum opened in 1870 under the directorship of Dr Julius von Haast, the distinguished explorer who was also the provincial geologist - and whose idea it was to build the museum. Daily 9AM-5:30PM summer, 9AM-5PM winter. Includes colonial, Maori and natural history sections, Antarctic exploration display, and visiting exhibitions. Admission free to main exhibits (but donation appreciated), $2 for Discovery children's section


by keeweechic

Driving is all on the left-hand side of the road. You cannot turn right on a red light (as in the States), you must stop and wait for the green light.

The speed limit on the open road is 100km and in built up areas 50km. Seat belts must be worn at all times.

Beware! on country roads, don't drive too fast as you may turn a corner and encounter this scene in front of you. Have some patience and just enjoy NZ's 'little treasures' :-)

Christchurch Gondola

by kris-t

Christchurch Gondola, base station 10 Bridle Path Road (or take Best Attractions Express Shuttle from Cathedral Square, $5 adult, $3 child, or Leopard No. 28 Lyttleton Bus from Bus Exchange).
Daily 10AM-late.

$18 adult, $8 child (summer), $17 adult, $8 child (winter).
Ride in the enclosed gondola car up to the summit of the Port Hills then view the Heritage Time Tunnel, take an outdoor nature walk, or dine at the restaurant.
Three-course meal $60 including ride

A Christmas Haven not only at Christmas Time

by Kakapo2 about Christmas Jones

You might wonder why you see inflatable Santas and snowmen greeting you in Colombo Street all year round. But it is so simple: At Christmas Jones it is Christmas the whole year.

Adjacent to the shop is a Christmas Museum with a narrated animated Christmas show which displays hundreds of moving and talking pieces.

Already a visit to the shop is a step into a magic world. The 800 members of the Christmas Club help Mike Jones to always have unique Christmas items collected from around the world.

They also offer workshops and classes where you can learn to create your own festive decoration.

The shop is open thoughout the year Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, late Friday until 7pm, Sunday by appointment only; from October to December also on Sundays 10am-4pm.

The museum and Christmas show are open daily 5pm-10pm. Entry fee NZ$ 5. I would go for an inflatable Santa, snowman and Christmas Tree in a huge inflatable snow-ball... But I think there are one million smaller items which are easier to transport as a souvenir... ;-) depends on the item

The Orbiter for Shopping Sprees

by Kakapo2

If you plan to shop till you drop, the Orbiter is the bus to go with. It connects all the big shopping malls in Christchurch, which are:

Westfield Riccarton
The Palms

This bus route also services Barrington Mall which is more for the daily needs, not a mall to spends hours in.

Other points where the bus passes are Princess Margaret Hospital, St. Martins and the University.

It is part of the Metro System, so with a Metro Card you would only pay $4.20 (as Aug. 2008) to get around the whole day. Single fare $ 2.80.

If you are in the city centre, I would take a red bus from the Bus Exchange to Riccarton Mall, and then get on the Orbiter to the other malls.

Bus lines to Riccarton operate every some minutes, for example routes 5 (Hornby), 19 (Burnside), 21 (Ilam), 81 (Lincoln), 83 (Hei Hei) and 84 (Russley). They all depart from platform B (downstairs) of the Bus Exchange.

Also route 3 (Avonhead) passes at Riccarton Mall, but this one departs from platfrom C.


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