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1. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 10y

I picked up a ridiculously cheap airfare to Christchurch on the weekend and was looking for advice on things to see and do in and around Christchurch. I will only have around 6 days in total on account of work so I don't have long but plan to hire a car so I can get around more easily. I don't necessarily plan to spend all my time in Christchurch but this is where I fly in and out of. Any advice would be appreciated.

Cheers in advance,
Alex

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo! :)
That is, assuming you're into beautiful nature, seeing stunning scenery and doing some nice hiking. The climb to the top of Mt. John is a must do (~3-4 hours roundtrip). Only ~3 hours drive from Christchurch. If it's nice weather, and you have the money, do a helicopter flight over the Southern Alps with Glacier landing. Carbonara Pizza at Pepe's makes for a really good dinner.
Mt. Cook National Park is 1 hour further on, and quite nice to do as a second day.

Don't know if the whales are out this time of year, and the whale watching trips are pretty expensive - but a daytrip to Kaikoura for that might be worth it too. Make sure to also walk the Peninsula Walkway.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 1, 2006 10:14 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 10y

Thanks for the reply Sander... I am definately into beautiful nature so your recomendation is much appreciated...

4. Posted by Kelvin Ang (Budding Member 45 posts) 10y

Quoting Sander

Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo! :)
That is, assuming you're into beautiful nature, seeing stunning scenery and doing some nice hiking. The climb to the top of Mt. John is a must do (~3-4 hours roundtrip). Only ~3 hours drive from Christchurch. If it's nice weather, and you have the money, do a helicopter flight over the Southern Alps with Glacier landing. Carbonara Pizza at Pepe's makes for a really good dinner.
Mt. Cook National Park is 1 hour further on, and quite nice to do as a second day.

Don't know if the whales are out this time of year, and the whale watching trips are pretty expensive - but a daytrip to Kaikoura for that might be worth it too. Make sure to also walk the Peninsula Walkway.

Sander is beginning to sound like a broken record with all that Lake Tekapo promotion of his (try doing a search for "Sander Lake Tekapo"!). Are you sure you aren't working with the Lake Tekapo tourism board, Sander?

That said, I can't wait to get to Lake Tekapo... I'm scheduled to be there around 2nd July, towards the end of my upcoming NZ trip. Another thing that I want to do around Christchurch is to get on the TranzAlpine train, which promises stunning scenery. It travels from Christchurch to Greymouth town, via Arthur's Pass (the highest of the three passes of the Southern Alps).