Peel Forest is about halfway between the towns of Timaru and Christchurch, via the back roads. Its a great spot for walking, picnicking and just enjoying the outdoors. Several waymarked trails through the trees, and open spaces too.
where the Rakaia River flows into the Ocean. for generations,Christchurch people build wee hutts around here...a Crib, in the local lingo
walk through native Bushland..25km from Christchurch City..good fishing Spot
and Lake Coleridge..high Country lakes, good for fishing, camping and for weekend hunting. information can be obtained at the Colaridge Village. Lake Ida will freeze over in harsh winters, a winter spectacle for Christchurch people, skating all day long..around 1 1/2h easy drive north-west of Christchurch..and the sunsets are....beautiful
Nearish Arthurs Pass township, there is a very easy walk you can do to a waterfall called The Devil's Punchbowl. It is a very pleasant walk in bushland, and the waterfall at the end is a rewarding site.
through McKenzies Country into Wanaka and Queenstown..one of the real off the beaten path trip to Oamarama,
the Mecca for man in their Gliders
In Maruia, we saw this little shack, which was a fully operational post-office (albeit open only certain times of the day!)